Rafting, Fishing & Hot Springs

Water is everywhere in Grand County, and there are lots of exciting activities for you and your family to experience! Come make a splash in the beautiful Rocky Mountains:

Colorado River Rafting

There is no better way to experience the mighty Colorado River than racing down the rapids on a rubber raft! Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, bighorn sheep, and even the occasional bear as you float through the dramatic, steep canyons formed by the Gore Ridge. Whether your prefer a relaxing and scenic trip or a heart-racing river adventure, Grand County has rapids ranging from Class I to V for all skill levels and ages. Experienced rafters can adventure on their own by bringing or renting equipment. If you're new to the sport or prefer some guidance, choose a highly knowledgeable and skilled guide in Grand County to lead you on your Colorado River rafting trip.

Make the most of your river rafting adventure with these five tips and tricks

Fraser River Fishing

The Fraser River originates from the base of Berthoud Pass and is the first main tributary river to the Colorado River. From Winter Park to Fraser, the river can be accessed by the Fraser River Trail (hiking or mountain bikes), from USFS campgrounds, road turnouts, or even right behind the Safeway in Fraser. The Fraser holds some big fish - wild rainbows, browns, and cutthroats, so fishing the area is a must.

Find It: US Highway 40, Fraser, CO 80442

Grand Park Community Recreational Center




The Grand Park Community Recreation Center is open year-round and delivers fun and activities for all ages. Make some waves in the natatorium with a 20ft loop water slide, spray & play feature, lazy river, zero-depth entry pool and 4-lane or 25-yard lap pool.

Find It: 1 Main Street, Fraser, CO 80442

Contact Them: 970-726-8968

Natural Hot Springs at Hot Sulphur Springs

Did you know that Grand County is home to one of the nation's oldest, largest and finest natural hot mineral springs resorts and spa? At Hot Sulphur Springs Resort, there are 22 pools and private baths, which include a solarium pool, the therapy Elk Pool, and a summer swimming pool. Relax and rejuvenate in the water of Hot Sulphur Springs.

Find It: 5609 County Road 20, Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451

Contact Them: 970-725-3306

Lakeside Camping


Known for its lakes and rivers, Grand County has plenty of waterside campsites offering Rocky Mountain views that will leave you breathless. At many of the campgrounds and RV sites there are endless opportunities for water recreation including fishing, boating, swimming and more. The Wolford Mountain Reservoir has 1,550 surface acres for your recreational use and a campground to extend the fun.

See Grand County's top lakeside and riverside camping spots to find your perfect campsite. 

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The Best Rafting and Kayaking Close to Denver

When it comes to rafting and kayaking close to Denver, you have got to head to the source. And by that, we mean the source of one of North America's greatest rivers, the Colorado. Originating in Grand County, the Colorado River has been thrilling rafters and kayakers for its entire course ever since these endeavors became recreational sports. And the stretches around Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling and…

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Guide to Boating on Grand County's Lakes

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:

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5 Majestic Things to Do on the Lakes of Grand County

If the Rocky Mountains are the soul of Grand County, than the lakes are certainly the heart. With their pristine deep waters and seemingly endless miles of shore, the "big three" located in the center of the county — Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Lake Granby — garner most of the attention, and rightfully so. Their facilities for boaters, lurking trophy trout and endless potential for…

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