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Things to Do at AVR and Grand County

Winter Activities

Some Winter activities at the ranch include snowshoeing, sledding/tubing, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing.

On weekend nights roast marshmallows over a bonfire while enjoying the stars before you stop by The Red Dog Saloon for a nightcap.

The ranch is a 45-minute drive to Winter Park Ski Resort and a 30 min drive to Granby Ranch Ski Resort.

Check out all the things to do in Grand County here:


Lake Granby is about 1/8 of a mile in front of our land and is Colorado’s largest man-made lake.

Monarch Lake is about 1/8 of a mile behind our land.

The South Fork of the Colorado River runs right through the Ranch, so you have private access to some of the best fishing Colorado has to offer.
A Colorado state fishing license is required and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE

Have Kids? Very first time fishing? Unable to hike to the lake or river?
We have our own private trout pond where you’re sure to catch a whopper!
There is no license required to fish in our private pond!

In the Lakes and Streams adjacent to the ranch, you’ll find the browns, the rainbows, the Kokanee salmon, and the gigantic mackinaw. (Mackinaw fishing is great in June). The trails that lead up into the hi-country lakes and streams will take you to the age-old habitat of the native or cutthroat trout.


AVR has its very own canoes that are free for our guests to use,
We provide life vests, but please use caution especially with children near our water features!

You are more than welcome to bring your own paddle boards to use in our Little Indian Lake.

Since we are so close to Lake Granby, we have many fisherman and boating guests who camp with us and bring their boat to dock in Lake Granby during their stay. Please let us know if this is something you’d like to do and we can help you make it happen!
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Let’s talk Wildlife!

We commonly see Moose, Elk, and the occasional Fox and Coyote. There are birds galore and we have regular hawk visitors flying overhead. Every once and a while, a lucky camper or glamper will get to see one of the few Bald Eagles that live near our land.

Also, we have the adorable “Whistle Pig” or Yellow-bellied Marmot…….think of a beaver without a tail. Sometimes these animals seem to wander onto our land almost on a queue at just the right moment.

While some of the wildlife may seem to not be bothered by us, getting too close can be dangerous to you and them – so please enjoy AVR wildlife at a distance!

Roosevelt (dog) and moose


Our Ranch is nestled in one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Colorado.

Directly behind the Ranch is the Monarch Lake Trailhead, entrance to the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

This trailhead gives you access to the following trails:
Cascade Falls (9.2 miles round trip)
Crater Lake and Mirror Lake (14.8 miles round trip)
Gourd Lake (16.6 miles round trip)
The Monarch Lake trail leads to the old town of Monarch and its steam engine, which is a 3.9 mile loop.

Don’t forget about some of the breathtaking peaks that are over 12,000 ft such as Arapaho Peak and Mount Achonee.

On the other side of the Ranch is the entrance to Knights Ridge and Hell’s Canyon, nestled above Lake Granby.

For an amateur hike and one that is great for small children, we have our own private hiking trail that winds along the Southfork of the Colorado River and leads up to a wooden swing overlooking the Valley. Perfect for a kiss at sunset!

For more information about these hiking trails, please click here.

Hiking in Indian Peaks Wilderness

Surrounding Areas

Grand Lake:
AVR is about 15 minutes away from the gorgeous town of Grand Lake, which is the most adorable town in the summer months. There are all sorts of summer activities, from boating and paddle boarding to eating ice cream and walk the galleries and stores on the main street. There are restaurants, shops and lots of friendly people!

AVR is about 15 minutes away from the town of Granby, which is the perfect place to go grocery shopping on your way to our ranch. City Market is just on the outskirts of town and has everything you would need and more! Granby is also the home of the closest emergency department known as Middle Park Medical Center.

Hot Sulfur Springs:
About 35 minutes away from AVR is the town of Hot Sulfur Springs. Its a tiny little town but has one of the most famous hot springs in America! 23 pools and a lot of amazing history, the hot springs welcomes adults and children!
Hot Sulfur is also home to a couple of restaurants and a stellar candy shop called The Candy Store.
This little town is definitely on our must do list!

Winter Park
This ski resort town is always popping in the winter, but everyone is surprised how many fun activities and events there are throughout the summer. If you are itching for some really fun adventure activities, live music, click here and here for more details!

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