The Future is Grand: Grand County Summer Bucket List

Nestled in the majestic Rocky Mountains are six charming towns that offer visitors an escape from everyday reality with fresh air and wide open spaces. In Grand County, Colorado, one will discover anything from alpine lakes and rivers to ski resorts and bike parks all while being surrounded by the stunning peaks and valleys of the Continental Divide. 

Grand Lake, Granby, Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs, Winter Park and Fraser offer visitors a welcoming yet secluded experience in the mountains. A variety of local shopping and dining opportunities create a unique western experience that can be found nowhere else. 

With sunshine-filled days and moderate weather, summer is the optimal time to experience the outdoor magic of Grand County. From hiking and biking to boating and much more, the future is Grand, and we cannot wait to share it with you. Here are five bucket list items to inspire an adventure-filled summer:

1. Lakeside Camping

Granby is home to the third largest body of water in Colorado. There are many ways to experience Lake Granby, including camping on its shores. Wake up to clear, tranquil waters and blue skies when you camp at the Arapaho Bay Campground or any other lakeside campsite. During the day, get out on the water fishing or paddle boarding, and at night, experience star-filled skies with visibility for miles. There’s nothing more serene than lakeside camping in Grand County. 

2. Whitewater Rafting

The Colorado River winds through Grand County making it an ideal destination for whitewater adventure, including independent trips without a guide. Located in Kremmling, the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park has rapids ranging from Class II to Class V. Raft, kayak or paddle board through these scenic and dramatic canyons for a thrilling summer experience. 

3. Mountain Biking

With hundreds of miles of trails and two downhill bike parks, mountain biking in Winter Park is bucket-list worthy. During the summer, Winter Park Resort converts its slopes to mountain biking trails. Explore Trestle Bike Park’s plethora of trails for both beginners and experts and find out why Winter Park is known as Mountain Bike Capital USA.

4. Hiking & Backpacking

Experience nature firsthand with endless scenic summer trails. Whether you are up for a challenging overnight backpacking trek into pristine wilderness areas, or simply looking for a leisurely stroll through a wildflower-filled valley, you can have it your way in Grand County, Colorado—no extra charge for the breathtaking views! 

5. Boating at Sunset

On the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, visitors will find Grand Lake. The town’s namesake lake is the largest natural lake in the state. Enjoy the solitude of the area by boating on its shimmering waters. And for an awe-inspiring experience, set sail at sunset to watch the light change over the mountains.

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