While there are many beautiful areas in Granby, most visitors come here for the Lakes. Granby Reservoir is popular for boating and fishing, as is Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake nearby.
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. For more information and location of Arapaho National Forest, click here.
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. For more information and RMNP’s location, click here.
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. For more information about Colorado River Headwaters, click here.
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 fishermen the chance to hook into Northern Pike and Kokonee Salmon. For more information visit here.
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. For more information, visit here.
The Bureau of Land Management administers almost 800,000 acres of public lands in Grand County, many of those areas within reach of Granby. Kinney Creek, Smith Mesa and Strawberry offer opportunities for camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, OHV use, and winter recreation. The Upper Colorado River offers rafting, kayaking, and fishing for everyone from first-timers to expert boaters. For more information, visit here.