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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!


Spend the afternoon at Grand Lake

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.

Take on the Aerial Adventure Park

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.

White Water Rafting

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.

Mountain Bike Trails:

Dry trails await down the Fraser Valley towards Tabernash and Granby and even some in the Winter Park area.

Granby Ranch Summit

Popping Wheelies at Granby Ranch

Fraser River Trail:

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.

Deadhorse/Saint Louis Creek:

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.

Granby Ranch:

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:

Part One, Gear up

Part Two, Building Your Skills


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.

Local Spring Hot Spots

-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.

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May 16th, 2018

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Colorado River raftingWhitewater Rafting around Winter Park, Colorado

The incredible snow year we have had is about to change into an incredible whitewater rafting year. Winter Park Resort received almost 400 inches of snow this ski season and we have probably gotten another 40 inches since the resort closed April 24th.  All this snow is starting to melt and we are looking at one of the best rafting season in years.

The Upper Colorado snow basin is around 200% of normal snowpack and the water in the rivers is starting to rise.  The Fraser River is already over 1000 cfs and the Upper Colorado 7000 cfs.  That is a lot of water already.

Now is the time to book your summer getaway and take a ride down the Colorado or Clear Creek Rivers.  Winter Park Lodging Company works with Adventures in Whitewater and Redtail Rafting.

Adventures in Whitewater offers rafting trips on either river, has experienced and friendly guides, plus guests of Winter Park Lodging Company get 15% off.  Adventures in Whitewater offers a variety of raft trips for all ages on both the Upper Colorado River and Clear Creek.  From first time beginners to expert paddlers, you will get the rafting trip that is right for you. Float in a raft through scenic scenery on the Colorado River with the young and the young at heart or challenge your wild side with a white-knuckled, adrenalin-charged Clear Creek rafting trip. The top priority is your safety, so AIW only uses qualified, experienced guides.  Their home base is right here in Winter Park, Colorado, but they serve many other areas, including Breckenridge, Idaho Springs and Denver. They’d love to take you and your family for a ride, plus they’re a great resource for team-building, experiential learning, family reunions and wedding parties. Feel free to call their friendly local staff at 1-877-321-RAFT or (970)726-3279 if you have any questions.

NOTE: You MUST mention your reservation number and the vacation home you are staying in with Winter Park Lodging Company at the time of booking your trip to get the 15% discount.

Redtail Rafting offer trips on the scenic and wild Colorado River.  Make a memory on the legendary Upper Colorado River while traversing Class I,II & III (mild to moderate) rapids.  Red Tail’s highly trained professionals will guide you through a day of breathtaking scenery, bountiful wildlife and thrilling rapids. Redtail prides themselves on smaller, more personal trips, that you and your family will long remember.

Summer is here and the time is right for a little rafting up in the Colorado Rockies.  Come stay with Winter Park Lodging Company and get a deal on some great rafting.

May 31st, 2011

Posted In: White Water Rafting, Winter Park Summer activities

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One of our favorite summertime activities in Colorado is rafting. Whether you want a high paced adventure down Clear Creek, or a more scenic ride on the mighty Upper Colorado, Adventures in Whitewater offers both.  Safety and fun are the top priorities of this local company, and the professional guides will reassure you of that. Rob was our guide down the Colorado this week. He gave us plenty of fun and colorful history facts of Colorado

River history during our 2 1/2 hour trip down river. Eight of us shared a big boat and had an oar that we maneuvered through a few level1 and 2 rapids during the ride. About half way down, we reached a large rock that you could jump off of into the river.  Although the water is pretty chilly, you’ll warm up quickly in the dry air. Overall, the trip was great fun for the whole family and we were all excited to get the Winter Park Lodging Company 15% discount! Make sure to get on the river during your Summer vacation in Winter Park, and get a great deal on your lodging with Winter Park Lodging Company. For more info on rafting trips , call Adventures in Whitewater @ 1-877-321-RAFT.

July 16th, 2010

Posted In: Deals & Discounts, Kid's Activities, Lodging, White Water Rafting, Winter Park Summer activities

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We get an average of 365 inches of snow in a season up here in Winter Park. Since we didn’t get all of that during the ski season, it’s coming down now. That’s great news for summer rafters. The better the snow pack, the better and longer the raft season. Adventures in Whitewater, a local WP business, offers guided trips on both the Colorado and Clear Creek Rivers. Check out their website,, or give them a call to schedule your adventure, 1-877-321-RAFT or at (970)726-3279. Be sure to mention that you are a guest of Winter Park Lodging Company for a great 15% discount!

May 12th, 2010

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trail rideTravel just 45 minutes from Winter Park to Kremmling for the ride of your life. The Rusty Spurr Cattle Ranch offers authentic cattle drives. No matter your riding experience, they have a ride for you, from the standard trail ride to the newest Outlaw Ride for the real cowboy thrill seekers.  Prices range from $63/person for the standard ride to $135/person for the Saddle and Paddle day.  Give them a call to make your reservation at 866.724.9715 or 970.724.1123.

July 28th, 2009

Posted In: Local Info, White Water Rafting