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Places to visit in Grand County

Grand County Colorado is made up of several small communities and many people choose to move or visit to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle made easy by the proximity of mountains, rivers, and lakes. You can design almost any adventure to fit your mood.
Some of the possibilities are listed below.
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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. Fishing 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!

Golf Granby Ranch:
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, and the course was designed with something for everyone.

The 7,123 par 72 course boasts views of the Rocky Mountains on every hole with the front nine designed around native grasses and wetlands along the Fraser River. The back nine features elevation changes in a mountain valley setting providing views from
rolling fairways and greens.

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. Bistro 28 is a full-service restaurant and bar located at the golf course clubhouse.
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 the 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.

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.

Mountain Biking
With over 600 miles of single-track trail located in the Fraser Valley, 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. If gravel riding is your thing, miles and miles of forest service roads are just waiting for you to explore.

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 for winter Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.

Cross Country Skiing:

  • Grand Lake Nordic Center
  • Snow Mountain Ranch
  • Granby Ranch
  • Devil’s Thumb Ranch Adventure Center

Downhill Skiing:

  • Winter Park Resort
  • Granby Ranch
  • Powder Addiction Snow Cat Tours


  • Grand Park Community Recreation Center
  • Mountain Moon Yoga
  •  Mountain Beast Fitness
  • Elevate PPT Pilates

Hot Air Balloon:

  •  Grand Adventures Balloon Tours
  • Hot Springs:
  • Hot Sulphur Springs

Ice Skating:

  • Devil’s Thumb Ranch Adventure Center
  • Fraser Valley Sports Complex
  • Snow Mountain Ranch


Visit for Spa and Massage recommendations



  • Cozens Ranch
  • Moffatt Railroad Museum Granby
  • Pioneer Village Museum Kremmling

Indoor Swimming Pools/Climbing Walls:

  • Snow Mountain Ranch
  • Grand Park Recreation Center
  • Scenic Chairlift or Gondola Rides:
  • Granby Ranch
  • Winter Park Resort

Scenic Drives/Wildlife Viewing:

  • Ask for trail recommendations and maps at the Winter Park Visitor Center or at
  • Rocky Mountain National Park


  • Downtown Winter Park, Fraser, Granby, Grand Lake
  • Cooper Creek Square
  • Winter Park Resort Village Shops


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

Sleigh Rides:

  • Cabin Creek Stables at Devil’s Thumb Ranch
  • Dashing Thru the Snow
  • Sombrero Stables at Snow Mountain Ranch

Snowcat Tours:

  • Jones Pass Guides formally known as Powder Addiction
  • Winter Park Resort

Snowmobiling/Snow Scoots:

  • Colorado Adventure Park
  • Grand Adventures, LLC
  • On the Trail Snowmobile Rentals
  • Spirit Lake Lodge Snowmobile Rentals
  • Trailblazer Snowmobile Tours


  • Grand Lake Nordic Center
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Snow Mountain Ranch
  • Sol Vista Basin at Granby Ranch
  • Winter Park Tour Center


  • Colorado Adventure Park
  • Fraser Tubing Hill
  • Snow Mountain Ranch


  • Hideaway Brewery
  • Big Trout Brewing
  • Idlewild Distillery
  • Fraser Valley Distilling
  • Fraser River Beer Co
  • Camber Brewing Co


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