How to Get the Most out of Your Adventure in the Vasquez Peak Wilderness

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Lace up your hiking shoes and experience a unique adventure in the Vasquez Peak Wilderness! This fascinating area has acres of land to explore. Get closer to nature with stunning plant and animal life. When you reach the top, enjoy panoramic views of the mountains and surrounding area in Grand County, Colorado. Read on to find out about this incredible natural area!

In addition to exploring the Vasquez Peak Wilderness, we encourage you to enjoy the many other activities and attractions in our area.  Contact our Guest Services Team to learn about the best things to do in Winter Park! Discover great local restaurants, outdoor recreation, upcoming events, and more. Don’t miss out!

Exploring the Vasquez Peak Wilderness

About the Area

Within the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, there’s so much land worth exploring. Here, you can find Byers Peak, James Peak, Ptarmigan Peak, and Eagles Nest Wilderness. When you stay in Winter Park or Fraser, we recommend taking a short trip to Vasquez Peak. You can find this vast wilderness just southwest of Winter Park within the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. It’s situated between Berthoud Pass to the east and Fraser Experimental Forest to the west. At the top, this mountain boasts an elevation of almost 13,000 feet!

What You Can See Here

With over 12,000 acres of land, the wilderness is nothing short of impressive. Be sure to take a walk along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, making up seven of the 15 miles of trails. Enjoy views of lakes, creeks, and forests. “Krummholz” refers to the space below the timberline where you can see short, twisted trees shaped by years of icy climate. Near the top, you’ll see a variety of additional plant life, including magnificent wildflowers in the summer months.

Hiking Tips

We want to make sure you have the best experience possible here. Keep these tips in mind when you embark on your adventure! Remember to hydrate and bring plenty of extra water. (Dehydration can be severe at high altitudes.) Check the weather report to ensure clear conditions, but also be aware that sudden thunderstorms are likely in summer. Some trails can prove difficult at times, so make sure you bring the proper gear and remain on the recommended pathways.

Where to Stay Nearby

 

Do you need a place to rest after a long day of hiking? At StayWinterPark, we offer several excellent vacation rentals nearby. Choose from our long list of condos, cabins, and town homes to enjoy comfortable accommodations in great locations.

Timber Lake 341 is a spacious three-level town home in Winter Park with spectacular views of the resort and the Continental Divide. Inside, enjoy three bedrooms, a loft area on the upper level, and a one-car garage. Eight people can sleep comfortably here, making it a great option for families and groups. Get started on your Winter Park vacation and book your stay today!

The Best Things to Do in Winter Park in the Summer

Great weather, beautiful scenery, and thrilling adventures make for the ideal summer vacation. Luckily, there is a location which offers all of these features and much more: Winter Park, Colorado! Due to the sheer number of activities and attractions available, we went ahead and compiled the best things to do in Winter Park in the summer. Want to get your adrenaline pumping on an action-filled adventure or relax on a romantic getaway? You can find several enjoyable activities to add to your itinerary here.

Don’t wait to start planning your perfect Colorado experience! For additional information and ideas of things to do in Winter Park in the summer, contact our Guest Services Team – they will be able to share  everything you need to know to make your summer trip special.

Things to Do in Winter Park in the Summer for an Unforgettable Experience

Action-Packed Adventures

Among the list of summer activities and events in Winter Park, Colorado, you will surely be able to find something worth your while. If you enjoy bike rides and nature exploration, get ready for one of the most spectacular opportunities of your life! Winter Park is home to over 600 miles of mountain biking trails and is known as “Mountain Bike Capital USA”. If you are interested in watersports, head on down to the Colorado River for some of the best whitewater rafting in the country. Professional rafting guides are available to make sure people of all ages and skill levels have a great experience. For family-friendly excitement, check out Winter Park resort activities like the putt-putt course, alpine slide, maze, a climbing wall, bungee-trampoline, and more.

Romantic Escapes

Enjoy quality time together in Winter Park, Colorado, with almost limitless options for romantic activities. Get closer to nature (and each other!) by going on a peaceful hiking adventure through the area. Take advantage of this opportunity in the summer when the blossoming flora and bustling wildlife really peak. Or, if you aren’t particularly afraid of heights, get a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of the region during a hot air balloon ride or a scenic gondola ride in Winter Park during the summer. These activities are great for a memorable date or for a marriage proposal! For additional ideas to make your trip special, read through our guide on romantic weekend getaways to Winter Park, CO.

Lodging

Once you select your ideal vacation itinerary, StayWinterPark can help you determine the optimal lodging option for your stay. We have plenty of luxurious properties throughout the area. Our inventory of private homes, condos, and townhomes is certain to provide fantastic accommodations in a location that best suits your activity plans.StayWinterPark's Beaver Lodge #1112

Take, for example, Beaver Village Unit #1112. This contemporary three-bedroom condominium is conveniently located near Winter Park Resort and offers easy access to a multitude of fun activities and attractions. 

Our rentals are ideal for family vacations or group gatherings, a romantic weekend getaway, or best friend reunions. Browse through all of our vacation rentals to select the perfect property and book your stay now! We look forward to seeing you enjoying the plethora of summer activities you’ll find in Winter Park, CO.

How to Plan the Most Romantic Weekend Getaways in Colorado

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Nothing brings two people together quite like romantic weekend getaways in Colorado. The state’s fresh air, beautiful landscapes, and wide range of activities attract couples from far and wide. This year, rekindle that spark and bring your partner to The Centennial State for a few days of adventure. We promise you’ll leave with lasting memories!

With so much to see and do, planning romantic weekend getaways in Colorado can seem overwhelming. That’s where our experienced Guest Service Team comes in.  Our staff can provide a full recommendation for great restaurants, outdoor adventures, annual events, and more. It’s helped so many couples experience the best of Colorado. 

What to Do During Romantic Weekend Getaways in Colorado

Visit Hot Sulphur Springs Resort

Are you searching for a unique, one-of-a-kind activity your sweetheart will love? Consider visiting the hot springs near Winter Park, CO. Hot Sulphur Springs Resort boasts the oldest natural hot springs in the country. The facility has 22 indoor and outdoor pools that range from 95º to 112ºF, and the surrounding views are absolutely spectacular. You can even take advantage of spa services like massages, body treatments, facials, and waxing.  

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

For adventurous couples, few things are more romantic than a hot air balloon ride. Contact Grand Adventure Balloon and sign up for an early morning flight in Winter Park, Fraser, or Grand Lake. You’ll have an incredible bird’s-eye view of the area as the sun comes up over the horizon. A champagne toast and continental breakfast complete this magical experience.

Go Ice Skating

Ice skating in Winter Park is an excellent choice for a laid-back date with your S.O. Take a few laps around the Village Ice Rink in Cooper Creek Square, or visit the Fraser Valley Sports Complex. This 40-acre park is home to a naturally-frozen, NHL-sized ice rink that’s partially covered during the cold winter months. Don’t forget to bundle up and hold hands for warmth!

Dine at Romantic Restaurants

All of that activity is sure to work up an appetite! Luckily, there are plenty of great places to eat in town. Try Volario’s, a local hotspot offering mountain views, a crackling stone fireplace, and delicious, Northern Italian fare. Their handmade dishes are sure to spark conversation. You can also check out Deno’s Mountain Bistro for steaks, seafood, pasta, and an award-winning wine list. Read our blog about the best restaurants in Winter Park for more options.

Stargaze

Colorado is known for its epic stargazing spots. That’s because the state is committed to preserving a naturally dark sky, enforcing strict lighting rules and giving provisions for where and when light can be used. For a romantic and unforgettable night, curl up with the one you love and admire faraway stars, planets, constellations, and galaxies.

Make Your Reservations with StayWinterPark

 

Whether you’re looking for a secluded cabin, hotel room, or a condo with a view, StayWinterPark has accommodations to suit every couple. Our vacation rentals are the best in the area and feature modern conveniences and top-notch amenities.

Reserve one of our rentals with private hot tubs and relax in the privacy of your own rental, or book our and Vista 207 to stargaze from your private deck. Whatever you choose, we promise your romantic Colorado getaway will be one for the books! 

Check our availability and book your stay today. We look forward to hosting you!