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Grand County, CO Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 17
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,146
Convention Center Space 12,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 12,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 4,596 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $199

Grand County, CO Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Grand County, a countywide guide for meeting professionals. Set about 70 miles outside of Denver and at the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand County is made up of the communities of Granby, Grand Lake, Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs, and Winter Park/Fraser. A fantastic destination in which to play, explore, relax, and hold a meeting, Grand County is rich in natural beauty, outdoor recreation, unique dining, and a variety of event venues set amid breathtaking surroundings. The authentic mountain destination features more than 100,000 total square feet of meeting space in facilities ranging from state-of-the-art ballrooms to rustic cabin boardrooms, as well as a full offering of unique group activities ranging from recharging in hot mineral springs pools to fly-fishing in Gold Medal waters.

Meeting delegates can fly into Denver International Airport, a 90-minute scenic shuttle ride to Grand County. Denver International is the fifth-busiest airport in the U.S., as well as the largest airport site in North America and the second-largest airport site in the world; it accommodates nonstop services to more than 170 destinations worldwide. Delegates can hop aboard airport shuttle service to Grand County, or arrive by train or bus into the Amtrak stations in Granby and Winter Park/Fraser and the Greyhound station in Granby.

Grand County offers a variety of unique venues well equipped for group gatherings, team building, and meetings. Grand County is home to the western gateway of Rocky Mountain National Park, a 415-square-mile park featuring more than 300 miles of hiking trails, several visitor centers, and a variety of recreation options and ranger-led programs in elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the park's grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the summit of the peaks.

One of the nation's oldest and largest natural hot mineral springs resorts and spas, Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa welcomes groups to hold events in its meeting spaces, as well as enjoy its 21 hot mineral baths and pools and variety of rejuvenating treatments.

Beyond its reputation as a fantastic summer and winter recreation spot—and the state's longest continually operated ski resort—Winter Park Resort serves as a fantastic choice for group events and adventures, thanks to its year-round conference spaces accommodating 25 to 850 people.

The 5,100-acre Snow Mountain Ranch, known as the YMCA of the Rockies, features a Nordic skiing center, lodging, and a variety of winter and summer activities, as well as indoor and outdoor meeting space. Groups have their choice of a number of team-building activities, including guided hikes, a challenge course, and a climbing wall, among many other options.

An environmentally friendly resort with on-site dining, a 10,000-square-foot spa, and rustically upscale lodging, Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa offers a variety of meeting spaces, including a space built from two Civil War–era barns, intimate conference rooms, and even a wine cellar and movie theater.

About Grand County, CO / Additional Info

From its vast meadows and impressive peaks to its Colorado River headwaters and picturesque lakes, including Grand Lake, Colorado's largest natural lake, Grand County is brimming with adventure and authentic Colorado heritage. Established in 1874, the county was named after the headwaters of the Grand River, now known as the mighty Colorado River. The county's hot mineral springs were first used as healing waters by Ute and Arapaho hunting parties, who called the area "big medicine," and then visited by trappers and hunters in the early 1800s; parts of the county became a popular resort community by the turn of the century and the Winter Park ski area opened in 1940.

Each of the county's communities boasts its own distinct character and story. The heart of Grand County, Granby features a small-town vibe, charming main street, summer farmers market, and authentic dude ranches. As the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake offers a scenic lakeside setting and historic boardwalk lined with more than 60 shops, restaurants, and galleries. Known as the "Snowmobiling Capital of Colorado," Grand Lake is home to hundreds of miles of trails; visitors can even snowmobile right down the main street. Grand Lake also features one of the oldest yacht clubs in the West and easy access to the popular lake.

The oldest town in the county, as well as the county seat, Hot Sulphur Springs is named for the hot springs that line the canyon along this stretch of the Upper Colorado River. Hot Sulphur Springs is home to hot mineral springs, Gold Medal fishing waters, and hike-friendly terrain. Speaking of untouched terrain, the wilderness known as Kremmling serves as the "Motorsport Capital of Grand County," thanks to its miles of ATV and OHV trails. Kremmling attracts hunters and fishers, thanks to its elk hunting and Gold Medal waters, as well as rafters, kayakers, and ice fishers. Last but certainly not least, Winter Park/Fraser is known for its family-friendly to challenging mountain playgrounds. Home to Winter Park Resort, which features nearly 3,000 skiable acres, Winter Park/Fraser is known as a fantastic spot for mountain biking and hiking, thanks to its 600 miles of tracked and groomed summer trails.

When it's time to fuel up for your next adventure or unwind after a day of enjoying the great outdoors, Grand County boasts a variety of dining options ranging from local hot spots to gourmet cuisine destinations. Grand Lake Lodge's dining room serves a variety of hand-cut steaks and fresh fish amid spectacular mountain views, while Rapids Restaurant at Rapids Lodge serves as Grand Lake's only riverside dining spot, featuring Tonahutu Creek views and a cozy setting. Ranch House Restaurant at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa utilizes fresh, local, and organic ingredients in its New American Mountain Cuisine offerings, which change nightly. Granby's Brickhouse 40 offers fresh, creative fare, including signature steaks and gourmet pizzas.

 
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