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THE HISTORIC RAPIDS

The historic Rapids Lodge is located in Grand Lake, Colorado, just off the main street (Grand Avenue). We are right along the banks of the Tonahutu River, at the North Inlet of Grand Lake, Colorado, and the headwaters of the Colorado River. We’re also right on the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, and we’re always happy to host park travelers. Our gourmet restaurant serves up delicious mountain dining, and our unique lodging facilities are perfect for all sorts of guests, from family vacations to romantic getaways to mountain adventures too. We even have pet-friendly lodging! Indeed, the Rapids Lodge provides the authentic “Grand Lake Experience!”

BRIEF HISTORY

A little of our fascinating history – The Rapids Lodge was built in 1915 as an inn and restaurant, and has been preserved as an historical hotel and is an icon in our town. The unique lodge pole pine structure was the first building in Grand Lake, Colorado to have electricity and running water. We have had a variety of famous and infamous guests stay with us including Jim Croce, Janis Joplin and Kris Christofferson.

In the 1950′s gambling was illegal, but you could find some action at the Rapids! There was even a secret bell that was rung when authorities pulled into the driveway, allowing everyone to “turn the tables” and hide the evidence!

GRAND LAKE COLORADO LODGING

For the best variety of lodging in Grand Lake, Colorado, look no further than the Rapids Lodge! Our many lodging options can accommodate guest groups both large and small, from our lodge’s cozy guest rooms to our riverfront condominiums for groups of up to 12. We even offer dog-friendly suites and rustic log cabins too! Click here to check out our lodging page for more information about all our lodging options. The Rapids Lodge can accommodate up to 170 people at once, and we even have free WI-FI too. Come enjoy our Rocky Mountain hospitality at the historic Rapids Lodge!

THE RESTAURANT

Riverside Dining Grand Lake, COThe Historic Lodge and Restaurant building is typical of the early 1900’s “Barky” or Adirondack style of architecture sporting an austere façade and boxy look. However, upon entering the main lobby, guests are continually amazed at the cozy feel which showcases an original stone fireplace and an early, curved glass showcase from the original Granby Drug Store. The mantelpiece decorations change seasonally and are always a delight to returning patrons. Stained glass, collectible plates and antiques are part of the unique décor. The Grand Lake restaurant is open for lunch (in the summer) and dinner and features signature sandwiches, homemade soups, steaks, seafood and wild game. Please call for hours (970) 627-3707. With views of the river and a vintage stage-stop fireplace, the dining room provides a great atmosphere to enjoy fine dining in a casual mountain environment. Lunch and Dinner are served outside by the river during the summer.

FEATURED OR MENTIONED IN:

Sunset Magazine
National Geographic Adventure Magazine
AAA EnCompass Magazine
Bon Appetit Magazine
Denver Post
Dining Out Magazine
5280 Magazine

RAPIDS LODGE CHANNEL

SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND WEDDINGS

We also are the perfect location for special occasions such as weddings, family reunions, rehearsal dinners or group retreats. Click here for Special Event information . Our staff is available to help you with the details of planning for the special event as well as recommending activities, information about Grand Lake, Colorado and taking care of your stay. Your occasion will be memorable at our picturesque lodge and location surrounded by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Grand Lake Colorado Lodging