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Tuesday, Jun 16

River Run RV Resort Debut’s Glamping Accommodations and New Amenities for Summer 2020

June 16, 2020


GRANBY, COLORADO—Summer, 2020—Stay in an Airstream trailer, a yurt or even a Conestoga wagon at RiverRun RV Resort. This summer the resort is set to debut four unique styles of glamping accommodations and exciting new amenities, including kayaking and standup paddle boarding. The upscale resort offering a variety of lodging styles and on-site activities is located just two hours from Denver and minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park in Granby. 

 

“We’re really excited to offer guests new ways to stay and play in the mountains of Colorado,” said David Huber, general manager of River Run. “The new glamping options really compliment our cabin rentals and RV sites and offer everyone the ability to select the style of lodging that works best for them.  No matter how guests stay with us they’ll enjoy full access to our on-site amenities including some fun new activities centered around the resort’s lake.”

 

New this summer, River Run will offer four types of furnished glamping rentals to choose from including Airstream travel trailers, Conestoga wagons, yurts and canvas walled adventure tents. The glamping accommodations will sleep up to six and offer modern amenities and comforts including crisp linens, electricity, heat and fire pits. Glamping options with full kitchens, bathrooms and living areas will add extra luxury for travelers. River Run also offers three types of furnished mountain cabins, which can sleep up to six guests. Each pet-friendly cabin includes a flat screen cable television, furnished porches and access to all on-site amenities. RV travelers can enjoy generously sized full-hookup sites able to accommodate any vehicle currently on the market plus, room for slide-outs. Sites offer stunning views, pull-through availability and most with concrete pads.

 

Guests will find everything they need on-site with River Run’s myriad of elevated entertainment and dining options available. Recreational activities abound on property, especially with the addition of kayaking and stand up paddle boarding at River Run’s lake this summer. Guest’s four-legged friends can play in the new off-leash dog park. The crystal-clear headwaters of the famed Colorado River run right through the property and invite guests to wet a line. Firepits, a yoga lawn, outdoor games and a large pool all beckon visitors to experience the outdoors. Those looking for indoor entertainment can grab a game at the Glacier Lanes Mini-Bowling Alley, hit the arcade or visit the large state-of-the-art fitness center. The resort’s two dining options, The Summit Bar & Grill and Headwaters Tavern, are perfect to enjoy a meal and relax after a day hitting the trails. The well-stocked General Store carries everything from vacation essentials to provisions for meal preparation. 

 

For more information on River Run please visit RiverRunRVResort.com or call (888) 814-7202. For travel inspiration, follow River Run on Facebook and Instagram

 

About River Run
River Run RV Resort provides visitors a new way to experience Colorado. Committed to providing guests with luxury amenities no matter how they choose to travel, River Run offers a variety of unique lodging styles including furnished mountain cabins, glamping and camping accommodations and RV facilities. Situated in Granby along the headwaters of the Colorado River, in a valley below the Arapahoe National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park this upscale mountain retreat offers unparalleled year-round access to the Northern Colorado Rockies. Guests have access to a variety of on-site amenities to keep them entertained and well-fed, including fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, mini-bowling, large pool, hot tubs, multiple dining facilities, an events center and more set against spectacular views of the Continental Divide. The surrounding public lands provide opportunities to hike, bike, boat, fish and enjoy wildlife. Winter guests can enjoy nearby skiing and snowboarding as well as easy access to snowmobiling, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing and more.

 

About Sun Communities

The company owns and operates or has an interest in 382 manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities located in 31 states throughout the United States and Ontario, Canada, as of June 30, 2019. Sun Communities' portfolio consists of approximately 133,000 developed sites. 

 

Established in 1975, Sun Communities became a publicly owned corporation in December 1993. The company is a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: SUI.

 

Sun Communities has twice been honored by the Manufactured Housing Institute as winner of the "Community Operator of the Year" award. The award is emblematic of Sun Communities' focus on professional management at the community level.

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Media Contact:         Amanda McNally or Kristin Yantis, Malen Yantis Public Relations, (970) 949-7919, [email protected] or [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Monday, Jun 15

Winter Park Resort and Trestle Bike Park to Open for Summer on June 27, 2020

June 15, 2020

WINTER PARK, Colo., June 5, 2020 – Following state and county reopening guidelines, Winter Park Resort will open its scenic gondola with access to mountaintop hiking trails, the base-area putting course, and its famed Trestle Bike Park for summer guests on Saturday, June 27. Additional base-area services, including various restaurant options, bike rentals and some retail will also open. Guests can already make lodging reservations for resort-managed properties, which open today. The resort will operate its modified summer recreational offerings seven days a week through Labor Day. In September, the resort will operate only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

 

At the core of Winter Park Resort’s summer adventure is Trestle Bike Park – the U.S.’s premier full-service bike park. Tailored for both the downhill gravity fanatic and all-mountain trail rider, Trestle Bike Park’s 1,800 vertical feet and more than 45 miles of purpose-built trails give adventurers of all levels an unmatched mountain experience. Lift and trail opening specifics will be updated in the coming weeks. Bike rentals and private lessons will also be available, and all bike park products, including passes and tickets will need to be purchased 24 hours in advance. 

 

“We’re excited to open for summer 2020 and to welcome guests back to the mountains we love,” said Sky Foulkes, president of Winter Park Resort. “For 80 years, Winter Park has been inviting people to Venture Out, and after diligent work and creative thinking, our team has modified our operations to meet the new demands of outdoor recreation in the COVID-19 era.”

 

Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Colorado and Grand County public health officials have recently amended executive orders, clearing the path for Winter Park to open for the 2020 summer season. Winter Park has carefully reviewed all current orders and guidelines and modified its operations accordingly. The health and safety of Winter Park guests, employees and the community remain paramount.  

 

Winter Park is continuing to plan, evaluate and adjust its operations leading up to the June 27 public opening. Currently, guests can book and stay in lodging. They can also learn more, pre-book or reserve other products and services before the opening by visiting www.winterparkresort.com. Because of new restrictions and guidelines, all on-mountain products and services, except food and beverage, will need to be booked online 24 hours prior to arrival.  

 

Among modifications to summer operations are:

  • Running the Gondola and other lifts to be compliant with capacity guidelines 
  • Opening some resort-owned restaurants for take-out only
  • New signage to help with social distancing across the resort
  • Requiring employees to go through a health screening before reporting to work
  • Requiring employees with direct customer contact to wear face coverings
  • Strongly recommending that all guests also wear face coverings when on or inside resort property
  • A contactless check-in process for all resort-owned lodging, where guests will check in via a Text Concierge, allowing them to access keys through a lock box or receive a key code for keyless entry
  • Leaving 24 hours in between lodging reservations to properly clean and sanitize each unit

Winter Park is currently planning for a winter season opening in late fall when conditions allow.

 

 About Winter Park Resort
Located just 67 miles from Denver, Winter Park Resort was voted Colorado’s Top Adventure Town, and USA Today’s #1 Ski Resort in North America two years in a row. Winter Park boasts more than 3,000 acres of world-class terrain. Nestled along the Continental Divide, Winter Park is known for its unspoiled and pure nature and authentic Colorado vibe. Winter Park Resort is owned by Alterra Mountain Company and offers the Ikon Pass, the new standard in season passesFor more information, please visit WinterParkResort.com.

 

 

 

Friday, Jun 12

Winter Park to celebrate their first annual Front Porch 4th of July

June 12, 2020

Winter Park, CO - The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is offering a host of activities and experiences the weekend of July 3-5, 2020 to celebrate America’s birthday. The Front Porch 4th of July activities and experiences include: 

Patriotic Sing-Along | July 3-5 | 8PM
KFFR 88.3FM Community Radio will play three patriotic songs at 8PM each night. Homeowners, part-time owners, and visitors are encouraged to step outside each night and sing out loud!

Rendezvous Run for Independence | July 3-5
The Run will be a virtual 5-mile race along the Fraser River Trail. Runners can register and race on their own throughout the weekend.

Community Competitions | July 3-5
Participants can post patriotic pictures on Facebook or Instagram and tag with #FrontPorch4thWP. The most patriotic porches, backyard BBQs, dressed-up dogs, decorated bikes, delectable drinks, and more will be judged and awarded prizes.

Photos on the 4th | July 4 | 10AM-2PM
An open-air photo booth, next to the Rendezvous Event Center’s Moose, will welcome families and friends in their most dressed-up, red, white, and blue garb for free pictures. 

Fitness in the Park | July 5 | 9AM
Yogis can bring their own mat and stretch and breath in the fresh mountain air at the Rendezvous Event Center. 

 

 

About the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber

The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber was established in 1973 and is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6). Our membership is approximately 350 local business owners and operators who are directly or indirectly engaged in commerce fueled by the tourism industry in our area. The Chamber is committed to promoting our members' businesses with the goal of creating a prosperous and healthy community. playwinterpark.com 

 

Contact: Catherine Ross, Executive Director, Winter Park & Fraser Chamber

Phone: 970-726-4118

Email: [email protected]

Monday, Feb 24

ROAM-WINTER PARK- Mixed-Use Development Set to Break Ground in early 2020

February 24, 2020

Media Contact: Holly Johnson | Imagica 941.350.9615 | [email protected] Home renderings available by request ROAM-WINTER PARK Mixed-Use Development Set to Break Ground in early 2020 WINTER PARK, Colo. (Feb. 17, 2020) – “Roam-Winter Park” has received the Town of Winter Park’s approval for its final plat. Roam, a sustainably-focused, mixed-use development located on a former dude ranch along the Fraser River in the heart of Winter Park, is scheduled to begin residential construction in the first quarter of 2020. Comprised of 218 residential units and 23,000 sq. ft. of commercial space in the first phase, Roam is an extension of the stewards of the land vision set forth by Roam president, Bob Fanch, also co-owner of the sustainably-focused Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, and his partner, Chip Besse. Roam is among four major recent projects associated with Fanch in the Winter Park and Fraser Valley area. Roam features a unique design concept committed to considering the land, environment, and preservation first -- practices that have been embraced by the Fanches for the past 18+ years. Other local responsible development projects include Hideaway Station, a mixed-use condo and commercial real estate development that was the recipient of a 2018 Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence, The Ranches at Devil’s Thumb, a high-end residential development at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, and Headwaters River Journey, located within the off-the-grid, nonprofit Headwaters Center. The River Journey offers a singularly unique and fun water educational activity through 31 interactive exhibits exploring the wonder of, and need to protect, Colorado’s rivers, environment, and wildlife. The vision for Roam is a vibrant, walkable community where people will have diverse choices for how they live, work, and shop, including easy access to the adjacent Arapahoe National Forest. Also driving Roam’s unique appeal is Winter Park’s accessibility as one of the closest mountain resorts to the Front Range, and the only ski town in the U.S. with daily train service to and from a major city and airport. Almost 70 percent of Roam’s footprint will be retained as open space. This includes special care to conserve and restore the Fraser River’s habitat. According to Fanch, “Attention to the river’s health, as well as energy-efficient homes, walkability, and environmental education are all part of our commitment to creating an environmentally-conscious way to live and access the amazing resources at our disposal. Roam is a terrific opportunity for all who seek the restorative experience of mountain living in a more-flannel, less-fur lifestyle.” “Nobody is more acutely aware of the effects of climate change than those who live in a mountain town,” said Fanch. “To that end, every effort will be made to create an appropriately eco-conscious place.” Roam is also an important project to link the town of Winter Park to Winter Park Resort by way of the Fraser River Trail that will run right through the community. “Roam is a major achievement for Winter Park, and this is a defining moment in the growth and future of our town,” said Catherine Ross, executive director of the Winter Park Chamber. “This development will help ensure that as we evolve, we do so smartly, respectfully, and with the same “Colorado Unfiltered” spirit we’ve had here for generations. With Roam, we continue the legacy of doing right by the town and people of Winter Park.” With easy access to 765,000 acres of public land and North America’s top Nordic ski resort (Devil’s Thumb Ranch) and alpine ski resort (Winter Park Resort) as voted by readers of USA Today, Roam is ideally situated to serve as a home base for accessing Winter Park’s limitless outdoor adventure including hiking, biking, Nordic and alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, sailing, watersports, and some of the best river and lake fishing in the state. Enhanced amenities will include an on-site swimming pool, clubhouse, and fitness facility. Locally owned shops, businesses, and restaurants will create added appeal to a thriving community experience. For more information about Roam, please visit: roamwinterpark.com # # #

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, Nov 29

Best Ski Resort in North America

November 29, 2019

USA Today Readers Name Winter Park Resort as the Best Ski Resort in North America

for the Second Year in a Row

 

WINTER PARK, Colo. – Nov. 29, 2019 – When thousands of people across the country say “you’re the best,” you feel pretty good. Today, you could say Winter Park Resort’s stoke level is off the charts, because for a second year in a row, USA Today readers named the ski resort the best in North America. Winter Park beat out nine other North American resorts for the coveted title.

 

Every year USA Today’s ski and adventure travel experts curate a top 10 list of the best ski resorts in North America. Then, they turn over voting to readers, who choose their favorite after a month of public voting.

 

Winter Park Resort has long been a favorite of adventure travelers and those wanting to Venture Out because of its wide and varied terrain for every skier and rider ability level, and its decidedly unpretentious, authentic Colorado vibe. The resort is close enough to Denver to make it convenient for day-trippers or destination visitors traveling from the airport, yet it’s tucked away just west of the Continental Divide, giving guests a true mountain experience.

 

“We’re thrilled to be named North America’s best ski resort, especially by readers of USA Today. Readers represent our guests across the country, and our top priority is to make sure every guest has an amazing time, no matter what adventure they choose. Whether they ski or snowboard, tube or snowshoe, or are really good at après, we’re honored they chose Winter Park as their favorite,” said Liz Agostin, Winter Park Resort director of marketing.

 

Winter Park Resort just kicked off its 80th season, making it Colorado’s oldest, continuously running ski resort. Including Mary Jane, which opened for the season this morning, Nov. 29, the resort offers more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain with 21 chairlifts. With a base elevation of 9,000 feet and a 3,060-foot vertical rise, the mountain averages more than 313 inches of annual snow fall, giving visitors access to miles of groomers, cruisers, steeps, deeps, trees and glades.

 

About 10Best.com

10Best.com provides users with original, unbiased and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. No business pays to be listed. At its core is the team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields - and their cities – but also discriminating in their tastes.

 

About Winter Park Resort
Located just 67 miles from Denver, Winter Park Resort was voted Colorado’s Top Adventure Town, and USA Today’s #1 Ski Resort in North America two years in a row. Winter Park boasts more than 3,000 acres of world-class terrain, spread out over seven unique territories, setting up perfect conditions for exploring miles of cruising groomers, bumps, steeps, trees, and most definitely deeps. Nestled along the Continental Divide, Winter Park is known for its unspoiled and pure nature and authentic Colorado vibe. Winter Park Resort is owned by Alterra Mountain Company and offers the Ikon Pass, the new standard in season passes. For more information, please visit WinterParkResort.com.

Monday, Nov 25

Celebrate the Holiday Season Indoors or Outside in Grand County

November 25, 2019

Granby, Colo. — Nov. 25 — Need a holiday getaway this year? Just a short 60-mile drive from downtown Denver, Grand County is a great place to escape the crowds. Whether it’s a blazing downhill run, a high-altitude snowmobile tour, or a contemplative snowshoe walk, there’s a winter adventure for every taste. When it’s time to come inside, choose from a menu of restaurants, historical sites, theater and more. 

Special holiday festivities cap Grand County’s offerings, so mark these dates on your calendar:

November 29  

·  Celebration of lights at Cooper Creek Square in Winter Park starts at 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Drop by to enjoy holiday music, street performers, fire juggler and a visit from  Old St. Nick’. 

·  Come to Grand Lake’s traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festival of Lights at the Town Park from 5 to 7 p.m., and enjoy carols, hot chocolate and homemade cookies.

November 29-30 &  December 26-27  

·  The Victorian-era Kauffman House is the focal point of Grand Lake’s holiday season. The museum kicks off the fun with food and music as part of the annual open house.

 

December 7  

·  Visit Kremmling for the lighting of the tallest living Christmas tree in Colorado.

·  The 15th Annual Tommelfest and Holiday Market at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash celebrates the season from 8 am to 4 p.m., with free cross-country skiing lessons, a keg toss, Swedish meatballs, and holiday shopping.

·  The Grand Elk Golf Club in Granby will hold a Christmas tree lighting at The Grille from 4 to 6 p.m.

December 14-15  

·  Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s “Home for the Holidays” show, a tribute to the holidays, will be performed in Grand Lake.

December 24  

·  Be part of a decades-old Winter Park tradition by attending the Torchlight Parade. Grab a warm drink and do some caroling early, then when it's dark, watch the parade and fireworks show.

December 31  

·  Grand Lake’s Kauffman House will offer midnight treats and tours before the spectacular fireworks show over the lake.

·  Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Grand Lake with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre alumna Sarah Bockel for a performance starting at 9 p.m.

 

·  Ring in the New Year with the Grand County Blues Society as they throw down with the Honey Island Swamp Band at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park. 

·  Claim your spot for Grand Lake’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display over the lake. The show starts at midnight.

·  Come to Granby Ranch for its annual New Year’s Eve Family Dance Party. Music, activities, fireworks, a buffet dinner and dancing run from 5 to 9 p.m.

Grand County, Colo. (visitgrandcounty.com)

Located 67 miles west of Denver, Grand County is home to wide-open spaces, breathtaking mountain scenery and authentic old-west towns. Outdoor recreational activities include skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, dog sled rides, ice fishing and ice-skating.

The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, two national forests, two wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major alpine ski resorts, four Nordic ski areas, five world-class dude ranches and four mountain golf courses. Grand County’s extensive water network includes Colorado’s largest natural lake, 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high-mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs.

Contact: 

Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, [email protected]

Friday, Jun 07

Winter Park & Fraser Chamber to Reveal the 2019 Summer Event Poster Series

June 07, 2019

Winter Park, CO — The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber will reveal its 2019 summer event posters at the Winter Park Art District’s First Friday, June 7. This year’s reveal follows a 30-year Winter Park tradition of visually celebrating the town’s summer events with an iconic poster.

The original eleven paintings, acrylic on canvas and 24x36“, will be auctioned throughout the summer – starting June 3 and ending August 25. The bidding will start at $350 per painting with the funds raised on the Uncorked and Winter Park FallFest canvases going towards the G.A.P. Fund and the Grand Kids Learning Center, respectively. Bidders will be able to access the auction throughout the summer using Handbid, a mobile-based auction tool. All bidding activity can be viewed on a smart device, ensuring bidders can increase the bids on desired works of art. 

Shannon Foley Henn, Winter Park local and the owner of Uptripping, created the 2019 posters. “I love painting the summer series because it allows me to get into a fun and creative space for an extended period of time,” said Henn. “This year, I was inspired by iconic movies posters. I always know I am on track when I smile and giggle while I am painting, this year I did a lot of that!”

“Each year, we want the posters to be original and different from the previous series,” said Catherine Ross, executive director of the Chamber. “Shannon was truly innovative this year. The posters are quirky and light-hearted and don’t just promote date, time, and location; they also reflect the personality of the town and the spirit of our locals and guests.”

The 2019 poster series includes: 

 

  • High-Note Thursday (presented by Real Estate of Winter Park)
  • Fitness in the Park
  • Switchback Music Festival
  • Rendezvous Run for Independence
  • Winter Park 4th of July Celebration 

(presented by Roam and Rendezvous)

  • Tequila & Tacos
  • 37thAnnual Jazz Festival
  • Solshine Music Festival
  • Winter Park Uncorked
  • Country at the Park
  • Winter Park Fallfest

The original paintings are resized to 13x18”, printed, and sold during each event as well as at the Winter Park Information Center. 

For a list of the more than 230 events scheduled this summer, please visit playwinterpark.com.

About the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber

The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber was established in 1973 and is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (6). Our membership is comprised of approximately 350 area business owners and operators who are directly or indirectly engaged in commerce fueled by the tourism industry in our area. The chamber is committed to promoting our members' businesses with the goal of creating a prosperous and healthy community. playwinterpark.com

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.