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Fraser, Co. is at an elevation of 8574 feet and was established in 1871. It was laid out along the Fraser River by George Eastom and originally named for him. Rueben Frazier, an early settler in the area, was well known by most of the locals and it wasn't long before people started calling the town Frazier. When the US Postal Authority granted a post office they wanted an easier spelling so took the name of the nearby Fraser River. It was the center of the timber industry until the Forest Service headquarters was moved to Hot Sulphur Springs in 1915, and the Ranger Station to Idlewild. The town was incorporated in 1953.

Fraser, with an annual mean temperature of 32.5 °F is the coldest incorporated town in the lower 48 states. It also has the shortest growing season, with an average of only 4-7 days.

If you can do it on snow, you can do it here. The skiing is diverse enough to please everyone from beginners to experts. The snowshoeing is great, as well. And the sledding in Fraser is screamingly good. Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center and Devil's Thumb Ranch offer plenty of options for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Sleigh and hay rides are also part of the local winter scene. Or how about a dog-sled ride? Nearby Winter Park is home to the national program for disabled skiers.

Map: Fraser

Region: Northwest Regional Information

County: Grand

Proximity to other towns: Located 38.4 miles from Boulder, 3.6 miles from Winter Park, 13 miles from Granby, 35.5 miles from Georgetown, 57.9 miles from Silverthorne

Population: 899

Elevation: 8574 feet

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