Nestled in the Rocky Mountain high country, Kremmling, in Grand County, embodies the spirit of the American West. It is characterized by the determination of the pioneer, and the kinship of community. The valleys around Kremmling were home to Ute indians, and the area was settled by silver miners in the late 1800s. Still today, much of the land is populated by working ranches.
The town was founded in 1881 during the Colorado Silver Boom days. In 1884, Rudolph Kremmling established a general store in the town, and as ranchers occupied the surrounding areas, more services were established to meet their needs. Kremmling, sits at the confluence of Muddy Creek, the Blue and the headwaters of the famed Colorado River, making rafting, kayaking and fishing main attractions in the summer months. The area’s vast wilderness has made the town a destination for game hunters, snowmobilers and outdoor enthusiasts. Despite its small size, Kremmling with 94 businesses registered with the town, offers guests and residents alike a wealth of goods and services.
Kremmling, located at the junction of Colorado Highway 9 and US Highway 40 at an elevation of 7,364 feet, is about 100 miles west of Denver. The 2010 population was 1880 people.
The friendly, small-town atmosphere has influenced many families and businesses to settle in Kremmling, a town where it’s easy to be involved if that’s what you want and just as easy to “get away from it all” in the thousands of acres of Bureau of Land management and U.S. Forest Service land surrounding Kremmling. Just a two hour drive from Denver, Kremmling has easy access to every need.
The name Kremmling was not officially recognized until 1895. After the Moffat railroad—the Denver, Northwestern & Pacific—arrived in July 1906, Kremmling became the county’s central shipping point. It was incorporated May 14, 1904. In the 20th century, ranching became the main industry in the valley in the vicinity of the town. In 1906, Kasper Schuler built the first brick building in town. The Schuler bottling works occupied the first floor, while the Schuler House, a boarding house run by Miss Kienholz, occupied the second. In 1933, the building became the Hotel Eastin.
Situated east of Steamboat Springs along Hwy. 40, Kremmling offers access to virtually every outdoor pursuit in Colorado. It is close to three national forests: Routt, Arapaho and White River. The fishing is so good that the town hosts an ice-fishing tournament on its Wolford Mountain Reservoir each February.
In addition, the Wolford Mountain Recreation Area, overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, boasts a trail system providing non-motorized and motorized opportunities just north of town.
Summer activities include horseback riding, hiking and driving along scenic roads.
The town is known as a sportsman’s paradies, a real Western wilderness filled with breathtaking scenery and unspoiled terrain. Its miles of OHV trails are one of the reasons it’s known as the motorsport capital of Grand County. In winter cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and snowmobiling draw visitor to the outdoors. Local
accommodations include hotels, motels, guest ranches, dude ranches
Many properties are shown for sale on Zillow, in July 2015, making this an active real estate market with listings of all types of properties from single family homes to condos to ranches.