Summer is not over yet and there are still plenty of cool activities out there. If you visit Winter Park , do not forget to accelerate yourself with rafting, stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking on Colorado River, hot air ballooning above horizon, or watching stars while making s’mores around a campfire.
Rafting is not only for those adrenaline junkies. About one hour northwest from Winter Park, you and your family can have a taste of a beginner rafting trip on the Colorado River. This is a perfect trip for a family, especially those with kids as young as 2 years old who weigh at least 30 lbs. The tour allows you to soak in the majestic mountain landscape, hitting class I and II rapids and cliff jumping! Keep your eyes out for the wildlife who love to sneak up to say hi.
The Colorado River also has something for experienced rafters. AVA can take you on a wild ride with their class V rafting trips! The Gore is the crown jewel of whitewater rafting in Colorado. The trip is only available a few weeks each year between mid-August through early September. It’s the only trip that requires a swim test and self rescue practice. If you can conquer all the physical tests prior the trip, AVA can guarantee that the Gore is one of the best and the most stimulating trips of a lifetime!
If you are looking for something in between two options above while vacationing in Winter Park, try our inflatable kayaks, also known as duckies, or give our stand-up paddleboards a try. This personal carrier will let you thrillingly flow along the Colorado River on your own, testing your paddling skill and your physical ability while enjoying the beauty of the valley.
Next, let’s take your adventure to the next level, literally! Let’s take it up high in the air with a Hot Air Balloon trip. Grand Adventure Balloon Tours invites you to “Get Carried Away” for about 1.5 hour in the early morning hours when breezes are gentle. The flight takes off in Fraser, about 15 minutes from Winter Park, in the heart of the Colorado Rockies.
Winter Park has something for golfers as well. As a matter of fact, Grand Elk Ranch and Club is one the most prestigious golf course around, and it’s only 20 minutes from Winter Park in Granby, CO. Originally, it opened as an exclusive 4-season private club, but now Grand Elk Golf Club offers seasonal golf memberships. It’s also open for daily fee play any day of the week.
Colorado is such a big playground for visitors and locals of all ages. Whether you are looking for something mild, something scenic or something exciting, Winter Park can cater to all. While there, do not forget to check out any of these activities and create one of the most memorable trips for you and your family.