The town of Winter Park, Colorado, is the perfect getaway for those looking the escape the crowds. This world-class ski destination has year-round activities including recreation, shopping and dining.
Winter Park Area Attractions
Winter Park Resort is the most popular attraction in the Winter Park area and features the the town's highest point at 12,060 feet. The resort sees approximately 350 inches of snowfall each year and offers guests 3,081 skiable acres. There are 143 designated trails and 1,212 acres of terrain for skiers and riders. Also at the resort is the National Sports Center for the Disabled, where guests will find adaptive recreation programs for more than 20 sports.
Winter activities in the area include tubing, sledding, skiing, ice skating, dog sledding and snowmobiling while summer activities include biking, golfing, hiking, horseback riding and river rafting. Two miles north you'll find the community of Fraser and the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District. At the Grand Park Recreation Center in Fraser, enjoy more than 40 adult fitness classes and other activities for all ages including gymnastics, swimming and rock climbing. The recreation center also has a natatorium with a 20-foot loop slide, spray and play features, a lazy river, a zero-depth entry pool and a 25-yard lap pool.
Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests surround the town of Winter Park as well as some of its outlying areas. These protected green spaces encompass a total of 1.5 million acres and go all the way to the state's border with Wyoming. Several activities are available at the forests including scenic drives, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, horseback riding and rock climbing as well as winter activities such as snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling. There are scenic byways you'll want to check out as well as the Arapaho National Recreation Area and the Cache la Poudre River.
More family fun in the Winter Park area includes The Foundry Cinema and Bowl where there are two movie theaters, eight lanes of bowling and billiards. This is the only combined movie theater and bowling alley in the state and a great place to hang out after a day at the resort. Live performances are also featured at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. When you visit during the winter, check out Colorado Adventure Park for the fastest, largest and safest tubing hill. There's also a lift that takes visitors to the top of the hill.
Things to Do in Winter Park
Rocky Mountain National Park: Whether it's winter or summer, Rocky Mountain National Park is a must-see while visiting the Winter Park area. During the winter, wander through 10 miles of spectacular views of the Kawuneeche Valley on Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in America. There are more than 60 peaks within 416 square miles. During the winter, the western side of the park is covered in snow and offers excellent opportunities for snowshoeing, snowmobiling or skiing. When you visit the park in the summer you'll get the chance to see elk, bighorn sheep and other types of wildlife including mule deer and moose. Be sure to visit the Holzwarth Historic Site during the summer. This preserved 1920s-era dude ranch is located in the heart of the park's forest. The Kawuneeche Visitor Center is open year-round and is where you'll want to stop if you're interested in taking a ranger-guided walk or learning more about other center programs.
Shopping: Be...Boutique in Winter Park offers women's clothing, while Local Experience sells anything you'll need to spend a day on the mountain. There's also B.Jammin', The General Store, Cooper Creek Square, Moose Hollow, Peezie Marie and Revolve Consignment Boutique in Winter Park. Head to Grand Lake for more ski gear at Never Summer Mountain Products.
Dining: With five communities in the Winter Park area, there are several dining options for visitors. In Fraser, you'll find Elevation Pizza, Creekside Eatery, Crooked Creek Saloon and El Pacifico. Fresh Mexican food made from scratch is served at El Pacifico while breakfast, lunch and dinner is found at Creekside Eatery. Munch on healthy options at the Granby Ranch Grill, Rocky Mountain comfort foods at Ma's Country Cabin and Saloon and other dining options at Mid Town Cafe, Azteca and Brickhouse 40. Grand Lake is home to Grand Lake Lodge, Lariat Saloon and Grumpy's Saloon. Enjoy fine dining and award-winning dishes at Back Street Steak House in Grand Lake. Dine at Sombrero Stables, Tabernash Tavern, Heck's at Devil's Thumb Ranch and Ranch House Restaurant and Saloon in Tabernash or Randi's Grill and Pub, Strip and Tail, Doc's Roadhouse, The Foundry Cinema and Bowl and Deno's Mountain Bistro in Winter Park.