Winter Park is the kind of place that has something to offer at all times of year. From the name, you might think this is an area that only flourishes in winter – but that couldn’t be farther from the truth! Winter Park stays beautiful whether it’s spring, summer, fall… Or of course, winter! But for those who come for more than just the natural beauty, what activities do all of the other seasons offer? Rest assured that Winter Park has activities going on all year, particularly in the summer as well as the winter. Here’s a list of a few of the most noteworthy attractions for things to do in Winter Park CO.
It’s hard to have a conversation about Winter Park without mentioning mountain biking, one of the biggest activities in the area. Biking is so popular in Winter Park that it is considered to be the ‘mountain biking capital of the USA‘, and it’s not hard to see why – scenic, untouched trails line the numerous mountains around Winter Park, allowing for hours and hours of travel. There are many mountain biking events throughout the summer as well as ‘fatbike’ rentals, for those who are looking to really dig deep in the off-roading opportunities. (Click here for a Detailed Guide to Mountain Biking in Winter Park)
Another obvious inclusion on the list is skiing, which serves as the winter supplement for mountain biking in Winter Park. Winter Park Resort is no slouch when it comes to skiing opportunities. The mountains around the area allow for everyone from beginners to experts to get in days of great powder winter-round, and classes are available for those who have never skied before. (Click here for a Detailed Guide on Skiing in Winter Park)
Check Out the Craft Breweries
Winter Park is also home to a small, but growing, craft brew community. Two noteworthy examples are the Hideaway Park Brewery and the Moffat Station Brewery, locations which combine the small town sensibilities of Winter Park with the high-quality beer that you’ve come to expect from craft brew. As Winter Park continues to grow in popularity, especially among aficionados, the craft brew scene is likely to continue to grow; people in neighboring Denver and Boulder have already taken note! In the meantime, definitely check these places out – these local businesses are set to rise to eminence.
Soak In the History
Winter Park has had an important place in the history of the greater Grand County area and has several historical landmarks both in and around the town itself. You can ride the historic railroads which surround Winter Park or go to over a half-dozen museums in the area. Winter Park proper served as a lodging hub until it was officially ‘founded’ in 1978, at least 50 years after the area became settled.
Hiking is what you might consider the natural activity of choice in a place with as much natural beauty as Winter Park, Colorado. You can hike in a variety of ways: locally, in the trails in and around the town of Winter Park, or long-term taking the hundreds of miles of hiking trails which wind throughout the Fraser Valley. While the conditions of high altitude hiking can be a bit more extreme than hiking in a flat area, the deep, vascular system of trails throughout the area will leave hikers of all experience levels overwhelmed by the natural beauty. (Click here for a Guide to Winter Park Hiking)
Believe it or not, the cozy town of Winter Park is home to a few galleries which display fantastic art throughout the year. This is a great place to go when you want a more contemplative experience – or perhaps just a place to go to get away from the kids for a few hours! Regardless of your reasons, you can grab a glass of wine and scope out the fine art at any of the galleries in town. Why travel all the way to Denver for the fine art scene when it is alive and well up in the mountains of Winter Park? (Click here for a Guide on Indoor Activities in Winter Park)
Winter Park isn’t just about “Winter” there is tons to do here in the summer in fact you could argue there is even more fun things to do! One of those great activities is camping. Winter Park has some of the most amazing camping nestled within the rocky mountains. Discover your options on this page ranging from tent to RV to public vs private land!
Many people do not realize that Winter Park is a hot bed of fishing spots that is home to multiple rivers and lakes within the area. With so many different watering holes you can catch a whole slew of different kinds of fish. No matter if its winter or summer you can guarantee to find a good time fishing in these parts!
Colorado is one of the most healthy and active states for a reason. There’s always something to do to get your blood moving. Whether you like the outdoor sports or the more traditional route of working out on machines and classes Winter Park has everything for everyone to stay in shape. Discover Grand Park’s fitness center along with a wide variety of other work out activities and locations.
We get it, the outdoors aren’t for everyone all the time! Not to worry, if you are in Winter Park with an adrenaline junky and need some time to yourself there are plenty of more relaxed activities you can enjoy throughout. Some of them include, art galleries, cinema, bowling, wellness centers and so much more! Enjoy the uniqueness of Winter Park while avoiding any possible undesirable weather!
We never lose our inner child! I don’t care what age you are sledding is a blast! If you’re looking for a little more relaxed way of getting down the hill then strapped to a pair of ski’s try tubing down on a cloud of air! Winter Park has some great spots to do just that. Our personal favorite is Colorado Adventure Park – if you’ever never been you HAVE to!
More Ways to Play?
There are far more than just 6 ways to enjoy yourself in Winter Park. Whether you are looking for a place to spend time with the family (such as the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch) or for a place to make a getaway, you can do it in Winter Park. It’s a place for the do-ers and the recreational relaxers alike – all you need to do is look, and you’ll find things to do in Winter Park CO.