Learn more about: Kremmling
The town of Kremmling is a unique, western town named after Rudolph Kremmling, a businessman who owned a trading post on the north side of Muddy Creek in 1884, according to the town’s chamber Web site.
The original post office was called Kinsey City and ran from 1881 to 1885 with Rudolph Kremmling as the first Post Master. The name Kremmling was not officially recognized until 1895, and the town was incorporated May 14, 1904. At that time, Kremmling was home to 30 landowners and 140 residents, and in 1906, the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific railroads reached the little town.
To celebrate the event, citizens organized a free fish fry in town, with an elk and antelope barbecue and a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. In 1912, the first fair, now known as the Middle Park Fair, was organized by W.H. Harrison. Today the fair is one of the town’s main annual events.
Kremmling sits along the upper Colorado River in the lower section of Middle Park between Byers Canyon and Gore Canyon. Much of its economy is based on the rafting industry, fishing and hunting. It is a sportsman’s paradise, due to its vicinity to three national forests: Routt, Arapaho and White River. The Blue River, the Colorado River and Muddy Creek pass through the town, and fishing has become so popular that an annual ice-fishing tournament is held every year in January and February.
Kremmling is about 50 miles from Steamboat Ski Resort, and there’s miles of cross-country ski trails, mountain bike and hiking trails, and great opportunities for backcountry snowmobiling. The town is surrounded by beautiful, natural scenery ” its backdrop highlighted by the “Cliffs,” which can inspire many a western storyline.
Kremmling is the second largest town in Grand County, with a population of 1,591 in 2006. Residents of Kremmling are 52 percent male and 47 percent female, with the largest portion of the population under age 45. There are 777 households with 2.2 persons per household. Kremmling’s projected growth rate is 1.5 percent per year.
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The finale to Grand County’s rodeo season is one of Kremmling’s biggest events: The Middle Park Fair and Rodeo. The event is held mid-September at the Grand County Fairgrounds in Kremmling, and features some of the best rodeo competitors in Colorado and surrounding states, as well as local riders.
Kremmling is a popular hunting destination during hunting season, known for its prize elk and deer on the open range. Hunting licenses can be processed by Kremmling Wild Game Processing, 970-724-3759. There are also hunting guides available in the area. For information contact the chamber at 1-877-573-4263.
Ice fishing is also very popular in Kremmling. Residents and visitors fish along the Wolford Mountain Reservoir year-round, and in February the town holds its annual Wolford Mountain Ice Fishing Contest where participants can win cash and prizes.
Kremmling is close to several downhill skiing hills, such as Beaver Creek, Vail, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapaho Basin, Steamboat Springs, Winter Park and Sol Vista.
Many Kremmling residents enjoy snowmobiling because of the vast, open fields nearby, such as the ones found at Rabbit Ears Pass, Gore Pass and Spring Creek. (For a free map of Rabbit Ears Pass, contact the chamber.)
But for a more mellow day of outdoor activities, there are plenty of trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing as well. For instance, Latigo Ranch, a dude ranch in Kremmling, offers trails for cross country, snowshoeing and sledding, as well as horseback riding in the summer.
And speaking of summer, Wolford Reservoir is a haven for boaters, as well as fishing and camping, and it’s located only six miles from Kremmling. Williams Fork Reservoir
and Green Mountain Reservoir are also a short drive away.
For those wanting more adrenaline, Kremmling is close to several whitewater rafting and kayaking tours that wind down the scenic Colorado River through the Gore Canyon.
And for those more interested in geology, there is a geological sight called Fossil Ride just outside Kremmling that contains fossils of long gone ammonites among the rocks. Call the chamber for a map and details.
The Kremmling sales tax of 8 percent consists of 3 percent state tax, 1 percent county tax and 4 percent city tax. A 1 percent tax is also collected for rooms rented at lodging facilities to support activities of the Grand County Tourism Board.
The West Grand School District enrolls roughly 560 students in three schools located in Kremmling. A low teacher-pupil ratio exists throughout the K through 12 program. A comprehensive high school program includes college prep, general and vocational courses in business, agriculture and building trades.
A business classroom utilizes high tech computers, and the multi-media tech center in the Middle School is used jointly by the community and the schools. In 2000, West Grand High School was voted one of the top 100 schools in the nation for technology.
There are extra curricular activities available for students. Boys and girls in grades 7 through 12 participate in an athletic program which includes football, basketball, track, wrestling and volleyball.
There is also a school-to-career program in Kremmling that offers students apprenticeships or internships in 50 percent of the local businesses. Plans are to expand the program to give even more students opportunities in their fields.
The Kremmling Fire Department has roughly 18 volunteer firemen and six fire trucks that remain on a 24-hour call for Kremmling and the surrounding area. If interested in volunteering call (970) 724-0602.
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