Spring is in the air and things are happening in and around Winter Park. Rivers and lakes are opening up to raft, fish, and paddle board, the mountain bike trails are drying out, the restaurants are re-opening from their off-season hiatus, and locals are returning from their desert/beach getaways excited and eager to get back to working and playing in Winter Park.
Although not every trail and restaurant are open in Winter Park during the Spring months, there is plenty to do and see while you are here (and usually it’s cheaper and less crowded, too). Follow our guide below to turn your spring trip into an annual vacation!
Just a 30 minute drive from Winter Park and on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, local Paddle Boarding Company Rocky Mountain SUP is open for business offering SUP rentals and lessons, SUP Yoga, and even Kayak rentals.
Winter Park Adventure Quest aerial adventure park sprang up last summer and is a hit with families. Take your shot at the 24 separate challenge elements of the Aerial Adventure Park or sign up for their off-site rock climbing tour. Winter Park Lodging Company guests save 10% on their next climbing adventure.
The water is running hard from late May through early June and this is the time when white water rafting offers the most thrills, although tame trips are still available. Click here to find out what whitewater trip is right for you and save 10% with MAD adventures.
Dry trails await down the Fraser Valley towards Tabernash and Granby and even some in the Winter Park area.
The perfect trail to breathe the fresh spring air, take in the sights and get your legs warmed up for the biking season. The Fraser river trail is a five-mile paved trail that gains 772 gradual feet in elevation and winds along the rushing Fraser river from Fraser to Winter Park Resort. This trail is also popular with walkers and rollerbladers.
Located west of Fraser and offers single track and dirt road riding all with Grand County’s highest peak in plain view, Byers Peak. For a family friendly 7.5 mile ride, click here. Creekside, Zoom, Flume, and Chainsaw are all trails that will get the heart going and the smiles growing. See the trail map here.
Opens May 25th for lift access downhill biking offering trails from beginner to expert. Granby Ranch also offers 20+ miles of single track trails through sun-soaked hillsides. Ride Vista Ridge to the top for incredible views overlooking the Fraser Canyon. Other local pics: Cabin Trail for the intermediate rider and Sidewinder/Out of Gas for the aggressive rider. See the full trail map here
Mountain Biking can be intimidating, read our two-part series on Mountain Biking in Winter Park to gain a little knowledge and confidence to try it out. It’s fun! Mountain Biking Tips From Winter Park, Colorado:
It’s time to cash in those burned calories and fill your bellies on the town. Most restaurants will be back open for memorial day weekend.
-Rest your bones on the deck and grab a locally brewed beer at Hideaway Park Brewery. They have a constantly rotating tap system so you are guaranteed something new and fresh.
-Hit Deno’s Happy Hour from 3-6 and try their legendary pork slider appetizer.
-Settle into Pepe Osaka’s Fish Tacos and Tequila Bar for an unforgettable Latian Asian fusion dining experience. We strongly recommend the ahi poke ceviche tacos.
For more Winter park Dining info Check out our Belly Stuffer awards.
Andy Radzavich May 16th, 2018
Well it snowed, ALOT! Winter Park came in as the big winner in Colorado on Monday morning with 7 inches of fresh fluffy new snow. Steamboat began to catch up during the day on Monday when they received a hefty midday snowstorm, there was even a rumor of thundersnow. When it looked like Steamboat was going to surpass Winter Park, the snow picked up in intensity and added FIVE MORE INCHES to the previous 7. The final score, Steamboat: 11.5″ and Winter Park: 12″ (Sorry Steamboat, sometimes you have to share the Champagne). The snow is smooth and silky underfoot and with this new snow and cold temps throughout the week, look for more and more terrain to be opening soon.
As of Tuesday, December 5, 2017, there are 8 lifts and 7 trails open; covering 50 skiable acres.
Cumulative snowfall of 41 inches, with five new inches in 24 hrs and 12 inches in the last 48 hrs. There is an 18 inch base.
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Several new and exciting places have been opening in the area. As you wander about, stop in and try out some of these places for food, brews, and fun.
The Durbar Nepalese & Indian Bistro, (970) 363-7081, opened in Cooper Creek Square in July. Offering authentic menu items from Nepal and India, this quality restaurant will welcome you for lunch or dinner. Big windows and cozy furnishings provide the comfortable setting for satisfying those chai, tandoori, and curry cravings.
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is opening a new taproom right here at the Winter Park Resort Village at 120 Parry Peak Way, between the Village Cabriolet and Zephyr Express lift. A new venture from the Edwards-born Crazy Mountain Brewery, they will now bring their series of craft beers and gourmet sausages to the Village. Schuss in after a perfect day on the slopes!
12/4/17 Anne-Marie & Larry
Andy Radzavich December 5th, 2017
The days are still long and the sunshine still plentiful as we enter into August in Winter Park. There is plenty to do in the beautiful weather and abundant sunshine.
National Night out in Granby: Tuesday, August 1st from 5:30-10:00 p.m. at Polhamus Park in Granby. There will be multiple events including; a hot dog picnic, bounce house, volleyball, human hungry-hungry hippo, an outdoor movie, and more! Check out our neighbors to the west for some free family fun!
Camp Fire Sing Along: On Wednesday, August 2nd, Visit the Village Gazebo from 4-6 PM to listen to your favorite songs, take in the gorgeous scenery and enjoy a cozy campfire at Winter Park Resort! Free to all who want to enjoy!
High Note Thursdays: This week’s free musical act is the Home Groove Band, an American Jam band with “tight vocal harmonies and some tasty jams.” The show begins at 6 at Hideaway Park in Downtown WinterPark.
Free Friday Night Music Series: Head to Winter Park Resort to see Coral Creek this Friday, August 4th from 4-6 PM. Live performances of “new grass” band Coral Creek have been described as “transporting audiences from the beaches of the Carribean, down to the bayou, and back up to the high in the Colorado Rockies.”
Free Face Painting, Baloon Artist, and Bounce House: Visit Cooper Creek this Saturday for free face painting and balloon artist, as well as kids play area and bouncy house. Show off your family’s new cranial decore as you explore the shops and restaurants of Winter Park.
Winter Park Beer Fest: Beer aficionados rejoice, it’s time again for the 8th annual Winter Park Beer Festival! The event happens this Saturday, August 5th from 1:00-5:00 pm in Hideaway Park with live music on tap and 45+ brewers on hand. $30 pre-order or $40 day of the Beer Festival. Pre-order tickets and save here.
Fitness in the Park: Work the kinks out and feel great again this Sunday, August 6th at Hideaway Park from 9-10 am with an hour of yoga with Emily Kuderer, yoga expert of Synergy Collective
Fly Fishing: The Colorado and Fraser Rivers have been fishing fantastic with fish attacking terrestrials and great hatches occurring daily. Get out as the sun comes up to avoid the crowds and up your chances for success. If none of this makes sense, visit Winter Park Fly Fisher for a local guided trip and mention you’re staying with us to get 10% off your trip.
Mountain Biking: The recent rains have kept the dust down and the trails in great shape for the most part.
Local Tip: Be aware that some parts of trails have been washed out from recent heavy rains creating deep ruts down the middle. Just ride with caution and enjoy.
Local Suggestion: Plan a loop or three in the Idlewild zone that provides great riding for all ages and ability levels.
Hiking: Breathtaking views and trails line the mountains all around and above Winter Park. Local Tip: Avoid being caught above treeline during a lightning storm. If you plan on hiking in the high country check the local forecast before you go. If you decide to go, go early. Even on days when there is a low chance of storms we often see storms develop quickly in the afternoon this time of year.
Be sure to check out all of our activities deals with local business partners in the valley allowing you to play your hardest and then of course, rest easy.
Andy Radzavich August 1st, 2017
If you’re thinking of visiting us over Thanksgiving, perfect timing! You’ll be able to check out Karla’s exhibit at the Old Fashioned Holiday Craft Show November 27 & 28 at the Arts Council Building in Grand Lake.
What inspires you?
Seeing the look on peoples’ faces the first time they see a snowflake up close. I have seen a lot of emotions in my snowflake booth at shows. For me the message is, if a snowflake this small can impact someone so much, imagine what an impact we each can make in our lives every day.
When did you take your first snowflake picture?
My first snowflake shot was taken December 2006 and I have since taken over 90,000 snowflake shots.
How long does each photo take to produce?
Every photo is different, with the new style. I shoot the snowflake on slides, so I end up cleaning up any dirt on the slides with photoshop. The rest of the pics are natural, no photo stacking or snowflake manipulation up to this point.
What’s your favorite photo you’ve ever taken?
All of them. Every new snowflake is just as exciting as the first. I am a snowflake addict!
What did you do before you were the snowflake photographer?
Since 2006 my winter job is snowflake photography and my summer job and passion is custom landscaping in Grand County (stellarbooth.com) I create natural moss rock mountain landscapes, I built the pondless waterfall at the new courthouse, pondless waterfall for 9 news in Denver and I go on 9 news frequently to teach home owners about water and landscape things.
What’s the best time of day for capturing these images?
Best temperatures 0 to -20 degrees, this gives more working time on the shot. No wind, usually morning, but if it is snowing I am out.
What’s your favorite thing about Grand County?
I love everything about Grand County, I love late September waking up and going to bed hearing the Elk bugling. The crisp fall mornings, with beautiful sunrises. Walking into City Market on Tuesdays and knowing you will see and socialize with at least 10 of your local neighbors. I love the support you feel in this County, the fundraisers for those in need, cannot be topped with the generosity of this County, we should all be proud to be a part of it, I know I am.
Debs Bridge November 2nd, 2015
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There are so many incredible sights to see in beautiful Winter Park, and sharing them with someone special can be the cherry on top of a perfect vacation. Why not book a romantic one-bedroom condo with its own private hot tub?
And once you find your lodging, it’s time to plan your activities. Dinner and a movie is always a good go-to date, but we wanted to compile a few unique date ideas for an unforgettable experience. If you’re planning a special weekend for your sweetheart, here are a few of our favorite creative date ideas.
We’re big fans of Sheila at Blue Sky Massage, and she is available to come to you for an in-home massage if you want to surprise your sweetie with a relaxing, stress-reducing massage after a day on the slopes.
What a romantic idea! An early morning balloon ride with your partner- just think of the views! Grand Adventure Hot Air Balloon Rides offers a champagne toast and continental breakfast to accompany this unique and beautiful experience. Pricing and info on Grand Adventure’s website.
So they say, if you can walk, you can snowshoe! It’s such a cool way to get out in nature and enjoy a cool new experience together. Multiple places around the valley offer snowshoe rentals, guided tours, or great scenic routes to try on your own. More information from the Winter Park Fraser Chamber website.
There is something so magical about being pulled through the sparkling snow by a team of huskies! Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park offers this amazing experience, plus an educational tour of the kennels if you’d like to learn more about these spectacular animals. Pricing and info on Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park’s website.
Here’s a clip of what some patrons had to say about their experience.
We hope to see you soon! If you’re planning your romantic getaway in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park .
Debs Bridge October 5th, 2015
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With such great lodging deals in November, now is definitely the time to book your Thanksgiving getaway. So what if you don’t feel like cooking a feast during your vacation? Don’t worry, you’re not the only person who feels this way! Luckily, many local restauranteurs always come to the rescue with beautiful and tasty Thanksgiving fare throughout the day, or if Thanksgiving food isn’t your thing, you can order off their regular menus. We went ahead and compiled a list of a few of our favorite spots.
Deno’s Mountain Bistro – A longtime favorite among visitors and locals alike, Deno’s has the type of atmosphere perfect for family memories. Cozy and charming décor with expertly-crafted cocktails and a vast wine selection, plus a thoughtful and delicious menu featuring a delectable Greek Fusion theme. Check back on their facebook page for more information on their Thanksgiving specials.
DaVinci – This “Modern European” Restaurant is both chic and classic, with dishes to satisfy the traditional eater, as well as a selection of delicious treats for the foodie in your group. The atmosphere is comfortable and the staff are friendly, definitely an elegant way to spend the holiday. Check their website for more information and specials.
Hernando’s Pizza Pub – This family-friendly restaurant makes the best pies around! Try putting honey on your crusts, you’ll never go back. The atmosphere is quaint and cool, and you’ll sure grow to appreciate the American dollar in this joint! If dining out isn’t your thing, consider carry-out for a delicious night in. Check their facebook page for more information and specials.
Tabernash Tavern – This is one of our favorite places for a date! Even more special on Thanksgiving, the high-end rustic charm of the Tavern is the perfect romantic compliment to a delicious dinner for two. A great beer selection and marvelously opulent and delicious food pairings make for an experience you will definitely crave again! Check out their facebook page for more information and specials.
Volario’s – The signature restaurant at the Vasquez Creek Inn, Volario’s is an exquisite blend of Spanish and Northern Italian fare. The fresh and vibrant atmosphere will make your group feel right at home.You’ll love the meatballs or the pizzetas, and be sure to check back on their facebook page to see what Thanksgiving offerings are in store for you!
We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving in the mountains, and if you have any other suggestions for a fabulous Turkey Day restaurant, let us know on our facebook page!
We hope to see you soon! If you are planning a Thanksgiving getaway in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park .
Debs Bridge August 28th, 2015