Updates & Alerts
The Grand County Colorado Tourism Board recognizes that travelers might be concerned about how COVID-19 and wildfires it might affect travel in the area. The travel industry’s guiding principle is to seek and heed the most up-to-date expert guidance, and we urge the traveling public to do the same.
*October 19: The latest information about the East Troublesome & Williams Fork fires can be found at the following webpages:
Evacuation orders and pre-evacuation notices are in effect for the East Troublesome Fire. Current evacuation information can be found at gcemergency.com
and on the InciWeb page for the East Troublesome Fire. Colorado Department of Transportation has closed Colo. highway 125 north of Granby from milepost 5 to 27, due the fire. For more travel information check: COtrip.org
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*August 18: Rocky Mountain National Park is implementing temporary closures in the more remote northwest area of Rocky Mountain National Park due to the Cameron Peak Fire. The fire is approximately 4 miles from the park’s northwest boundary. This closure includes wilderness campsites, cross country zones and trail systems in the northwest section of the park. There are currently no road closures within Rocky Mountain National Park. For further information about Rocky Mountain National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/romo or contact the park’s Information Office at 970-586-1206.
*August 18: The Williams Fork Fire was active on its interior today but did not grow substantially in size due to northeast winds. A complexity analysis for the Williams Fork Fire was conducted over the weekend and as a result, a Type 1 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire by Wednesday morning.
Currently, there are no standing evacuation orders for residential areas, including the Fraser Valley. For the most current information and to sign up for CodeRED Emergency Notifications please go to www.gcemergency.com. It is also recommended that all residents and visitors in Grand County download the CodeRed mobile application for cellular devices.
The U.S. Forest Service has a large closure area in effect west of Winter Park and Fraser that includes roads, trails and campgrounds. Please visit www.fs.udsa.gov/arp for details.
Temporary flight restrictions (TFR) are in effect around the entire fire area. Temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (drones).
*August 15: The Williams Fork Fire was reported around noon Aug. 14 on the Arapaho National Forest in Grand County. It has since grown to at least 1,300 acres and is displaying extreme fire behavior. Stage 2 fire restrictions now in effect
across Grand County. Outdoor burning is strictly prohibited. Read more about campfire regulations here
*July 22: Following Colorado Executive Order D 2020 138 (as amended July 16), several references to mask and cloth face coverings have been amended in Grand County PH Playbooks to update mask usage to match the state requirements. In addition, event sizes shall be decreased to the lower of 50% capacity or a maximum of 50 persons at Indoor Events and 125 persons at Outdoor Events with rigorous prevention measures in place. These maximum numbers represent the maximum allowable per venue unless Grand County Public Health approves a plan for multiple control areas within a venue.
View July 22, 2020 Press Release
View July 22, 2020 Amendment Order
*June 29: To help the public better understand Grand County’s specific protective measures, local public health officials have developed several simple documents and playbooks. These “live” documents are by design easily updated as conditions change and developments occur. The goal of these documents is to keep our community and visitors as safe as possible while allowing our economy to recover and grow.
Best Practice Protective Measures
Grand County Suppression Plan & Playbooks
Grand County Protective Measures Quick Reference
It is important to remember that it is every individual’s personal and professional responsibility to make the right decisions and hold each other to the safest standards possible. Our ability to move into even less restrictive measures hinges on the continued success of our community’s commitment to best social distancing and hygiene practices.
*May 29: The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) approved Grand County’s request for a variance from some of the provisions of their Safer at Home public health order that is in effect until June 1. Short-term rentals, places of worship and fitness facilities that choose to open for use may do so under the requirements and guidelines set forth in this May 29, 2020 Grand County Public Health Order (PHO)
view May 29, 2020 press release
*April 27: Grand County Public Health issued a Standing Public Health Order Implementing the COVID-19 Mitigation and Suppression Plan on Monday, April 27, 2020. This order aligns with Governor Polis’ Safer at Home Executive Order and CDPHE Safer at Home Public Health Order released on April 26. The Public Health Order is effective within the entirety of Grand County, including all towns within Grand County. The Public Health Order became effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. Visit the Safer At Home FAQ page at covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home-faq. Short Term Rental Clarification:
On April 24, Grand County Public Health extended its Short Term Lodging Order prohibiting short-term lodging facilities (hotels, motels, and short term rentals) from operating through May 21, 2020. The intent was to allow all lodging operations in the county to open in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Then, on April 26, the Governor and Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPH) came out with their Safer At Home Orders. The CDPHE Order states that “critical accommodation” includes hotels and motels but excludes short term rentals and other privately-owned residences for rent. Thus, because the more restrictive dates rules, hotels and motels will be allowed to open on May 22, but STRS, Homeowner rentals and privately-owned residences for rent shall remain closed until at least May 26th (per the Governor's orders).
view April 28, 2020 public health order
*March 31: Grand County Public Health has issued a public health order on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 prohibiting all Short-Term Lodging (STR) operations from operating and taking new reservations until April 30, 2020 designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Grand County; it also aligns with orders from the State of Colorado that were implemented on March 26, 2020. The Public Health Order will become effective Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. MST.
“This extreme measure is necessary to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community based on the data we are seeing in Grand County,” Medical Director, Dr. Darcy Selenke stated.
*March 25: Governor Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order, effective 6 a.m. Thursday, March 26 through April 11. All of the state's more than 5,700,000 residents should only interact with people in their own households and should only leave their homes for essentials, such as groceries and medical care. Businesses deemed critical will be exempt from the order but will still be required to take social distancing measures.
*March 16: The Colorado state health department issues a public health order closing all bars and restaurants, but still allowing for takeout. This order is set to be in place for 30 days. Please contact individual businesses to find out hours and availability for delivery and takeout service.
*The Grand County Colorado Tourism Board, along with the Colorado Tourism Office, joins Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in taking measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and conserve medical resources. By executive order, the Governor has closed Colorado ski resorts and areas through March 22.
*Many group gatherings and events have been postponed. Travelers planning a visit should call their hotel and/or vendors for information specific to their travel plans.
*Denver International Airport (DEN) is currently not on the list of airports considered high risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
*For questions regarding reservations, travelers should contact the respective business directly. View the ongoing list of Community Business Operations, including restaurants, recreation, retail, lodging and services, below.
Please note this information is subject to change at a moment's notice. All community businesses take the health and well-being of our guests and community seriously, and extra precautions are being taken by all.
community business operations
*For those in Grand County seeking business recovery and employment information, please visit the Work in Grand website.
For the latest travel alerts and warnings, visit the CDC webpage, Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 Info: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus
Colorado Tourism Office Travel & COVID-19 Info: https://www.colorado.com/colorado-travel-covid-19