Summer Attractions in Grand Lake Colorado

Summer Attractions in Grand Lake Colorado

Tonahutu River in Summer

Summer Attractions in Grand Lake Colorado and surrounding area. Breathtaking Scenery, Unlimited Hiking & Plenty of Outdoor Fun!

Rocky Mountain National Park

Discover one of our country’s greatest treasures — Rocky Mountain National Park. The Park was opened in 1915, with a focus on the Rocky’s scenic and natural wonders. The West Entrance to the Park is located just minutes from the town of Grand Lake, Colorado, making it a perfect day time visit while staying at the Rapids Lodge and Cabins. The North Inlet trail starts from just above the Rapids Lodge. We are the perfrect location for an overnight stay at the beginning or end of your hike over Flattops and Bear Lake in Estes Park.

Trail Ridge Road

If you explore Rocky Mountain National Park you will no doubt be driving on Trail Ridge Road! Topping in elevation at 12,183 feet, 11 miles of this paved road is above tree line. The sites are spectacular and there are two excellent visitor centers. One at the entrance to Grand Lake, Colorado called the Kawaunechee Visitor Center and one at the peak of Trail Ridge Road. One will often see herds of elk, moose, deer and other wildlife along the way. 
The Aspens showcase fall colors in September and this is a perfect time to get away and enjoy Colorado’s abundant beauty. Enjoy a trip through Rocky Mountain National Park across Trail Ridge Road and into Grand Lake, Colorado. Stay at the Rapids for a relaxing night and fine dining overlooking the fall colors.

Arapaho National Forest

This National Forest encompasses land straddling the Continental Divide from Colorado to Wyoming. The forest is open to day time visits and overnight camping. Trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, ATV’s, off road motorcycles and snowmobiles. Stay at the Rapids for a Colorado retreat with access to all the natural wonders of our National Forests!

Colorado Wilderness

In a country that seems to grow every day, it’s a treat to know there are still areas within the state of Colorado that are set aside as Wilderness. The Indian Peaks Wilderness and the Troublesome Wilderness areas are both within Grand County. Access is limited but the rewards are genuine. Motorized vehicles are not permitted in Wilderness areas.

Hiking in and around Grand Lake

Not sure where to start? Click here to help you plan a trail, trip or visit to local hot springs, trails, and forest boundaries. It’s easy to use and will direct you to miles of options with tips on levels of ease or difficulty.

Grand Lake Colorado Fishing

Whether you like lake fishing or fly fishing, Grand Lake, Colorado has access. Some of Colorado’s gold medal waters are within 30 miles from lodging at the Rapids. You can pack a lunch, fish and bring home the dinner or dine in our wonderful restaurant!


The Rocky Mountain region is home to many species of birds; from song birds to water birds to birds of prey, you will be entertained by endless sightings. The American Dipper is common along the Tonahutu River, visible from your Rapids room or from your river view table in the Rapids Restaurant.

Grand Lake Colorado Hunting

Grand County is home to big game such as bear, elk and deer. For the Sportsmen and Sportswomen in your family a seasonal getaway in the fall is a must.

Winding River Dude Ranch

Winding River Ranch is a beautiful 525-acre property bordered by Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapahoe National Forest. Guided horse-back rides are available and over two miles of the Colorado River flows through the ranch. The ranch is located 2 miles from the village of Grand Lake.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Grand Adventures offers spectacular hot air balloon rides in the Fraser Valley summer and winter.

Kayaks, Canoes, SUP and Grand Lake pleasure boat rentals

Kayaks and canoes are available for rent from the two marinas in Grand Lake Village. Boaters Choice and Headwaters Marina are just a couple of short blocks away. Stand up paddle board rentals are also available. Headwaters Marina provides an interesting historical tour of Grand Lake’s colorful people of the past.

Adventures in White Water

If you are searching for fun and adventure, you have found it!  An exciting whitewater raft trip with us will create lifelong memories for the whole family. Adventures in Whitewater offers a variety of trips for all ages on both the Upper Colorado River and Clear Creek.  From first time beginners to expert paddlers, you will get the trip that is right for you.  Children as young as 4 years old can enjoy rafting on the Colorado.

Trail Ridge Marina

Trail Ridge Marina on Shadow Mountain Reservoir is conveniently located along U.S. Highway 34 near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The marina is only 2 ½ miles south of Grand Lake, Colorado. You can explore the natural beauty of the area, fish, picnic, and travel by boat to Grand Lake, Colorado and tie up to the town pier for some shopping and dining, or just relax in the sun. We offer the exact type of rental boat to meet the experience you are seeking – from spacious pontoon boats, to pleasure boats, to fishing boats. Enjoy the 2 hour eco-tour that provides insight into the fascinating ecology and history of Shadow Mountain Reservoir.

Hot Sulphur Springs Resort

Thirty-five thousand feet below the surface of the earth, the heat of volcanic rock is released through countless fissures that spread out through the earth’s crust. At Hot Sulphur Springs Resort, there are spa services, 21 outdoor pools and 3 indoor pools. This is a wonderful relaxing experience and perfect for the end of your vacation day! The springs are located about 22 miles from the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant.

Biking in Grand County

Grand County is host to miles of mountain biking trails. Winter Park alone boasts over 600 miles of marked, mapped and user-friendly trails, contributing to its apropos nickname “ Mountain Bike Capital, USA . ”  From high mountain peaks to beautiful river valleys, single tracks to back country roads, there are opportunities for all ages and skill levels. Bikes can be rented from the Rocky Mountain Speedway go-kart track in Grand Lake.

Historic Grand Lake, Colorado

First settled in 1876, Grand Lake, Colorado became a supply center in 1879 when gold and silver were discovered nearby on the Colorado River. Prospectors came into the area on their way to Breckenridge and the Blue River by crossing the mountains on what is today Trail Ridge Road. The Kaufmann House, on Main Street, is a wonderful museum to learn more about Grand Lake’s history.

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

The best of small town theater’s, the RMRT offers some of the finest productions for old favorites as well as new productions. The summer season rocks and a full schedule is available; visit their site for special events and productions. Located on Main Street Grand Lake, Colorado, only 3 blocks walking distance from the Rapids Lodge.