The historic Rapids Lodge & Restaurant is located just off Grand Avenue (Main Street), at the North Inlet of Grand Lake, Colorado. We offer a variety of lodging options, including guest rooms, cabins, and condominiums right along the Tonahutu River. We have pet-friendly lodging options too! We’re also proud to offer gourmet dining in our restaurant, featuring classic Rocky Mountain cuisine. Speaking of the Rocky Mountains – we’re also located on the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, and we’re happy to serve park visitors and Grand Lake guests alike. From mountain adventures to family vacations to romantic getaways, The Rapids Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy the authentic “Grand Lake Experience!”

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The Rapids Lodge was built in 1915, making our lodge nearly a century old. The lodge is built from local lodge pole pine, and was the first building in Grand Lake, Colorado to have running water and electricity. The building originally opened as an inn and restaurant, and has been preserved over the years as a historical hotel and a local Grand Lake icon. Our long list of famous (and infamous) guests includes Janis Joplin, Jim Croce, and Kris Kristofferson.

Though gambling was illegal in the 1950s, there was some action to be had at Rapids! The lodge even had a secret bell to ring to when authorities pulled into the driveway, alerting guests and allowing them to “turn the tables” and hide the evidence of gambling!


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 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.


The Rapids is the perfect place to celebrate your special occasion, from weddings and rehearsal dinners to family reunions and group retreats. In addition to the best Grand Lake, Colorado lodging, we can host your special event too! Your party will love our picturesque lodge and beautiful Rocky Mountain location. Our staff can help you plan and execute every detail of your event, from gathering information about Grand Lake and RMNP, to recommending activities, to taking care of everyone during your stay. For destination events in Grand Lake and the Colorado Rockies, come to the Rapids Lodge!


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