It's no surprise that in 2015 Colorado broke tourism records, hosting approximately 77.7 million visitors. The state's natural beauty is some of the best in the country and Grand County is at the heart of it.
Surrounded by national forests, mountains, and with the Colorado River running directly through it, the county offers countless activities.
If you're an outdoor enthusiast, it doesn't get much better than this. Or, if you just want to relax and take it all in, this is the place for you.
Whether you're planning a vacation or making a permanent move to the area, you'll have trouble deciding what to explore first. In order to familiarize you with what the area has to offer, we've put together a list of 5 top destinations you won't want to miss out on!
Once called Spirit Lake by the native Ute tribes, Grand Lake is the largest natural lake in the state. Four miles of shoreline offers unbelievable scenery perfect for hiking or biking. The historic boardwalk is lined with over 60 shops and restaurants and is home to the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater.
Inflow to Grand Lake comes from the Continental Divide and travels to the lake from the Rocky Mountain National Park. The lake is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in the country, with an elevation of 8,367 feet.
Regardless of the time of year you visit Grand County, the lake offers activities for everyone. For summer trips, hiking, biking, and ATV rides are great ways to get around the lake. In the winter, you can navigate the snowy landscape on a snowmobile.
Grand Lake also boasts one of the oldest yacht clubs in the west. Sailing and fishing on the glassy waters are unforgettable for any water enthusiast.
Historic Hot Sulphur Springs
The beautiful town of Hot Sulphur Springs is the county seat of Grand County. Located along the Colorado River, this historic area was named for the hot springs that line the canyon. If you're looking for relaxation, this quaint town is perfect for you.
Hot Sulphur Springs was first visited by the Ute and Arapaho tribes in the late 1800s. They called it "big medicine" for the healing quality of the hot springs. By the turn of the century, the town was a popular resort destination.
In 1911, the town had the first ski competition west of the Mississippi when two Norwegians arrived after a ski expedition. The area has since been synonymous with skiing.
This little town is a must-see and offers year-round activities. Take advantage of scenic hiking, camping or fishing in the Gold Medal Waters. And don't leave without soaking in the healing hot springs!
This is the ideal place for those seeking an outdoor adventure. Kremmling is a wilderness region that includes breathtaking untouched terrain, river rapids, and wildlife that outnumbers humans.
Known as the "Motorsport Capital of Grand County," Kremmling offers miles of ATV trails for the thrill seeker. For the hunter, this is some of the best elk hunting in the state of Colorado. You'll be enjoying these activities right in the middle of some of the most amazing landscape in the country.
If you enjoy water sports, the Colorado and Blue Rivers offer prime fishing waters. The Gore Canyon Whitewater Park provides river rafting and kayaking adventures for the adrenaline junkie.
During winter months, try ice fishing on Wolford and Williams Fork Reservoir. Or take in the geography on a snowmobile or with snowshoes. Regardless of the time of year, this is a must-see for the outdoorsman.
4. Winter Park
If you're visiting Grand County in the winter and love skiing, you won't want to miss out on a trip to Winter Park. This quaint resort town offers both easy slopes for the entire family and backcountry trails for the serious winter sports enthusiast.
You can also take a guided tour on a snowmobile, go snow-shoeing and even dog sledding. These are all great ways to get outside and see the beautiful winter landscape of the Continental Divide.
During the summer, Winter Park is just as beautiful. Clear river waters and lush foliage offer the perfect environment for hikers and nature enthusiasts. Biking, fishing and horseback riding are all perfect activities for the family.
Winter Park is also known for its music festivals during the summer months. As you can see, this resort town has something for everyone.
5. Mount Craig
On the shore of Grand Lake, the uncovered peak of Mount Craig reaches 12,007 feet. Also referred to as "Mount Baldy," the mountain offers some of the best views of Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake.
The reflection of Mount Craig in the waters of Grand Lake is something you'll remember forever. Hiking up Mount Craig will also provide a view of the headwaters of the Colorado River and Grand Lake.
You'll also be able to see a number of other alpine lakes around the base of the mountain. If you're a hiking enthusiast, you can't miss out on the natural beauty of hiking this awe-inspiring peak.
If you'd rather take in the mountain scenery with a little more leisure, canoe and kayak trips are available on Grand Lake. Views of the peak from the crystal waters are unforgettable. This peak is truly a symbol of the area's amazing geography.
Enjoy the Beauty of Grand County
From hot springs to elk hunting, Grand County offers something for everyone. We've detailed five unforgettable attractions in the area, but there's much more to see!
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By Coldwell Banker