Just west of Denver, Grand County is home to varied and beautiful terrain, from canyons to ski resorts, and even to Rocky Mountain National Park. One of the county's most popular destination, aside from RMNP, is the ski resort and town of Winter Park. Nestled in Arapaho National Forest on the west side of the Continental Divide, this tourist town make a great place to enjoy cool summer afternoons or powdered ski runs in winter.
South of Winter Park, Highway 40 climbs from the town of Empire, over the Continental Divide and Berthoud Pass and ultimately reaching 11,307' before sliding back down into the Fraser Valley. Along the winding highway, numerous hiking trails sneak off into the forest and follow streams up to the ridge lines.
Closer to RMNP, three lakes rest along Highway 34 as it heads north to Grand Lake and into Rocky Mountain National Park. Lake Granby is the southernmost lake, followed by Shadow Mountain Lake, and then Grand Lake. The town of Grand Lake sits on the shores of the northern most lake and is another quaint tourist village that serves as a jumping off point for adventures in RMNP.
Grand County has a lot to offer, including Byers Peak south of Fraser and close to Winter Park, Byers Canyon between Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling, as well as other smaller towns that are worthy of exploring, I hope you enjoy this collection of images from this beautiful county.