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Summer Activities

It's summertime in the Colorado Rocky Mountains! Although most visitors are drawn here by the skiing, don't be surprised when you're visiting our area if you hear a local say, "I came for the winter, but stayed for the summer!" It's true. If you've been here during the ski season, we highly recommend you come back for a Winter Park vacation in the summer to experience all that we have to offer. There are so many reasons:

Winter Park Fun in the Sun

  • Breathtaking Scenery - whether at the top of the scenic chairlift up to the top of Winter Park Resort, riding the train to our valley or winding through Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Abundance of Activities - You won't hear from your kids, "I'm bored." We can guarantee to find enough different activities to exhaust them for a week! And let us count the ways and the number of days...

#1 Ride the waves! Experience the thrill of rafting the Colorado River, full or half-day trips available.

#2 Play at the Park - Winter Park Resort's summer activities offers a plethora of kid-friendly activities: the alpine slide (Colorado's longest slide!), mini golf, human maze, scenic chairlift rides and bungy jumping on trampolines.

#3 Learn from an experienced flyfishing guide how to tantalize a rainbow or brown trout on local waters, public or private access available.

#4 If water sports and boating are your thing, head to Grand Lake to play on the three lakes (Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain and Grand Lake) and be sure to meander through the quaint town of Grand Lake, filled with art galleries, restaurants, and such.

#5 Take a guided 2 hour horseback trail ride - great family fun! (Just be prepared to hear about the horse your child rode named "Shiloh" for the remainder of the week.)

#6 Single track on over 600 miles of mountain bike trails (there's a reason Winter Park was coined Mountain Bike Capital, USA™). For the hard core riders, check out the new terrain at Trestle Bike Park or SolVista Bike Park.  For the less technical riders, rent a bike and cruise along the paved Fraser River Trail.

#7 Whoop it up at one of the local rodeos- The High Country Stampede at the John Work Arena in Fraser or Flying Heels near Granby. Be sure to partake in some local flair, including the BBQ dinner for you and mutton busting for the kids!

#8 Take a hike! To the top of Byers Peak, Devils Thumb, Columbine Lake... the list is quite extensive, and there are all levels of accessible terrain. Or take a drive through Rocky Mountain National Park, have lunch in Estes Park - you can make a full day of it.

#9 Tour the history.  There are 3 local museums that will take you back to early life in the Fraser Valley, thanks to the Grand County Historical Association. 

At 9,000 feet, Winter Park & the Fraser Valley has the ideal summer temperatures. It will typically start out cool (40's to 50's) in the morning, and quickly warm up to the 60's and 70's. We don't get 90 degree weather or have high humidity! We recommend to always have with you the following: sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle and a light jacket for the ever-changing Colorado conditions.

Then let our guest service agents answer your detailed questions or book a summer activity for you, book your tee times... whatever we can do to make your fun summer getaway. 

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