Spring Break in the Rockies

Spring Break in the Rockies

February always feels like we are turning a corner and progressing towards spring. The days are a little longer and warmer, the birds and the moose increase their activity levels and it is much more pleasant to be outside. Despite reports of low snow measurements this season, the Sky-Hi News, our local county newspaper, just published an article saying that the Upper Colorado Basin is at 102% of average snow levels which is great news. There is still plenty of snow to play in.

Spring in the Rockies

March is often a high snowfall month so perhaps we will get big snows! Either way, March is a great time to come visit Grand County and Rocky Mountain National Park. All the winter activities are still available and days can be beautiful. Consider trying your hand at Ice-Fishing, Sledding, Sleigh Rides, Cross Country Skiing, Snowmobiling, Ice-Skating, watch for moose, scan open water at the channel and do some Bird Watching and more. Finish it all up with a great soak at Hot Sulphur Springs, just 35 minutes away from the Rapids Lodge.

The Rapids Lodge, Grand Lake, Colorado

The Rapids Lodge, Grand Lake, Colorado

The Rapids has historically been closed for the month of April but this year our lodging will be open. This means we are a great hotel for Spring Break in Grand Lake, Colorado! Our off-season rates for a one bedroom unit with full kitchen, perfect for a family, start at just $125 per night. Some Rapids Suites are pet-friendly too. We have the widest variety of accommodation in Grand Lake, there is something for everybody! The Rapids is just 20 minutes from the family-friendly ski resort of Granby Ranch and 45 minutes from the more challenging Winter Park Resort. If you don’t want to downhill ski every day, there is plenty to do and you can enjoy time away from the crowds.

Snow in the Rockies during Spring Break, Grand Lake, Colorado.

Don’t forget to plan for Memorial Day Weekend in May. Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park usually opens for this holiday weekend. Enjoy your 3 day weekend in one of Colorado’s most beautiful locations!

Call us today or book online. We are here to help you plan your trip.

Getaway ideas for Grand Lake Colorado

October Getaway Ideas ….

So the fall colors are at their tail end but the elk are still bugling away in Rocky Mountain National Park. What a great time of year to see the grand bull elk round up there harems and defend them. The elk herds appear out of the trees every day like clockwork at dusk and you are guaranteed a sighting! If you are an early riser, you can watch them head back into the trees after a night in the meadow.

Grand Lake Colorado

Grand Lake Colorado

The scenery in Grand Lake, Colorado is always breathtaking no matter what time of year, the mountain scenery and the sparkling lakes always astound. October is a great time to visit for those who like to avoid the crowds. The Rapids Lodge begins offering low season rates at the beginning of the month: stay for as low as $60 for 2 people and $89 for up to 6 people.  Some of these are pet-friendly so the whole family can come along!

There is still plenty to do besides shopping and dining out in Grand Lake (The Rapids Restaurant will be serving dinner during October, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Fishing, hiking, hot air ballooning  and biking can still be enjoyable as any random snowfall is not likely to stick until November. If it does get a little cool, soak in Hot Sulphur Springs or snuggle up in front of one of our fireplaces. Beware that if a substantial snowfall occurs at higher elevations, Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park may close, even if temporarily. Permanent closure usually happens when plowing the road becomes too difficult but can be late into October. Access to Grand Lake from Granby is year round.

The Arapahoe National Forest offers great hunting and if you are not the camping type, access is very quick and easy from the Rapids Lodge.  The Rapids has some larger condominiums  which can accommodate larger hunting groups if you are visiting Grand County with friends.

Spring in the Rockies

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Spring starts late in the higher elevations of the Rockies. May is when it all begins: the last of the lake ice melts, grass is green and flowers brighten the landscape. Aspen trees bud out and animal babies arrive. If you are thinking of a spring trip to the Colorado mountains, there is plenty to do!

The Rapids Lodge has low season rates in effect until June 9th, 2016 and this means that you can stay as low as $60 for 2 people and $89 for up to 6 people. Some accommodations are pet-friendly too.

  • Hike Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Watch the baby elk in the meadows at dawn and dusk.
  • Keep an eye out for foxes, coyotes, moose, porcupines, deer, marmots, pine martens and weasels. Of course squirrels and cute chipmunks are everywhere!
  • Enjoy lunch Riverside at the Rapids.
  • Take a canoe, pontoon or fishing boat out on any of the three lakes
  • Kids get to have fun at Rocky Mountain Speedway and the min-golf at the hardware store.
  • Play the Grand Lake Gold Course.
  • Fly fish the Colorado River
  • Soak at Hot Sulphur Springs
  • Float up above the valley in a hot air balloon
  • Rent an ATV or bring your own.
  • Grill out at Point Park and enjoy a breathtaking view of Grand Lake and Mount Baldy.
  • Test your Bingo skills in town on the weekend.
  • Attend a Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre performance after dinner at The Rapids
  • Restaurant.
  • Birdwatch mountain, meadow and lake environments.
  • Revel in the rivers rushing by full of spring snowmelt
  • Drive Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park – the highest continuous highway in the United States.
  • There is never a dull moment in Grand Lake Colorado!

MAY

Mother’s Day at the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant!
Sunday May 8th, 2016

History Chat: Early Days of Grand County EMS with Ida Sheriff and Tim Nicklas.
Learn about the needs and history of Emergency Management in Grand County. Meet the first certified EMT in Grand County, Mrs. Ida Sheriff.
6-8pm
Tuesday May 17, 2016

Juniper Library Progressive Dinner
Wednesday May 25, 2016

“Around Granby” History Book Signing
11am -2pm
The area around Granby was developed in the late 1800s and today remain
Friday and Saturday May 27 + 28, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend
May 27+28+29+30
Stay at the Rapids Lodge!

Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade
Monday May 30, 2016

Bingo in Town Park with the Rotary Club of Grand Lake
Saturday and Sunday May 28 + 29, 2016

JUNE

Grand Lake Golf Tournament
9am – 2pm. 970-627-8008
Saturday June 11, 2016

Birds of the Kawuneechee
All day birding excursion. 970-586-3262
Saturday June 11, 2016

Art and Crafts Fair
Saturday Jun 11, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016

BINGO Every Friday and Saturday 7pm

Ride the Rockies
Wednesday June 15 and Thursday June 16, 2016

2nd Annual Duck Derby
Race your rubber duck! Fundraiser.
Saturday June 18, 2016

Hummingbird Research
Learn about the hummingbird populations in the Rockies while observing field ornithologists as they safely capture and band these remarkable birds. 970-586-3262
Monday June 20, 2016

Secret Places is RMNP – Colorado River
970-586-3262
Friday June 24, 2016

Songwriters in the Round
with Nashville songwriters, Monty Powell, Anna Wilson and Peggy Mann.
Friday June 24th

33rd Annual State of Colorado CASI Chili Cook Off 2016
303-831-5061
Saturday Jun 25, 2016

Painting the Kawuneeche: Beginners Class
970-586-3262
Saturday Jun 25, 2016 – Sunday Jun 26, 2016

Diversity in Wildflowers
970-586-3262
Thursday June 30, 2016

The Rocky Mountains in May…and Mother’s Day

Great low season rates through June 9th! Stay as low as $60 for 2 people and as low as $89 for up to 65 people. BOOK NOW. The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant is the perfect place to treat your Mom for Mother’s Day whether for a scrumptious dinner at the Rapids Restaurant or a relaxing getaway for a day or two. Don’t forget to treat her to flowers from “The Stalk Market” and an indulgent massage from Sarah Chabot or Sage!

Mother's Day Dinner

 

The Rapids Lodge is gearing up for spring and summer! Grand County, Colorado received excellent snow in March so the ground is well saturated and ready to burst forth with spring flowers. Wildlife watching is prime at this time of the year as animals are easily spotted against the backdrop of remaining snow. The grazers congregate in the lower reaches of Rocky Mountain National Park where melting snow has exposed tasty morsels and the predators follow. Expect to see Moose, Elk, Mule Deer, Coyotes and Red Foxes. You might even spot a hungry Black Bear or a rarely seen Lynx! Although Trail Ridge Road probably won’t open until Memorial Day Weekend, there are still 8 miles of the road entering Rocky Mountain National Park, plenty of trails and grand views.

Mother's Day

 

Early May is still relatively quiet meaning you have the option for solitude. The Town of Grand Lake will be open and getting ready for Memorial Day guests right from the beginning of the month. Although our three lakes, Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Granby, have thawed as late as middle of May, we expect the thaw earlier this year due to the warmer winter temperatures. This means you can enjoy the open water in your kayak, canoe, motor boat or pontoon very early in the season. Due to the “Big Thompson Pumping Project”, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake remain brimful year round. Bring your fishing gear!

So join us for a refreshing start to the 2016 summer season. Soak in Hot Sulphur Springs, take in the view from the Grand Lake Lodge, breath in the sweet clean air and enjoy all that Grand Lake, Colorado has to offer!

Cabin for Sale in Grand Lake

Are you looking for a cute little cabin in Grand Lake?

We know of the perfect little cabin for Sale in Grand Lake. This one has history and character! The new owners can continue to rent it through the Rapids Lodge and although we have not kept it open in the winter, it is winterized and ready to withstand the cold mountain nights. The cabin has always been one of the most popular rentals at the Rapids. It was built in 1904 and was moved from its original location where Shadow Mountain Reservoir now lies.

Cabins for sale in Grand Lake, CO

The listing is with Mountain Lake Properties.

Valentine’s Day in Grand Lake

Make your Valentine’s Day plans well ahead of time this year. Accommodation in Grand Lake will be booking up earlier than usual if trends are to be believed. Grand County hotels are always humming with activity over this long, 3 day weekend in February. Monday February 15th is President’s Day, a public holiday, so you can take advantage of the holiday and extend a great weekend getaway.

Although the Rapids Restaurant usually serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday in the winter, we will definitely be serving dinner to you and your sweetheart on Sunday, February 14th. The Rapids Restaurant is regularly voted as the “most romantic dining experience” by Grand County locals.

Valentine’s Day in Grand LakeOur fantastic “Winter Special Offer” reduced room rates are valid all through the holiday weekend. Some of the Rapids Suites are pet-friendly if you have another sweetheart or two you would like to bring along. Or perhaps you would enjoy a real wood burning fireplace in Rapids Condo 1B or a gas fireplace in one of the River View Condos.

Take your loved one for a relaxing soak at Hot Sulphur Springs in one of their 21 outdoor pools, or try them all. Whether you relax under the stars or amidst snowflakes, it is a great winter experience. Rent a snowmobile for two and ride the 100 or so miles of groomed trails, enjoying breathtaking scenery and a picnic lunch. Perhaps you would like to borrow ice skates and take a twirl on the ice rink in the park or experience ice-fishing for the first time (contact Rocky Mountain Outfitters). The Grand Lake Nordic Center also offers a two for one pass on Valentine’s Day for a romantic cross country ski or snowshoe.

Nothing beats a refreshing Valentine’s Day getaway in Grand Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park and the stunning Grand County winter playground.

Fun & Winter Lodging in Grand Lake

Get ready for Winter Fun!

Good snow fell in early November and coated everything in beautiful white! The lakes are still open if you want to get your last minute fishing in! There is so much to look forward to this winter. Staff holiday Parties, a white Christmas, a festive New Year’s Eve and much more. Be sure to check out our New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu on our Dinner menu page (scroll all the way down to the bottom).

See the calendar below (compliments of the Grand Lake Chamber) and start planning your adventure!

Grand Lake, Colorado Winter

Dec 5: 5 PM: Mountain Magic-Holiday Shopping & Dining Experience. Shops open late.

Dec 6: Grand Chorale @ Community House

Dec 8: Colorado gives day: grand lake historical society

Dec 12: Locals Free Ski Day @ Nordic Center

Dec 12: Rocky Mountain Christmas w/ Juliet @ Community House(6-8pm)

Dec 18:RMRT Free Family Movie Night (6:00pm)

Dec 19: RMRT Home for the Holidays Performance (7:30pm)

Dec 20: RMRT Home for the Holidays Performance (2:00pm)

Dec 20: GLNC-Free Ski Lessons by Grand Nordic Club (pre-register)

Dec 24: Christmas Eve dinner at the Rapids Restaurant?

Dec 25: Merry Christmas (Rapids Restaurant closed Christmas Day)

Dec 26: Holiday Celebration-Kauffman House Museum (6-9pm)

Dec 26: Full Moon Ski @ Grand Lake Nordic Center (5-9pm)

Dec 26-27: Kauffman Museum Open (1-4pm)

Dec 26-31: 8PM: Holiday Melodrama @ Grand Lake Community House

Dec 31:Kauffman Museum Open (10PM-Midnight)

Dec 31: Dinner at the Rapids Restaurant? Midnight Fireworks over Grand Lake

Jan 18: Martin Luther King – 3 day weekend!

Jan 23: Grand Lake Winter Carnival

Jan 23: Vintage Snowmobile Races on Grand Lake

Jan 23: Grand Lake Nordic Center-Full Moon Ski (5-9pm)

Jan 30-31: 28th Annual “3 Lakes Ice Fishing Contest” For info, call: 970-887-2311

Feb 14: Happy Valentine’s Day! Grand Lake Nordic Center-Valentine Ski 2-for-1 passes

Feb 12+13+14+15 – 3 – day President’s Day Weekend

Feb 20: Full Moon Ski @ Grand Lake Nordic Center (5-9pm)

Feb 21: Romp &  Stomp Grand County Pet Pals Fundraiser-GLNC

March 5-6: Grand Lake 5th Annual “Catch & Release” Ice Fishing Contest. Call: 970-798-8021

Mar 19: Full Moon Ski @ Grand Lake Nordic Center (5-9pm)

March 21: Kauffman Museum Open (1-4pm)

Winter Events in Grand Lake There will be lots more going on too. Check out the Trailblazers for Club Snowmobiling Activities, Poker Runs and more. Don’t forget our usual entertainment…. Ice-fishing Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain and Lake Granby, sleigh rides at Winding River Resort, soaking at Hot Sulphur Springs, Ice-Skating on Grand Lake’s free ice rink, winter hot air ballooning and more.

So don’t wait, make your plans today and don’t miss out on winter fun! Looking for Winter Lodging in Grand Lake, Colorado? Contact us! The Rapids Lodge has amazing Winter Lodging Deals – stay as low as $60 per night for 2 people and as low as $89 for up to 6 people! Some of these are pet-friendly too! Book online at the Rapids Today!

Fall Getaways and Hotels in Grand Lake

Why visit Grand Lake in October?

 

The month of October can offer fabulous weather in the Rockies, or a dusting of snow! It is a peaceful month and folks who don’t like crowds love to visit Rocky Mountain National Park at this time of the year. The elk are still bugling and the trails are quiet. Sunny days can be t-shirt warm, and the scenery always astounds.

 

Looking for affordable Hotels in Grand Lake?

Take advantage of one of the Rapids Lodge hotels deals: enjoy a one bedroom Rapids Suite that can sleep up to six people and has a fully equipped kitchen for just $89 per night. Rapids Suite 4 is a studio that runs at just $60 per night! The lower level Rapids Suites (1-4) are all pet-friendly so you can vacation with your four legged family member!
If a smaller, more romantic room is your style, Trails End or Garden Room on the second floor of the historic lodge building might be perfect for you at just $60 per night.
Hotels in Grand Lake
The Rapids Restaurant will be open for dinner four nights a week in October, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Enjoy a sumptuous meal with a view over the spot-lit river. Cozy up in front of the lobby fireplace with a nightcap before bed.

Ideas for Daytime Activities in October:

  • – Hike to Adams Falls, just 0.3 of a mile
  • – Drive Trail Ridge Road (average closing date Oct. 23)
  • – Listen to the elk bugle in Rocky Mountain National Park at sunset
  • – Shop downtown for early Christmas gifts
  • – Soak at Hot Sulphur Springs
  • – Book a relaxing massage with Sarah Chabot
  • – Take a Hot Air Balloon ride and soar above the Rockies
  • – Fish Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain, and Lake Granby
  • – Read that book you have wanted to read for ages
If you a Colorado hunter, you will find some of our larger units ideal for groups if you don’t want to rough it at a hunting camp!
We invite you enjoy the peace and quiet in Grand County, hear the crunch of Aspen leaves underfoot and completely relax when you visit Grand Lake, Colorado

 

Fall in Colorado

Fall in Colorado Rocky Mountains

Grand County experienced a frost August 18th and 19th this summer! That is a sure way to get things turning to reds and yellows. August has not provided much rain either, so a few bushes and trees here and there are showing gold colors already. Predicting when the colors will turn is difficult, perhaps as early as Labor Day Weekend, perhaps as late as the second week of September. Peak colors are often experience during the third week of September. We will see how this Fall in Colorado turns out.

No matter what, Fall in Colorado is a fabulous time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake, Colorado! Both the Rocky Mountain National Park and the Historic Rapids Lodge are finishing up celebrating their Centennial Year! At 100 years old, this building is a must see. The blockish, “barky” covered building hides a real treasure inside. The Rapids Restaurant offers a cozy ambience with fascinating details in décor, two fireplaces and a wonderful view over the river.

Fall in Colorado offers crisp mornings, brilliant blue skies and vibrant color everywhere you look. Migratory birds and waterfowl begin passing through Grand County on their way south for the winter, and the area offers good opportunities for excellent Colorado birding. Watch bull Moose in rut and bull Elk herding their harems of females and “bugling” in the meadows of the Rocky Mountain National Park. An evening enjoying the elk is perfectly followed by a dinner at the Rapids Restaurant next to the fireplace! Taking a day drive anywhere in Colorado is bound to amaze in the fall. Hot Sulphur Springs is a great place to relax in steaming starlit pools after a long day of hiking and mountain adventure.

The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre will be presenting their fall show “Forever Plaid” through September. Check their website for show days and times. Grand Lake also celebrates “Constitution Week” (Sept. 14-19) which offers all sorts of interesting talks and even a fun fireworks show on Saturday the 19th.

No matter when you visit during the fall, there is plenty to do, some of the best weather, busy weekends or quiet weekdays and endless opportunities to make memories!

Grand Lake Lodging – A Visitor Favorite

The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant is a popular stop for many tours of Colorado for many reasons. The food is great whether lunch or dinner, the view is mesmerizing, our rooms offer something for everyone’s tastes and just about everything in town is within walking distance. We are also one of the top historic buildings in Grand Lake. In fact we are 100 years old this summer making us one of the oldest options for lodging in Grand Lake. The Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial is going on right now as well.

Lodging in Grand Lake

Grand Lake is not only the West Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park but is one of the few old Colorado towns with an authentic western feel. Visitors can envision cowboys walking down the main street and you never know, you might be one of the lucky ones to see our local horse-lovers ride into town for refreshment. Grand Lake history comes alive with narrated boat tours around Grand Lake which point out local homes and places of interest in the present and the past and the Kauffman House museum which is one of the oldest hotels in the area. Grand Lake offers a fascinating historical walking tour and the booklet is available all over town including the Rapids Lodge (#7 on the tour).

Lodging in Grand Lake

Grand Lake offers scenery, activities, Rocky Mountain National Park, great shopping, memorable dining and much more, all in a very relaxed atmosphere. So call us today and book your Colorado bus tour in for lunch at the Rapids Restaurant or an overnight stay at the Rapids Lodge.