Winter Park Colorado

Winter Park Colorado is a great place to visit any season of the year. There are always activities and plenty of fun for the whole family. Don’t be fooled by the name “winter” because summer is just as great in this town that’s located in Fraser Valley, Colorado, only a short drive from Denver. Natural beauty abounds in Winter Park with the Vasquez Mountains on the west and the Continental Divide bordering the south and east of the valley. Although it’s only 12 square miles, it has shopping, restaurants, and the gorgeous Rocky Mountains. It is home to the Winter Park Resort, located 12,060 feet up. In the summer, temperatures reach the low 70’s with lows in the upper 30’s. Temperatures are a bit cooler in Winter Park Resort since it is over 2,000 feet higher.

Although Winter Park Colorado is known for its fantastic skiing in the nearby mountains, it is a year-round resort area. Downtown Winter Park is 9,100 feet in altitude with a population of less than 1,000 people. The quaint ambiance of the town is reflected in the working train that carries coal and other items through the Fraser Valley town and resort.

Winter Park Colorado Summer activities including mountain biking, the most popular summer outdoor activity. There are hot air balloon rides, white water rafting on the Colorado River, and many miles of hiking trails. A variety of species of birds return to the town in the spring, and elks and other animals roam the area.

Winter Park Resort is one of the main attractions of the Fraser Valley with its year-round, well-planned, family-centered activities. There is fishing on the Fraser River as well as the Fraser River Trail, a five mile multi-purpose trail for biking, hiking, and jogging. It joins the towns of Winter Park and Fraser with the Winter Park Resort. At the resort, there are daily activities such as the High Country Stampede Rodeo Series, Cowboy Sing-A-Longs, Country Dancin’ and Western BBQ, Mountain Men Story Telling, and much more.

One of the four parks in the town of Winter Park is Confluence Park, a loop at the Vasquez and Fraser Rivers that follows the Vasquez Creek. There is a fly fishing deck and Boreal Toad Pond. Wolf Park has a playground, sandbox, picnic areas, and a pavilion for group picnics. Hideaway Park has just been renovated and has a skate park, picnic areas, and live music and events in the summer months, as well as free movie nights. The Gardens is a gardening team that maintains over 100 different gardens throughout the park.

It’s no wonder that Winter Park is famous for skiing because the weather is perfect with maximum high temperatures in the winter in the 30’s and 40’s with minimums around zero degrees. Snow falls November through April, and the only two months without any snowfall are July and August. The average snow depth in ski season which is November through April is 24 inches.

Ski season returns to the area from November 18 to April 18 and the town of Winter Park fills with skiers. There are many other thrilling snow sports that are very popular, such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, tubing, air boards, and snow scoots. Dog sleds pulled by huskies can take you on an exciting trip through the snow-covered back-country. Both Winter Park Resort and the Rocky Mountain State Park offer skiing lessons and ski rentals for an exciting time in the mountains. There are beautiful lodges, and condos to stay in with all of the comforts of a great hotel for a great time for everyone.