Embrace Summer in the Mountains with Some of Our Favorite Grand County Date Nights!

Dinner and a movie is a tried and true date night - our small towns have plenty of amazing options for dinner and even a movie theater. But the outdoor adventures and unique opportunities here in Grand County make it easy to get creative with a night out, especially in the summer. We've put together a few of our favorites to help you spice things up or really impress on that first date! 

FRASER RIVER TRAIL TO WINTER PARK RESORT

Take an easy ride or stroll on the paved Fraser River Trail from downtown Winter Park to Winter Park Resort. The gentle, rolling trail weaves along the Fraser River through thick forested areas and the Idlewild Campground. When you make…

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Showtime! Rocky Mountain Repertory Brings the Magic of Live, Professional Theater to the Stage in Grand Lake

Grand Lake's summertime charm is undeniable. Whether you're out on the scenic alpine lake, sitting shoreside, hiking, exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, or enjoying the old-fashioned boardwalk on Grand Avenue with an ice cream in hand, you're sure to be feeling the summer vibes in Grand County's quaint little town. 

And with the longer, warmer days comes theatre season in Grand Lake. Most don't typically equate small mountain towns with a lively arts scene, but the Grand Lake's Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre brings "big city" productions to our little idyllic gateway-to-the-national-park town. The level of production is on par with…

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Sweet Mountain Summer: Top 10 Ways to Take Advantage of Warmer Weather + Longer Days in Grand County

We're sure you've heard it before - when it comes to Grand County, people "come for the winter and stay for the summer." There's no question that Winter Park is known for its deep powder, epic resort & backcountry skiing, and wealth of winter fun, but the secret is out: summer in the mountains is about as good as it gets. Ideal temperatures, opportunities for adventure in every direction, and fun, free events all summer long make the short but oh-so-sweet season yet another reason we love calling this place home. 

And if you're looking to get the most out of your summer in the mountains, be sure to check out these top 10 summer activities in…

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Hit the Trails this Spring: Where to Ride Early-Season

As skiing winds down for the season and our winter's worth of snow continues to melt, we start to hang up our skis and tune up our bikes to hit the trails this summer. We can always take a spring bike trip to Fruita or Moab to get some pedaling in before peak season here in Grand County, but there are also some sweet spots for spring riding right in our backyard! The Phases in Tabernash and Granby Ranch's cross-country trails are some of the first trails to melt and dry out each spring. 

THE PHASES

This south-facing network of trails minutes off Highway 40 in Tabernash has been a long-time local favorite for spring riding. The sun exposure the area gets allows the Phases be the first…

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Snowcat Skiing: Skip the Lift Lines and Experience the Beauty of Untouched Powder in the Backcountry 

Looking for a stash of untouched steep and deeps in the backcountry? Those covetable first tracks typically mean waking up early to snag a spot in the lift line on a powder day, "earning your turns" with uphill skiing at the resort, or hitting the backcountry to skin on Berthoud Pass. We're lucky enough to have another option right in our backyard: skip the lines and hikes and hop in a snowcat instead! Snowcats easily blaze trails and traverse harsh terrain, so what better way is there to reach those backcountry gold mines of pristine snow? "Cat skiing" even has a leg up on heli skiing. Those epic winter storms that powder day dreams are made of…

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Top 10 Winter Activities in Grand County

We know you're well aware of the gift that the Winter Park area is in the midst of the snowy season, but there's a chance you might've missed a few of the wealth of options at your fingertips in this winter wonderland. Whether you're visiting for vacation, have a second home, or live here year-round, we have no doubt you'll find a winter activity (or several) that you love. Check out our "Top 10" list of winter activities here in Grand County's Rocky Mountains!

1. Downhill Skiing + Riding

Of course downhill skiing and riding tops the list! From Hot Sulphur Springs to Winter Park, Grand County has a rich history as a pioneer in skiing the Rocky Mountains. And it's now home to two resorts.

Winter…

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Winter Adventures: Tubing + Sledding from Winter Park to Grand Lake

There's no question we live in a year-round playground, but this time of year makes it clear why the Winter Park area gets its name from all the snowy-season outdoor fun to be had here in Grand County. Big winter storms followed by crisp, bluebird days highlight the sheer beauty of the Rocky Mountains, and we're all ready to get outside and play in the snow! Opportunities for winter adventure abound: whether you're skiing or riding one of our world class resorts, hitting the trails on cross-country skis, snowmobiling through the backcountry, ice fishing on the three lakes, or tubing down a mountainside, it's hard not to enjoy a day well spent in the mountains of Grand County. 

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September Brings the Cooler Air and Changing Leaves: Explore Our Favorite Spots for Leaf Peeping from Winter Park to Grand Lake!

The heat of summer is starting to wan as the cool, crisp air makes its way to the Fraser Valley, signaling winter is just around the corner. Smoke drifts out of chimneys, frosty green grass greets us in the mornings, snow settles into the tops of peaks, and we start to layer our tank tops with fleece pullovers. Fall in Grand County truly is one of our favorite times of year. Not only do the aspens burst with vibrant gold, orange, and red, but life seems to slow down a little, making space to take advantage of our high-mountain hiking, biking, and fishing in some cooler temps before the snow flies. 

If you're looking to…

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Soak in the Last Days of Summer over Labor Day Weekend in Winter Park!

As we close in on September, we know fall and all its glory is around the corner. The days are getting shorter, and if you're looking closely, you'll see yellow leaves replacing the summer green here and there. Labor Day weekend typically marks the unofficial end of summer: school starts, weekly seasonal events come to an end, and local businesses adjust their hours of operation as we settle into a slower pace here in Grand County.

But if you're in town over the holiday, there are still plenty of events and outdoor opportunities to close out the summer season! We really think Labor Day weekend doesn't get much better than it does in Grand County. This year, the long…

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Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Grand Lake Bring the High-Mountain, On-the-Water Adventure + Beauty Here in Grand County

All connected but each distinct, the lakes that comprise the "three lakes" region here in Grand County make it easy to pack in adventure, views, and a reprieve from the hustle and heat. All three sit along the east side of Highway 34, making both a beautiful drive to Rocky Mountain National Park and a haven for summer fun in the heart of Grand. Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake, and Grand Lake are not only the headwaters of the Colorado River; they are truly the jewels of the county come summertime. 

Fishing, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking are favorite on-the-lake activities throughout the summer and…

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