What to do in the Fraser Valley / Winter Park
Fall colors in the Fraser Valley, Stacey and I stopped to take in the view on our way to the Hot Springs in Oct. '04
The Hot Springs
colorado.com describes the local springs thusly:Colorado has many hot springs, and in some cases, like Hot Sulphur Springs, they're the primary attraction in a town.
Not far from Winter Park, Granby and other Grand County hot spots, Hot Sulphur Springs almost lost its raison d'etre when the springs fell into disrepair. But they were bought, refurbished and reopened in the 1990s and have been booming ever since. It's become a favorite place for skiers from surrounding resorts to come relax their sore muscles after a hard day on the slopes.
The mineral springs were once used by the Ute Indians, who believed in their healing powers, and when the spring reopened, it was blessed by a Ute elder. Today, visitors can find relief in one of 21 different pools, or with a massage or other treatment in the spa.
Stacey and I travelled out to Hot Sulphur Springs in search of... (wait for it): the hot springs, and were totally charmed. The little soaking rooms are carved out into the mineral rock where the water bubbles up from the ground. It's a little like a therapeutic dungeon. But in a good way. There are outdoor, non-dungeon pools as well. The Riverside Hotel is in town across the river from the springs.
For the Sporting Types
We'll get more stuff together about hikes, mountain biking, etc. Here's what we have so far:
General directories for the area:
Grand county (Easy to look at & follow):
Hiking and other activities:Winter Park and the Fraser Valley are nestled South (South-Southwest) of Rocky Mountain National Park, but Arapahoe National Forest is the closest wilderness.
Arapahoe National Forest
Wildernet: General Info
If you drive past Winter Park up 40 to Granby, you can get to the official park district headquarters. There's also a Chamber of Commerce visitor bureau in Winter Park that has a nice map of Grand County from the Headwaters Trails Alliance.
Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
- U.S. Highway 40, Downtown Winter Park
Thee Alpine Slide!
You know those dreams where you're flying down the highway on your back, and apparently you learned to luge as a child? This is even more fun than that.
Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests
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