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100 Things to Do in Winter Park this Summer

Summer might just be Winter Park’s best kept secret. While winter sports put Winter Park on the map, summers in the high country have just as much to offer. Our favorite winter views take on new life and outdoor activities abound. Truth-be-told, we just can’t get enough of this short and sweet time of year. Want to know why? We’ll start you off with 100 things we love to do in Winter Park during the summer. At just 67 miles from Denver, you might want to make a few trips to try them all for yourself!

  1. Ride the Gondola. Ease into the summer action with an easy-breezy ride up to 10,700 feet. You’ll get incredible views of the Continental Divide & Fraser Valley, plus access to mountaintop trails, snacks at Sunspot, and more.
  2. Eat mountaintop Ice Cream at Sunspot. Speaking of snacks at Sunspot, grab a cone and watch the hummingbirds flutter outside at a picnic table.

3. Take a smooth bike cruise on the wooded Fraser River Trail. Great for all levels, this trail reaches from Winter Park Resort, through downtown Winter Park, and on to Fraser for 6.3 miles, following the river and ponds the whole way.

4. Hike the Waterfall Trail at Snow Mountain Ranch. This 2.5 mile hike is great for all ages and abilities, taking you to a picturesque waterfall, of course.

5. Watch the train go through Moffat Tunnel. This historic tunnel passes through the Continental Divide and is over 6 miles long!

6. Go Birding. Check out this list of Best Bird Watching Trails in Winter Park!

7. Mountain Bike at Trestle Bike Park. Over 40 miles of downhill trails from beginner to expert will have you coming back for more.

8. Drink a Mary Jane Ale. Winter Park Resort teamed up with Colorado craft brewer, Upslope Brewery, to create this one-of-a-kind namesake. Try it for yourself!

9. Build a cairn. Find a rocky patch of trail and try your hand at stacking rocks to create your own towering (or tiny) trail marker.

10. Explore Cozens Ranch Museum. Be transported to the 1800s at the Fraser Valley’s first homestead.

11. Try a local brew at Hideaway Park Brewery. This microbrewery features rotating taps and an unrivaled local pup scene. Sip a brew and make some furry friends on their outdoor patio.

12. Learn about the critical role of Colorado Rivers on the Headwaters River Journey. This self-guided adventure features 31 immersive exhibits.

13. Try an E-Bike. Be prepared to revel at the ease of breezing down the trails on an electric bike while taking in incredible views on this guided experience.

14. Hike to Fantasy Meadow. Accessed at the top of the Gondola, this scenic loop offers fantastic wildlife and wildflower-spotting opportunities and serene moments along bubbling streams.

15. Learn to Fly Fish. Grab a guide and/or rental gear and get out on Colorado’s pristine waters!

16. Shop locally made art and furnishings at Uptripping. From upcycled housewares to original paintings, you’re bound to fall in love with an original piece from this local, environmentally-conscious creative.

17. Find your center at Mountain Moon Yoga. Stretch out those muscles after a day of mountain adventure with a relaxing yoga practice.

18. Drift down the lazy river. Looking for some indoor fun? Head to the Fraser Valley Recreation Center to take advantage of their indoor water park, sauna, and more.

19. Hike to over 12,000 feet en route to the Cirque. This guided hike takes you above treeline to sweeping 360 views on our most adventurous ski terrain (minus the skis this time) in the Cirque.

20. Have a picnic by the pond. Head to the heart of the Village with a blanket and some snacks for some sunny, pond-side relaxation.

21. Stargaze from the deck at Fraser Crossing/Founders Pointe.

22. Meet the Winter Park Avalanche Safety Dogs. Life-savers by trade, good pups by nature.

23. Try a wild game hot dog or veggie carrot dog at Fraser Valley Hot Dog. This local staple is a must-try, located right next to Hideaway Park Brewery in downtown Winter Park—talk about a two-fer.

24. Let loose in the Rendezvous Event Center Skate Park with your board, scooter, bike, or skates. The park is free and open to the public. Park entrance can be found at the intersection of Highway 40 and Rendezvous Way.

25. Pick out Winter Park souvenirs at James & Parry’s in the Village. Find our official Winter Park logo wear, avalanche safety dog plushies, and more treats and trinkets to commemorate your mountain getaway.

26. Try the best pizza in Colorado at Pizza Pedal’r. With unique options like the Yardsale, featuring sweet potato French fries, You’re bound to find a delicious new take on your old favorites.

27. Sip the best margs in Colorado at Pepe Osaka’s Fishtaco. With infused tequilas and a Mex-Asian flair, you might just want to try everything on the menu.

28. Raft the Upper Colorado. Get ready for an unforgettable white water adventure with MAD Adventures.

29. Soak in the natural hot springs at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort. Seven natural springs feed hot, mineral-rich water through 21 pools at this relaxing hot spring.

30. Take a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park.

 31. Work on your short game at the Putting Course. A little friendly competition never hurt, so take advantage of the slopeside course for a little challenge everyone will love.

32. Play a round of frisbee golf. Our 20 hole course winds across ski runs and through the woods, so bring your A-game to this challenging on-mountain course.

33. Explore via ATV. Ride 15 miles up the historic Corona Pass road to the Continental Divide and Corona Pass at nearly 12,000ft in elevation with Grand Adventures.

34. Give summer tubing at Snow Mountain Ranch a whirl. Slide right on into summer with this unique adventure.

35. Hang out with Parry the Snow Safety Pup. He’s fluffy, friendly, and over 6 feet tall. Meet Winter Park’s favorite mascot. You’ll typically find him parading around the base.

36. Head up Corona Pass to see the railroad trestle. This spectacular piece of history at one time connected Winter Park directly to the Front Range via Rollins Pass.

37. Check out Winter Park’s newest brewery, Big Trout Brewing!

38. Spot wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park. Elk, moose, mountain goats… you never know what you’ll see on a drive through our favorite National Park.

39. Sing karaoke at Ullrs Tavern or the Basement. No need to call it a day just because the sun goes down. It’s time to pick up the mic and let loose, songbirds!

40. Take advantage of a photo op at the top of the Continental Divide on Berthoud Pass. With incredible views and hiking trail access, this is a must-stop.

41. Identify wildflowers on Serenity Trail. Hop on this mellow trail right at the base of Winter Park Resort and keep your eye out for Colorado’s state flower, the Columbine, Elephant Head, Chiming Bells, and more.

42. Relax on Vertical Bistro’s pond-side patio. Enjoy signature cocktails, craft beers, and delectable bites under bluebird skies.

43. Paddle board on Grand Lake. Head to the beach for rentals and enjoy a paddle around Colorado’s largest natural lake.

44. Treat yourself to lakeside ice cream. Just steps from the beach, enjoy a treat from Miyauchi’s Snack Bar.

45. Go rock climbing with Winter Park Adventure Quest. Challenge yourself and experience the Colorado outdoors like never before on a half-day guided climbing adventure.

46. Zipline at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Soar down 5 different ziplines for sky-high thrills.

47. Brunch at Sharky’s. This breakfast favorite features classics, southwestern plates, and Sharkbait Jam that you must try.

48. Hike to Adams Falls. This 1-mile hike is suitable for all ages, taking you to spectacular rushing falls.

49. Sip a signature cocktail on the riverside patio at Volario’s. Located at the Vasquez Creek Inn, this charming patio gives you a front row seat to said Vasquez Creek.

50. Give the kids a day of mountain adventure at Camp Idlewild. They’ll spend the day on the mountain learning new skills and enjoying fun, experiential adventures.

51. Play a round at Pole Creek. Hit the links at this nationally ranked Golf Course in the heart of the Fraser Valley.

52. Sip wine at Winter Park Winery or Adventures Decanted. Hit the winery scene just minutes from downtown Winter Park in the neighboring town of Fraser.

53. Shop curated vintage and original designs at Lavender Elephant. One-of-a-kind vintage selections, handmade designs, and creative workshops await in this environmentally-conscious design house in downtown Winter Park.

54. Try local spirits at Idlewild Distillery. Get a peek at the on-site distilling process and then sit back for masterfully crafted cocktails.

55. Enjoy sweets & Coffee at STOKED Meeting House. Grab a cappuccino (served with M&Ms) and browse a huge variety of candies at this intimate coffee and candy shop.

56. Go on a horseback ride at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Explore the ranch’s 6,5000 acres on horseback or by wagon ride.

57. Pamper yourself at Alpenglow Massage. Feel your stress melt away at this conveniently located spa in the Village.

58. Grab freshly baked pastries, donuts, and bagels at Wake N’ Bacon. You can expect to find an incredible bacon-sprinkled donut here on a day-to-day basis, but you never know what other kinds of sweet treats they’ll be baking-in house until you check it out for yourself!

59. Get a pedicure at the Winter Park Salon. It’s ok to take a little break from all of your rugged adventuring to get those nails lookin’ polished.

60. Try your hand at archery at Snow Mountain Ranch. We volunteer as tribute to try this traditional survival skill.

61. Take in the views in every direction from Sunspot’s Patio.

62. Roast s’mores. You can’t come to the mountains and not roast s’mores.

63. Eat a burger smothered in green chili at the Ditch on 40. To really live the full Ditch experience, chase it down with a fresh margarita.

64. Browse local art at Elizabeth Kurtak Art Gallery. Splurge on an original artwork, or take your pick from her incredible Fraser sticker designs.

65. Check out Fraser Thrift. Adjoining to the Elizabeth Kurtak Art Gallery, hunt for showstopping vintage ski onesies or grab a secondhand book to read while you take in mountain views.

66. Play yard games and drink local brews at The Peak Bistro & Brewery. Try a few of their (up to 12) craft beers on tap and enjoy some sunshine on the lawn.

67. Hike to Columbine Lake. This 7.3 mile out-and-back trail winds along wildflower-filled meadows to a stunning alpine lake surrounded by towering peaks.

68. Go bowling at the Foundry. Stay entertained on rainy days or later in the evening with this duo of fun-for-all activities.

69. Take some quiet time at the Fraser Valley Library. Peruse some magazines, cozy up with a picture book, or expand your music taste with a vast collection of mediums, right at your fingertips.

70. Challenge yourself on the Byer’s Peak hike. Read more about this iconic Winter Park hike here.

71. Cool down with a Cosmo Slushie at Fraser Valley Distilling. There’s nothing better on a warm summer day than a slushie… but for adults.

72. Grab a drink on the lawn and watch Trestle riders. Trailblazer Bar is the perfect outdoor hangout for kicking back with a cold one in the middle of the action.

73. Learn to mountain bike with a private lesson. Don’t let mountain biking intimidate you. Get the proper intro with a lesson that meets you where you’re at.

74. Make something cool! Visit the Snow Mountain Ranch Craft shop for tie dye, jewelry making, leather stamping, pottery painting, and more!

75. Hike up Mount Flora and watch the sunrise over the front range. You won’t regret your early wake up call for this breathtaking hike, accessed via the Continental Divide Trail at the top of Berthoud Pass.

76. Mountain biking in the Fraser Experimental Forest. Try the Creekside/Flume loop, winding along St. Louis Creek and through aspen groves for 5 scenic miles.

77. Forage for mushrooms. If you know your mushrooms, explore the trails for a treasure trove of tasty fungi.

78. Go camping. Check out tons of great campgrounds, such as Idlewild Campground, St. Louis Creek Campground, or Stillwater Campground, for a night under the stars.

79. Get your pup (or hamster, or cat) a souvenir pet pass. Your donation goes directly to Grand County Pet Pals, a non-profit organization associated with the Grand County Animal Shelter.

80. Grab a charcuterie board to-go from Adventures Decanted.

81. Have a picnic at the base of Mary Jane. Grassy meadows and frequent wildlife make it a magical place in the summertime.

82. Check out the walk-able Fraser Mountain Mural Festival.

83. Relax on the Timberline chairs and enjoy the fresh mountain air. You just might be tempted to swing the day away right there in the heart of the Village.

84. Explore the old Ski Idlewild trails. Located near downtown Winter Park, explore miles of trails while staying close to all the action.

Hiking in Winter Park

85. Spot a moose from afar. The base of Mary Jane, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Fraser Experimental Forest are all great places to check out.

86. Go on a bar crawl in Fraser. With two distilleries, two wineries, and a collection of eateries, you could spend all day stopping by unique local digs.

87. Explore the shops at Cooper Creek Square. From fudge and souvenirs, to fine jewelry and authentic Nepalese cuisine, window shopping is just the beginning.

88. Relax by the fire and get a cup of coffee at Rocky Mountain Roastery.

89. Explore the wall murals in Granby. Rky Mtn Walls Mural Festival invited 16 artists to create works of art throughout the town, check out the beautiful urban art for yourself!

90. Challenge yourself on the Devil’s Thumb trail. Not only will you get incredible views, but there are tons of wildflowers along this route, too!

91. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Take flight over the Fraser Valley at sunrise for a truly unforgettable experience.

92. Fly over Grand County. Take a flight tour over towering peaks and mountain lakes.

93. Dance all night at Ullrs. Catch live music at this late-night hot spot.

94. Satisfy your midnight snack cravings at the Spot Grill. This food truck located in Ullrs Tavern serves up grilled cheese sandwiches, gourmet paninis, mozz sticks, and more until 2am.

95. Sip craft beers at Gram-worthy hand-painted picnic tables at Camber Brewing Co.

96. Hike to Nederland. Don’t go around the mountains, go over them! Find out about this incredible trek here.

97. Walk down the boardwalk in Grand Lake. You’ll find art galleries, ice cream shops, one-of-a-kind souvenirs, and more.

98. Get a game going. Stop by the Fraser Valley Sports Complex to start a pick-up game of soccer, softball, hockey, or even just hit the playground.

99. Take a photo with the Moose. Head downtown and you’ll spot the moose on the corner of Highway 40 and Rendezvous Way. Sometimes the moose gets dressed up based on upcoming special occasions.

100. Build your bouldering skills. Located just down the block from the Moose on Rendezvous way, check out the climbing wall (then take a slide ride on the way down). The outdoor wall is free and open to the public!

…And there you have it! 100 things to do in Winter Park this summer. If you need a few days to tackle your top picks, head to our deals & packages page to find your perfect summer basecamp.

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