Summer in Winter Park

Don’t let the name fool you; Winter Park, CO is a year-round hotspot for family fun, adventure, and more. Although often celebrated for its powdery slopes and vibrant ski culture, Winter Park transforms into a summer paradise once the weather thaws.

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    Should You Visit Winter Park in the Summer?

    We could simply answer this question with a big “Yes,” but let us offer some reasons why Winter Park makes an excellent summer vacation spot for people of all ages and abilities.

    Amidst the scenic backdrop of the mountains, outdoor activities in Winter Park abound! And you’ll find something for everyone, ranging from rigorous physical challenges to leisurely strolls on the golf course.

    Mountain hiking trail in Winter Park, Colorado.

    Winter Park Summer Activities

    When you have a second home in Winter Park, it’s easy to take advantage of all that Grand County has to offer. Here are some of our favorite reasons to visit Winter Park, Colorado this summer.


    Did you know that Winter Park hosts multiple festivals and celebrations throughout Spring, Summer, and Fall? And when you’re a Lakota resident, these events are just minutes away from your community. Depending on the year, you can enjoy annual and pop-up festivals including:

    • Winter Park Jazz Festival
    • Winter Park Art Festival
    • F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour
    • Rendezvous Run for Independence
    • Live Theater at the Rocky Mountain Repertory
    • Historic Performances by the Grand County Characters
    • Food and Wine Festival
    • Rodeos

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    What would a visit to Colorado be without a trip to one of the many golf courses in Grand County? There are multiple championship golf courses around Winter Park, making it an ideal warm-weather destination for amateur and avid golfers alike.

    • Grand Elk Golf Club
    • Grand Lake Golf Course
    • Granby Ranch
    • Pole Creek Golf Club

    There’s also the Birdie Lounge, which offers a golf simulator in the rare event you happen upon a rainy summer day in Colorado. All of these courses are close to each other, so you can hop from course to course with ease.

    Mountain Activities

    Did you know the mountains in Winter Park are made for more than just skiing and snowboarding? It’s true! When the snow melts, you’ll find some of the best hiking trails in the Mountain West.

    • Fraser River Trail – Ideal for all beginner skill levels, this trail is paved. It winds along the Fraser River and will take hikers to downtown Winter Park. Fraser River Trail is about 2 miles, each way, from Winter Park Ski Resort to the downtown area.
    • Lower Roof of the Rockies to Fantasy Meadow – Get your fill of wildflowers on this 2.2-mile loop trail. 
    • Creekside Flume Loop – This intermediate 5-mile loop hike offers minimal changes in elevation, but maximum views.
    • Jim Creek Trail – Challenge yourself with this uphill, 7-mile round-trip hike. The first 1.5 miles along Discovery Trail is good for beginners, but the remaining 2 miles on Jim Creek Trail are more rigorous.
    • Columbine Lake – Another 7-mile round trip hike, this one also has a challenging ascent. The views of the alpine lake are worth it, though!

    Looking for mountain biking instead? You’ll find it in Winter Park. From flat terrain to more challenging hills, it’s all accessible.

    • Fraser West
    • Easy Money
    • Sherwood 
    • Tipperary Spruce Flume Loop
    • Winter Park Enduro Stage
    • Razzmatazz Leap Frog Loop
    • Best of Idlewild
    • Paperboy
    • Shy Ann
    • Green World
    • Spicy Chicken
    • Rainmaker

    Water Activities

    What would a summer vacation be without a trip to the lake? How about a river rafting experience you won’t forget? Grand County is the ideal destination for water lovers since it’s home to more water than any other county in Colorado. For fishing, swimming, boating, or relaxing, find it in Winter Park.

    • Colorado River
    • Blue River
    • Horse Creek
    • Silver Creek
    • Lake Granby
    • Shadow Mountain Reservoir
    • Grand Lake


    Winter Park boasts about 45 retail shops for visitors to browse, including apparel, salons, and ski equipment. You’ll find art galleries, home decor, and souvenir shops as well. Whether you’re a regular visitor or experiencing Winter Park, CO for the first time, you’ll find something to make your trip memorable.


    From specialty menus to the comfortable options you’d find at home, there are dining experiences throughout Winter Park you can enjoy even after the slopes are closed. Some of the top-rated eateries in Winter Park include:

    • The Lodge at Sunspot – Located at 10,700 feet!
    • Bradley’s – Located at the base of the resort
    • Five Mountain Tavern
    • Goodys Mountain Creperie
    • Stoney’s
    • Vertical
    • Starbucks

    Beyond the resort itself, you’ll find an array of dining options that appeal to any palate.

    Start Your Life at Lakota in Winter Park

    What are you waiting for? It’s time to live the Lakota lifestyle. Investing in Winter Park, CO real estate means you always have a place to stay that grants you access to the year-round events, attractions, and activities Winter Park has to offer.

    Lakota's Neighborhoods

    Whatever stage you’re at in life, we have a Winter Park Lakota neighborhood for it. Take advantage of summers in Winter Park in one of our luxurious communities, including:

    Nestled at the base area of Winter Park, you’ll be steps away from the mountain in Northwoods. Lakota offers four- and five-bedroom homes in this community, plus views of the Resort, Continental Divide, and James and Parry’s Peak.

    For three-, four-, and five-bedroom floor plans, check out The Reserve community. Downslope and upslope designs offer varying views, including of the Continental Divide and Winter Park Ski Resort itself.

    Luxury, multi-level duplexes are cozy and elegant in the Trail Side community. The views can only be beat by the amenities in each property. Get flexible design and convenience in this neighborhood at Winter Park.

    Opposite the Resort, you’ll find our Three Peaks neighborhood. Free from any cumbersome stairs, they’re convenient for those who want the beauty of mountain living without the hassle of climbing multiple levels (there’s a lift!).