Granby is a statutory town which is the most populous municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Granby is situated along U.S. Highway 40 in Middle Park about 137 km northwest of Denver and 23 km southwest of Rocky Mountain National Park. As of the 2010 census the town had a population of 1,864. The town was founded in 1904 along the route of the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific Railway, and incorporated one year later. It was named after Granby Hillyer, a Denver lawyer who later served as the United States Attorney for that city’s district.
Many Granby and Grand County residents are descended from pioneer settlers who arrived before the country was fully surveyed. Early families established themselves under the Homestead Act of 1862, which allowed easy access to land to those who would inhabit and improve upon the territory. Since the turn of the century, families have contended for prime ranch land. The Huddlers and Cooks are descended from original homesteaders.
At 7,935 feet above sea level, Granby’s geography lends itself to fun-filled outdoor adventures in a cool, dry climate on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. From miles of scenic trails including the Continental Divide Trail, to fishing in the Fraser or Colorado River, Granby has outdoor adventures for everyone. Whether it’s a leisurely walk through aspens, sage, and wildflowers or boating on Lake Granby, recreational opportunities abound in Granby. From music festivals, to watersports, to horseback riding, to just plain relaxing, you can do it all within minutes of Granby.
This climate type is dominated by the winter season, a long, bitterly cold period with short, clear days, relatively little precipitation mostly in the form of snow, and low humidity.