The Fraser to Granby Trail is a 16.1-mile point-to-point path between the two towns in Grand County. Dogs are permitted on the trail but must be kept on a leash.
Visitors of all ages and abilities will find this an ideal track to spend their time enjoying the outdoors. Sightseers with more time may complete the entire trip or choose to do only a portion of it.
Biking and Hiking Trail
From Grand County Road 5 (near the local Amtrak station) at the Fraser Valley Recreation Center, the route proceeds to Kaibab Park in Granby, where it mostly follows Highway 40 and passes over a few rural roads.
You could begin your trip at Winter Park towards Tabernash on dual-track paved trails, then enter the Fraser Valley, flanked by snow-capped mountains and abandoned mining towns. After leaving Tabernash, the path becomes packed gravel to the YMCA of the Rockies.
This route is relatively easy for novices up to this point, with just a few short, steep sections remaining. From here on out, the trail gets more challenging, so experienced riders might enjoy it the best.
After a little dip, you’ll begin the long ascent over the ridge and onto Granby Ranch. The Granby Ranch cross-country trails are some of the best in the area, but they are narrow and not for the faint of heart. To continue to the town of Granby, go south on the county roads through the area and look for the trailhead signposted “Fraser to Granby.” After you reconnect with the singletrack, the trip down into town will be a joy.
There’s more to do than hike or walk on this trail; it’s a great place to get fresh air and experience Colorado’s seasons. Everything from biking to birding is possible on this stretch of land. Possible activities on the pathway include:
- Cross-country skiing
- Horseback riding
This route is best explored between April and November since muddy sections form after rain or snow. Remember to bring plenty of food, drinks, and sunscreen. The trail passes by a grocery store close to where it begins, making it convenient for last-minute necessities. Granby and Fraser both have their own hardware and sporting goods businesses too, but there is nowhere in between that sells these items.
Season: Year-round, but best in spring, summer, fall
Length: 16.1 miles point to point
Dogs: Yes, on a leash