About Winter Park

The Town of Winter Park is located in Grand County, Colorado. Winter Park is alpine country, and is situated in a high mountain park at elevations of 9,000 feet. The valley is surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest and three Wilderness areas: Indian Peaks, Byers Peak and Vasquez. Approximately 75% of the land in Grand County is publicly owned. About 17,000 acres of public land is owned by the City of Denver Water Board. Nearby Rocky Mountain National Park sets aside 265,727 acres of natural land and wildlife habitat for the public to enjoy. The Town of Winter Park (pop. 720) is 7.5 square miles, including the base village of Winter Park Resort. The town and ski area have long been popular with Denver Metro residents, though the region is quickly becoming a four-season vacation destination. Fraser (pop. 732) is 6 square miles and is the more service-oriented of the two towns here, with a grocery store, elementary school, library, town hall and drug store. Both towns are characteristic of season resort towns. The Fraser Valley is only 90 minutes northwest of Denver, 90 minutes from Summit County and two hours from the Vail Valley. 

Today the heart of the town straddles US Hwy 40 with many shops, restaurants, galleries and lodging facilities. The snow gods smile on this portion of Grand County. The town is home to Winter Park Resort, Colorado's Favorite™ ski area, named, of course, because the ski area is a winter park owned by the City and County of Denver and now managed by Intrawest. The abandoned construction camp at the west portal of the Moffat Tunnel was bought by the City of Denver in 1939 for development into a winter recreation area, which was officially opened on January 28, 1940, with a half-mile-long rope tow and a one-dollar lift ticket. Consequently, it was the rope tow that brought people to the town, unlike other ski towns that were once gold-centered villages.

Mountain biking and hiking trails are favorites in the summer. Summer also brings art fairs and music festivals. Home to the famous Winter Park Jazz Festival and other music events from blues to folk to rock, outdoor concerts are held in the town's newly constructed amphitheater in Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park. Next to the amphitheater is the new outdoor skateboard park with three bowls and rails. (The park has no supervision; skate at your own risk.) The small-town atmosphere combined with world-class skiing make Winter Park a great place to enjoy all that the mountains have to offer.

 

Just 69 miles Northwest of Denver Colorado.

 

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