Situated in the heart of Grand County, Winter Park offers incredible views of The Continental Divide, the James Peak Wilderness, Indian Peaks, and beyond. With lush landscapes that extend across the fluffy snow all the way to sub-alpine lakes, meadows of wildflowers, and rushing rivers on the valley floor, Winter Park is truly a mountain paradise.
Paired with its long history as a leader in railroad engineering and historic pioneer villages, Winter Park offers visitors many beautiful and historic sights to take in. Here are a few of our favorite places to visit for gorgeous views and also learn about the mountain biking in Winter Park CO:
Parsenn Bowl Summit
To see the beautiful snow-capped peaks of the James Peak Wilderness and the Indian Peaks, you’ll have to be on skis. Ride the aptly named Panoramic Express quad lift to the top and you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. Before you ski down fresh powder to the valley floor, take a moment to soak in the beauty that surrounds this special place. Even despite being a chair lift, the view really is one of the most spectacular sights in Colorado.
Berthoud Pass Summit
Take Highway 40 south out of Winter Park and you’ll wind through thick forests and past rushing waterfalls on your way to the Berthoud Pass Summit. Culminating in a near-perfect saddle, the summit offers a small parking lot and space to walk around to take in the awe-inspiring views. To the north, you’ll be amazed at the sight of the towering mountains that make up The Continental Divide. Three of the five tallest mountains in the contiguous United States are located on The Divide—see if you can identify them!
Moffat Railway Tunnel
Considered to be one of the country’s greatest railroad engineering feats, the Moffat Tunnel is a railroad and water tunnel that slices through the center of the Continental Divide. Determined to put trains under the mountains rather than over them, railroad engineer David Moffat and his crew worked tirelessly for 3.5 years to build this tunnel that still connects Denver to Winter Park today.
Hit the Trail
Located in the heart of Grand County, Winter Park boasts some of the most beautiful accessible hiking trails in the Rockies. Enjoy fields of wildflowers, snowy peaks, beautiful lakes, rushing rivers, and tons of sunshine and fresh air in the mountains and foothills surrounding Winter Park. A few of our favorite scenic hikes are Deadhorse Loop, Yankee Doodle, Columbine Lake, and Devil’s Thumb Pass.
Wherever you decide to hit the trail to get your nature fix, be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a map. Some of the Colorado hiking trails can be quite rugged so it’s best to come prepared!
Snowmobile on The Continental Divide
Another way to experience The Continental Divide is via snowmobile. Often able to access places cars and hikers can’t, snowmobiles allow you to travel safely and comfortably to some of the most remote places on The Divide. On a snowmobile tour, an experienced guide will take you on an exciting adventure to the very top of the Colorado Rockies.
Mountain Biking In Winter Park CO
However you choose to take in the beauty of Colorado, be sure you’re able to come home to an upscale, private, and comfortable vacation home to relax after your long day of adventure.
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