Whether the urge to travel hits in the cold winter months or during the heights of summer, there’s no place where the scenery, fun, and flavor collide quite so well as Winter Park, Colorado. A haven for outdoor adventurers from near and far, this mountain destination is also a place packed with educational potential! If you’re a family looking for a place to learn, enjoy, and grow together, there are plenty of stops where everyone will find insight and value that enhances the fun. Here are just a few of the many stops to enjoy on your educational Winter Park journey this year.
Cozens Ranch Museum
Located along the Fraser River just across the way from the Grandy County Recreation Center, the Cozens Ranch Museum is a place where the past comes to life. Dating back to the mid 19th century, this ranch turned museum was the first of its kind in the Fraser Valley and was built by William Cozens. Found at 77849 US-40, the museum is a great place for families to enjoy time learning more about early settlement life in the area. Inside, visitors will get an up-close look at era-specific furnishings, apparel and can browse a collection of photographs that highlight how daily life was carried out. The museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
Headwaters River Journey
The landscape that makes up the greater Winter Park region intrigues travelers from across the map but also offers up endless opportunities to learn more about how the many ecosystems in this area interact, struggle, and thrive in equal parts. Those looking to take a closer look at the intricacy of the waterways that run through this region can do so with a visit to the Headwaters River Journey located at 730 Baker Drive. This interactive museum is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm and offers up a chance for guests to learn more about water conservation in Colorado, beginning with the headwaters.
Using the Fraser River as the highlight, visitors can browse more than 30 exhibits that show how Colorado’s rivers play an integral role in how residents and visitors access water for drinking, cleaning, watering lawns, and beyond. The exhibits feature insight into how people, waterways, and the creatures that call these ecosystems home have to work in tandem to create a space where everyone can thrive well into the future.
Snow Mountain Stables
Situated at 1101 Co. Road 53, Snow Mountain Stables is a great option for visitors looking to learn a new skill during their getaway while getting up close to incredible creatures and learning more about their care as well. 1- and 2-hour trail rides are offered at Snow Mountain Stables, giving visitors a chance to get into nature, learn more about the Rocky Mountains, and connect with these incredible animals on a new level.
Book Your Stay Today for a Journey to Winter Park
When you’re ready to visit beautiful Winter Park, the team at Winter Park Escapes has the rental accommodations you deserve to elevate the experience. Contact us today to learn more and to begin planning.