Not surprisingly, Winter Park is known for their cold-weather playgrounds famous among winter sports enthusiasts. From the family-friendly powder skiing and backcountry challenges of the nearly 3,000 skiable acres of Winter Park Resort to guided snowmobile tours up the Continental Divide, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, tubing and dog sledding, Winter Park and the surrounding valley truly are a Winter Wonderland.
What you may not know is that the fun doesn't stop when the weather gets warmer. Summertime brings fully bloomed wildflowers dotting lush green meadows with fragrant splashes of color, pristine rushing rivers and clear blue Colorado mountain skies. With over 600 miles of trails as well as steep backcountry climbs, fair-weather friends will relish their outdoor experiences in this haven for summertime hikers, bikers, fishers, and horseback riders. Also, for the music enthusiast, there are outdoor music events and festivals featuring local and national artists nearly every week all summer long. Check our events calendar regularly for the most up-to-date festival and event information.
Winter Park has everything you need to make your family vacation complete. Come play and stay in Colorado's Favorite Playground!
Winter Park has numerous events throughout the year. See a full, searchable calendar here.
- January – Stagecoach Classic is an annual racing series that follows the historic stagecoach route from Devil's Thumb Ranch to downtown Winter Park.
- January – The annual Winter Park Carnival is a fun, family event that offers everything from snowshoe races to disco ice skating.
- April – The Springtopia music series takes place every year at the resort.
- April – The Spring Bash + Splash is one-of-a-kind event experience that takes place every weekend in April. It features themed weekends, downhill races, and family-friendly activities.
- June – Blues From the Top Music Festival has been held every year for decades, drawing top talent and visitors from across the nation.
- June – The Switchback Music Festival is a new two-day event featuring world-class musical talent.
- July – Winter Park Jazz Festival is another annual can't-miss concert series that takes place in Winter Park's Hideaway Park.
- July – The Rendezvous Mountain Bike Capital USA Weekend draws cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts for its obstable courses, fun rides, and professional-led clinics.
- August – The Winter Park Beer Festival is held annually in Hideaway Park. Taste local brewers' creations while your enjoy the music and festivities.
- August – Country at the Park is a new Winter Park signature event bringing fresh country music to the Rockies.
Winter Park Top Attractions
- Winter Park may be known for its unbeatable downhill skiing and snowboarding, but many don't know about its spectacular tubing and sledding hills, Nordic center, National Sports Center for the Disabled, countless summer activities, and its close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park.
- For the advanced skiier and snowboarder, backcountry access from Winter Park couldn't be easier. Berthoud Pass, formerly a resort– now a backcountry skiiers paradise– is in Winter Park's backyard.
- Winter Park's Music Festivals are acclaimed for their first-rate musicians, stunning scenery, and countless activities. Try a new event or experience authentic Winter Park summers through their long-standing Jazz Festival or Blues From the Top.
- A entirely unique Winter Park activity, Dog Sledding offers visitors a memorable trip any time of year with man's best friends.
- Extensive fishing options are available near Winter Park. Not only can you fish the famed Colorado and its tributaries, you can also sample creek, pond, and lake fishing nearby. We even have recommendations for kid-friendly fishing. Closest to Winter Park, Vasquez Creek and Cozen's Ranch will give your taste of the possibilities. Grand County is home to over 1000 miles of Gold Medal waters, which means no matter how you angle, the locations and catch will astound you.
- World-class downhill skiing and snowboarding at Winter Park Ski Resort
- Mountain Biking over 600 miles of trails in "Mountain Bike Capital, USA™" and the famous Trestle Bike Park
- Eclectic mix of dining and shopping opportunities in Downtown Winter Park and Fraser. To filter the wealth of choices, try searching our local vendors.
- Winter Park camping opportunities are vast. RV, tent, or dispersed camping is available within a short drive from the resort. Idlewild Campground sits on the Fraser River Trail and offers tent camping and RV hookups, fishing, cycling, and and hiking. For a more intimate campground, try Robber's Roost or Vasquez Ridge. It boasts RV and tent camping, easy access to Arapahoe National Forest and Vasquez Peak Wilderness Area, as well as wildlife viewing.
- Since Winter Park is known for its 600+ miles of trails, it's no surprise that hiking is popular outdoor activity. The nearby James Peak Lake Trail, Adams Falls Trail, Devil's Thumb Pass and Fraser River Trail are local favorites.
Winter Park may be a modern resort town, but there is no controlling the weather and backcountry avalanche conditions. Make sure you frequently check the forecast and plan a safe route when adventuring off-resort.
Getting to Winter Park is just like staying at the resort– a dream! The Winter Park Express train will take you from Union Station in downtown Denver to the heart of Winter Park. That means you can fly into Denver International Airport and enjoy a relaxing train ride all the way to your final destination. If you're driving, Winter Park is just over an hour away. Of course, while you're in town, take advantage of the free shuttle bus.
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