Winter Park is a year-round vacation destination for the outdoor enthusiast as well as the nature lover. While skiers love the powder and fun things to do in the winter and mountain bikers love the dirt trails and summer activities, there are also a number of year-round activities to choose from no matter the season.
Things to Do at Winter Park Year-Round
Some of our favorite year-round Winter Park activities include:
- Exploring nearby Rocky Mountain National Park – Open year-round, 24 hours a day, Rocky Mountain National Park has more than 60 peaks over 12,000ft within its 416 square mile boundary. That’s a lot of room for wandering! During summer, the big attraction is Trail Ridge Road, the highest, continuous paved road in the United States. When the snow closes Trail Ridge Road from October to May we recommend exploring the deep snow in the meadows of the Kawuneeche Valley, an ideal area for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
- Bike riding – Though it might seem strange, Winter Park is home to year-round fun on two wheels. In warmer and drier season, pedal the pavement on a road bike or hit the trails on a mountain bike. When the snow starts falling, switch gears and use a heavy duty fat-tire bike to keep exploring the trails.
- Watching wildlife in Grand County – Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the country’s top wildlife-watching destinations with more than 3,000 elk, 800 bighorn sheep and many mule deer and moose. Deep snows push the moose to the Village of Grand Lake as well as along the roads and parking lots in the Park. Coyotes can often be seen running through a back yard. It’s harder to spot the shy, reclusive mountain lion, and the elusive red fox, but you’ll know when you’ve entered the yellow-bellied marmot’s territory when you hear its distinctive whistle. No matter the season, keep an eye out for Winter Park wildlife.
- Embracing the history of Grand County – Visit one of the area’s many museums to learn more about the area’s historic roots. Located along the Fraser River, the Cozens Ranch Museum was the first homestead of the Fraser Valley. Travel back to the days of stagecoach travel and pioneer ranching of the late 1800s. In Kremmling the Heritage Park Museum boasts six historic buildings: the MacElroy Livery barn, the Hermitage ranch house, a 1915 Forest Service Ranger Station, the Ritschard family fishing cabin, plus the original Kremmling town jail and old railroad depot. The Kauffman House Museum in Grand Lake was built in 1892 and operated as a hotel until 1946 by the Kauffman family. The museum is open during the summer and special holidays.
- Relax, refresh and rejuvenate at a local spa – Bella Vita Mountain Day Spa in Winter Park and Ranch Creek Day Spa at Devil’s Thumb offer a full range of spa treatments no matter what time of year it is. There’s always time to relax.
To find out more about seasonal activities, pick up one of our seasonal guides in town.Tags: What to Do