our quick trip to granby, colorado

exploring granby co

We haven’t traveled a lot lately, but seeing everyone and doing all the things before we leave the USA for our new duty station is right at the tippy top of our bucket list. So, when we have time for a quick trip to Granby, Colorado to see close friends who’ve dealt with their fair share of life’s challenges lately, you’d better believe we took advantage of it. Until a few weeks ago, I’d never heard of Granby, Colorado. I’ve been to Colorado a few times in my life, but we’ve mostly stuck to the Denver area. This was new, and it was a much-needed respite for our whole family (and friends) to reconnect together before our world’s descend into PCS chaos.

We’ve learned through these past few years that our family does best disconnecting in the mountains, away from the crowds and, honestly, away from it all. A quick trip to Granby, Colorado was just the ticket. About two hours from Denver, Granby is a petite underrated mountain town that is often overlooked in favor of popular snowsport hotspots like Winter Park. Granby is pretty much the doorway to both Rocky Mountain National Park and the Arapaho National Forest, two places that have long been on my bucket list.

quick trip to granby, colorado

rocky mountain national park winter

winter in granby

winter snow baby

winter play

arapaho national forest winter

Our trip to Granby brought with it bitter cold temperatures though, and if you you remember my recollection of our trip out to Colorado, we knew it would be chilly for our entire stay. Don’t get me wrong; we’re well-equipped for the cold weather, and we made the most of it. Rocky Mountain National Park isn’t really open to hiking in the peak of winter though, so we just went to try to see elk and other woodland creatures, as well as soak up the sun, which is usually lacking in the winter here in Washington.

Granby is a hidden gem in Colorado. We stayed at The Inn at Silvercreek in Granby, and it gave us perfect access to the town, as well as nearby amenities that we were lucky enough to take advantage of, including the hot springs, tubing hill, and more. I’ll share what we did, what we saw, and where we went (plus everything you should know about Granby, Colorado) this week, but before anything else, I wanted to reflect on what good travelers our kiddos are, how beautiful this region of the country is, and how lucky we are to be healthy enough to do this in these trying times.

Honestly, a trip to Granby, Colorado is just what we needed as we gear up for the insanity that is PCS season, selling our house in New York, and getting ready to leave the country. It also warmed my heart thinking of what’s in store for us when travel reopens in earnest again (hopefully soon!)

Tell me – have you ever been to Colorado? Have you heard of Granby?