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.
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!