Why We Love Winter Park, CO in the Summer
Your Guide to Winter Park
with xplore expert Jacquie

Why We Love Winter Park in the Summer

There is certainly no shortage of thrilling summer activities at Winter Park. Don't be discouraged by its name – this Rocky Mountain escape is ideal for summer getaways as well, offering some amazing things to explore when the snow melts. To help you make the most of your trip, we’ve outlined a sample 3-day itinerary.

Often referred to as Denver’s playground, Winter Park is a wellspring of fun activities. Visitors can enjoy tubing and fishing on nearby rivers, incredible mountain biking trails, and of course, skiing, snowmobiling, and even dog sledding in the snowy months. Winter Park makes for an excellent action-packed getaway!

Day 1

Waterside Adventure

Don your bathing suite and grab your best rod - your first day will be chock full of fun on the water.

The quick drive north to Grand County opens up access to a wealth of lakes and rivers surrounded by gorgeous Rocky Mountain vistas.

01

Mountain Rose Café

Enjoy a warm welcome to Winter Park and delight in fresh baked goods.

02

Grand County

Explore the area's lakes and rivers, hike through the gorgeous trail systems, and enjoy the Rocky Mountains at their finest.

03

Fly Fishing

Lake Granby, home to an abundance of large trout, is an ideal hotspot for a winning catch. For a guided experience, we can connect you with Winter Park Flyfisher to give you full service and a stress-free day of fishing.

See the Rockies

Day 2

Enjoy the Scenery

With its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Park is the perfect base from which to explore the incredible surrounding landscape.

The area's road system offers unparalleled views of the alpine tundra region - an opportunity that is rare among the national parks.

01

Rise and Shine Bakery Café

Day two is a day to explore, so make time for fuel at the Rise and Shine Bakery Café for a warm breakfast.

02

Scenic Drive

Buckle up and drive the stunning expanse of the grand Continental Divide, or discover over 300 miles of trails with expert park ranger

03

Smokin' Moes

Finish off the evening in Copper Square for some of the best barbecue around.

Drive the Continental Divide

Day 3

Float over Winter Park

Spend some time on cloud nine on your last day with an aerial view of Winter Park.

Hop on a hot air balloon, then mountain bike through lush green scenery.

01

Sharkey's Eatery

For an energizing breakfast, visit this local favorite to prepare yourself for the exciting day ahead.

02

Hot Air Balloon Ride

The gentle morning breeze will guide you through a breathtaking journey above the Colorado Rockies for a truly unforgettable experience.

03

Mountain Biking

Rent a bike and explore the Arapaho National Forest. Partner with Bike Granby Ranch or Trestle Bike Park to plan for a customized mountain biking experience that will show you the wonder of the forest.

High Flying

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Jacquie

Winter Park US Xplore Team

"It's so exciting when the snow melts at Winter Park and all that green comes alive in the summer—such a great place for hiking and biking!”

Jaquie has 10+ years of hospitality experience working for companies like Disney and Hilton. A Colorado native, she is always exploring the nearby Rocky Mountains but also loves to visit new places and meet new people whenever possible. Three favorite things: food, wine, traveling!