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Grand County is located just 67 miles from Denver via Highway 40 over Berthoud Pass, which reaches an elevation of 11,315 ft. The county is 1,870 square miles located in a high mountain park known as Middle Park. Approximately 75% of the land in Grand County is publicly owned. The county includes Arapaho National Forest land and three Wilderness areas: Indian Peaks, Byers Peak and Vasquez. The City of Denver Water Board owns 17,000 acres of land, and nearby Rocky Mountain National Park sets aside 265,727 acres of natural land and wildlife habitat for the public to enjoy. The town of Grand Lake in northeast Grand County is at the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Highway 34, known as Trail Ridge Road, runs from Grand Lake, through the park, to the town of Estes Park at the eastern entrance to the park. The road reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet and is closed by snow in winter.

DemographicsGrand County Little League

The population of Grand County is primarily white non-Hispanic (91%). The next largest ethnic group is Hispanic (5.6%). The majority of residents of Grand County (89%) speak English at home.

Economy

Tourism in the main source of industry in eastern Grand County (referred to as the Fraser Valley), and jobs in the retail and service sector dominate the workforce. Ranching and agriculture are the primary industry in western Grand County. Industries providing employment for the county as a whole are as follows: arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (22.8%), construction (14.2%), retail trade (11.5%), and educational, health and social services (11.4%). In Grand County, the median household income in 2006-2010 was $60,433. (Colorado median household income is $55,456.) The 2012 cost of living index in Grand County: 88.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100).   

HistoryGrand County snowshoeing

Originally, the area was inhabited by both the Ute and Arapaho Indian tribes and was discovered by pioneers around 1820. Grand County was created on February 2, 1874 and was named after Grand Lake and the Grand River, an old name for the Colorado River, which has its headwaters in the county.

Grand County has a rich skiing history. The first ski hills in the county were built in Hot Sulphur Springs in 1911, and Carl Howelsen introduced ski jumping to the town before coming to Steamboat Springs. In 1912, Hot Sulphur Springs hosted the first official winter sports carnival in Colorado to include a ski jumping tournament. A special train brought spectators from Denver. The Denver press reported on the event, and the sport of skiing was born in Colorado.

Winter Park Resort was also one of Colorado’s first ski areas, beginning during the 1920s. During the early 1930s, George Cranmer of Denver Parks and Recreation suggested a plan to create a winter sports area at what was then known as West Portal. By 1937, Grand County Skiierthe United States Forest Service (USFS) had built a ski jump with a few trails at Cooper Creek nearby the railroad. The following year, ski trains from Denver shuttled skiers to the area. In 1939, West Portal was renamed Winter Park, and the first J-bar tow went into operation. Lift tickets for the first season cost $1, with a total of 10,692 skier days.

Today, Grand County is also home to Ski Granby Ranch, which offers beginner to intermediate terrain for skiers and boarders. Like many other ski areas in Colorado, the entire region is now marketed as a four-season vacation destination to a national audience.

Health Services

Since 2012, the hospitals in Granby & in Kremmling are both designated as a Level IV Trauma Centers. Middle Park Medical Center is a 25 bed, critical access hospital system serving patients in Grand County, Colorado. Several medical clinics serve Grand County.Grand County Skiier

Nonprofit Organizations

3 Rivers Fellowship
4h Club & Affiliated 4h Organizations Silver Spurs 4h Club
9 News Health Fair - Fraser
A Graham and Louise Powers Family Foundation
A Sanctuary for Military Families
Acient Free & Accepted Masons of Colorado
Advocates: Victim Assistance Team of Grand County
American CancerGrand County Kids Theater Society, Grand County
American Red Cross - NW Area / Mile Hi Region
Angus Held Foundation
Bits N' Spurs Gymkhana Club
Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees
Calavary Chruch of Kremmling
Centro Educativo La Minga
Church of the Eternal Hills
Cliffview Assisted Living Center
COH Aide to Bible Education
Colorado Arlberg Club
Colorado Highlander Pipes & Drums
Colorado West Regional Mental Health
Columbine Community Foundation for Grand County Grand Foundation
Community Alliance of Libraries and Museums
Cooper Creek Square Merchants Assoc.
Crooked Creek Trap Club
Dmj Charitable Trust Carpenter Dennis K Ttee
Dude Ranch Assoc. of Grand County
Early Education Center (EEC)
East Grand Water Quality Board
Eternal Hills Christian Preschool
Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 1267
Faith Tabernacle of Kremmling
Flying Heels Rodeo Association
Forward Motion Project Committee
Fraser Creative Learning Center
Fraser Valley Baptist Church/Changes Thrift Store
Fraser Valley Elementary School
Fraser Valley Hockey Assoc.
Fraser Valley Housing Foundation
Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails
Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District
Fraser Valley Senior Citizens
Fraser/Winter Park Police Department
Friends of the Granby Airport
Friends of the Grand County Library, Inc.
Gahan Foundation
GCJC
Girl Scouts Mile High Council, Troop 56
Granby Chamber of Commerce
Granby Little League
Granby Playdays Preschool
Granby Recreation Department
Granby Rotary
Grand Arts Council
Grand Beginnings
Grand Community Gardens (Fraser)
Grand Community Gardens (Granby)
Grand County Archery Association
Grand County Blues Society
Grand County Board of Realtors
Grand County Builders Assoc.
Grand County Business & Economic Development Association (BEDA)
Grand County Center for Excellence
Grand County Characters
Grand County Concert Series
Grand County Council on Aging
Grand County EMS
Grand County Historic Preservation Board
Grand County Historical Association
Grand County Housing Authority / Cliffview Assisted Living Residence
Grand County Library District
Grand County Little League
Grand County Model Railroad Club
Grand County Pet Pals
Grand County Recycle Resource
Grand County Rural Health Network
Grand County Search & Rescue
Grand County Senior Housing Programs
Grand County Water Information Network (GCWIN)
Grand County Wilderness Group
Grand Enterprise Initiative
Grand Foundation
Grand Futures Prevention Coalition
Grand Huts Association
Grand Kids, Wapiti Child Care Center
Grand Lake Area Historical Society
Grand Lake Chamber (Snowshoot)
Grand Lake Metropolitan Rec. District
Grand Lake Partnership for Trails
Grand Lake Recreational Foundation - GLMRD
Grand Lake Trailgrooming, Inc.
Grand Lake Womens Club
Grand Lake Yaht Club Sailing Foundation
Grand Nordic
Grand Resource & Recycle Coalition
Grand Youth Adventures
Grand Youth Experiential Adventures
Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Grand Lake Shorline Assoc.
Habitat for Humanity of Grand County
Headwaters Trails Alliance
Heart of the Mountain Hospice, Inc.
Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue
Historic Fraser
Horace Button Ski Foundation
Horizons Specialized Services
Hot Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce
Independent Life Center, Inc.
Independent Sports Club, Inc.
Indian Peaks Charter School
Infinite West
Inter-Mountain Youth Soccer Association
International Assoc. of Lions Club
International Mountain Biking Assoc.
Kremmling Chamber of Commerce
Kremmling Cattle Kings Youth Hockey Assoc.
Kremmling Little League
Kremmling Memorial Hospital District
Kremmling Preschool
Lake Forest Water Co.
Lil' Mustang Wrestling
Lions Club Foundation of Fraser Valley, Inc.
Living Word Christian Fellowship
Lord of the Valley
Medicine Waters Story Tellers
Middle Park Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Chapter 1267
Middle Park Fair & Rodeo
Middle Park High School Booster Club
Middle Park High School Post Prom
Middle Park High School Science Camp
Middle Park Land Trust
Middle Park Medical Foundation
Middle Park Music Education Foundation
Miller Teaching Ministries
Moms Club
Mountain Family Center
Mountain Parks Electric
Mountain Pet Rescue
Mountain Valley Christian Academy
Mt Elim Bible Camp
National Sports Center for the Disabled
Northwest Colorado Center for Independence
Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA
Opitz G-Bbb Family Network Inc
Partners for Access for the Woods
Peaks N Pines Quilt Guild
Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO)
Phoebe Ann Rose Scholarship Foundation
Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountains Granby Health Center
Pregnancy Resource Connection, Inc.
Project Sanctuary
PTA Colorado Congress

Rocky Mountain CASA
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre & Youth Theatre Program 
Rotary Club of Grand County
Rotary Club of Grand Lake
Rotary Club of Kremmling
Samaritian Ministries
Second Wind Fund
Shadowcliff Housing/Grand County Housing Authority
Shekinah Ranch
Shining Stars Foundation
Snow Mountain Ranch / YMCA of the Rockies
Society fir Preservation & Encourtmt of Barbershop Quartet Singing America
Society of American Foresters
Society of American Foresters Colorado Wyoming Socity
Soda Springs Ranch Master Assoc.
Sons of Norway
Stitch and Stir 4-H Club
Telephones for Missions
The Bridge Grand County
The Grand Lake Yacht Club
The Grand Theatre Company Incorporated
Timberline Ministries
Toth Ministries
Trailblazers Snowmobile Club
Troublesome Horse Rescue & Rehabilitation Inc
Trout Unlimited
United States Bowling Congress
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Dept. of Colorado
Wapiti Child Care Center Parent Organization
Wes Grand Community Education Foundation
West Grand HS After-Graduation Party
Wild West Wrestling Club
Winter Park Alpine Art Affair
Winter Park Christian School
Winter Park Horsemans Association
Winter Park Rotary
Winter Park Ski Education Foundation
Winter Park Sports Foundation
Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce
Women & War