10 Ideas for Making Memories in the Mountains


If you’re looking for a place to make lasting mountain memories with friends and family, look no further than Granby, Colorado. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, this charming small town offers a wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities for all ages and interests. Here are 10 ideas for making memories in the mountains:

1. Hit the Slopes

Winter is the perfect time to hit the slopes at nearby Winter Park or Granby Ranch. Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to enjoy the snow and the views of the mountains. If downhill isn’t your jam, try cross-country!

Image credit: Grand Lake Nordic Center

young and older person cross country skiing

2. Snap a Sensational Photo

Memories, mountains, vistas —oh my! Whether you’re a professional photographer or just enjoy taking photos on your phone, the mountains offer endless opportunities for stunning shots. Capture the beauty of the landscape, the wildlife, and the people you’re with!

Here are some good places for an epic shot for your mountain memories:

  1. Windy Gap Wildlife viewing area
  2. Cottonwood Pass
  3. Meadow Creek Reservoir
  4. Monarch Lake
  5. High Lonesome Trail
Photo of lake nestled in mountains in granby, co. sky is blue but with clouds, grass is green. tehre are some patches of snow on the mountians.

3. Try Something Completely New!

Granby is a small town with a big heart, and it offers a variety of unique activities that you won’t find in other places. For example, the 4th of July Rodeo is a must-see event showcasing the community’s spirit and creativity! Check out Classic Car Sundays at Debby’s Drive-In if you like coffee, donuts, and classic cars!


Image credit: Debbie’s Drive In

Photo of parking lot at Debbie's Droive in. There are two classic cars painted red parked in the driveway and one you can't see well that is black

4. Take a Hike 

The mountains are calling, and you really must go. Hiking is a wonderful way to soak up the beauty of the Rocky Mountains at their most epic! Granby is surrounded by beautiful trails that offer breathtaking views of the mountains. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, there’s a trail that’s perfect for you.


Image credit: Destination Granby

two people hiking. facing away from camera. in green meadow. one is holding a stick and the other a water bottle

5. Bring Back a Memory

After experiencing all that Granby has to offer, stop by Country Ace Hardware, our family-owned Ace Hardware that is so much more than a hardware store! We have all sorts of Colorado mementos, board games, and gifts. You can also pick up some local souvenirs from other stores downtown, too. Choose something that really encapsulates that mountain moment you were able to get!

country ace store front photo

6. Take a Scenic Drive

Cover more ground for more views! The Rocky Mountains are a great place to explore by car, with many beautiful roads and scenic drives to choose from. Stop along the way to take in the views, snap some photos, and maybe even spot some wildlife.

7. Horseback Riding

Tap into your inner cowboy or gal with a horseback ride through Rocky Mountain National Park. Take your time on the trails to soak up the mountains’ beauty. There’s something magical about seeing the world on horseback, and riding through the mountains on your own steed is sure to make for some great mountain memories!  


Image credit: Destination Granby

horseback riders on a trail

8. Spend a Night Under the Stars

For a truly unique mountain experience, set up camp and spend a night under the stars. You can choose from various campgrounds and wilderness areas, each offering its unique experience. Just make sure you have all the camping gear you might need before you go.

9. Stay Somewhere That Screams “Mountains”

Cozy up in a log cabin or even a ranch to really nail that iconic mountain experience! You can search Airbnb for cabins, off-the-grid, farms, and even ski-in/out huts!  Do something a little outside your normal life to spice things up. Even if you live near the mountains, it’s fun to have a little “stay-cation” every once in a while.

10. Go With Someone You Love

The best way to make good memories is to do things with the people you love. Whether that’s your spouse, partner, family, or even your dog! Being somewhere special with those who mean the most to you is the number one way you can guarantee a magical mountain experience.

What Memories Will You Make?

Making memories is easy when the breathtaking beauty of the Colorado mountains surrounds you. The most important thing is that you have fun! From relaxing trail rides on horseback to thrilling downhill skiing, the mountains are truly the best place to explore. Want more mountain tips? Swing by Country Ace! Our local team is happy to share more ideas on how to make your trip to the mountains more memorable.

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