Situated in a beautiful alpine valley, Fraser is a good choice for relaxation year-round. The town usually gets lumped together with Winter Park, as it’s only minutes from its neighbor. It is made up of a few blocks of businesses spread out along Highway 40.
Fraser had about 1,532 permanent residents as of 2019. Located in Grand County, the Arapaho National Forest surrounds the town that sits at 8,574 feet. With outdoor recreation in nearly all directions, there’s fun to be had year-round in the Fraser River Valley.
Fraser, originally spelled Frazier, had humble beginnings as a large sawmill. Eventually, the population grew around it, and it was incorporated on June 15, 1953. Throughout the years it has supported an opera house, a large weather station, and served as a vacation fishing spot for President Eisenhower.
Amtrak Train – The winter “ski train” from Denver’s Union Station delivers passengers looking to ski Winter Park’s famous slopes to Fraser Station. You can board the California Zephyr train in either direction, east to Denver, or west to Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction (or onto California).
Cozens Ranch Museum – A great way to take a look into Fraser’s history, this homestead museum is inside of the first ranch settled in Fraser Valley.
Fraser Tubing Hill – A family friendly, wide and broad tubing hill that even has a lift. It has been family owned and operated since 1971, and you can even bring a picnic to enjoy after a day of fun.
- There are two national forest access roads in Fraser, County Road 72 and 73, near the Alco and across the street from Safeway. Co Rd 72 takes you to Elk Creek and Co Rd takes you to St Louis Creek. Once you get back in the Arapaho National Rec Area, numerous side mountain roads connect the two, all open to biking.
- Trestle Bike Park is located at Winter Park Resort. Rentals are offered for this downhill mountain course. Granby Ranch is also a bike park.
- There are two national forest campgrounds, St Louis Creek and Byers Creek, both close to town on County Road 73.
- Dispersed camping can be found on County Road 72/Elk Creek Road within a few minutes of downtown.
- Another option for free dispersed camping is just north of town on Co Rd 50. Take a left on Co Rd 5 then a quick left on CR 50. Follow for a few miles to the national forest.
- Read about the camping near Winter Park and Fraser.
- There are a couple of local ponds in Fraser, but the best fishing exists up north between Granby and Grand Lake in one of the many great lakes.
- The Fraser River passes north through town on its way to the Colorado River. Both offer excellent places to trout fish.
- Fraser River Trail is a well-maintained walking trail around Lilly Lake. It’s not very strenuous and very family friendly if you want to get into nature for a little while.
- There are lots of trails in the national forest, just look for access points.
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Holiday Inn Express Suites – A great affordable option for anyone looking to adventure in Fraser or Winter Park. It has prime proximity to golf courses, skiing, and restaurants.
Wild Horse Inn – Closed in 2022 for renovations. Nestled in the heart of the mountains is a cozy inn that has all of the essentials for a weekend getaway.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa – With over 6,500 acres to explore and relax on, this is the premier ranch resort in Colorado.
Read about the best hotels in Fraser.
Fraser is a happening place year-round, so there are plenty of places to eat to cater to the crowds. From its own breweries, distillery, and winery, to an array of food types, you’ll never go hungry in Fraser, unless it’s after 8-9pm or so.
Colorado Corndog Company – More than just their freshly dipped corndogs, this spot also amazing tacos and empanadas.
Solstice Winter Bistro – An intimate, gourmet tapas restaurant with great cocktails.
Sharkey’s Eatery – The perfect relaxed cafe for pancakes, burgers, and any other thing you’re looking to eat during the day.
Read about the best bars in Fraser.
Jun – Fraser Picnic in the Park – Held every Tuesday in Old School Park, join the community for a picnic.
Jul/Aug – High Country Stampede Rodeo – Every Saturday from early June to mid-August, Fraser hosts a wild evening of western rodeo performances.
Jul – Fraser Mountain Mural Festival – Local artists come together to paint 8ft x 8ft murals in front of a live audience.
Activities near Fraser
Cross Country Skiing:
- Dog Sledding at Snow Mountain Ranch (9mi)
- Arapaho National Forest
- Arapaho National Rec Area
- Bryers Peak Wilderness
- Devil’s Thumb Lake (Indian Peaks Wilderness)
- Indian Peaks Wilderness
- Rocky Mountain National Park (33mi)
- Saint Louis Creek
- Corona (15mi)
Hot Air Balloons:
- Hot Sulphur Springs Resort (25mi)
- Granby (15mi)
- Grand Lake (31mi)
- Hot Sulphur Springs (25mi)
- Kremmling (42mi)
- Tabernash (4mi)
- Winter Park (5mi)
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