Places to visit in Grand County


Grand County Activities include:

Rec Center

Map to Grand Park Ommunity Recreation Centre

The Grand Park Community Recreation Center (below) is open! Located in The Village at Grand Park,the 48,000 sf facility includes a tot pool, lazy river, waterslide, lap pool, aerobics studio, weight room, gymnasium, walking/running track and more. (970) 726-8968


Colorado-Big Thompson Project
Grand Lake forms a continuous body of water with the artificial Shadow Mountain Lake, which then flows into Lake Granby. Water collected in Lake Granby is pumped to Shadow Mountain and Grand Lakes, then under the Continental Divide via the Alva B. Adams Tunnel to the Big Thompson River on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. From here, the water flows into the South Platte River and is used for agriculture, human consumption, and industry. This is the first of many large-scale diversions of water from the Colorado River Basin between Colorado and the Gulf of California.

Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest natural lake, one of the headwaters of the Colorado River. Formed by the damming of several streams by a glacial moraine. It is adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park. Grand Lake was named Spirit Lake by the Ute Tribe because they believed the lake’s cold waters to be the dwelling place of departed souls and avoided it. Sailing, canoeing, kayaking and motorized boats are allowed.

Shadow Mountain Lake is a reservoir in Grand County Colorado, near the headwaters of the Colorado River.  Shadow Mountain lake is connected to Grand Lake by a canal.  Sailing, canoeing, kayaking and motorized boats are allowed.

Lake Granby is the third largest body of water in Colorado and Lake Granby contains approximately 40 miles of shoreline.  Sailing, canoeing, kayaking and motorized boats are allowed.



Town of Grand Lake:
Grand Lake elevation is 8,369 feet above sea level.

First settled in 1876, Grand Lake became a supply center in 1879 when gold and silver were discovered nearby on the Colorado River. Prospectors came into the area from Breckenridge and the Blue River and by crossing the mountains on what is today Trail Ridge Road.

The much sought-after gold existed only in small amounts and the prospectors moved on. Grand Lake survived by welcoming visitors then as they do now.

By the early 1900s, the area was attracting families who built summer homes along the shores of the lake and in the surrounding hills. Although still a two-day drive from Denver, Grand Lake soon became a favorite vacation destination.


Whether you like “flat water” or stream fishing there is plenty of angling action in the area. Lake fishing enthusiasts can choose from Grand Lake, Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, and Monarch Lake. The Colorado River and Willow Creek are among the many streams in the area that offer good fishing. Colorado fishing licenses are required for anglers 15 years of age and above.

With 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs, Grand County’s abundant resources accommodate fishing of all kinds. Trout and salmon are the most sought after prizes in mountain fishing and all through Grand County, lurking below the water’s surface, you will find mackinaw and kokanee salmon as well as rainbow, brook, German brown and cutthroat trout.


Miles of scenic terrain.  The age-old earth yielding beneath your feet.  For those of you looking for a true “back-to-nature” experience, there is nothing more authentic than exploring the stunning variety of wilderness in Grand County on our original means of transport.

Whether you are up for a challenging overnight trek into pristine wilderness areas, or simply looking for a leisurely stroll through a wildflower-filled valley, you can have it your way on any of the hundreds of miles of trails available to hikers in Grand County—no extra charge for the spectacular views!

The Official Hiking Guide to Grand County ($9.95), which traces 18 trails from Winter Park to Grand Lake including elevation maps for each trail, descriptions, photos and a rating system for each hike.


Grand Lake Golf Course
Picture an 18 hole championship golf course, carved out of the woods at an altitude of 8,420 feet, located at the base of the Never Summer Mountain Range. The Challenging fairways are bordered by tall lodge pole pines which surround th e well tended, subtle greens. Majestic mountains, some still capped by the winter snows, tower high above you. It’s all yours for the taking at the Grand Lake Golf Course, where your approach shot just might be checked out by a curious elk, mule deer or fox.

For sharpening up your skills, a driving range and putting green are available. Our staff of golf professionals are available for lessons if you so desire.

Facilities include a well stocked pro shop, complete with clubs, balls and a large selection of clothing and accessories.

Grand Elk Golf Course:
The Grand Elk Golf Course, Colorado’s first Heathland-style course, was designed by championship golfer Craig Stadler, known affectionately to the sport as The Walrus, and premier course architect Tripp Davis. A par 71 masterwork playing 7,144 yards from the back tees, the landscape echoes the attributes of many traditional Heathland courses. It features an environmentally conscious design characterized by open, gently rolling land dotted by shrubs and grassland. Designed to work within the existing topography and to minimize disturbance to the land, the layout preserves adjacent wetlands and the natural course of Ten Mile Creek that meanders along the fairways.

At Grand Elk, greens will vary in size and pitch, and the course tends to give the visual impression that a shot will be challenging. But this is more of a perception than a reality and makes for exciting play.

With the Continental Divide as the backdrop, the Grand Elk Golf Course is challenging to the low handicapper while providing high scorers with a memorable game.

Headwaters Golf Course: 
Headwaters’ scenery – mountains, wetlands, trees, and alpine meadows – make for a secluded golf getaway, where your biggest competition for the greens will come from the occasional elk, deer or grouse. Don’t let the pretty scenery fool you, though – we take golf very seriously up here, and the course was designed with something for everyone.
The Headwaters experience has been described as “an adventure that continues to build throughout the round.” The front nine is forgiving when played from the front tees, but those wanting more of a challenge can choose the championship tees, which require long accurate shots. The front nine serves as a warm-up to the back nine, where golfers will encounter several memorable holes incorporating lakes, wetlands, elevated tees, and large, deep bunkers. Headwaters golf professional says of the back nine: “It has a lot of different shots to offer. The yardage is shorter but it plays two to four shots harder than the front nine.”

Nicklaus Design Coming to Headwaters
Beginning in 2007, a team from Nicklaus Design will redesign the course to take full advantage of the beautiful landscape and accommodate a wider range of golfers. Construction on the front nine will begin in the fall of 2007, with the back nine to be completed mid-summer 2008.

Pole Creek Golf Club:
Pole Creek Golf Club is one of the few public 27-hole courses in Colorado and the only one in Grand County. Pole Creek’s 7,107-yard course meanders through lush fields replete with native wildflowers, drastic elevation changes, vast bent greens and water challenge shots over two ponds and five lakes. The Ridge 9 course challenges experts to a rigorous game with 3,603-yard shots and tree-lined holes, while the mellower Meadow 9 and Ranch 9  –  indulge all playing levels. All three courses play to par 36. Pole Creek Golf Course is a member of the Colorado Golf Association.

Mountain Biking 

Grand County provides some of the best mountain bike opportunities in Colorado. From high mountain peaks to beautiful river valleys, single track to back country roads. There are opportunities for all ages and skill levels.

Arapahoe National Forest Trails

This trail system consists of over 300 miles of snowmobile, ATV, Biking, Hiking and snowshoeing.  Over 150 miles of these trails are groomed and maintained.

Dog Sled:

  • Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park 970.726.8326

Cross Country Skiing:

  • Devil’s Thumb Ranch Adventure Center 970.726.8231
  • Grand Lake Nordic Center 970.627.8008
  • Snow Mountain Ranch 970.887.2152
  • SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 970.887.3384

Downhill Skiing:

  • Powder Addiction Snow Cat Tours 970.726.5442
  • SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 970.726.3384
  • Winter Park Resort 970.726.1564


Howard Head Sports Medicine 970.726.8503, Grand Park Community Recreation Center 970.726.8968, Mountain Moon Yoga 970.726.5786, Winter Park Athletic Club 970.531.1022

Grand Lake:

  • Grand Lanes Bowling 970.627.3373
  • Rocky Mountain National Park 970.586.1206

Hot Air Balloon:

  • Grand Adventures Balloon Tours 970.887.1340

Hot Springs:

  • Hot Sulphur Springs 970.725.3306

Ice Skating:

  • Cooper Creek Square 970.726.8891
  • Devil’s Thumb Ranch Adventure Center 970.726.8231
  • Fraser Valley Sports Complex 970.726.8968
  • Snow Mountain Ranch 970.887.2152
  • Winter Park Resort 970.726.5514

Live Music:

  • Grand County Blues Society Shows
  • Ullrs Tavern 970.726.3026


  • Howard Head Sports Medicine 970.726.8503
  • Arapaho Chiropractic Center 970.726.8150
  • Bella Vita Spa 970.726.9505
  • Blue Sky Massage 970.531.1324
  • Heavenly Body @ Winter Park Wellness Center 970.531.3300
  • Ranch Creek Spa at Devil’s Thumb Ranch 970.726.1054
  • The Salon at Winter Park 970.726.5200
  • Winter Park Wellness Center 970.363.7040

Mining Tours:

  • Phoenix Gold Mine 303.567.0422


  • Cozens Ranch 970.726.5488
  • Pioneer Village Museum 970.725.3939

Art Gallery/Paint Pottery:

  • Nest.Artistic Home 970.726.1036
  • Elizabeth Kurtak Fine Art Gallery 970.531.0230
  • Elk Horn Art Gallery 970.726.9292
  • YMCA of the Rockies (arts and crafts) 970.887.2125
  • Earth Rocks (indoor gold panning) 970.726.5170

Indoor Swimming Pools/Climbing Walls:

  • Snow Mountain Ranch 970.887.2125
  • Grand Park Recreation Center 970.726.8968

Scenic Chairlift Rides:

  • SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 970.887.3384
  •  Winter Park Tour Center 800.729.7907

Scenic Drives/Wildlife Viewing:

Ask for trail recommendations and maps at the Winter Park Visitor Center or at

  • Rocky Mountain National Park 970.586.1206


  • Downtown Winter Park, Fraser, Granby, Grand Lake
  •  Cooper Creek Square 970.726.8891
  •  Winter Park Resort 970.726.5514


  • Hideaway Park across the street from the Winter Park Visitor Center

Sleigh Rides:

  • Cabin Creek Stables at Devil’s Thumb Ranch 970.726.7000
  •  Dashing Thru The Snow 970.726.0900
  •  Fossil Ridge 970.722.0100
  •  Sombrero Stables at Snow Mountain Ranch 970.887.1999
  •  Winding River Resort 970.627.3215

Snowcat Tours:

  • Powder Addiction 970.726.5442
  •  Winter Park Tour Center 800.729.7907

Snowmobiling/Snow Scoots:

  •  Colorado Adventure Center 970.726.5779
  •  Grand Adventures, LLC 970.726.9247
  •  On the Trail Snowmobile Rentals 970.627.0171
  •  Spirit Lake Lodge Snowmobile Rentals 970.627.3344
  •  Trailblazer Snowmobile Tours 970.726.8452


  • Devil’s Thumb Ranch Adventure Center 970.726.8231
  •  Grand Lake Nordic Center 970.627.8008
  •  Rocky Mountain National Park 970.627.3471
  •  Snow Mountain Ranch 970.887.2152
  •  SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 970.887.3384
  •  Winter Park Tour Center 800.729.7907


  •  Colorado Adventure Park 970.726.5779
  •  Fraser Tubing Hill 970.726.5954
  • Grand Lake Nordic Center 970.627.8008
  • Snow Mountain Ranch 970.887.2152
  • SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch 970.887.3384

Wineries /Breweries:

  • Grand Lake Brewing Company 970.627.1711
  • The Library Sports Grille and Brewery 970.726.7951
  • Winter Park Winery 970.726.4514