Granby Colorado is nestled snugly in the Rocky Mountains, 85 miles to the west of Denver. Founded as a railroad town in 1904, the town in the heart of Grand County enjoys a laid-back atmosphere. Located at 7,935 feet of elevation, Granby is every inch a mountain town with thing air and great views to boot. It also has easy access to many of the region’s top attractions. Rocky Mountain National Park is not far away, with its mountain peaks surrounding the charming little town. It’s a 60-mile drive to Estes Park, the home base of the national park. Boulder, with its outdoor adventure and great food, is about two hours away.
Surrounded by mountains and the blue Colorado skies, Granby Colorado is a friendly place, where the locals extend Western hospitality and everyone feels right at home. Downtown Granby has that small-town feel, perfect for a stroll or boutique shopping. Its rail station is a stopping point for the California Zephyr, the Amtrak train that runs between Chicago and San Francisco. From there, it’s not hard to find a restaurant when it’s time to grab a good meal, everything from little breakfast nooks to gourmet eateries.
Granby Colorado Activities
Even though the town it plenty laid-back, that doesn’t mean that excitement is out of the question. The town is at the epicenter of outdoor adventure in all seasons. When the days are long and the weather is warm, the list of things to do is only limited by your imaginations. Many lakes surround Granby and are great place for boating and fishing. Granby visitors also enjoy mountain biking, riding horses at Colorado State Forest State Park and the Arapaho National Forest. It’s also a thrill to try white-water rafting on the headwaters of the Colorado River.
Once the winter arrives, Granby receives an average of 120-plus inches of snow a season. Snowmobilers, ice fishers, and dog sledders all get a chance to play in the pristine Colorado wonderland. Both Sol Vista Ranch and the Winter Park Ski Resort offer full-scale fun with skiing and other outdoor adventures.
When it comes to places to stay, Granby has you covered in any season. Many of the dude ranches are more than happy to welcome city slickers as are innkeepers who tend bed-and-breakfasts. The town of Granby Colorado also has its share of vacation rentals and motel rooms. All offer easy access to Granby’s attractions as well as neighboring Grand Lake and Hot Sulphur Springs.
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