Summertime in the Rocky Mountains. Can you think of anything better? And in the heart of it all: Granby, Colorado.
The mountain town of Granby is situated in the middle of Grand County at an elevation of 7,935 feet above sea level, and has grown from its roots as a logging and railroad community to be the perfect vacation destination. During the summer, the list of things in and around Granby is long and varied, and includes something for everyone. There’s no shortage of activities to take part in, all you’ll need is time.
If you talk to any local, they’ll tell you they came to Granby for the winters, but stayed for the summers. Boasting more than 250 days of sunshine each year, mild summer temperatures, a laid-back vibe, and some of the most beautiful scenery in Colorado, Granby is just minutes from countless mountain activities.
Hiking, biking, rafting, and horseback riding are just a few of the adventures available for those looking for a thrill. For something a little more relaxed, the local golf courses are perfect for golfers of all levels and offer spectacular views that won’t soon be forgotten by any who visit. Speaking of views, a day trip to Rocky Mountain National Park provides an incredible look at the Never Summer mountains on the highest continuous paved road in the world (and you’re likely to spot some wildlife, too). And with several huge lakes within minutes of Granby, there are water sports options galore, including boating, fishing, and even canoeing.
When you aren’t out on the trails, spend some time hanging around town at any number of fun events. This includes the Granby Farmers Market, community events, and even a genuine Western rodeo at Granby’s Flying Heels Arena. When happy hour hits, there are plenty of local bars and breweries to experience, as well as several restaurant patios where you can enjoy the sunshine. Be sure to take a stroll along Agate Ave, our Main Street, to explore stores full of treasures—and the mountain views aren’t so bad either! After a long day, there are tons of lodging options; everything from hotels and motels to campgrounds and RV camping.
Getting to and around Granby is easy and convenient with many transportation options. Located just 85 miles west of Denver, simply follow I-70 West and then take US Hwy 40 over Berthoud Pass straight into town. If you’re looking for something a little less stressful than traveling by car, take the daily Amtrak train from Union Station in downtown Denver directly to Main Street Granby.
Once you arrive, stop into the Information Center to grab a cup of coffee and get some guidance for your visit. Downtown Granby is also easily walkable, with tons of restaurants and businesses to visit right on Main Street. If you’re looking to go toward Winter Park and don’t want to drive, hop a ride on The Lift, the local regional bus system that transports people around Grand County for no cost. You can also rent a car and make your way to any of the numerous attractions near town.
Summers are full of long days and starry nights in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and Granby is no exception. Whether you’re looking for a hardcore mountain adventure or just time away from city life, you’re guaranteed to find that perfect something for everyone in the family.