A Week-Long Summer Vacation

A full week of fun in Colorado's favorite playground.

Day 1

Morning: Start your trip off right! On your way to Winter Park, stop off for a brief hike up the Second Creek Trail on the west side of Berthoud pass at mile marker 240. The hike is one mile each way and offers a great perspective on the Continental Divide as well as our beautiful valley.

Afternoon: Go check-in at your new home away from home. Our lodging properties in Winter Park will help you get settled in quickly and answer any questions you may have. Keep an eye out for Winter Park info guides such as Dine N Play, Guest Guide and Menu Guide in case you haven’t already stopped by our Visitor Center to pick some up.

Get settled in and explore the town for the day. There is plenty of shopping around the area to keep you busy all afternoon!

Evening: By now you are probably ready to relax and enjoy dinner after a hectic day of travel. Winter Park offers a multitude of one-of-a-kind original restaurants ready to serve you.

Day 2

Morning and Afternoon: Grab breakfast to go, and make your way to the Colorado River. A rafting trip down the Colorado River is one of the best ways to experience the scenery up close and personal with mostly peaceful floats interrupted by a few exciting stretches of whitewater. Be sure to pack a change of clothes and a towel for after the trip!

Evening: After an adrenaline-filled day outdoors, the best way to spend the evening is going bowling or catching a blockbuster at the Foundry Cinema and Bowl.  A new and welcome addition to the valley, The Foundry is a state-of-the-art movie theater and bowling alley featuring 8 bowling lanes, a full bar, handmade wood fired pizza, pool tables, shuffleboard, air hockey, and mega screen theaters, complete with leather reclining seats and in theater meal service. What a way to end the day.

Day 3

Morning: Book a zip line tour! Feel the rush of soaring high above the ground at up to 40 miles per hour. If the speed doesn’t take your breath away… the views will!

Afternoon: Relax the afternoon away and enjoy some quiet time with a massage. It’s a great way to make sure you are primed and ready for the rest of your adventurous getaway.

Evening: Winter Park dining is so diverse, you can travel to MexicoAsiaIndia, or Italy, just for dinner. Find your new favorite authentic experience at one of our unique restaurants.

Day 4

Morning: Saddle up! Horseback riding through the Rocky Mountains is one of the most breathtaking experiences—and you can get to know Winter Park like a real cowboy or cowgirl while you’re at it!

Afternoon: For lunch choose a place where you can sit outside and enjoy the scenery. Many of our resort and downtown restaurants boast patios with a killer view.

Evening: Golf at one of our local clubs. Set a tee time and take a few hours to relax and enjoy our beautiful course, perfectly situated between Winter Park and Grand Lake. Take your time after you play to head into Grand Lake to experience their downtown main street before heading back “home.”

Day 5

Morning: Book a hot air balloon ride for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and views you will never forget. Pick pine cones from the tree tops as you soar over the forest. Enjoy a continental breakfast, and complete the experience with a traditional champagne toast.

Afternoon: Decompress from your trip in the clouds with a dip in the pool or soak in the hot tub at the Fraser Valley Recreation Center. There are plenty of things to do for both children and adults at this recreation center to fill the whole afternoon.

Evening: If you still have energy, take a hike! Discovery Trail is located across from Winter Park Resort at the Bonfils Station Outdoor Center. This 1.6 mile hike follows the boardwalk to the right through the forest and past a number of picnic areas. Marshy areas provide great wildlife opportunities and beautiful views of the Continental Divide. Be sure to make it back before sundown!

Day 6

Morning and Afternoon: Take time to explore Winter Park Resort. The resort’s specialty activities in the summertime include favorites like Colorado’s longest alpine slide, a human maze, scenic chairlift rides and miniature golf. There’s plenty of fun for the whole family!

Evening: After your fun-filled day, take some time to do a little shopping and browse our local art galleries. Whether you are looking for unique gifts, lifestyle clothing, jewelry, camping gear, the latest in bike and ski equipment, or a nice bottle of wine, Winter Park is your hub. Don’t miss Hideaway Park! It’s a great place to take a quick stroll in the summertime.

Day 7

All Day: Hit some of the 600 miles of trails for mountain biking in Winter Park & Fraser, also known as Mountain Bike Capital USATM. There are plenty of things to do for visitors of all experience levels:

  • Beginners: Northwest Passage Trail to Flume, which starts just outside the town of Fraser, offers a very gradual uphill climb. This ride has a really nice singletrack with only a little rock and root.
  • Intermediate: Middle-of-the-road riders should hit Blue Sky, a trail that takes riders to D-4, D-2 and into Elk Meadow. This is a nice, wide singletrack with some rocks and a little climb.
  • Advanced: For those who want to feel a serious burn, take on Tipperary to Spruce Creek, which features a long, demanding climb and a high-speed descent on singletrack.

Or check out our downhill bike parks. Bike Granby Ranch was created to provide an incredible outdoor experience in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Skilled riders and beginners alike will find trails and amenities to make their two-wheeled adventures safe, fun and unforgettable on double and single-track trails. (Denver’s Westword rated Granby Ranch Bike Park as #1 for bike parks in 2010!) Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort is the fastest growing bike park in North America. World class athletes frequent and compete at this full service mountain bike destination, with over 40 miles of trails for every experience level.