Winter Park And Grand County Images And Prints

Winter Park is the main tourist hub and ski resort of Grand County. With shopping, restaurants, and skiing, along with fishing and hiking and biking in the summer, it is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Just exit the main roads and you’ll find yourself in a wonderland of mountains, rivers, and wildflowers.

Atop Berthoud Pass, you can hike up to the top of the ridge and enjoy expansive views of the Rockies in all directions. To the west, you can hike up the Continental Divide and follow Vasquez Ridge nearly 14 miles back into the Winter Park Ski area. If you head up the top of Berthoud Pass to the east, again following the CDT, you'll scale Mount Flora, Mount Eva, and James Peak, all 13ers. On the eastern slope of Berthoud Pass, actually in Clear Creek County, lies one of my favorite late summer hiking trails – Bulter Gulch. In late July this area can be filled with Columbine, paintbrush, elephant tusks, and a myriad of other wildflowers. Along Highway 40 as it leads northwest down into Winter Park, several hiking trails are on the left that follow First Creek and Second Creek.

Around the town of Fraser, just a few miles from Winter Park, miles of bike trails lead you through pine forests and aspen groves. St. Louis Creek winds its way down from the slopes of Byers Peak.  Fall colors of golden aspen leaves turn everything gold for a few weeks in late September and early October until winter brings a blanket of fresh snow.

Turn on Highway 34 and head to Grand Lake and you'll pass several of the area's beautiful lakes - Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain, and Grand Lake. Behind Lake Granby about 10 miles down a dirt road is Monarch Lake. From this point, you can hike into and access the Indian Peaks Wilderness area and enjoy some of the more remote and unseen areas of Grand County. Lone Eagle Peak is one of those hidden gems, a nearly 12,000' jagged peak that rises above Mirror and Crater Lakes. A 16 mile round trip is required to reach this stunning Rocky Mountain location. Along the Cascade Falls trail that connects with Monarch Lake Loop, miles of Cascade Creek flow and form several stunning waterfalls.

In the winter, Winter Park and the Fraser Valley turn into a winter wonderland. Downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, and many other cold-weather activities are readily available. While at times the area can be crowded, especially during holidays and spring break, it is easy to escape if you want to explore hiking trails (often with micro spikes or snowshoes). Solitude awaits along the snowy trails and snowdrifts create a beautiful and delicate landscape to enjoy.

I hope you enjoy these scenes taken around Winter Park and Grand County. If you have any questions about the images and photographs in this gallery, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for spending some time looking through this online gallery. Winter Park has been my family's home base in Colorado for at least 30 years. I can remember eating at the iconic Hernando's Pizza Pub after a long day of skiing when it was a smaller building on the west side of Highway 40 (that building is now the Winter Park Pub and Hernando's is located in a larger, newer building on the east side of 40). We knew when we exited the snowy slopes of Mary Jane we had to hurry to the pub. If we took too long, the wait could easily be an hour or more. In the summers I'd spend too much time hanging around Nelson's Fly and Tackle in Tabernash talking with Jason, one of the employees of the local fly-fishing guru, Jim Nelson. This store is now gone, but the memories of guiding folks on fly-fishing trips still lingers in the recesses of my mind, as do the images of wrangling large rainbows and browns from the Fraser River before it was overrun with construction and private investors. One summer, one of my best friends and I worked as maintenance men at Beaver Village Lodge, serving under the direct tutelage of a hippie-week smoking alcoholic. But he respected our work ethic and we got along fine.

Atop Corona Pass, the landscape views of the Rockies are breathtaking. King Lake is beautiful in summer when the tiny colorful wildflowers arrive. The hike up James Peak provides great views of the surrounding mountains, especially of the Winter Park ski slopes just across the valley. I've even popped a tired in my wife's Subaru 14 miles up that dirt road (also known as Rollins Pass). Amazingly enough, we made it down that treacherous 4WD path on a spare. I can remember another time - after hiking James Peak with a friend - picking up a hitchhiker. On the way down she chattered the entire time and said she'd been hiking for days. When my friend and I dropped her off in town, we found she'd taken and eaten all the food in his backpack! Crazy. 

Nevertheless, Winter Park and the Fraser Valley have brought a lot of joy to my life. I'm trying to share it with my own family now, and just this past season I was able to cajole my oldest daughter to hike to the top of Berthoud Pass.

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If you have any questions about these photographs from the Winter Park and Grand County, please do not hesitate to contact me.