Lake Granby in winter
Lake Granby in winter


Load up your warm gear and come check out all the exciting things to do in Granby during winter.

Paradise in the Snow

Whether you’re on a quest for excitement, relaxation, or both, Granby is your basecamp for memorable winter vacations.

Glide through the landscape on Nordic skiing trails or fly down the hill on your snowboard. Let a dogsled team give you a tour of the mountains, or follow your snowmobile guide to the Continental Divide. Access sweet backcountry ski terrain, or sit back and take a cat-powered tour at a resort. Snowshoe with the family, then take the kids for a spin on the tubing hill.

No matter what, you’ll want to come back next season!

Special Winter Events

Mark your calendar for the 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Contest that takes place every January. Test your skill alongside hundreds of other anglers competing for cash prizes, gleaming trophies, and other treasures. If you’re hoping to enjoy a day of skiing or snowmobiling while you’re in town, that’s no problem. You can enter the contest for one day, two days, or all three days. No matter what you catch, you’ll be able to tell your friends you competed in the longest-running ice fishing tournament West of the Mississippi!

If you're here around the holidays, check and see what events are happening. Community celebrations, the annual tree lighting ceremony, and special events at local businesses capture the holiday spirit in a uniquely vibrant way. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, make some time to go shopping. The holidays are the perfect time to support our community by shopping local, plus you’re sure to find unique treasures not available anywhere else.


Rocky Mountain National Park keeps some of its roads open as winter conditions allow. Moose tend to frequent the Colorado River on the park’s west side, so keep your camera and binoculars handy. Watch the meadows for elk and mule deer, where they’re most active at dusk and dawn. With a little luck and timing, you may even spot bighorn sheep, coyotes, and diverse bird species.

Before you go, be sure to check the park’s website for details about what’s open, conditions, and safety.

Be Prepared

Winter in Granby tends to be quite cold, with average highs in the twenties and average lows in the single digits. Pack plenty of cozy layers and keep an eye on the forecast before and during your visit.

Winter weather has everything in store, from blue skies to sparkling snow to winter flurries and wind, so be prepared. Come equipped with plenty of sunscreen to greet that bluebird day on the mountain, and remember, it’s important to stay hydrated, even when it’s cold.

If it still feels like fall at lower elevations, there’s a good chance winter has already arrived here. Keep in mind that our long winters make for a later spring. Bring books and games for the fireside, and stock up on warm drinks at Granby’s friendly cafes!

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