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Friday, Jan 10
Grand County Attracts Winter Anglers Hook, Line and Sinker
January 10, 2020
Winter fishing contests take place in January & March with large purses to the victors
GRAND COUNTY, Colo. – January 7, 2020 – True fisherman are not content to forget their passion just because of a little ice. During the winter, ice fishing provides an opportunity to not only bask in beautiful scenery, but also the chance to catch “the big one.” With two different ice fishing contests taking place in early 2020 in Grand County, big prize purses also sweeten the experience.
32nd Annual 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament
Granby: Jan. 24-26, 2020
Kickoff party Jan. 23, 2020 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Three days, three popular lakes (Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake) and more than $20,000 in cash and $9,000 in sponsored merchandisers (Yeti, Clam, Vexilar, Jiffy Ice, Eagle Claw, Scheels and more), makes this the perfect event to kick off the 2020 competitive ice fishing season. Prizes are awarded from 1st to 7th place in five categories; each day is a separate tournament. Other events include a Big Fish and Release drawing category. Also, the Tagged Fish Contest is back, each tagged fish worth $1,000.
Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Entry fees are $45 for one day, $55 for two days and $60 for all three days. You must be registered prior to fishing to be eligible for the contest. Entry includes a chance to win one of eight prize packages, first place being a Ski-Doo Tundra 550LT snowmobile. For more information and to register visit www.granbychamber.com/fish.
23rd Annual Wolford Reservoir Ice Fishing Contest
Kremmling: Feb. 15, 2020
Though this competition lasts just one day (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.), there’s enough action to satisfy even the most competitive fisherman. Prime your hook for the $10,000 tagged-fish competition and hourly big fish prizes. The top 10 largest fish will all share in a cash purse of nearly $5,000, with first place netting $1,200.
Registration is $35 for an adult entry or youth entrants (15 years old or younger) who want to compete for the cash prizes. Otherwise, there is no charge for 15 years old or younger. There’s also a free youth division with prizes for the top 10 largest fish. For more information or to register, visit www.kremmlingchamber.com.
Grand Lake – 2020 Ice Addiction Tournament Series
Grand Lake: February 22, 2020
The 2020 Barn at Rock Fence Ice Addition Tournament Series presented by Claim is the highest-paying event ever put on the organization. The heaviest single fish per event will win $10,000 cash and $25,000 in cash and prizes from augers to electronics and outdoor gear.
Register is $55 for an adult entry. For more information or to register, visit https://tightlineoutdoors.com/ice-addiction/.
Whether it’s as a participant or spectator, there’s nothing like spending a day on the ice. Grab your rod, your best lures and mark your calendars for one or more of these fish-focused festivals. You never know what you might reel in!
Friday, May 10
Afar - Crowd-Free Private Reserves Could Be a Solution to Overtourism
May 10, 2019
Afar.com - Grand County's Latigo Ranch is highlighted by Afar for their effort of preserving the American West by sharing their 550 acres of ranch land with visitors. Ranch owner, Randy George, discloses how tourism helps ranchers maintain their western lifestyle.
Thursday, Feb 28
AAA - An Insider’s Guide to Winter Park, Colorado
February 28, 2019
AAA.com - Native reporter shares Winter Park memories and insider tips to best experience the region's shopping, dining and unrivaled activities.
"Winter Park has always been a popular ski area, highly favored among Colorado locals, in part due to its unpretentiousness. In fact, Winter Park takes its name from its origin: The resort was founded as a winter sports park for Denverites."
"On a group trip, it can be hard to find an activity that pleases everyone. Fortunately, the snowcat tour on Winter Park mountain really does have something for everyone. Thrill seekers will relish riding in the heaving, multiton Piston Bully as it pulls its way straight up (and down) the mountain slopes, and they will be the first to volunteer to sit up front with the driver as co-pilot. Meanwhile, ski nerds can geek out, as the snowcat driver explains what a snow dragon is, how fake snow is made, and where the ski runs in the Alice in Wonderland Valley got their names. And for the scenery lovers? The two hour-long ride provides jaw-dropping views of the mountain, the town, and the entire Continental Divide."
Thursday, Feb 28
World Property Journal - Top 5 Great Winter Ski Getaways in U.S. Revealed
February 28, 2019
World Property Journal - Seasoned travel and tourism journalist ranks 5 best US ski resorts, listing his #1 choice as Winter Park Resort.
"At Winter Park, you can traverse the local winter wonderland the old-fashioned way, in snowshoes. Or you try a new way of doing it, on something called a ski bike. Or, you can try "dashing through the snow" on a snowmobile. And if you're up for outdoor adventure on your feet, there are miles of great winter trails here. After your day of adventure, you can take the new gondola up to the Sunspot Mountaintop Lodge, where you can enjoy a gourmet dinner at 10,700 feet."
Thursday, Feb 28
World Property Journal - Top 5 Valentine's Day Getaways in America Revealed
February 28, 2019
World Property Journal - Travel and tourism journalist names favorite American destinations to celebrate Valentine's Day and features Kremmling's Latigo Ranch.
"And on Valentine's night, you might be served grass-fed ribeye filet, Colorado lamb chops, or Bison Flank Steak Roulade, each surrounded by gourmet sauces and sides and garnishes. Before dinner you may want to grab a glass of fine wine from the lodge, and watch a spectacular Rocky Mountain sunset with your Valentine from the deck, with frosty views of some of the most beautiful country in North America. Or, you might decide to celebrate the day inside your cabin, with a roaring fire in the hearth and a great bottle of wine."
Thursday, Feb 28
Travel Weekly - Skiing a 'private national park' at the Devil's Thumb
February 28, 2019
Travel Weekly - Reporter spends two days enjoying everything Devil's Thumb Ranch has to offer—from Nordic skiing to ranch to table cuisine.
"It's like a private national park," is the description that Thad Carlson, the property's senior head of sales, used a couple of times during my two days at the resort as an invited guest. And while the cynic in me couldn't help but find something contradictory about the juxtaposition of the terms "private" and "national park," I understood where Carlson was coming from."
Wednesday, Jan 16
Tips for Being a Good Steward During the Government Shutdown.
January 16, 2019
75% of Grand County Colorado is federally owned land, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapahoe National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands. Due to the government shutdown, these three areas are affected and are offering limited services during this time.
According to a Rocky Mountain National Park press release, as of January 12 snowplows began to clear the road to the Colorado River Trailhead on the west side. A limited number of custodians started cleaning toilet facilities and trash receptacles. Some basic visitor services will reopen later in the week. Entrance stations will be open to provide safety and basic information to visitors, but entrance fees will not be collected.
These basic services are funded with revenue generated by recreation fees.
During the continued government shutdown, there will be no visitor services available (use of restroom facilities, trash collection or road maintenance in the Arapahoe National Forest and Bureau Land Management.
How to be a good steward of our public lands during the shutdown:
- Leave no trace – pack any trash with you, including toilet paper
- Remember that all federal land rules and regulations apply
- Do not disturb wildlife
The Government shutdown doesn’t mean a shutout in Grand County. Here are some ideas of ways to spend your winter vacation.
Ice fishing– Come winter, Wolford Mountain and Green Mountain Reservoirs – along with Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake – offer ice fishing, replete with contests for all ages.
Skiing & snowboarding– Winter Park and Mary Jane Resorts have been among the country’s top spots for Rocky Mountain powder and backcountry skiing for more than 60 years. With nearly 400 inches of snow annually, Winter Park Resort has the most consistent snow for a Colorado ski resort year after year. Granby Ranch in the Granby area caters to families, with ski-in/ski-out condominiums, gentle terrain and one central base lodge.
- Cross-country skiing & snowshoeing: Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort in Grand County has been named the top cross-country ski resort in the country by USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award. Other options include the YMCA of the Rockies/Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby Ranch, Grand Lake Touring Center, C Lazy U Ranch and Latigo Ranch.
- Tubing– Grand County is home to five snow tubing hills, including the legendary Fraser Hill, Colorado Adventure Park and Winter Park Resort (groomed, lighted and complete with lift).
- Ice skating– Visitors can head outside for a free spin on the rink at Winter Park’s Cooper Creek Square, or check out the Ice Box, Grand County’s NHL regulation-size, partially enclosed ice rink.
- Snowmobiling– Choose from a guided tour through pine forest to the top of the Continental Divide or rent or bring your snowmobiles for some independent backcountry adventure.
Get a complete list of Grand County’s winter activities and events at www.visitgrandcounty.com.
Friday, Jan 04
Budget Travel - Winter Park Ranks Among Affordable American Destinations
January 04, 2019
Budget Travel - The editors of Budget Travel highlight Colorado's Favorite Playground in their list of 51 Affordable Discoveries Across America. Winter Park is friendly, reasonably priced, inclusive and full of unmatched outdoor recreation.