From Ute Indians to Old West pioneers, Grand County immortalizes its early history within multiple award-winning museums, allowing travelers to explore Colorado History from rustic log cabins to restored historic hotels.
The scenic mountain village of Grand Lake is home to the Kauffman House Museum. Built in 1892, the Kauffman House was operated as a hotel by the Kauffman family until 1946 by the Kauffman family, accommodating some of the Old West’s earliest summer tourists. Today, it is the only remaining Grand Lake log hotels built before 1900. The Kauffman House has been lovingly restored and includes many original furnishings. In 1990, a gallery was added to showcase additional exhibits.
Museum hours are from 11 AM to 5 PM every day between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. Open on weekends only in September. Admission is $5.00. Children 12 and under are free.
Kauffman House Museum
407 Pitkin Avenue
Grand Lake, CO 80447
Phone: (970) 627-9644
Hot Sulphur Springs
Established in 1974, the Pioneer Village Museum tells the story of the pioneer spirit and development of the local area with displays of early day tools, clothing and historic Grand County artifacts. Formerly the Grand County Museum the museum is located in the original 1924 Hot Sulphur Schoolhouse. Several historic buildings, including the original county courthouse and jail, surround the Pioneer Village Museum. Other artifacts in the Pioneer Village are an early railroad snowplow and the Winter Park Ski Train caboose. Other exhibits include a skiing display and Pioneer Women.
Museum winter hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Wednesday to Saturday. Admission is $5.00 for Adults; $4.00 Seniors age 60+; $3.00 Children ages 6-18; children under 6 are free.
Pioneer Village Museum
110 Byers Ave.
Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451
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Learn about how the early Grand County ranchers lived by visiting the historic town of Kremmling’s Heritage Park Museum Complex. The complex consists of six historic buildings: the MacElroy Livery barn, the Hermitage ranch house, a 1915 Forest Service Ranger Station, the Ritschard family fishing cabin, and the original Kremmling town jail. The sixth building, the old railroad depot, is not open to public as it undergoes renovation.
Museum hours are Memorial Day through Labor Day, Fridays & Saturdays, 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $5.00 for Adults; $4.00 Seniors age 60+; $3.00 Children ages 6-18; children under 6 are free.
Winter Park is home to the earliest homestead and first stage stop in Fraser Valley, now the Cozens Ranch Museum. In its heyday, Cozens Ranch spread across nearly 700 acres. The restored ranch home is open to the public and contains photos of the William Z. Cozens family and early life in the Fraser Valley. From 1876 to 1904, the building served as a stagecoach stop, post office and the family home.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $5.00 for Adults; $4.00 Seniors age 60+; $3.00 Children ages 6-18; children under 6 are free.
77849 U.S. Hwy 40
Winter Park, CO 80482
Phone: (970) 726-5488