Winter Park is the only home rule city in Grand County, with a population of just under six hundred people. However the tourists and seasonal workers significantly increase the population, with over one million skier days at Winter Park Ski Area alone. Winter Park is the highest incorporated town in the United States. The eight square mile city of Winter Park is located near the western slope of the continental divide and is just short drive from Denver. Winter Park also recently annexed in the ghost town of Arrow.
Winter Park is home to the Winter Park Resort, a well known ski resort owned by the city & county of Denver and managed by Intrawest. Other winter activities include cross country skiing, snowmobiling, tubing, snowshoeing and apres ski. During the summer Winter Park has mountain biking, concerts, hiking, fishing and more. This town offers residents and vistors a small town atmosphere with world class skiing. Hideaway Park is a new skate park and during the winter they offer free use of sleds on the hills.
There are also hundreds of miles of trails and extensive amounts of wildlife to see. Winter Park is surrounded by the Arapahoe National Forest and nearby there are four wilderness areas to explore, James Peak, Indian Peaks, Byers Peak and Vasquez. Rocky Mountain National Park is only 45 minutes away and provides many exhilarating experiences like camping and scenic drives.