Attractions – Grand Lake Winter Activities

Grand Lake Winter Activities near The Rapids Lodge

Breathtaking Scenery & Plenty of Outdoor Winter Fun
in Grand Lake Colorado!

View of Grand Lake and Mount “Baldy”

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 Rocky’s scenic and natural wonders. The Park is located just minutes from the town of Grand Lake, making it a perfect day time visit while staying at the Rapids Lodge. Despite the fact that Trail Ridge Road traversing the Continental Divide to Estes Park is closed in the winter, guests can still drive 8 miles into the park to enjoy winter trails and wildlife viewing.

Arapaho National Forest

This National Forest encompasses land straddling the Continental Divide from Colorado to Wyoming. The area is accessible by snowmobile, with miles of groomed snowmobile trails offering access to powder, meadows and incredible views. Snowmobiles can be rented and ridden in town. Access the trails right from the Rapids parking lot. Snowshoeing and back-country cross country skiing are also popular in this area. Stay at the Rapids Lodge for a Colorado retreat with access to all the natural wonders of our National Forests!

The Rapids Lodge and Grand Lake, Colorado: the place to be for Christmas and New Year’s Eve

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 but a snowshoe trip or cross country ski expedition can get you to some spectacular, hidden spots.

Not sure where to start? This handy site will 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.

Timber Lake Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing is a sport for the hardy. Our local Grand Lake Outfitters can set you up with gear, take you on a guided trip or tell you where the fish are biting. Our three lakes all offer a different fishing experience. Grand Lake is a few minutes from the Rapids Lodge,  Shadow Mountain Reservoir is 5 minutes from the Rapids Lodge and Lake Granby is located about 6 miles from the Rapids Lodge.

Bald Eagles


Birders can enjoy winter sightings of Bald Eagles, Common and Barrows Golden-Eyes, Steller Jays, Pygmy Nuthatches, Red Crossbills, Pine Grosbeaks, Gray Jays, Clark’s Nutcrackers, various species of Rosy Finch, Pine Siskins and perhaps a Common Redpoll! You might the the birder to spot a rarity! can give you an idea of the most recent sightings and local birding hotspots.


Grand County is home to big game such as bear, moose, elk and mule deer. For the sports enthusiast in your family, a seasonal getaway in the fall is a must. The Rapids is popular with hunters and the public lands in the area are easily and quickly accessible from the Rapids Lodge. We have accommodations for the individual hunter, hunting families or groups of hunting friends.

There are plenty of Grand Lake winter activities to keep you and your family busy!