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Your Guide to Access at Granby Ranch

Your Guide to Access at Granby Ranch

Know Before You Go

Granby Ranch is a little different than other mountain resorts. Consisting of trails on primarily private land, all guests hiking, biking, golfing or fishing must possess a valid pass, ticket product, or reservation. Take a look at this feature section of the website frequently, sign up for our emails, purchase your All Mountain or Access Pass in advance, and when you and your family arrive at Granby Ranch make sure to download the guest mobile application, where you will find regular operations updates.


Getting Your Bearings

Granby Ranch consists of over 30 miles of acclaimed downhill biking trails, panoramic singletrack, and solitary hiking trails with views of the Continental Divide. With a serene mountain golf course and gold-medal fishing on the Fraser river, we offer a full on family adventure that stretches across nearly 5,000 acres of primarily private land.


There are over twenty substantial access points to the property, ranging from major roadway access via US-40 to expansive trail systems that stretch across East Grand County, including our network in the South Valley. Property boundary line is in red, above.


*Note: Users of the Fraser to Granby trail have not historically and will not presently need to purchase a product or have a signed waiver on file.


How Was Access Handled in Past Years?

Granby Ranch’s beautiful mountain landscapes have attracted locals, homeowners, and destination guests for many years. Historically, guests of all types were able to hike and bike cross country trails without a product. Signage for private property and no-vehicle policies currently exist at major trailheads and gates, but only guests who rode the lift were asked to purchase a product and sign a waiver. Various ideas had been explored, including season pass stickers on bikes and the installation of metal gates with private property signage. The extensiveness of the system and the many access points lead to a challenging management environment, but one that needed to be addressed, particularly given the fact that Granby Ranch Conservancy (GRC) members, or many of the homeowners with property immediately adjacent to the mountain, pay fees to use the land.

How Do Other Mountains Handle Access?

Most other major mountain resorts operate on US Forest Service (USFS) land. Resort operators maintain special use permits to operate activities like mountain coasters and lift-serviced skiing. In summer, guests who desire to go sightseeing via a gondola ride or take a lift with their bike to a downhill trail, for instance, purchase a product and sign a waiver. However, guests hoping for a quick hike or a cross country ride up the mountain are allowed to do so freely. A valid product and waiver is unnecessary in those cases because it is USFS land.


Key Products

New this year, we will define groups by their access to lift service as well as debut a suite of season long pass products and day tickets that integrate with our new access plan. If you’re a trail hound, check out the All Mountain Pass, offering lift-serviced access to our downhill trails PLUS bike and hike access to our whole suite of XC trails, available in a season-long pass or a single day lift ticket.

A quick hike with the family more your thing? The Access Pass gets you on our whole suite of XC trails PLUS hiking, available in a season-long pass or a single day lift ticket. Importantly, the Access Pass does not include lift-accessed downhill park riding.


With the recent acquisition of Granby Ranch by GR Terra LLC, we have been busy preparing for summer and transitioning the property for more property access management. You will find information on policies, products and pricing, and information across our digital assets including the web site, social medial, our mobile application, and email. We will do our best to get the word out via press and through onsite materials, including trail maps, brochures, and relevant policy documents like our waiver. And, all Granby Ranch staff will be familiarized and trained on policies, procedures, and guest communication protocols as we look to educate our guests about this new program.


While there is currently some existing signage at major access points, look for trail ambassadors and trail crews to update and add more existing informational, wayfinding, and policy-related signage across the property this summer.


All guests, including those hiking, sightseeing, or riding on the cross country trails in South Valley, will need to sign a waiver. Those will be made available digitally by way of a reservation confirmation email. Or, stop by our ticket office in the Base Lodge when you visit to get your waiver on file.

Product ID Cards

When you purchase an All Mountain Pass or Access Pass and stop by the ticket office to pick up, we will give you either a green (All Mountain) or orange (Access) pass card. These represent your access to the property and need to be carried with you at all times. For our day ticket purchasers, we will provide you a laminated paper ticket with your product ID printed on it. Keep this on your person, too.

All Mountain Pass
Access Pass







Monitoring & Enforcement – Trail Ambassadors

New for Summer ’21 will be the deployment of trail ambassadors to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all customers and to verify that all using the trails have a valid pass or ticket. They will be in Granby Ranch uniforms or name tags and carry water, trail maps, and first aid kits. Their purpose is to welcome guests to the mountain, educate users about our policies, provide help or wayfinding if needed in cooperation with our bike patrol, and answer questions. Many of these staff are team members from other departments who you might have met throughout the winter.


We know this is a big change. Through community input and product support, we aim to ensure the enjoyment of this magnificent property for guests and homeowners alike while maintaining the warm welcome that draws so many to Granby Ranch. We urge you to stay tuned to website, email, social media, and mobile application for updates.  Say “Hey!” to our wonderful trail ambassadors next time you are in the area. And grab an All Mountain or Access Pass here on the website so you and the family are set to jet next time you want to visit.


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