Fraser, Colorado

Fraser, Colorado

Fraser, Colorado is a small town located in Grand County with a population of approximately 1,224 people according to the 2010 census. The town is situated in the Fraser Valley at an elevation of 8,574 feet and is surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest. The climate of Fraser is generally temperate with cold winters and warm summers. Snowfall typically occurs from October through April and temperatures can range from -20°F to 65°F during the year.

The history of Fraser dates back to 1874 when a homesteader named William Hallett built a cabin on the site. During this time, Fraser was known as Hallett’s Ranch and was used for cattle ranching and farming. In the early 1900s, however, the area experienced rapid growth due to its close proximity to Winter Park ski resort. This influx of people led to the incorporation of Fraser in 1938 as a town with its own mayor and town council.

Today, Fraser’s economy is largely based on tourism related activities such as skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, fishing and more. There are also several businesses that provide services such as lodging accommodations, restaurants and retail shops that cater to visitors during all four seasons. In addition to these tourist attractions there are also several other businesses that provide goods or services related to construction or agriculture within the community.

The schools in Fraser are part of Grand County School District #1 which includes five elementary schools (K-5), one middle school (6-8) and one high school (9-12). Additionally there are also two private schools located nearby for those who wish for their children to receive an alternative education experience.

Finally there are several landmarks located within or near Fraser that make it worth visiting such as; Devil’s Thumb Ranch which offers lodging accommodations along with activities like horseback riding or fly fishing; Hideaway Park which provides picnic areas along with a playground; Winter Park Resort which offers skiing/snowboarding opportunities throughout winter months; Byers Peak Wilderness Area which provides plenty of outdoor opportunities for hiking/camping; Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center where visitors can enjoy cross country skiing; Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge where bird watchers can spot various species throughout different times of year; St Louis Creek Trailhead which provides access for ATVing/dirt biking enthusiasts; as well as other attractions like golf courses or hot springs that visitors can enjoy while staying in this beautiful mountain community!

Population: 910. Estimated population in July 2020: 899 (-1.2% change)
Males: 514 (56.5%), Females: 396 (43.5%)

Grand County

Zip code: 80442

Median resident age: 31.1 years
Median household income: $38,173
Median house value: $185,600

Races in Fraser:

  • White Non-Hispanic (92.4%)
  • Hispanic (3.3%)
  • American Indian (1.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.5%)
  • Other race (1.1%)
  • Black (0.9%)

Ancestries: German (19.6%), Irish (16.5%), English (11.5%), Swedish (7.8%), French (6.4%), Lithuanian (5.5%).

Elevation: 8574 feet

Land area: 1.9 square miles

Fraser, Colorado


Fraser, Colorado is a small mountain town located in Grand County, Colorado. It has a population of 1,224 people as of the 2019 census. The town is situated in the Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 8,574 feet and is surrounded by beautiful views of the Continental Divide and Arapaho National Forest. The majority of Fraser’s residents are white (90.2%), while the remaining population is made up of Hispanic or Latino (3.9%), Native American (2.8%), African American (1.6%), and Asian (1.5%) individuals. The median age in Fraser is 40 years old, and the median household income is $50,737 per year.

The economy of Fraser mainly consists of tourism due to its close proximity to Winter Park Ski Resort and other popular outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking, and snowmobiling. There are also several small businesses located in the town such as restaurants, cafes, shops and galleries that cater to visitors from all over the world who come to enjoy the outdoors or ski at Winter Park Resort. Additionally, there are many jobs available in Fraser for those looking for employment related to tourism or local businesses due to its relatively large population compared to other towns in Grand County . There are also several job opportunities available with local government agencies such as Grand County Road & Bridge Department or Grand County Sheriff’s Office which provide employment opportunities for those living within Fraser’s boundaries as well as those living outside of it but working within it due to its close vicinity to nearby towns like Granby and Tabernash.

For population 25 years and over in Fraser

  • High school or higher: 95.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 37.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.5%
  • Unemployed: 3.7%
  • Mean travel time to work: 15.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Fraser town

  • Never married: 46.6%
  • Now married: 38.2%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 1.6%
  • Divorced: 12.0%

9.5% Foreign born (7.9% Europe).

Population change in the 1990s: +330 (+56.9%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Fraser:

  • BOULDER COMM HOSP (about 42 miles; BOULDER, CO)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Fraser:

  • BUCKLEY AFB (about 76 miles; AURORA, CO; Abbreviation: BKF)
  • EAGLE COUNTY REGIONAL (about 80 miles; EAGLE, CO; Abbreviation: EGE)

Other public-use airports nearest to Fraser:

  • GRANBY-GRAND COUNTY (about 12 miles; GRANBY, CO; Abbreviation: GNB)
  • MC ELROY AIRFIELD (about 39 miles; KREMMLING, CO; Abbreviation: 20V)
  • BOULDER MUNI (about 42 miles; BOULDER, CO; Abbreviation: 1V5)
Amtrak station:
FRAISER-WINTER PARK (420 RAILROAD ST.) – Seasonal Station. Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, full-service food facilities, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, intercity bus service.

Colleges and Universities

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fraser:

  • UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER (about 32 miles; BOULDER, CO; Full-time enrollment: 25,355)
  • COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY (about 43 miles; Fort Collins, CO; Full-time enrollment: 22,684)
  • COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES (about 46 miles; GOLDEN, CO; Full-time enrollment: 3,183)
  • RED ROCKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 50 miles; LAKEWOOD, CO; Full-time enrollment: 3,835)
  • FRONT RANGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 54 miles; WESTMINSTER, CO; Full-time enrollment: 6,858)
  • REGIS UNIVERSITY (about 57 miles; DENVER, CO; Full-time enrollment: 5,898)
  • EMILY GRIFFITH OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL (about 57 miles; DENVER, CO; Full-time enrollment: 3,083)

Public primary/middle school in Fraser:

  • FRASER VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 221; Location: 125 EASTOM; Grades: KG – 05)