Winter Park is all winter in the winter, but we are all park in the summer! Our natural playground is why we were voted Colorado’s Top Adventure town. You can find fun for every level of adventurer in your group. Here’s what we vote as our Top 10 Summer Experiences
1. Ride the Alpine Slide
Not all alpine slides are created equal. The Winter Park Resort Alpine Slide is Colorado’s longest, and with two tracks to choose from, you’ll have a blast cruising down to the base. The ride is a thrill for all ages and should be on your summer bucket list.
2. Hike through Wild Flowers
The Colorado High Country is known for bursting in color in mid-July to early August. The best way to enjoy the array of wildflowers is on a peaceful hike. Right across from Winter Park Resort is access to the Jim Creek Trail. The hike is moderate, but if you’d like a more leisurely stroll, here are some other recommendations. Getting to know the Jim Creek Trail will also be awesome for winter prep, as you can take a snowshoe tour when it is covered in snow and take sweet before and after shots! And if the whole 6.6 miles is too much, just take in as much as you want on this out and back trail before heading back to the Village for lunch. And if you are looking for even more on trail adventures, check out Rocky Mountain National Park.
3. Take a Summit to Base Tour
There’s no better way to see the sites than to roll down the mountain on two wheels. On a Summit to Base Tour, you’ll start with a scenic chairlift ride, that offers views of the whole valley. On your descent, you’ll not only take in breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and enjoy the summer sunshine, you’ll also get to learn about the rich history of the area.
4. Explore the Fraser River Trail
As the name implies, the paved trail follows the Fraser River from Winter Park Resort to the adjacent town. The trail offers an easy route right through downtown Winter Park, with beautiful scenic spots or areas to stop and play in the river! This trail makes getting into nature really easily accessible for anyone, given its gentle slope and multiple stopping points. It also lends itself to wildlife viewings, so keep your eyes peeled for moose, foxes, deer, and whatever else you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of.
5. Watch the Sunrise Over the Valley
Cool mountain mornings are beautiful and peaceful as the sun just graces the peaks of the Continental Divide. Often the morning mist burns off from the sun, creating views unique to the Fraser Valley. If you’re up for an early morning hike, try the Devil’s Thumb Trail Head. Driving to the trailhead is a bit bumpy, but the first leg of the trail is easy to navigate with low light (but headlamps are 100% recommended) and opens to a meadow that is a great place to enjoy a thermos of coffee.
6. Enjoy a cocktail on the Vertical Patio
Known for their legendary Chicken and Waffles Bloody Marys, Vertical Bistro and Tap offers a sunny spot to enjoy any selection of their cocktails. Pair it with one of their delicious small plates, and you have an entire afternoon of plans.
7. See a Concert at Hideaway Park
You’ll have many opportunities to enjoy music at the brand new stage at Hideaway Park. High Note Thursdays offer weekly fun with a local crowd and true mountain town vibes. Throughout the summer, you’ll also find Hideaway Park host to weekend music festivals. From Jazz to Blues to Folk, this venue is a great place to catch live music!
8. Attend Village Uncorked
Every weekend in the summer is buzzing with activity, but the weekend of Fourth of July, Winter Park Resort hosts Village Uncorked. A day to drink wine in the mountains – we promise after attending this event, you’ll realize why it’s on our favorite list!
Village Uncorked also typically falls on the same day as the Race for Independence. So you can get a 5 mile run on in the morning and then indulge in wine tasting throughout the afternoon.
Grand County has 1,000 miles of streams and rivers, almost 1,000 acres of high mountain lakes, 11,000 acres of reservoirs, as well as stocked ponds. Fishing near Winter Park means you’ll find Cutthroat, Brown, Rainbow and Brook Trout, depending on location upriver. Whether it’s your first time testing the waters, or you are a lifetime angler, there’s a perfect fishing hole for you in our backyard.
10. Horseback Riding
Embrace the Wild West and your inner Cowboy or Cowgirl with a horseback riding tour. Devil’s Thumb Ranch has over 6,000 acres to explore on horseback! And Sombrero Stables at Snow Mountain Ranch also offers a variety of riding experiences. The whole family can join the equestrian adventure and navigate trails with a guide.
From extreme adrenaline junkies to laid-back nature enthusiasts, we have an adventure for anyone to get hyped about. Spend a week with us this summer, and you’ll see why they say, people come for the winter and stay for the summer!