A town and community perhaps best known for its ski resort, Winter Park, Colo., is actually a great place for outdoor recreation in all four seasons. With an elevation of 9,000 feet, close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and an easily accessible location in the southeast corner of the state, Winter Park is a popular training destination for bicyclists and runners looking for high-altitude courses and provides ideal opportunities for hikers, backpackers, climbers and anglers.
With a nickname of "Mountain Bike USA," Winter Park offers some 600 miles of marked and unmarked mountain bike trails, and the area hosts some of the country's most competitive races. There are even two bike parks, the SolVista Bike Park at Granby Ranch and Winter Park Resort's Trestle Bike Park, that offer both novice and pro trail experiences together with stunt areas for those who want their wheels to leave the ground. Prefer to keep your feet planted firmly on dirt? More than 200 miles of hiking trails have access points within Winter Park, and those that are off-limits to vehicles, whether two-wheeled or ATV, offer quiet and solitude.
The Upper Colorado River, Eagle Creek and Clear Creek offer fishing, kayaking and rafting opportunities for those who like to keep cool during the high-elevation summers. Nearby Lake Grandy offers boat marinas and lots of scenic shoreline for boating and fishing. More than a dozen registered guide and raft companies can be found within Winter Park's downtown area or through the Visitor's Center.
Averaging 359 inches of snow each season, Winter Park and the Winter Park Resort are popular destination spots for those looking to ski and board down groomed and maintained runs. Many of the 600 miles used for hiking and mountain biking in the summer transform themselves each winter into marked trails perfect for snowshoeing, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, Local guides and tour companies also offer sleigh rides and dog sledding. and two outdoor rinks are available for ice skating.