Rocky Mountain National Park

The Rapids Lodge is located right on the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, one of our nation’s true natural treasures. The park affords ample outdoor activities to guests, including incredible hiking, camping, fishing, bird and wildlife viewing, mountaineering, sightseeing, and other activities.

Some of the park’s best activities can be found on the western side of the park, from shorter day hikes to more extensive backcountry excursions. Beautiful waterfalls, alpine lakes, meandering streams, lush meadows, jagged mountains, and other amazing natural features of the park can be found on Rocky Mountain National Park’s west side.

These high mountain lakes and streams provide the perfect habitat for fish species to thrive. Rocky Mountain National Park’s fish species include brook, brown, rainbow, and native cutthroat trout, all of which provide exciting fishing opportunities for anglers. (Be sure to be familiar with regulations and to obtain a fishing license before fishing).

The park is home to a spectacularly diverse population of flora and fauna. Wildlife ranging from deer, moose, and elk, to bear, cougar, and fox all inhabit the park. Eagles, ospreys, grouse, ptarmigan, songbirds, woodpeckers, and many other species of birds have been sighted within the park as well.

Rocky Mountain plant life is impressive in its own right: old-growth forests of spruce, fir, and lodgepole pine; colorful aspen stands; vast meadows full of fragrant, colorful summer flowers…seriously, it’s worth visiting just for the wildflowers!

Visitors can travel easily from one side of the park to the other via Trail Ridge Road, which is open during the summer season, and is a spectacular attraction in its own right. The road provides a quick route from Estes Park on the east side of the park, to Grand Lake and the Rapids Lodge on the west side.

Rocky Mountain National Park also offers several visitor’s centers, museums, historic sites, and other facilities, where guests can learn more about the park and its diverse story. Ranger-led hikes and seminars offer even more interactive park experiences to guests.

Indeed, Rocky Mountain National Park is an awesome experience that offers something for virtually every guest. And since we’re conveniently located in Grand Lake on the west side of the park, the Rapids Lodge is the perfect place to stay while you visit!

To contact the Rapids Lodge, call 970-627-3707 or email [email protected]


Rocky Mountain National Park Bear

Rocky Mountain National Park Bear









Call today to book your stay at The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant only minutes from the West entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. 970-627-3707