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Grand County boasts sections of certified Gold Medal waters

June 25, 2018 — From the depths of Grand Lake to the Fraser Canyon to the reservoirs of western Middle Park, Grand County abounds with prime fishing territory, but it is two long stretches of the Colorado River, between Granby and State Bridge, that hold the unique distinction of

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Our picks for the top bike routes in Grand County

June 25, 2018 — Cool Loops 12.8 total miles A desert environment that resembles Fruita with washes/arroyos and a mountain bike play area. This is a "cool" local loop with great riding in a desert environment. Ride through draws with alternate lines and a bike play area. This route

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Hiking at elevation: The risks vs. the rewards

June 25, 2018 — Every year tens of thousands of people ascend the high mountain passes to reach Grand County to spend time hiking in the High Country. And every year a significant number of those individuals will experience altitude sickness symptoms ranging from mild to severe. "Altitude illness

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The epic hike: Trail expert suggests hike to Vasquez Peak is county’s most grueling

June 25, 2018 — The difficulty level of Grand County's trails run the gamut from relatively easy afternoon strolls to laborious multi-day excursions deep into the backcountry. Though even among the more difficult trips are a few treks that are truly daunting.  Epic hikes are not hard to find

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23,000 acres: Experiment with the Experimental Forest

June 25, 2018 — A short drive southwest of the community of Fraser lies a 23,000-acre expanse of wooded mountain slopes that holds a special place in the hearts of many Grand County locals, the Fraser Experimental Forest. The Fraser Experimental Forest, established in 1937 as part of the U.S.

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Untamed wilderness: Making it through Never Summer

June 25, 2018 — At the far northern tip of Grand County, in a space of land wedged between the Kawuneeche Valley and the vast plain of North Park, lies an expanse of untamed wilderness whose very name evokes the scenes of snowcapped peaks visitors find almost year-round. The

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Force of nature: Exploring the nine miles of fierce Colorado River rapids that make up The Gore

June 25, 2018 — In the dark shadows of rock walls carved by the mighty Colorado River at the western end of Grand County there lies a stretch of river that exists as a place somewhere between legend and reality. An overwhelming sound of fierce rapids lapping against each

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WATCH: Crashes, laughs at Winter Park Resort’s Spring Splash

April 23, 2018 — Winter Park Resort brought back the Monster Energy Spring Splash on Sunday, the oldest tradition of its kind, on its 50th year. Crowds watched as skiers and riders struggled through obstacles on the Larry Sale trail race course then attempted to skim across an icy

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will open for 2017-18 season on Friday, Oct. 13

October 10, 2017 — Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announced today it will open for the 2017-18 ski and snowboard season on Friday, Oct. 13. The Black Mountain Express lift will start turning at 9 a.m., giving skiers and snowboarders access to the intermediate High Noon trail. Arapahoe Basin is

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New trail, 36th Chamber, opens at Trestle Bike Park (with video)

September 5, 2017 — Trestle Bike Park in Winter Park Resort unveiled a new trail this weekend. Deemed the 36th Chamber, the jumping trail brings another two and a half miles of hand built trail to the park. "It's a huge testament to our trail crews who have been

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Fee free camping has its costs

August 31, 2017 — There is no such thing as a free lunch, so the saying goes, and likewise no such thing as free camping; something visitors and recreators in Middle Park would do well to remember. Grand County is a camping mecca with abundant options for all experience

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Bret Michaels, Dee Snider rock crowds at Winter Park Music Festival (photos/video)

August 26, 2017 — Bret Michaels, Dee Snider and the Rick Lewis Project came to Winter Park this weekend to rock an electrified crowd of thousands at Hideaway Park for the Winter Park Music Festival. The festival started off early with the Rick Lewis Project, just after noon, and

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‘Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey’ at Mountainfilm in Aspen

August 26, 2017 — Fred Beckey, the elusive and mercurial climbing god, was too busy racking up first ascents throughout most of his legendary climbing career to slow down and let somebody make a movie about him. But 12 years ago, at age 83, the original “dirtbag” gave Colorado

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Fierce flips and a few fumbles at the Freeride Festival

August 1, 2017 — Winter Park flooded with visitors this weekend as the 11th annual Colorado Freeride Festival came and went, proving again to be one of Grand County's signature summer events. The festival took place at Winter Park Resort and officially kicked off Thursday, with guests gathering to

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Colorado Freeride Festival day 2 (photo gallery/video)

July 29, 2017 — Weather played the roll of killjoy at the Colorado Freeride Festival on Saturday, postponing the Maxxis Slopestyle Finals to Sunday, and closing down a number of other attractions. Despite the rainy conditions, visitors made the best of the day spectating the Intergalactic Pond Crossing and

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Colorado Freeride Festival kicks off (with photo gallery/video)

July 28, 2017 — Winter Park Resort was packed on Friday as the Colorado Freeride Festival kicked off, inviting guests from around the world to spectate amazing stunts, massive tricks and much more. "It's the biggest festival in the state and it's known very well around the world to

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Winter Park Half Marathon, 5K returns

July 27, 2017 — The annual Winter Park Half Marathon and 5K is returning for its fifth straight year Aug. 5th, which sends racers through a picturesque course of aspen trees and mountain views. The marathon acts as a major local fundraiser for the Shining Stars Foundation, a local

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Preserve your passion with ethical angling

July 27, 2017 — Grand County has some of the best fishing in the nation and now one new local entity, Ethical Angler, is working to ensure Middle Park stays lucky for generations to come. The rivers and streams of Grand County teem with brookies, brown and rainbow trout

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Adrenaline rush: Never Summer race returns to Grand County (with video)

July 25, 2017 — A test of both physical and mental endurance returned to Grand County last weekend. Over 100 people gathered at Granby Ranch over the weekend to take part in the second annual Never Summer Adventure Race. Racers gathered early Saturday and Sunday morning at the Granby

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Exploring the ‘new’ Middle Trail

July 20, 2017 — New trails are so exciting to explore because you never know what's around each bend. Your biking reactions are tested to see how fast you can downshift because you need to climb hard. Your balance is tested because the trail suddenly narrows and the ground

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