About Grand County
From bustling ski villages and quaint, small towns to waterfront retreats and expansive mountain views, you are sure to find a warm welcome anywhere you go in Grand County. With elevations soaring over 12,000 feet in areas, Grand County is home to some of the most breathtaking, iconic mountains and vistas in the US. The Continental Divide, Byers Peak & Mount Baldy can all be found here just to name a few making Grand County an ideal location to opt outside! With miles of trails and wilderness to explore you can take an adventure to a scenic alpine lake, mountain summit, peaceful National Forest or just stroll through one of the many valleys and take in all the views!. If its water you’re in search of, Grand County is home to the 2 largest natural bodies of water in Colorado and over 1,000 miles of rivers & streams including the headwaters of the Colorado River. No matter the time of year, there is plenty of shoreline, ski slopes, trails, dining, shopping and countless more activities to fill any itinerary with unforgettably ‘Grand’ adventures!
Whether you like “flat water” or stream fishing there is plenty of angling action in the area. Lake fishing enthusiasts can choose from Grand Lake, Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Monarch Lake. The Colorado River and Willow Creek are among the many streams in the area that offer good fishing. Colorado fishing licenses are required for anglers 15 years of age and above.
With 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs, Grand County’s abundant resources accommodate fishing of all kinds. Trout and salmon are the most sought after prizes in mountain fishing and all through Grand County, lurking below the water’s surface, you will find mackinaw and kokanee salmon as well as rainbow, brook, German brown and cutthroat trout.
For those of you looking for a true “back-to-nature” experience, there is nothing more authentic than exploring the stunning variety of wilderness in Grand County on our original means of transport. The age-old earth yielding beneath your feet.
Whether you are up for a challenging overnight trek into pristine wilderness areas, or simply looking for a leisurely stroll through a wildflower-filled valley, you can have it your way on any of the hundreds of miles of trails available to hikers in Grand County—no extra charge for the spectacular views!
The Official Hiking Guide to Grand County ($9.95), which traces 18 trails from Winter Park to Grand Lake including elevation maps for each trail, descriptions, photos and a rating system for each hike. Stop by the information center in Grand Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park or downtown Winter Park for detailed trail maps and tips!
Grand Lake Golf Course
Picture an 18-hole championship golf course, carved out of the woods at an altitude of 8,420 feet, located at the base of the Never Summer Mountain Range. The Challenging fairways are bordered by tall lodge pole pines, which surround the well-tended, subtle greens. Majestic mountains, some still capped by the winter snows, tower high above you. It’s all yours for the taking at the Grand Lake Golf Course, where your approach shot just might be checked out by a curious elk, mule deer or fox.
For sharpening up your skills, a driving range and putting green are also available. There is a staff of golf professionals available for lessons if you so desire.
Facilities include a well-stocked pro shop, complete with clubs, balls and a large selection of clothing and accessories.
Grand Elk Golf Course: The Grand Elk Golf Course, Colorado’s first Heathland-style course, was designed by championship golfer Craig Stadler, known affectionately to the sport as The Walrus, and premier course architect Tripp Davis. A par 71 masterwork playing 7,144 yards from the back tees, the landscape echoes the attributes of many traditional Heathland courses. It features an environmentally conscious design characterized by open, gently rolling land dotted by shrubs and grassland. Designed to work within the existing topography and to minimize disturbance to the land, the layout preserves adjacent wetlands and the natural course of Ten Mile Creek that meanders along the fairways.
At Grand Elk, greens will vary in size and pitch, and the course tends to give the visual impression that a shot will be challenging. But this is more of a perception than a reality and makes for exciting play.
With the Continental Divide as the backdrop, the Grand Elk Golf Course is challenging to the low handicapper while providing high scorers with a memorable game.
Headwaters Golf Course: Headwaters’ scenery – mountains, wetlands, trees, and alpine meadows – make for a secluded golf getaway, where your biggest competition for the greens will come from the occasional elk, deer or grouse. Don’t let the pretty scenery fool you, though – we take golf very seriously up here, and the course was designed with something for everyone in mind. The Headwaters experience has been described as “an adventure that continues to build throughout the round.” The front nine is forgiving when played from the front tees, but those wanting more of a challenge can choose the championship tees, which require long accurate shots. The front nine serves as a warm-up to the back nine, where golfers will encounter several memorable holes incorporating lakes, wetlands, elevated tees, and large, deep bunkers. One Headwaters golf professional says of the back nine: “It has a lot of different shots to offer. The yardage is shorter but it plays two to four shots harder than the front nine.”
Pole Creek Golf Club: Award winning, Pole Creek Golf Club is one of the few public 27-hole courses in Colorado and the only one in Grand County. Pole Creek’s 7,107-yard course meanders through lush fields replete with native wildflowers, drastic elevation changes, vast bent greens and water challenge shots over two ponds and five lakes. The Ridge 9 course challenges experts to a rigorous game with 3,603-yard shots and tree-lined holes, while the mellower Meadow 9 and Ranch 9 – indulge all playing levels. All three courses play to par 36. Pole Creek Golf Course is a member of the Colorado Golf Association.
Grand County provides some of the best mountain bike opportunities in Colorado. From high mountain peaks to beautiful river valleys, single track to back country roads. There are opportunities for all ages and skill levels. Winter Park has become know as the Mountain Biking Capital of Colorado!
Arapahoe National Forest Trails
This trail system consists of over 300 miles of snowmobile, ATV, Biking, Hiking and snowshoeing. Over 150 miles of these trails are groomed and maintained.
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