Nordic Skiing & Snowshoeing
No matter what the weather brings, this is the kind of place where you want to be outside playing as much as possible! Grab your coat and gloves and experience our high-altitude winter outdoor fun. Make sure to check out our Granby Area Trails Map to see all the trails in the area.
Looking to experience majestic mountain views while skiing through the forest? Granby is perfectly positioned in between several Nordic ski areas with maintained and groomed winter trails, ideal for any type of cross-country skiing. Some even offer equipment rentals, lessons, and guided tours. Make sure to check out Grand Nordic, the official Nordic Club of Grand County, which provides information about the local Nordic centers, trails, and youth programs, as well as backcountry reports and conditions.
Granby Ranch has miles of maintained backcountry trails perfect for beginners to advanced cross country skiers and snowshoers. You’ll find more than 120 kilometers of world-class terrain for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing at the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center. At Devil’s Thumb Ranch, you can experience 120 kilometers of wide-open, perfectly-groomed trails that have been voted the best cross-country destination in North America.
Wherever there is snow, there are snowshoe possibilities! If you’re looking for a way to explore Granby’s extensive trail system in the winter, snowshoeing is the perfect activity.
Snowshoe on the groomed trails at Granby Ranch and Snow Mountain Ranch, or while you explore nearby trails in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding national forests. Local trails can be hiked or biked in the summer, but in the winter months they provide amazing access to the backcountry. Bring your own snowshoes or rent your gear through the local Nordic centers or shops in town.
Some of our favorite spots to snowshoe in the area:
Fraser to Granby Trail
This trail is 16-miles one way and extends all the way from Granby to the Town of Fraser. It offers easy terrain that is mostly flat, but does gain and lose elevation in places. It is groomed in the wintertime and is also often used by cross-country skiers.
Monarch Lake Trail
This mellow 4-mile loop located in the Arapaho National Forest is especially beautiful when covered in a blanket of snow. The trail loops around Monarch Lake and features easy terrain and beautiful mountain views.
North Inlet to Cascade Falls
This trail in nearby Grand Lake is 6.5 miles round-trip and is located within Rocky Mountain National Park. The first part of the trail is fairly flat and passes through several large meadows where moose can often be spotted. It then steadily climbs to the waterfalls, a good place to rest while enjoying beautiful views before returning the way you came.