Other Sports and the Outdoors in Winter Park
Other Sports and the Outdoors
Golf Granby Ranch. Formerly known as Headwaters, Golf Granby Ranch is an 18-hole course nestled against the Rocky Mountains. The original course by Micheal Asmundson was redesigned by the Nicklaus Design firm to turn it into a more walkable course; two "family holes" were added to offer a golf experience for novices. The back nine is fraught with interesting challenges and fast greens. 1000 Village Rd., Granby, CO, 80446. 970/887–2709 or 888/850–4615. www.granbyranch.com. 18 holes. 7210 yds. Par 72. Slope: 127. Green Fee: $75–$90, plus $15 for cart. Facilities: Driving range, putting green, pitching area, golf carts, rental clubs, pro-shop, lessons, restaurant, bar.
Pole Creek Golf Club. Designed by Denis Griffiths, Pole Creek has three 9-hole, par-36 courses and fantastic views of the mountains. You can play any combination of 18 holes, but try to get on the Ridge 9, which has particularly challenging holes with slippery greens and one of the best views in the state. 5827 Hwy. 51, Winter Park, CO, 80482. 970/887–9195. www.polecreekgolf.com. Meadow/Ranch: 18 holes. 3074 yds. Par 36. Slope 129. Ranch/Ridge: 18 holes. 3,143 yds. Par 36. Slope 131. Ridge/Meadow: 18 holes. 3,377 yds. Par 36. Slope 127. Green Fee: $93–$99 (includes carts). Facilities: Driving range, putting green, golf carts, pull carts, rental clubs, lessons, restaurant, bar.
Byers Peak. At 12,804 feet, Byers Peak is one of the tallest mountains overlooking Fraser, and the highest point in the Byers Peak Wilderness Area. The trail climbs the northern ridge of Byers through lodgepole pine and Engelmann spruce forests before entering the spaciousness of the alpine tundra at around 11,200 feet. Climbers are rewarded with views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness, the Gore Range, and Middle Park. The trail is only 1.5 miles, but it climbs 2,400 feet. If you aren't used to it, high altitude can catch you off guard. Take plenty of water with you and slather on the sunscreen. In summer an early morning start is best. Afternoon thunderstorms are frequent, and you should never be above the tree line during a storm with lightning. Plan on three hours for the round-trip hike. Sulphur Ranger District, Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, Winter Park, CO, 80442. 970/887–4100.
Cabin Creek Stables at Devil's Thumb Ranch. For leisurely horseback-riding tours of the Fraser Valley, your best bet is Cabin Creek Stables at Devil's Thumb Ranch. 3530 Hwy. 83, Tabernash, CO, 80478. 800/933–4339. www.devilsthumbranch.com.
Vazquez Creek. Winter Park is one of the leading mountain-biking destinations in the Rockies, with some 30 miles of trails crisscrossing the main part of the resort and 600 more miles off the beaten path. Vazquez Creek is an easy but fun 4.5-mile trail that runs along a forest of blue spruce, fir, and aspen. The trail sticks to dirt roads with easy grades; the elevation gain is barely 600 feet. For more serious bikers the side trails have challenging climbs and rewarding vistas. Trailhead: parking garage next to the visitor center at the junction of U.S. 40 and Vazquez Rd., Winter Park, CO, 80482.
Grand Adventures. This company offers snowmobile rentals and guided tours. Rates range from $75 per hour to $200 for a full-day tour. 81699 U.S. 40 S, Winter Park, CO, 80482. 970/726–9247 or 800/726–9247. www.grandadventures.com.
Fraser Snow Tubing Hill. You can slide down this hill on an oversize inner tube and then hop on a magic carpet for a ride up to the top to do it all over again. When you get cold, head into the warming hut nearby. The hill is lighted at night, and the rate is $16 per hour. Hwy. 72 and Fraser Valley Pkwy., Winter Park, CO, 80442. 970/726–5954.
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