As the snow starts to melt and the trails begin to thaw out, you may be wondering what you can do in Granby between winter and summer. Being 8,000 feet above sea-level means there is usually still snow about in the spring, and there are still an abundance of ways to get outside in the springtime.
Even if there’s still snow on the ground, spring is the perfect time to enjoy warmer weather and bluebird days. The streams and rivers begin to swell with snowmelt, and the lakes fill to capacity, making it ideal for some cold water fishing. Fly fish in the Colorado River’s Gold Medal waters, or try your hand at pole fishing on Lake Granby, Colorado’s third largest body of water. Rainbow, brown, and lake trout are primarily found in the water systems around here, as well as the much sought-after kokanee salmon.
Hot air ballooning is most popular during the summer and the fall months, but it's just as spectacular in the spring. Even though the air is a bit cooler as the snow melts, it is often 30 to 40 degrees warmer up in the basket. Enjoy the beautiful sights while you soar above the treetops and high mountain lakes and streams near Rocky Mountain National Park.
If you want to stay mostly indoors, explore the rich history and culture of the Granby area. The Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum is a small but fascinating collection of exhibits honoring local military veterans and airlines as well as aviation pioneer Emily Warner. Located in the former Rocky Mountain Airways airline terminal of Granby/Grand County Airport, the museum’s displays, photographs, and artifacts tell the fascinating stories of aviation history in Grand County.
To explore the history of the railroad in Granby, make sure to visit the Moffat Road Railroad Museum. This museum features artifacts from the Moffat Road Railroad, the highest standard gauge railroad ever built in the United States, connecting Denver to the mountains, which operated between 1905 and the 1960s. The main attractions are the enormous Christmas model train display, as well as the authentic railroad exhibits that include a 100-ton steam crane from 1913, a passenger car from 1905, and a bright red caboose from 1923.
Take a Drive
The scenery in and around Granby is absolutely stunning and worth exploring. There may be snow on the ground, but the roads are dry and clear in the spring, making it the ideal time for a scenic drive. The Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway runs for 80 miles, beginning at the mouth of the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park. The road follows the bends of the Colorado River through stunning Byers Canyon and rolling ranch country. Eventually the road comes to Kremmling and continues onto Highway 1 or “Trough Road” with jaw-dropping vistas views, and then ends in the funky town of State Bridge.
Spring season is the perfect time to experience breathtaking views, gorgeous weather, and unique adventures in Granby.
Just 5 miles outside the town of Granby, Lake Granby encompasses 7,256 acres, making it the third largest body of water in Colorado. With 40 miles of beautifully scenic shoreline, boating, kayaking, camping, fishing, and hiking are just some of the must-do activities on the lake.
Not only is Granby surrounded by scenic wonders, but the region also presents several historic and educational treasures as well. Take a break from your outdoor adventures by visiting our local museums.
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