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The towns of Winter Park and Fraser are situated in a high mountain park at elevations of over 8,800 feet. Three wilderness areas, Indian Peaks, Byers Peak and Vasquez, and Arapahoe National Forest surround these two towns. Rocky Mountain National Park is nearby with 265,727 acres of natural land and wildlife habitat.
Just a Short Drive from Denver
Established in 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park showcases the living grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Elevations in the park range from 8,000 feet in wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weathered top of Long's Peak. A visit to the park offers opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures. Wildlife such as elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, black bears, coyotes, cougars, eagles, hawks and scores of smaller animals is in abundance. Summer splashes the towering mountains, steep hillsides, and distant valleys with a gorgeous array of colors. Bring your camera and delight in the numerous photographic opportunities. Hike, backpack, fish or horseback ride in scenic splendor. Other park activities include fly fishing, bird watching, camping, wildlife viewing, and wildflower hikes. Drive to the Continental Divide on the awe-inspiring Trail Ridge Road. Trail Ridge Road is Rocky Mountain National Park's heavily traveled highway to the sky. The road covers 48 scenic miles between Grand Lake on the west and Estes Park on the east side. Enjoy thrilling views, wildlife sightings and spectacular floral alpine panoramas, all from the comfort of your car. Be sure to set aside a day for this trip and read about the area history before your trip to help you plan.
Things to Do
Winter Park and the Fraser Valley is a place where people are friendly, the atmosphere is unpretentious, and the lifestyle is easy-going. This is a region where visitors can choose to relax, play hard, or just sit back and enjoy the majestic beauty of the great Colorado outdoors. Fraser is a mere five miles northwest of Winter Park. Hiking trails, mountain bike trails, hay rides, fish, raft, hot air balloon rides, horseback rides, or hunting await you in this mountain lovers dream mountain.
Don’t miss the High Country Stampede and Rodeo every Saturday night in July and August. Enjoy a round of golf at Pole Creek, Grand Elk or Granby Ranch and confirm that your golf ball really does go farther at high altitude. Relax in any of 18 pools, including two private cave-like rooms at the hot springs. Browse unique boutiques and shops or explore the museum.
The Fraser Valley offers perfect year-round opportunities for those seeking an exceptional vacation experience. The area offers every lodging, dining and activity choice imaginable. Stay in the comfort of a fine hotel or enjoy camping in majestic mountains. Other accommodations include bed & breakfast inns, motels, hotels, resorts, vacation rental homes and condos, RV parks and more. Restaurants range from fast-food to haute cuisine. Casual or formal, indoor or outdoor, this area has it all. In the summer time, enjoy the lush mountain valley with hiking or fishing, mountain biking, or golf at two fantastic mountain resort areas, Winter Park Resort and Granby Ranch.
Ride the 610-foot vertical drop on Colorado's longest alpine slide or enjoy the amazing views from the Zephyr Scenic Chairlift Ride in Winter Park. Enjoy an alpine hike or mountain bike ride on the resort's 50 miles of lift-accessible single-track trails. Two trails are designated exclusively for hikers. Beginning and experienced climbers can learn and practice their climbing skills on either an indoor or an outdoor climbing wall. Other family activities include the Leaps and Bounds Bungee, the Human Maze, the Rock 'n Roll Gyro, and many more.
Just a short drive from Denver, head up I-70 and jump on U.S. 40.
Summer Vacation Savings
Before you go, pick out some discounts, summer deals and coupons here for savings on your visit. This really is Colorado at its best. Use the discount coupons on this site for great deals discounts and savings on area lodging, activities and tours, restaurants and dining, and so much more!Photo Courtesy of Beaver Sports Shop
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