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Tuesday, Feb 22

Grand County Colorado Tourism Board Launches Study of Sustainable Travel

February 22, 2022

Granby, Colo. (Feb. 22, 2022) – The Grand County Colorado Tourism Board (GCCTB) announced today that it has hired a business management consulting company, Coraggio Group, to develop a study of sustainable travel for Grand County. 

The project will launch from March 1 through October 31. It will focus on three principles: 

  • Strengthening and thriving tourism economy
  • Enhancing the quality of life for Grand County residents
  • Respecting the environment

“Coraggio Group will work with our board to create an engaging, transparent, and innovative strategic plan that will honor the quality of life for the county’s residents, as well as the environment,” explains Grand County Tourism Board President Ron Ellis. “It’s important that we work with our Grand County stakeholders and residents to determine how to balance the future of the tourism industry with the needs of the community through sustainable travel.” 

GCCTB has realized that sustainable tourism has become a topic of concern for tourism destinations around the globe. The changing economic issues and Covid have demonstrated that Grand County must deal with the problems of balancing the tourism economy, quality of life for residents, and the impact on our environment. A vision of what sustainable tourism means to Grand County and a roadmap for the future requires input from stakeholders in the community and can help individual communities, resorts, and government entities focus their strategies to achieve a balance that works for Grand County.

The strategic plan includes three stages: 

  • Get Clear – County-wide stakeholder input and engagement to inform and set the stage for strategic planning.
  • Get Focused – Strategic work planning sessions that will result in a completed strategic plan.
  • Get Moving – Plan implementation and reporting methodology.

“We are so excited to be working with Grand County on this project,” said Trever Cartwright with Coraggio Group. “Tourism is one of the county’s most important industries, and this plan will ensure tourism continues to be a driving force in the future.”

About Coraggio Group

Since 2005, consultants at Coraggio Group have helped leaders envision their organization’s future, create exciting plans, and foster the agile teams they need to get there. Coraggio Group has a deep understanding of business strategy and the implications for development, a track record of developing leadership excellence, organization development expertise to be able to plan and manage the changes required, and a passion for finding creative, solutions to business challenges. 

Media Contact
Gaylene Ore
[email protected]

Friday, Jan 14

Rocky Mountain National Park Continues Pilot Timed Entry Permit Reservations May 27 Through October 10

January 14, 2022

January 12, 2022 

For Immediate Release 

Kyle Patterson 970-586-1363 



Rocky Mountain National Park Continues Pilot Timed Entry Permit Reservations 

May 27 Through October 10  


     Rocky Mountain National Park will be implementing a pilot temporary timed entry permit reservation system beginning on May 27, 2022.  The reservation permit system is similar to that used in 2021. Two types of reservations will be available. One permit will be for the Bear Lake Road Corridor, which includes the entire corridor, as well as access to the rest of the park. This reservation period will be from 5 am to 6 pm. The second permit will be for the rest of Rocky Mountain National Park, excluding the Bear Lake Road corridor. This reservation period will be from 9 am to 3 pm. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability. The reservation system will apply to all areas of the park.  


     Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through at 10 am Mountain Daylight Time on Monday, May 2. This round of reservations will be available to enter the park from May 27 through June 30. The next release will occur on June 1, for the month of July and any remaining days that have not been booked for June. On July 1, reservations will be available for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days in August that have not been booked. On September 1, reservations will be available for October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked.  


     Initially, 30 percent of permits will be held and available for purchase the day prior at 5 p.m. through These are expected to sell out quickly and visitors are encouraged to plan ahead when possible. 


     This year’s pilot reservation system allows for a greater number of reservations per day.  Reservations will be based on approximately 90 percent of the park’s total parking capacity. Last year’s system was based on approximately 75 to 85 percent of the park’s total parking capacity. This system spreads use throughout the park and throughout the day to better utilize all parking/trailhead areas.   


     For more detailed information and Frequently Asked Questions on timed entry permits to help you prepare for the summer season, visit  


      Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the busiest national parks; third in the country in 2019 with over 4.6 million visitors. This represents a 42 percent increase in visitation in seven years. Visitor crowding and congestion at the park have led to increased negative impacts to visitor and staff safety, resource protection, visitor experience and operational capacity. The park has piloted various visitor use management strategies over the last six years, including managing vehicle access to first-come, first serve (2016-2019) in highly congested areas. These first-come, first-serve restrictions had some limited success initially, but over time began to lose effectiveness; the length of time they were necessary kept expanding and impacts were pushed elsewhere.  The park piloted park wide timed entry permit reservation systems (2020-2021) and will be piloting a similar system again in 2022. The park is learning from these various strategies since 2016, to help inform long-range day use visitor access strategies.  This includes developing desired conditions, defining zones, and identifying indicators, thresholds, strategies and capacities. Public meetings were held in May of 2021, and there will be additional opportunities for public input when the formal planning process is initiated.   


     There are several different reservation systems that are being implemented across the National Park Service. Other national parks that have announced various types of reservation requirements this year include Arches National Park, Glacier National Park, Acadia National Park, Muir Woods National Monument, Shenandoah National Park, Haleakala National Park and Zion National Park.  


     For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park please visit, follow the park on social media @RockyNPS or call the park’s Information Office at (970) 586-1206.   







Thursday, Jan 13

Snow Mountain Ranch Welcomes New Snowcate

January 13, 2022

Amy Wolf

Marketing Manager
YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch [email protected]
970.586.3341, x6062


Granby, Colo. – Dec. 20, 2021: Snow Mountain Ranch is excited to announce we have a new bundle of joy joining our Nordic Center family! Snow Mountain Ranch has a new Prinoth Husky snowcat on our Nordic team! Although our new snowcat will be working hard to provide perfect corduroy for you to ski all winter long, buckle up, because we're taking you along for the

ride. With this new addition, Snow Mountain Ranch will be offering Snowcat Tours every Saturday morning on our award-winning Nordic trails.

Starting January 8, 2022, we’re inviting you to take a tour of the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic trails from the comfort of a warm 8-person cab. Our tour guides will share the amazing history of Snow Mountain Ranch as you wind through the Nordic trails and stop at the Rowley Homestead to warm your toes by a warm fire, sip hot cocoa, and roast your own s’more.

Rides will be offered Saturday mornings, and your party can rent the entire cab for just $500. The experience will take two hours, with one hour in the Snowcat. Tours will meet at 7:30 am at the Nordic Center. You can sign up for a tour here. Please note, tours are only currently available through January. Make sure to check back for more tour options later in the season.

How else can you participate? Well, our new team member needs a new name and we’re looking for suggestions from you! Head over to our Facebook page or Instagram page and comment on our Snowcat post with the name you’d like to see. The winner will receive a YMCA of the Rockies membership so you can come ski with us all winter long! The competition will close on December 27, 2021. Please remember to keep your submissions family-friendly.

About YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch

YMCA of the Rockies, located near the town of Winter Park, Colorado, is a year-round vacation, reunion, wedding and conference destination. YMCA of the Rockies’ Snow Mountain Ranch offers a wholesome environment where friends, families & groups enjoy a tranquil setting, more activities than anywhere else & quality time together. YMCA of the Rockies’ Mission: YMCA of the Rockies puts Christian principles into practice through programs, staff, and facilities in an environment that builds healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. We will accomplish this by serving conferences of a religious, educational, or recreational nature, providing unifying experiences for families, offering character building and life- enriching experiences for today's youth, and serving our staff with leadership opportunities and productive work experiences.

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Wednesday, Dec 15

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

December 15, 2021

USA Today Readers Name Winter Park Resort 

as the Best Ski Resort in North America…Again


WINTER PARK, Colo. – Dec. 3, 2021 – You could say Winter Park Resort’s excitement level is off the charts today, because for the third time USA Today readers named the ski resort the best in North America. Winter Park beat out 19 other nominated North American resorts for the coveted title.


Every year USA Today’s ski and adventure travel experts curate a top 20 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. 


USA Today readers represent our guests across the country, and our top priority is to make sure every guest has an amazing time at Winter Park, 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 vice president of marketing.


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. 


About Winter Park Resort

Winter Park Resort, Colorado’s quintessential mountain and ski resort, is located less than 70 miles from the city of Denver. Flanked by the dramatic Continental Divide, the resort is defined by its pure natural environment, a strong pioneering heritage, and its unique Colorado adventure culture. During the winter, Winter Park receives some of the state’s most consistent snowfall across its 3000+ acres of world-class terrain, and has been voted USA Today’s #1 Ski Resort in North America two years in a row. During summer, the resort is home to renowned Trestle bike park, and has numerously been named as Colorado’s Top Adventure Town. For more information, visit


About 10Best Readers' Choice Awards 

USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards highlight the best of the best in contests covering categories such as destinations, food and drink, hotels, and things to do. Nominees in all categories are chosen editorially by a panel of experts. Readers can vote once per category, per day. New contests launch every other Monday, and after four weeks of voting, each contest closes, and USA Today announces winners the following Friday.


Media Contact:

Jen Miller

[email protected]

970-726-1570 (o) 303-638-9626 (m)



Wednesday, Dec 15

Winter Park Resort Shares Statement  Acknowledging Native and Indigenous People, Land and Communities

December 15, 2021

Winter Park Resort Shares Statement 

Acknowledging Native and Indigenous People, Land and Communities


Resort marks Native American Heritage Month with land acknowledgment statement 

and film screening featuring native skier and activist


Winter Park, Colo., Nov. 12, 2021 – Winter Park Resort released a statement, acknowledging that the land on which we now recreate is historical and ancestral land originally belonging to native and indigenous people and nations. Northern Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute tribes all have historical and ancestral ties to Colorado and to Winter Park and the Fraser Valley.  The statement lays a foundation for meaningful partnerships and continued support for Native American people and communities, both on and off the mountain.


Winter Park Resort will begin using the following statement in select resort communication, including on its website, social media channels, and on resort maps and some signage.

Winter Park Resort acknowledges and honors that the land on which we operate today is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Nookhose'iinenno (Northern Arapaho), Tsis tsis'tas (Cheyenne), and Nuuchu (Ute). We recognize and honor these Native Nations, their people, and their continued connection as the original stewards of these lands and waters where we recreate today. We reaffirm and recognize that connection both through our words here and through our actions.


Working closely with native skiers and native business leaders in the outdoor industry, Winter Park wrote its land acknowledgment statement as a foundational step toward recognizing the role native and indigenous people play in our past, present and future connection to the land and water. It also furthers the resort’s commitment to keeping access to the land open to all people, regardless of gender, ancestral background, race, ethnicity, or religion. 


“Winter Park Resort was founded as a place for all people to renew and refresh through mountain recreation and adventure. It is a place with a rich history of stewardship and connection to the land that began long before it was ever a ski resort,” said Sky Foulkes, president of Winter Park Resort. “Recognizing, acknowledging and honoring that history only makes our connection stronger.”


To further Winter Park’s commitment to inclusion, and to apply action to its land acknowledgment, Winter Park has planned additional activities with native and indigenous people and communities. It established an ongoing professional relationship with native skiers and outdoor enthusiasts, who advise and consult with the resort on the topics of inclusion, and environmental sustainability. It is also working with local tribal leaders to introduce more native youth to skiing and snowboarding and to invite adults to visit and explore what to many is their ancestral homeland.


To mark Native American Heritage Month and to spark conversation around the importance of recognizing and honoring the history of the land, particularly for a ski resort, Winter Park Resort will host a screening of Native American skier Connor Ryan’s film “Spirit of the Peaks.” Connor wrote, directed, and starred in the film produced with REI Co-Op Studios. The film touches on the deeply spiritual connection indigenous people have to the land and natural resources and what that means to the modern skier. The screening is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. To learn more, click HERE


About Winter Park Resort

Winter Park Resort, Colorado’s quintessential mountain and ski resort, is located less than 70 miles from the city of Denver. Flanked by the dramatic Continental Divide, the resort is defined by its pure natural environment, a strong pioneering heritage, and its unique Colorado adventure culture. During the winter, Winter Park receives some of the state’s most consistent snowfall across its 3000+ acres of world-class terrain, and has been voted USA Today’s #1 Ski Resort in North America two years in a row. During summer, the resort is home to renowned Trestle bike park, and has numerously been named as Colorado’s Top Adventure Town. For more information, visit


Media Contact:

Jen Miller

[email protected]



Tuesday, Dec 14

Grand County Attracts Winter Anglers Hook, Line and Sinker

December 14, 2021

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Grand County Attracts Winter Anglers Hook, Line and Sinker

  • Winter fishing contests take place in January and February with large purses to the victors


GRAND COUNTY, Colo. – Dec. 14, 2021 – 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 20120 in Grand County, big prize purses also sweeten the experience. 


34th Annual 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Tournament 

Granby: Jan. 28 - 30, 2022

Three days, three popular lakes (Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake) and more than $32,000 in cash and prizes from Vexilar, Clam, Scheels, Ace Country Hardware, Yeti, and more, makes this the perfect event to kick off the 2022 competitive ice fishing season. Prizes are awarded from 1st to 7th place in four categories; each day is a separate tournament. Other events include a Big Fish Catch and Release drawing category, five tagged fish worth $1000 per fish and youth categories.


Participants of all experience levels are welcome. Online entry fees are $65 for one day, $75 for two days and $85 for all three days. Registering online ahead of time is highly recommended as this event sells out. Entry includes a chance to win one of eight prize packages. For more information visit


25th Annual Wolford Reservoir Ice Fishing Contest

Kremmling: Feb. 19, 2022

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 $$$$ tagged-fish competition, hourly big fish prizes, and the top 10 largest fish will all share in a cash purse of nearly $5,000, with first place taking $2,500.

Registration is $40 for an adult entry or youth entry (15 years old or younger) who wants 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





Ice Addiction 2022

Grand Lake: February 19, 2022

This one-day event is presented by Clam and is offering $15,000 in cash and prizes. Event starts at 8:00 am.

Register is $50 for an adult entry. For more information or to register, visit



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!


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About Grand County

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 golf, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and horseback riding.


The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, one national forest, two wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major ski resorts, 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.  Download Grand County’s new mobile app at


Media Note:  To request photography, interviews or more information, please contact Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, at 970-531-2336 or [email protected].


Monday, Aug 16

Top 8 Reasons to Visit Colorado’s Grand County this Labor Day

August 16, 2021

Granby, Colo. (September, 2021) — Labor Day is the perfect excuse to pamper yourself with the pleasures of the Rockies.  Soak up some serenity at one of Grand County’s water sports; enjoy a little retail therapy in one of our historic towns; or pass the day with one of our off the beaten path activities.   


  1. Shop till you drop 

Slip on some comfortable shoes and save some space in your suitcase!  Featuring Indian and local art, Southwest jewelry, Western attire, and a huge selection of souvenirs and gifts, you’re sure to find something you just can’t leave without. In Grand Lake ( you can stroll along the boardwalk of the state’s largest natural lake to explore convenient shops and galleries.  Relax and refuel at one of the many coffee shops and restaurants along the way.   

Downtown Winter Park (www.winterpark-info.comis an eclectic mix of shopping centers, outdoor outfitters and restaurants.  

 Labor Day sales will be happening along Granby ( main street from western wear to last minute camping needs. 


  1. Colorado River 

The headwaters and tributaries of the Colorado River are in Grand County, so there are serious fly-fishing opportunities around every bend. A 20-mile stretch of the Colorado from its confluence with the Fraser River through Byers Canyon west of Hot Sulphur Springs has been given “Gold Medal” designation by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. In July 2012 a stretch of the Fraser River running through the town of Fraser was dedicated to the late President Eisenhower, who spent many days fishing near his “Western White House.”  There are also several rafting and kayaking opportunities on the River, with guides located throughout the county. 


  1. Rocky Mountain National Park 

As one of the country’s busiest national parks Rocky Mountain National Park can sometimes feel a little crowded. Savvy visitors know to base their visit on the “quiet side” of the park, in the village of Grand Lake. One-tenth the size of the crowd means ten times the experience for hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing and camping. While you’re in Grand Lake be sure to stroll its quaint boardwalk for shopping and dining.  



  1. Good, Local Eats 
    Grand County is cattle country, so it’s no surprise to find great beef here. For more than 35 years Kremmling’s Middle Park Meat Co. has offered USDA choice aged Angus beef as well as poultry, pork, seafood and lamb. (Their apple-cured pork chops are a local favorite.) And since they also carry jerky, deli items, and smoked items to go, it’s also a great place to pick up something for a hike or river trip. 


  1. Granby Ranch 
    Granby Ranch in Granby is a year-round resort with a variety of fun to choose from this fall. The resort offers an excellent system of hiking and mountain biking trails, which link up with the multi-purpose Fraser-to-Granby trail. 


  1. Winter Park Resort  
    Technically a city park for the city of Denver, Winter Park Resort has been a favorite recreation destination for nearly 70 years. Experience 40 miles of lift-accessible trails on one of  North America’s fastest-growing system, Trestle Bike Park. Other summer fun at the village base area includes Colorado’s longest Alpine Slide, climbing walls, mini-golf, and scenic chairlift rides. 


  1. Gold Medal Fishing 

Kremmling is the place where fish tales are hatched.  Here, fisherman reel in hours of fun on Gold Medal stretches of the Colorado and Blue Rivers.  


  1. Four Courses 

 Granby is the hub for Grand County golf, with four distinctly different courses within a 25-mile radius. 


Grand County, Colo. ( 

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 golf, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and horseback riding. 


The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, two national forests, four wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major ski resorts, four 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.  



Tuesday, Jul 13

YMCA of the Rockies Awarded National Sustainability Grant

July 13, 2021

Media Contact:

Amy Leet


Brand Manager




Snow Mountain Ranch


PO Box 169, Winter Park, CO 80482


(o) 970.586.3341, x6062


[email protected]

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YMCA of the Rockies Awarded National Sustainability Grant

Popular Colorado vacation destination announces new green initiatives on Earth Day

YMCA OF THE ROCKIES, (April 22, 2021) – Celebrating Earth Day in Colorado, YMCA of the Rockies today announced new sustainability initiatives after receiving the 2020-2021 Youth-Led Solutions Seed Grant by the YMCA of the USA. "That’s a Wrap on Plastic Wrap" will support the popular family resort’s efforts to eliminate the use of plastic in its housekeeping programs at both properties, Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch, and purchase a lift gate for transporting linens when cleaning cabins and lodge rooms. Additional programs include a Solar Farm at Snow Mountain Ranch and Electric Vehicle Changers in Estes Park.

"Sustainability is an important global topic and we are making efforts to not only reduce our carbon footprint but to educate our staff and guests on ways we can all live more sustainable lifestyles,” said Trueman Hoffmeister, general manager, Snow Mountain Ranch. "We are honored to have the support of the YMCA of the USA to achieve our goal of becoming a more sustainable operation.”

YMCA of the Rockies submitted for the grant through a youth-led team of employees and was one of 35 climate action projects across 20 countries to be recognized by the World YMCA at the Youth-Led Solutions Summit: Climate Action in the fall of 2020.

New initiatives include:

That’s a Wrap on Plastic Wrap

YMCA of the Rockies has historically used significant amounts of single-use plastics, such as plastic wrap, in the housekeeping departments. This grant allows the team to cover up front costs of purchasing reusable storage options for towels and linens and replace the current “bundle system” which involved wrapping towels and linens in plastic wrap. Additionally, the funding allows for the purchase of necessary equipment to help housekeeping staff transport the larger, heaver reusable bundles of linens and change the cleaning process at both centers to use more long-term storage options such bags, totes, and tubs.

Snow Mountain Ranch Solar Farm

Snow Mountain Ranch, in partnership with Mountain Parks Electric, will install a solar array project on the Snow Mountain Ranch property this year. The project will consist of 850 solar panels generating 250 kW of solar energy, designed to track the sun and create energy from both sides to increase productivity. The solar farm will be seeded with native grass mix and include a seven-foot fence to protect it from wildlife.

Estes Park Center Electric Vehicle Chargers

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Estes Park Center will offer guests and staff an electric vehicle charging station in a central location that will charge up to two electric vehicles at a time. Projections show that by 2030, over 3.5 million electric vehicles will be on the road, making up more than 20% of annual vehicle sales in the US. As electric vehicles become more popular, Estes Park Center plans to give guests and staff more charging options. This project is the start of a larger goal of increasing the number of charging stations on property and giving cabin donors the option of installing electric charging stations at individual cabins.

About YMCA of the Rockies

YMCA of the Rockies puts Christian Principles into practice through programs, staff and facilities in an environment that builds healthy spirit, mind and body for all. To learn more about YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch, visit and Follow YMCA of the Rockies on Instagram at @ymcarockies.


Sunday, Jul 11

East Troublesome Fire Area Closure Modified

July 11, 2021

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East Troublesome Fire Area Closure Modified


GRANBY, Colo (July 9, 2021) – After much deliberation, hard work and collaboration with partners, the Arapaho National Forest is making changes to the East Troublesome Fire area closure. Burned area emergency response teams have completed their surveys of the fire damage and identified immediate stabilization needs. Meanwhile, mitigation efforts have been completed along many roads and trails, allowing portions of the burned area to reopen. 


“I want to thank the Grand County community and visitors for your patience and understanding as we surveyed the damage and completed important mitigation and stabilization work in these burned areas,” said Forest Supervisor Monte Williams. “While we are opening some key roads and trails, there are still some critical closures in place. I’m asking everyone to honor these for their own safety and for the protection of our roads, trails, and watersheds. I am committed to regularly reassessing these closure areas to provide the right balance of public safety and reasonable access.”


While many mitigation efforts have been completed along the roads and trails that are reopening, the public is warned that standing dead and burned trees are very unstable and can fall without warning at any time. Visitors are at greater risk when traveling at high speeds, particularly in open-sided vehicles and when camping in burned forested areas. Burned areas also contain many unseen hazards, such as burned stump holes which present a danger to those walking off trail. 


Areas that remain closed may be prone to flooding, landslides, and rock and tree fall. Many of the roads and trails that remain closed were identified for further mitigation and stabilization prior to reopening. In addition, many of the closed motorized routes have severely damaged infrastructure such as bridges.


Dispersed camping will be allowed within 300 feet of most open roads, however there are some open roads that will be closed to dispersed camping due to the risk of flooding, landslides, and debris flow. Bull Mountain dispersed camping area remains closed to all uses to accommodate crews who are helping the recovery effort. Additionally, dispersed camping will be prohibited in the Supply Creek Area and along the Highway 125 corridor. Please see the closure order for the complete list of closed areas. Current Stage 2 fire restrictions prevent making or igniting campfires and warming fires in these areas.


The western portion of the burned area, which is managed by the Routt National Forest, has also been partially reopened through an adjusted forest order. Forest employees, volunteers and contractors will continue working toward opening more areas throughout the summer. 


East Troublesome Closure Area: Many forest roads and hiking trails east of Colo. Highway 125 will reopen, including (map of what is open)

  • Idleglen Trailhead
  • Stillwater Pass Road (FSR 123)
  • Kawuneeche Road (FSR 120)
  • North Supply Road (FSR 120.4) – No Dispersed Camping
  • North Supply Trailhead
  • South Supply Road (FSR 119.1) – No Dispersed Camping
  • Supply Creek Trailhead
  • Trail Creek Road (116.1)
  • Gravel Mountain Spur (815.2)
  • Illinois Pass Trailhead
  • Lost Lake Trailhead
  • Willow Creek Pass Trailhead




Forest Service Shield

Reghan Cloudman 
Public Affairs Specialist

Forest Service 

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland

[email protected]

2150 Centre Ave., Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526 
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Tuesday, Jun 01

How to live like a local in Grand County, Colorado

June 01, 2021

GRAND COUNTY, Colo.—September, 2021—There’s a warm atmosphere in Grand County that makes every feel welcome, whether you’ve lived here for decades or are visiting for the first time. For those who are long-time locals, there are always a few favorite local haunts and activities. To spread the wealth of knowledge, we gathered four notable locals to share their favorite places and spaces. 


Margaret Strom, owner of Mountain Moon Yoga in Winter Park

“My favorite part about living in Grand county is (being) able to step out the front door to endless recreation opportunities and places of breathtaking beauty,” Strom said. 


Strom moved to the county in 1988 to teach skiing. She opened Mountain Moon Yoga in 2002 and, after more than 25 years of yoga practice and teaching, she is still in awe of its transformative possibilities.  Before starting the studio, Strom was involved in many industries in the county including teaching skiing, the Chamber of Commerce, hospitality, food service and land conservation.


During the winter, you’ll find her snowboarding at Winter Park Resort or on the backside of Mary Jane; in the summer she enjoys whitewater rafting – a favorite spot is on the Colorado River below State Bridge. And to grab a bite? Sharkey's in downtown Fraser is her (and many locals’) destination of choice. 


Peggy Mann, singer/songwriter

“My favorite summer activity is playing pickleball,” said Mann. “I have played in several tournaments in the last few years and have even medaled in some of them. We play at the Grand Lake outside tennis courts; we can have four courts during pickleball time!”


Mann, an award-winning singer/songwriter, moved to Grand County full time in 2007 but she began singing here in 1994. Her vocals have placed her 1st in the Colorado Composers Classic in the best vocalist category and 1st place for best country song. Mann has recorded seven CDs with her latest release recorded in Nashville. You’ll often find her playing at various venues around the county, including at Grand Lake Lodge on various Sunday evenings. 


During the winter, walking the canal in Grand Lake with her dog Buddy is one of her favorite activities but don’t try to pin her down about her favorite restaurant: she loves the BBQ at the Sagebrush in Grand Lake, the Mexican food at Charlies Bar and Grille and the food at the Grand Lake Lodge, where the views are spectacular. 


“My favorite part about living in Grand County is undoubtedly the people,” Mann said. “Most people that come to live in Grand County are looking for the peace and quiet of the beautiful outdoors and a place where they can spread their wings without running into anyone!”


Liz McIntyre, Olympic skier and coach

Liz McIntyre joined the U.S. Ski Team at the age of 19 she spent twenty years on the team competing as a member of three Olympic Teams (1992, 1994 and 1998) before becoming one of the team’s leading coaches. She won an Olympic silver medal in Lillehammer in 1994. As a moguls skier she won four World Cup events, all of them in Tignes, France (1987, 1992, 1996 and 1997). She finished in the top ten in 18 World Cup events.


“My first winter in the county was 1985 and I became a full-time resident in 1992,” McIntyre said. “My introduction to Winter Park/Mary Jane was the 1984 National Freestyle Championships. Moguls were on Golden Spike (there was no road cut across it at that time). Having grown up skiing in New Hampshire, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.”


It’s no surprise that McIntyre enjoys skiing in the winter – her favorite run is Needles Eye on Mary Jane. And in the summer, mountain biking is her activity of choice. For sustenance, McIntyre recommends Pearl Dragon and Elevation Pizza during the current pandemic restrictions. Pre-pandemic? Dean Public House is another favorite.  


David Craig, general manager of C Lazy U Ranch

Craig, a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, joined C Lazy U Ranch as the General Manager in 2013. His diverse background includes resort, luxury hotel and membership club experience in locations like Cape Cod, Aspen and Denver. When the opportunity came along to work at C Lazy U, a legacy property with a remarkable team of hospitality professionals, he said he jumped at the chance.


Ask him about his favorite places to eat and Craig has an extensive list. “Selfishly, how many people can say they love to eat where they work?” Craig said. “I feel grateful to dine at the C Lazy U Ranch where our inspired and innovative chef, Cory Untch, seems happiest hovering over a massive custom-made bar-b-que, while smells of coffee-rubbed whole pineapples with green chilis cook beside an entire hanging hind quarter of bison.  We also love anything Deb and Cameron Fitch come up with – Cork's, Lulu City, Squeaky B's, Deb's Diner. For a local's atmosphere, we enjoy the Roadhouse – always a crowd of characters, food is consistently good.” 


Though he enjoys horseback riding in the winter – it conjures up images of Lewis and Clark exploring the western lands—Craig admitted that it’s hard to choose just one favorite summer activity. 


 “I enjoy boating on Lake Granby,” Craig said. “It's the lake I prefer most because it is large enough to explore and you can always find a secluded spot for a spontaneous picnic. After a busy day on the ranch, it's tough to beat a cocktail cruise when the sky turns orange and the water gets flat—it’s ideal for wake boarding.”


Other favorite summer activities include taking the dogs walking and hiking on the large number of dog friendly trails and riding his motorcycle around the county and beyond. 


“My favorite part of living in Grand County has to be the seasonality,” Craig said. “Our little log cabin has views of Shadow Mountain Lake and Mount Baldy beyond. Not only are each of the changing seasons magical in their own right, but the changing weather within each season always seems to bring a magnificent surprise party of beauty. Watching a storm roll in, or the changing color of the clouds and the wildlife that populate each season remind you that this is really God's country. When everywhere else in the world seems a little mad, Grand County provides a sense of peace, calm and escape.”


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Grand County, Colo. ( 

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 golf, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and horseback riding. 


The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, two national forests, four wilderness areas, two national scenic byways, two major ski resorts, four 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.