While there are many beautiful areas in Granby, many, many visitors come here for the Lakes. Granby Reservoir is popular for boating and fishing, as is Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake nearby. Click here for the fishing report.
Arapaho National Forest
On July 1, 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt established the Arapaho National Forest. Almost totally encompassing the Granby area, the forest provides many activities for the outdoorsman including hunting, fishing, off-roading, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park was established by Enos Mills and on January 26, 1915 was proclaimed the tenth national park by President Woodrow Wilson.
The park represents 415 square miles full of natural, pre-historic and native American history. The mountain peaks, ranging as high as 14,000 feet above sea level, are home to an abundant variety of wildlife including the Big Horn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk and Colorado Moose as well as several smaller species.
Activities in the park include bicycling, camping, technical rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, scenic drives, snowmobiling and hiking. The park also provides wheel chair accessible trails.
Colorado State Forest State Park
Just north of Granby is Colorado State Forest State Park where you may enjoy 50 miles of marked hiking trails, 112 miles of mountain bike and horse back trails, and 75 miles of four-wheel driving trails. During the winter months, snowmobilers can enjoy numerous established groomed trails. Telemark, snowshoe and ski-board enthusiasts will also find trails for beginners as well as the most experienced adventurers.
Campers may enjoy numerous developed campsites as well as various back-country camping locations.
Wildlife is abundant in the park. Anglers may catch brook, brown, cutthroat, rainbow and golden trout in the secluded serenity of the clear mountain lakes and streams. Hunters may bag elk, deer and grouse.
Colorado River Headwaters
Middle Park is the starting point of the mighty Colorado River. Fly fishermen from around the world come here to test their skills while river rafters enjoy spectacular white water challenges as the river winds its way through Gore Canyon and beyond. See what the Colorado is all about by traveling the 80 mile Colorado River Scenic Byway.
Williams Fork River
The Williams Fork River, originating from the western slope of the Continental Divide, is tributary to the Colorado River. The river provides prime fly fishing opportunities for Brown, Cut-bow and Rainbow Trout while the Williams Fork Reservoir offers anglers the chance to hook into Northern Pike and Kokonee Salmon.
The Fraser originates from the base of Berthoud Pass and is the first main tributary river to the Colorado. Often overlooked, the Fraser River offers the chance to land brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout as large as 20 inches.
The BLM administers almost 800,000 acres of public lands in Grand County, many of those areas within easy reach of Granby. Kinney Creek, Smith Mesa and Strawberry offer opportunities for camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, OHV use, winter recreation, etc. The Upper Colorado River offers rafting, kayaking, and fishing for everyone from first-timers to expert boaters.