When people speak of the Colorado River, they often put the adjective “mighty” before the name. Up here in Grand County, however, at its source, the river responsible for the creation of the Grand Canyon begins as a trickle of snow melt high in the Rocky Mountain National Park. From this small trickle comes a clear brook tumbling across verdant meadows and down cramped red rock gorges.
The 1,450-mile Colorado River encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican states, and it all starts right here in Grand County. The headwaters of the Colroado RIver can be be found in Rocky Mountain National Park. The river starts on the Continental Divide at La Poudre Pas in the park as a tiny steam and and drains into a wet meadow. As the river travels through the county, it gains strenght as its flows into Shawdow Mountain Lake and Lake Granby. As the river passes Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling, the Colorado River is joined by the Fraser River, the Blue River, adding to its strength. The Colorado River than flows through Gore Canyon as it leaves Grand County into Summit County.
Fly fishermen from around the world come here to test their skills while river rafters enjoy spectacular white water challenges as the river winds its way through Gore Canyon and beyond. The Colorado then flows along Highway 40 providing breathtaking view to drivers. Better yet, discover the Colorado River by traveling the 80 miles on the Colorado River Scenic and Historic Byway.
Water is everywhere in Grand County, and there are lots of exciting activities for you and your family to explore! Come make a splash in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.Read More
As the snow melts and the rivers swell in Grand County, our thoughts turn to the simple pleasures of summer... like these 15 things you ought to try before the snow returns in late fall.Read More
Is there anything better in summertime than boating on a mountain lake? If you ask us, the answer is "no, not really." While Colorado has dozens of great reservoirs and lakes to set sail on, few destinations offer so many choices in one place as Grand County. To help you navigate our five mountain lakes, we've compiled a guide to boating them:Read More