Spending the summer in Winter Park reminds us why we love living in the mountains of Grand County, Colorado. Every day as the sun climbs over the Continental Divide, it brings with it the possibility of new adventures and cherished memories waiting to be made. With Rocky Mountain National Park in our backyard and dozens of opportunities for other recreational activities including golfing, fly fishing, and mountain biking, Grand County is an outdoor adventurer’s dream.
If you’re thinking about relocating to the Grand County area, you’ll want to learn about all the excellent things to do during the summer in Winter Park. Before purchasing a home, you should review our tips on buying a house in Colorado and Colorado real estate trends.
While Colorado is renowned for its world-class skiing conditions in the winter, the summer is one of the most beautiful times of the years. With a nearly endless number of hiking trails, plenty of rivers and lakes for water activities, and relaxing hot springs, this region flourishes during the warm months. Read on to learn about some of our favorite summer activities in Winter Park.
The longer, warmer days of summer in Winter Park transform the towns ski resort into Colorado’s favorite high-altitude summer playground! A perfect place for a family day, the base of Winter Park Resort offers dozens of kids activities throughout the season, including a putt putt course and climbing wall. During the summer, the resort also has an Alpine slide, Trestle Bike Park, chair lift rides, and disc golf.
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Surrounded by the Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake is the state’s largest, deepest natural lake. Here, you can charter boats to enjoy a day on the lake or lounge on the sandy shore. Anglers may want to cast a line from the boat or head to the many nearby rivers and mountain lakes perfect for trout fishing. Rafting down the Colorado River is another exhilarating and popular activity during the summer in Winter Park.
There are several award-winning golf courses in Winter Park that offer spectacular mountain views and exceptional challenges for players golfers of all skill levels. Find out more about the courses, tee times, and specials below.
A favorite activity for nearly every Coloradoan, hiking in Grand County is a great way to exercise while experiencing the raw beauty of the area. Rocky Mountain National Park takes visitors through everything from flower-filled meadows and day hikes past famous lakes to multi-day backcountry alpine routes. With dozens of trails to choose from, the mountains offer routes for beginners and skilled hikers.
Once the winter snow has melted, summer in Winter Park signals the arrival of mountain bike trails. Whether you’re a fan of downhill routes or cross country biking, the Winter Park area offers trails of varying lengths and difficulty. Experience riders will want to test out paths with obstacles, jumps, and tabletops. Bikers looking for a more relaxing experience can follow the Fraser River for an easy route through the gorgeous landscape.
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An excellent activity for the whole family, horseback riding through Fraser Valley allows for some of the most breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Experience the backcountry while riding over varied terrain through the Continental Divide.
For those seeking relaxation, you should make a trip to the Hot Sulphur Springs and Spas and soak in a therapeutic natural hot spring. Just 30 minutes west of Winter Park, this area includes a full spa, which offers rejuvenating massages and body treatments.
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An annual tradition, the High Country Stampede Rodeo is one of the most anticipated events of the summer in Winter Park. With events like barrel racing, steer wrestling, and bull riding, this exciting event attracts hundreds of people each year. Aside from the rodeo, Winter Park regularly hosts a variety of outdoor events, festivals, and concerts throughout the summer, including the Winter Park Jazz Festival.
Beginning in June, the town hosts a weekly Thursday concert series at the recently constructed Hideaway Park stage. This beautiful area is a great place to spend an evening enjoying live music and the cool summer evenings.
For a complete list of festivities taking place during the summer in Winter Park, you can browse our events calendar page.
Be sure to also check out all the fun things to do in Winter Park during the winter season!