Welcome to the “Mountain Bike Capital, USA” where rolling hills of green make Winter Park one of the best playgrounds in Colorado. From rafting and biking in the summer to skiing and snowmobiling in the winter, Winter Park is a place of endless outdoor activities. Without further ado, here are our recommendations for the perfect summer weekend in Winter Park, Colorado.
DAY ONE: EXPLORE THE AREA
When you arrive in Winter Park, first check in to your beautiful, slopeside condo, or private home with mountain views. Resort Management Group has a wide variety of properties at a range of sizes and price points to meet every traveler’s needs.
Once you’ve parked your bags, head out to Granby Ranch. The ride there will take you through the town of Winter Park, where you’ll be headed for dinner, so keep an eye out for a few restaurants that catch your eye. If you want to grab some breakfast on the way, we recommend stopping at Mountain Rose Cafe. Everything on the menu is delicious, but their green-chili topped breakfast burrito is hard to beat.
Once you’ve arrived at Granby Ranch,get a jump start on a weekend of biking with lift-accessible trails that cut out the uphill ride. Or there’s also private fly-fishing waters here accessed by booking a trip with a fishing guide on the resort. They’ll take you to the best parts of their own three-mile stretch of stream, giving you the best odds of a catch. Not much of a biker or fisher? The hiking here is also amazing and also lift-accessible. Check out Fraser Canyon at the top of Granby Ranch for some classic Grand County views.
For lunch, there’s a restaurant called Granby Ranch Grill located at the base of the Granby Ranch ski hill. The name might be simple, but the food is quite good with a diverse set of options for both kids and adults alike.
After your meal, head on back to Winter Park and link up with a company called Grand Adventures. In the winter, they’re known for snowmobiling, but in the summer, it’s all about off-roading. Rent one of their side-by-side vehicles and take it to the top of the Continental Divide if you really want to see Grand County. Here’s a winter clip of OutThere Colorado taking some snowmobiles up there earlier this year.
Once your off-roading experience has ended, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Head back to the town of Winter Park and explore their main strip for some food options. Want something quick and easy? Head to Fraser Valley Hot Dog where you’ll find gourmet hot dogs and sausages. Something that’s more of a sit-down atmosphere? Hernando’s Pizza Pub is a classic option. Looking to combine food and drink? The Spot Grill in Ullrs Tavern has some of the best sliders you’ll ever bite into.
DAY TWO: Give Those Legs a Workout
Now that you’ve got a feel for the area, it’s time to see what Winter Park is really all about – biking. You’ll be spending the day at Trestle Park, located at the Winter Park Resort, for a downhill mountain biking adventure. Grab a quick bite at the base of the mountain and get those lift tickets as early as possible to get the most out of your day.
Similar to skiing, downhill mountain biking parks use the green/blue/black trail rating system. If it’s your first time on a downhill bike or you’re on a normal mountain bike, you’ll want to start off with the easiest stuff. Don’t worry, it’s still a blast and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Thinking you’ve got what it takes to ride with the gnarliest? Try out some of the more difficult trails. Rainmaker is a local favorite, filled with jumps the entire way down. If you’re not quite comfortable getting airborne yet, don’t worry. Most of the jumps on this run are boxes, meaning you only have to send them as far as you want to.
If you’re ready to call it a day, head back into the town of Winter Park and check out the shops or stop in at The Peak brewery. Ready for some more downhill action? Hop back on the lift and ride until you can’t take any more.
Before you hit the road, sit down meal to fill up the tank and reflect on your time in the Winter Park area. One great steakhouse is Deno’s Mountain Bistro. A few of the favorites here include the lamb, the gorgonzola fondue, and the medallions rustica.