Winter Park Ski Resort, Grand County, Colorado

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April and May in Grand County are prime months to take advantage of all that Colorado has to offer. Grand County is a treasure with a wealth of spring activities and a growing economy. The advent of mud season also offers great opportunities for buying or selling real estate. With the county’s beautiful spring weather and skiers leaving town, the number of listings on the market continues to rise. Activities that draw visitors to the county in the springtime are numerous and there is something for everyone. Here are some fun, mud-season activities you can enjoy.

Snowshoeing

This is a fun time to explore the winter trails and seek peace without the bustling winter crowds. With 70 percent of the county’s area being public land, there are many trails to choose from. Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapaho National Forest, Byers Peak Wilderness, and Vazquez Peak Wilderness are all popular options to explore. Grand County also has three Nordic Centers: Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Grand Lake, and Snow Mountain Ranch. Each one offers equipment rentals, shops, and lessons.

Woman enjoying a snowy field near Winter Park, Colorado on snowshoes.

Hot Springs

Boasting 21 pools and private baths, Grand County’s Hot Sulphur Springs Resort is a premier destination for both locals and visitors. The hot mineral springs are known to promote relaxation and health. The seven natural springs have been flowing for hundreds of years and were first used by the Ute Indians, who believed the water had healing qualities. The resort offers spa services, lodging, and a conference center.

Fishing

With 1,000 miles of streams and 11,000 acres of reservoirs, Grand County is a fishing haven. Anglers can expect to hook Mackinaw and Kokanee salmon, as well as rainbow, German brown, brook, and cutthroat trout. Lake Granby, Grand Lake, Wolford Mountain Reservoir, and Shadow Mountain Reservoir are popular destinations to sink a line and take in the beautiful mountain views.

Museums and Attractions

Grand County’s rich history attracts visitors from across the country. In fact, it became a county two years before Colorado became an official state. Each town within the county has a unique history of its own. Cozens Ranch Museum and Stage Shop offers a look into late 1800's pioneer life. Original wallpaper and artifacts remain on site. The Kaufmann House Museum also features remnants of the past. Built in 1892, it was originally a log hotel which attracted miners and fishers. The Kremmling Heritage Park consists of six buildings that showcase various aspects of Grand County’s ranching history in the early 1900's. Visitors can explore a ranch house and barn, a Forest Service Ranger Station, a fishing cabin, a railroad depot, and the first town jail.

Hot Air Ballooning

Wake up to the beauty of the Rockies with a hot air balloon ride at sunrise. Grand Adventure Balloons offers tours every morning. Rise above the mountains with the sun rising over the Continental Divide and get a bird’s eye view of the county. The breathtaking scenery makes in-flight engagement and wedding services popular. All flights include breakfast, post-flight champagne, and professional photograph.

Scenic Drives

Experiencing the Rockies with a long drive in the spring is unforgettable. Roll down the window and experience the sights while breathing in the refreshing mountain air. Berthoud Pass Summit is a gateway for drivers from Denver and beyond entering the county and offers highway views of forests and waterfalls. Muddy Pass Summit crosses the Continental Divide and is a popular route to see moose. Byers Canyon is located west of Hot Sulphur Springs and is the first canyon that the Colorado River runs through. It is a popular destination for trout fishing.

Hiking

The view overlooking Crater Lake after hiking to the 11,919-foot summit of Lone Eagle Peak is a hidden gem that boasts incredible views. The 7.4-mile one-way hike is no easy feat, but well worth the scenic charm. Hike up Byers Peak Summit for a 360-degree view of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Indian Peaks, Middle Park, the Gore Range, and Vazquez Peak Wilderness. The peak hits 12,804 feet.

Hiking trail next to mountain lake close to Winter Park in Grand County, Colorado.

Alpine Sliding

Grand County’s Winter Park Resort features Colorado’s longest alpine slide at 3,000 feet and with a 610-foot vertical drop. The fun begins in June and the slide is open daily. The adventure begins with a six-minute chairlift ride. Winter Park Resort also offers biking, hiking, and other warm weather activities. It is located less than 70 miles northwest of Denver.

Biking

Winter Park is known as Mountain Bike Capital USA™ for its 600 miles of marked and mapped trails. There are trails for every skill level and interest. Whether you are looking for a guided ride or want to explore the trails alone, there are 11 great reasons to mountain bike in Grand County.

Why Invest Now?

Between spring break and summer vacation, springtime in Grand County is the perfect time to take advantage of the year’s lowest lodging rates and consider exploring the idea of acquiring an investment property. Many people take advantage of the weather and escape city life to enjoy Grand County on the weekends. Additionally, Grand County is one of the most affordable ski counties in the state. Renters are always looking for a spot whether it be for an extended ski vacation in the winter or a short fishing weekend or spa trip in the spring. The sense of community and wealth of activities attracts visitors year-round. Buying real estate in Grand County ensures a beautiful home or getaway for yourself and offers the ability to make money by renting it if you are not there. As housing demands will only continue to rise, take advantage of this season and consider investing. This county is more than a vacation spot. Investing in a property in spring could mean tax breaks and greater rental income. Buying or investing now eliminates greater costs in the fall.

We’re Here To Help!

Saffell and Huster has over 25 years of real estate experience in Grand County. Winners of the Coldwell Banker Top Colorado Real Estate Team, Saffell and Huster have a commitment to their customers and a dedication to success that goes unmatched. Contact them today at 970-726-023 for questions and assistance with selling or buying real estate in Grand County.