Star Gazing – Winter Park, Grand County, CO
As “Safer at Home” orders are still in effect, people are getting more than a little antsy cooped up inside—which makes outdoor activities a great way to get a change of scenery. When you reside in Grand County, Colorado – your opportunity for enjoying safe, social-distancing activities is many and quite diverse – from nature walks, hiking, biking, to mountain climbing; But – when the sun sets and you are looking for evening entertainment… what do you do?
Nighttime Picnics with Entertainment Provided by Nature
When you own real estate in Winter Park, Grand Lake, or any other amazing town in Grand County, CO – you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by stunning scenery – day or night!
There is minimal light pollution here in Grand County which means you can see the Milky Way with the naked eye, and the Perseid meteor showers in mid-August are just spectacular.
Plus, with many local restaurants offering curb-side takeout this gives you ample opportunity to enjoy “Dinner & A Show”!
When preparing your “picnic” – think about ordering curbside pick up for a local Winter Park restaurant. There are some delicious choices for dining in Winter Park and the surrounding areas – check out our blog post for a few of our favorites here.
Best Places to Star Gaze
When you own a luxury mountain home in Grand County, almost every place is a good place to Star Gaze – including your own backyard or off your deck!
There are celestial events to watch for, from meteor showers to the alignment of planets. Of course, if you are looking at getting a bit further from home, and into nature, we suggest the following:
- Rocky Mountain National Park (Enter through the gateway towns of Grand Lake (west side).
- Grand Lake – Idyllic location sitting next to the lake, with minimal light to interfere.
What to Bring to Star Gaze in Winter Park
Warm clothes. While the days in the summer can be quite warm, the nights can drop to below 45 degrees. So be sure you are prepared with warm clothes, gloves, and blankets.
Your picnic! Provisions are always important, water especially, but make a special evening out of it and bring a nice dinner and drinks!
Visit SeaSky.org prior to your stargazing event – this way you can map the celestial events! This gives a month by month list. You can also visit Telescope.com for a monthly star chart to print and bring along.
You can bring a telescope or binoculars – but you won’t need them to enjoy the stars – when you are in the Colorado mountains – you can see amazing things with the naked eye!
So, turn off your phones, snuggle in & look up!