Experience the charm of summer in Granby, Colorado with your entire family. Though the summer season here may be cooler and shorter, Granby offers plenty of activities for all ages without breaking the bank. 


1. Fishing at the Kids’ Fishing Pond in Granby’s Kaibab Park

Granby’s Kids’ Fishing Pond, located at Kaibab Park, is a haven for young anglers aged 15 and under. The pond is stocked and is free to use, making it a perfect spot for a family fishing outing. Children must be accompanied by a non-fishing guardian aged 16 or older, and there’s a limit of two fish per person. So, pack a picnic, grab your fishing gear, and head over to Kaibab Park for a delightful day by the water.

Local’s Tip: There’s parking near the pavilion, and the pond is just a short walk from the lot. Fishing licenses are required for those aged 16 and up and can be purchased at Granby Bait and Tackle, Ace Hardware, and City Market.

Kid fishing at lake

2. Hiking in and Around Town

Embark on a nature walk or hike on the scenic trails around Granby. The Fraser to Granby Trail is ideal for those with young children. If you’re seeking a more challenging adventure, stop by the Information Center for personalized hiking recommendations. Our services are complementary and ensure you find the perfect trail for your family.

Hiking trail next to the shores of Monarch Lake

3. YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch

Snow Mountain Ranch offers a diverse range of indoor and outdoor activities for families. Enjoy roller skating, climbing, mini-golf, hiking, biking, and more. The craft house provides a creative outlet for all ages. Note that a day pass fee is required for access.

Local’s Tip: Check the Snow Mountain Ranch website for their weekly activities and events calendar before you arrive to maximize your visit.

Cabin overlooking the mountains at Snow Mountain Ranch

4. Discover Downtown

Take a leisurely stroll down Main Street, kids can pick out a special souvenir at Grand Mountain Trading or Country Ace Hardware. Afterward, enjoy a meal or a sweet treat from Mary’s Mountain Cookies before heading to the Granby Library and Polhamus Park. The park features a climbing wall and a skate park, offering fun for kids of all ages.

Local’s Tip: Granby Library hosts numerous free events and activities for all ages. Be sure to check their event schedule.

Downtown Main Street

5. Scenic Drives

Explore the breathtaking scenery of Grand County, home to some of Colorado’s best scenic drives. Scenic drives are the perfect opportunity for a family game of ‘I Spy Wildlife’. Be on the lookout for elk, moose, bald eagles and more! Consider bringing binoculars for the kids.  

Local’s Tip: Secure a timed entry ticket to Rocky Mountain National Park and drive along Trail Ridge Road for some of the most spectacular views in the region.

View of the mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park

6. Lake Granby

Lake Granby, the third-largest body of water in Colorado, with over 40 miles of shoreline. It’s perfect for camping, fishing, boating, wildlife viewing, or enjoying a beach day if the weather allows.

Local’s Tip: Lake Granby is part of the Arapaho National Recreation Area. To access boat ramps, campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking, a day pass is required. Purchase your pass at recreation.gov or at one of the electronic fee machines.

Hikers standing next to an alpine lake in the backcountry

7. Summer Events

Granby comes alive in the summer with events! Don’t miss the weekly Music and Market on Thursday evenings, a free event featuring local music and local vendors. If Thursdays don’t fit your schedule, head to Granby Ranch for outdoor concerts every Wednesday. For a taste of the Wild West, the Granby Rodeo at Flying Heels Arena runs every Saturday through July, offering thrilling rodeo action and family fun.

Local’s Tip: Plan to eat dinner at the market or bring a takeout meal from one or our local restaurants to Music and Market. Try a new food truck or restaurant each week!

A dog and it's owner at Music & Market in Granby

For a more customized itinerary, contact the Granby Information Center. Our knowledgeable staff is available daily to help plan your perfect family outing in Granby.