Winter Park Resort to burn slash

Beginning on June 17, Winter Park Resort will burn a number of slash piles within the resort boundary related to its ongoing vegetation management program and logging work. This is a customary prescribed burn under the supervision of Winter Park Resort, the United States Forest Service, and the Colorado Department of Public Health.             

The piles slated to be burned are located near and around the top of the Pioneer Lift in the Vasquez Ridge area and the top of Lunch Rock on Mary Jane.  Residents and visitors around Winter Park Resort should be advised that prescribed fire smoke may affect your health.

The burn operation is scheduled to take approximately two weeks, depending on weather conditions.

Photo courtesy Grand County Sheriff’s Office

Rollover closes US 40 in both directions

Wednesday afternoon, a truck carrying a load of wood beams rolled over on the bridge just west of Byers Canyon. Grand County sheriffs and emergency crews secured the scene, closing the highway in both directions for several hours as the truck was righted and towed away, the wood removed from the roadway and hazmat cleanup was performed.

The alternate route across CR 20 was also closed due to unsafe driving conditions, so drivers were faced with staying put or taking a long route around to get to either side of the canyon.

Volunteer Opportunity

The 17th annual Blues from the Top festival is looking for volunteers to help out with this year’s event. Shifts begin Thursday, June 27th and run through Sunday, June 30th. Help keep the blues alive in Grand County! Sign up for your shifts at

Winter Park Half-Marathon and 5K

Race for hope on August 3, 2019! All proceeds from the Winter Park Half Marathon & 5K go directly toward supporting the Shining Stars Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides therapeutic social and recreational programs to kids with cancer!

Plus, all racers receive a discount code for tickets to the Winter Park Beer Festival, which will be held just down the street immediately following the race. Run in the morning and celebrate with good brews and live music all afternoon – what could be better? To learn more and register, visit

High Altitude Gardening Class Offered in Granby

Join the Granby Recreation Department and Grand County gardener Peg VandeVoort in this fun class to learn how to garden in our mountain environment.  We’ll cover soil and site preparation, plant materials that grow in high altitudes, perennial and rock gardening, native plants, and principles of Xeri-scape landscaping.  The class will be held on Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Granby Community Building. The cost is $25 and pre-registration is required. Call the Granby Recreation Department at (970) 887-3961 to register.

Second annual Spirit Polar Plunge June 23rd

The 2nd Annual Spirit Polar Plunge at Cork On The Water will take place on June 23rd!  Come out and enjoy some great food, views, music and some cold water to raise funds for Taking Steps for Cancer!  Many thanks to donors Western Riviera (Cork On The Water), Bare Bones BBQ, and Martin & Taylor. Go to and, under events, you can register and print sponsor forms.

Become a Continental Divide Trail (CDT) Ambassador!

Last summer, Grand Lake was designated a CDT Gateway Community, joining a select number of towns located along the CDT. Are you looking for another reason to get out on the Trail with your friends and family? Or maybe you’re curious about the Trail, and want to expand your capacity to hike, bike, or ride on the CDT?

Gateway Community Ambassadors explore the CDT and share the Trail with their community while expanding their knowledge and comfort with taking others outside. If you’re interested in becoming an Ambassador, visit

HTA Student intern, Brenda Droll gives a thumbs up to spending the summer learning about HTA and helping fulfill their mission.    Photo courtesy HTA

HTA welcomes student intern

This week, Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) proudly introduced their first HTA student intern: Brendan Droll. Brendan graduated from Middle Park High School on June 1st and will be attending Montana State University in the fall for environmental studies. HTA welcomes the opportunity to teach Brendan all they can while he is with them this summer.

Funding for the student intern program was provided by the Middle Park High School Student Philanthropy Fund in partnership with the Grand Foundation. To learn more about HTA, visit: