Summer Activities in Winter Park, Colorado

Summer Activities in Winter Park, Colorado
Winter Park is best known as a ski resort, but it's also a vibrant mountain town with plenty going on during the summer. Just a short 67-mile trip from Denver, along a stunning, switchback-filled stretch of U.S. Highway 40, Winter Park offers an accessible, beautiful mountain getaway full of great recreation.
 

Mountain Biking

While known for challenging slopes and beautiful mogul runs in the winter, Winter Park is known as Mountain Bike Capital USA in the summer. While Moab, Fruita and other destinations might take exception to that, Winter Park makes a strong case with 600 miles of trails and a top-notch mountain bike park at the resort. Whether you prefer scenic, winding cross country epics or fast, furious freeride, Winter Park has it in abundance. Check out the Trestle Bike Park at the resort or grab a biking map of the area at a local shop and hit one of the numerous trails around Winter Park and Fraser.

 
 

Whitewater Rafting

With access to the Upper Colorado River as well as other first-rate rafting destinations and a number of rafting outfitters in town, you'll find a thrilling or relaxing trip of your choice. Contact a local tour company like Adventures in Whitewater, Inc. or Mad Adventures to find out about the great selection of trips for all levels of paddlers (see Resources).

Fishing

Serving as a jumping point to over 1,000 miles of local streams, in addition to lakes and reservoirs, Winter Park offers access to a variety of fish, including cutthroat, rainbow trout and salmon. President Dwight D. Eisenhower used to frequent the Fraser Valley to fish local waterways like St. Louis Creek. Stop by an outfitter like Grand County Fly Fishing and get equipment and advice, or sign up a tour and let them pick you up, take you to a local hot spot and provide intimate, firsthand know-how on fishing.

Alpine Slide

Great for kids and adults alike, Winter Park offers a long, fast alpine slide, dubbed the longest alpine slide in Colorado. It drops 610 feet of vertical over 3,000 feet of length. The slide winds around the mountain underneath the Arrow Chair lift, which will serve as your vehicle to the top. Grab your sled, enjoy a relaxing six-minute lift ride and brace yourself for an exhilarating ride down the grassy slopes.

Other Options

Some additional activities to consider when planning your vacation in Winter Park and the surrounding area include camping, hiking, hot air ballooning, boating, hot springs, horseback riding and golf. As a resort town, Winter Park also offers plenty of lodging accommodations, a variety of dining options and an eclectic collection of shops.

 

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.