Grand Lake Colorado – Natural Colorado!
With majestic mountains, three lakes and miles of rivers, abundant wildlife, quaint shops, delicious dining, entertaining nightlife and a multitude of activities and events, Grand Lake Colorado is the ideal year-round family vacation destination. Check out our activity pages for details and make sure you attend a famous Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater summer or fall production!
Grand Lake is the Western Gateway Town to Rocky Mountain National Park. Moose, reintroduced into North Park near Walden in 1978, have proliferated throughout the area. It is now almost hard to visit Grand Lake, and not see a moose! They often wander past the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant along the river banks. Elk populate the meadows in spring, summer and fall. Their fall rut is a remarkable sight that draws thousands of tourists who enjoy watching the bull elk round up their harems of females, fighting, and filling the valleys with haunting bugling. You might just see a bear, and mule deer, fox and coyotes abound. Look for the American Dipper bird darting in and out of the water of the river.
Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest natural lake. The town of Grand Lake was established in 1881 and sits at 8360 feet above see level. The town is really a step back in time to days of the Old West and offers one main street (Grand Avenue) with just one stop sign. You will feel like you are far from the bustling cities and major Colorado tourist destinations. The Grand Lake Area Historical Society has done a great job of preserving structures like the Kauffman House Hotel and the Cottage Camp motor inn. They have created a self guided historical walking tour pamphlet which is a must for history buffs. The historic Grand Lake Yacht Club is the world’s highest registered yacht club and sailboat races can be seen on the lake all summer. August’s Regatta Week is famous and well attended as teams race for the Lipton Cup.
The headwaters of the Colorado River begin on the west side of the continental divide in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Colorado River, which offers world class fly fishing, flows into Shadow Mountain Reservoir. The Tonahutu/North Inlet and East Inlet flow into Grand Lake which also in turn flow into Shadow Mountain Reservoir contributing to the Colorado River. The Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway is a fascinating drive through varied terrain and ends in the Gore Canyon south of Kremmling.
Grand Lake is also part of the Colorado – Big Thompson Water Project and is made up of 28 dams and dikes, the Alva B. Adams Tunnel under the Continental Divide (East End of Grand Lake) and six power plants. The C-BT collects water from the Colorado Headwaters region and transports it to the front range, which is drier and highly populated.
Did you know…Grand Lake’s water is some of the purest on earth?
“Tonahutu Blue” water filters through a glacial alluvial deposit that is thousands of years old and sits beneath the Continental Divide! Our water is so pure that it does not conduct electricity! So leave your store bought water at home and enjoy our FREE water and fill your re-usable water bottles as many times as you like.
Visit the Grand Lake Colorado Area Chamber of Commerce website for a complete list of activities and special events available during your visit.
- Summer Activities in the Grand Lake Area
- Area golf courses
- Snow Activities
- Winter Activities
- Rocky Mountain National Park
Whether relaxing or thrilling Grand Lake, Colorado has it all.