Welcome to your gateway to the Heritage of Grand County Colorado!
The Historical, Heritage and Cultural entities of Grand County invite you to explore over 200 articles and 500 historical photos in your journey to discover the spirit of those who came before us: From Native Americans to the Pioneers to Homesteaders to Ski Industry Founders.
We have a wide variety of events throughout the year, so here are a few to highlight:
- Friday, January 27th: History of the Winter Park Ski Train @ Fraser Historic Church
- Happy New Year! Read GCHA’s highlights for 2016
Visit the Events page for a complete listing of scheduled events.
Visit all of Grand County’s family friendly museums to learn more about our unique and surprising past. Discover early tools of Grand County inhabitants, pioneer clothing and historic Grand County artifacts on display at the museums. Enjoy exhibits ranging from Native American artifacts, Pioneers, Miners and Loggers, and the humble beginnings of Colorado’s Skiing Industry.
About Grand County Colorado
Grand County was established in 1874 by the Territory of Colorado, thus becoming a county two years before Colorado became a state. It was named for the Grand River, known today as the Colorado River, with its headwaters located in Rocky Mountain National Park. The county was formed from a portion of Summit County but acquired its current boundaries in 1877, when part of Grand County was used to create Routt County. The area of 1,854 square miles (larger than Rhode Island) consists of meadows, river valleys and mountains. Grand County includes the mountain towns of Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash, Granby, Grand Lake, Parshall, Hot Sulphur Springs and Kremmling, and each town has a rich and unique history of its own.
Located 67 miles west of Denver, Grand County is home to wide-open spaces, breathtaking mountain scenery and authentic old-west towns. Outdoor recreational activities include golf, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, sleigh rides and tubing. The area features more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails, one national park, two national forests, two wilderness areas, two nationalscenic byways, two major ski resorts, five world-class dude ranches and four mountain golf courses. Grand County’s extensive water network includes Colorado’s largest natural lake, 1,000 miles of streams, 1,000 acres of high-mountain lakes and 11,000 acres of reservoirs.
About the Heritage Coalition Of Grand County
This website is the result of a collaboration of organizations within Grand County coming together to make the unique history and culture of Grand County more accessible and expansive. The coalition was formed in 2008 to connect history and cultural organizations through shared information, coordinated events, overcoming of common challenges, and the creation of meaningful collaborations.
Mission of the Heritage Coalition of Grand County
“To promote History, Culture and Heritage Tourism of Grand County, Colorado through education and collaboration with history and tourism based organizations.”