Visit the Rapids Lodge late fall early winter

October is proving to be a beautiful month in Grand County, Colorado. Gorgeous days of blue sky and sunshine! Yes, there have been a few snowfalls but the white has settled mostly at higher elevations and melted off at our elevation. Our scenery is truly breathtaking at the moment with the remaining trees still cloaked in gold against a backdrop of stunning, white mountains. At this time the rutting elk are still busy in Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge is still open for the season despite a few temporary closures including at night. Nothing beats the un-crowded trails and peaceful moments of solitude at this time of year. And then join the Rapids Lodge for dinner.

Deer eating bushes, Grand Lake, Colorado

Deer eating bushes, Grand Lake, Colorado

For those of you who are hunters, the snow always helps to push big game down to lower elevations. If you aren’t a fan of the cold and roughing it at hunter’s camp, the Rapids Lodge has great lodging options ranging from 8 person condos to smaller rooms, some of which are now bookable at a great low season rate. Use our book online option to check availability at these great rates (available all the way through early June next year). Don’t forget Halloween, a really fun time to be up in the mountains and doing something different. Grand Lake and Granby both have trick or treating!

Deer eating bushes, Grand Lake, Colorado

Deer eating bushes, Grand Lake, Colorado

Get planning for the winter! Grand Lake offers so many winter activities. Call us and we will send you in the right direction. A white Christmas in the Colorado Mountains is a magical experience! The Rapids Restaurant is now serving dinner Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come at 5pm and grab your spot by the fire.

  • Ski & Snowshoe with a Ranger in RMNP
  • Dog Sled Rides
  • Sleigh Rides
  • Guided and Unguided Ice-Fishing
  • Snowmobiling – 130 miles groomed trails
  • Ice Skating
  • Grand Lake Touring Center
  • Sledding
  • Winter Hot Air Ballooning
  • Soak in the Hot Springs at Hot Sulphur Springs
  • Wildlife watching – moose in the snow, red foxes and coyotes, a deer or two.
  • Birdwatching in Colorado can be good, new species from the north make an appearance.
  • Stay at the Rapids Lodge

 

 

 

Picnic spots in Grand County, Colorado

Picnic spots in Grand County, Colorado

There are so many great places to have a picnic lunch in a scenic location in Grand County, just a short distance from the Rapids Lodge. The Historic Rapids and Restaurant is the perfect place for a Colorado family vacation or getaway. Take advantage of the last weeks of August to experience the remaining Rocky Mountain Summer or visit us in fall when the Aspen Trees paint the landscape gold.  Late summer and fall days are often clear and dry, and the scenery glows with color.

One of the closest spots is at the East end of Grand Lake, right next to the Adams Tunnel (takes water to the Front Range). Enjoy a few picnic tables and a view over Grand Lake to the West. An evening picnic might serve up a spectacular sunset. The fishing is good in this location due to the flow of water.

Pine Beach

At the West end of Grand Lake, Point Park offers covered pavilions, picnic tables, charcoal grills and a truly spectacular view over Grand Lake and our iconic “Mount Baldy”. There is a viewing dock with information panels and the bridge over the channel connecting Grand Lake to Shadow Mountain Reservoir is a renowned place from which to dangle your fishing line. Moose frequent this spot too!

Heading south towards Granby will bring you to Pine Beach on Shadow Mountain Reservoir. Here there are several picnic tables with charcoal grills on a spit of land overlooking the islands. Bird watching here is excellent whether it be nesting Osprey, Bald Eagles, White Pelicans, Common Mergansers and much more. Again, this is a great place to see moose.

Just a hop skip and a jump away is the Green Ridge Picnic Area with an expansive view and tables ready for your picnic basket. There is an Osprey nest right next to one of the tables and it great to watch the growing chick get fed by the parents. They will leave the best soon after Labor Day Weekend.

Green Mountain

There are numerous opportunities in Rocky Mountain National Park, some with charcoal grills and quite a few with picnic tables. These areas overlook the meadows and the willows, perfect for seeing Elk, Deer, and Moose, perhaps even a coyote.

Enjoy all that the great outdoors in Grand County has to offer and the Rapids’ river front. If you aren’t in the mood to organize a picnic, the Rapids restaurant can offer you a memorable experience!

 

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.

Fall Foliage and Lodging in Grand Lake

Weather in the Rocky Mountains has been highly variable this September! From beautiful “Indian Summer” days, sporadic light rains, cloudy days, sunny days, a dusting of snow on the highest peaks here and there, we’ve had a little of everything, and WOW has it been beautiful! – As they say, “if you don’t like the weather in Colorado, wait five minutes.”

Fall Foliage and Lodging in Grand Lake

It seems like peak fall colors in Grand County may occur next weekend, September 25th and 26th and remain good through the end of the first weekend in October which would be wonderful for Grand Lake visitors and locals alike! There are not as many reds as last year but the golds are spectacular and absolutely glow in the sunlight! Even if the weather forecast shows cloudy, don’t be fooled, there are always patches of sun to highlight the magnificent fall colors!

The elk are bugling in Rocky Mountain National Park and can be seen in the meadows in the early mornings and at dusk every day! It is such fun to watch the bulls herding their females and keeping a close eye on them. If a competitor comes close, they are soon challenged and fights can be witnessed as the bulls vie for dominance. Bull moose can also be seen following their females around very closely. It is that time of year!

Elk in Grand Lake

Lodging in Grand Lake is easy to find this time of year! We’ve got wonderful river side cabins, condos, and rooms tucked neatly in the stunning aspens and pines, some that are even pet-friendly! Our neighbors include a variety of fox, moose, deer, and the occasional elk. If you’re looking for lodging in the heart of Grand Lake, Colorado with scenic views and abundant wildlife, stay with us at the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant.

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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.

Looking for Things to Do in Grand Lake?

Play The Mountain Golf Courses

If you are looking for things to do in Grand Lake you should play game of golf in the Rocky Mountain High Country! Temperatures are comfortable, usually in the 70’s, sunshine abounds and the scenery is breathtaking. Wildlife such as moose, elk, deer, and fox abound and are often sighted during a game. Grand County Colorado has four, 18 hole golf courses you can play day after day.

Things to Do in Grand LakeThe Grand Lake Golf Course was designed by Dick Phelps and offers rolling fairways, Lodgepole Pines, and Aspen tree groves. The course is just five minutes away from the Rapids Lodge where you could enjoy a riverside Condo, vintage Cabin, or romantic Lodge Guest Room.  If you make a reservation for a tee time at Grand Lake Golf Course and present your lodging receipt to the golf course, you can receive a special “Stay and Play” rate. Lessons and a driving range are also available.

Things to Do in Grand Lake

Grand Elk and Granby Ranch golf courses are just 20 minutes away and Pole Creek Golf Course is about 40 minutes away from Grand Lake. If you want variety, this valley is where to get it. After a good day out on the course, nothing beats a delicious dinner with a view at the Rapids Restaurant, “Grand Lake’s Hidden Gem”.

Things to Do in Grand Lake

Memorial Day Weekend

The first holiday weekend of the summer season!

Stay 2 nights or 3. The Rapids Lodge is offering fantastic hotel deals in select Rapids Suites and select Lodge Guest Rooms. Stay for as little as $60 for 2 people and $89 for up to 6 people! These rooms will be booked up fast so we suggest you make your plans soon. Dinner will be served nightly from 5:00pm and Memorial Day Weekend is when the scenic Rapids Restaurant starts serving lunch outside by the river once again.

Trail Ridge Road Rocky Mountain National Park

Most importantly, Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road will be opening for the summer. The road connects busy Estes Park to the quieter Grand Lake West Entrance and is the highest continuous highway in the United States. You will be able follow the route of the historic “Circle Tour” from the early days of RMNP. 2015 is Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial Year and the Rapids is celebrating their own Centennial as well. Get ready for magnificent views and towering walls of snow along Trail Ridge Road along its highest sections. These are always great photo opportunities that will have your friends amazed!

Cabins in Grand Lake Hotels

Our three lakes will be open water again and the Aspens Trees will be bursting out in brilliant green leaves. Many of the famous Colorado Wildflowers will be putting on a show! The Kauffman House opens for the season and weekend Bingo starts up in the Grand Lake Pavilion. The Memorial Day Parade is fun for the whole family and is always very entertaining. Hike, bike ride, enjoy the electric go-karts, boat, fish… Grand County offers endless fun!

Grand Lake Hotel

 

Grand Lake Lodging

Grand Lake, Colorado Winter Carnival ……

Saturday February 7th brings a day of fun to Grand Lake! The Rapids Lodge has the widest variety of hotel accommodations in Grand Lake. Condos that sleep up to 12, romantic Lodge Guest Rooms in the historic building and pet-friendly Rapids Suites. We have a fantastic lodging special in the Rapids Suites as well – just $89 per night for up to 6 people!  We are just a few hours from Denver with stunning scenery all the way and plenty to do.

Grand Lake, Colorado Winter Carnival

Grand Lake, Colorado Winter Carnival

Grand Lake is the West Entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Park which is celebrating their 100 year anniversary and this coincides with the Centennial of The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant! Grand Lake was also recently named one of the most authentic small towns in the United States of America!

This is a great family friendly event.

9:30am             Tea Pot Curling
10am to 2pm    Wild Snowman Contest
11am to 2pm    Snow Golf
11am                Kids Wild Steeplechase
12:30pm           Wilderness, Wildlife, Wonder Parade
All Day Snow Sculptures
12:45pm           Parent/Child Sled Pull
1:16pm             Bed Sled Races
2pm                 Human Bowling
3pm                 Snow Sculpture Judging
8pm                 FIREWORKS!

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Summer is in full swing…..Grand Lake Hotel

So many people have been enjoying the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant, Grand Lake Hotel! Thank you to everyone who has come to stay and dine with us. The patio, with our new furniture and colorful spring flowers, has been constantly in use. Anyone can enjoy the outdoor patio for breakfast, lunch and dinner outside next to the river and our guests have been taking full advantage!

Flowers at the Rapids Lodge, Grand Lake Hotel

Flowers at the Rapids Lodge, Grand Lake Hotel

Now that school holidays are here, the Rapids Lodge and the town of Grand Lake are bustling. There is still availability for rooms so please access our online booking system to see what might be perfect for you. We have had fabulous, sunny weather and ideal conditions for all of the area’s outdoor activities. Try rafting, horse riding, our go-kart track, bowling, fishing, boating, hiking in Rocky Mountain national Park…you certainly won’t get bored! Our pet-friendly accommodations are very popular and folks just love having their pets join them . Visit the Grand Lake Chamber website for a calendar of events.

It’s the middle of May and there is a lot to do in Grand County!

Shadow Mountain Reservoir is free of ice today and Grand Lake and Lake Granby will follow in the next few days. Spring is here and white pelicans already grace Shadow Mountain Reservoir among many other species which are in full breeding plumage. This is a great time for birding in the Rocky Mountains.

 

Fish are hungry and eager too. Already our lake shores are lined with fisherman. Water is flowing strongly into Lake Granby and outflow percentages will not increase this year so we look forward to rapidly rising water levels in Lake Granby. Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake have constant water levels and are always full. Bring your kayak or rent one at Rocky Mountain Outfitters and glide the still morning waters, still undisturbed by power boats.

 

Trails are soggy but certainly usable and with the recent spring snows at the end of March and beginning of May, snowshoeing and cross country are still possible and you won’t have to go far to reach good snow!

 

If you want to get your last down hill skiing in, have you thought about planning a trip to stay at the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant on Memorial Day Weekend? Trail Ridge Road will open for the busy holiday weekend and skiing enthusiasts can drive into Rocky Mountain National Park with friends and ski down some of the slopes above tree-line, then be picked up by car below (teamwork)! Check with the Kawuneechee Visitor’s Center regarding conditions and advice.

 

Pelicans on Shadow Mountain Reservoir

Pelicans on Shadow Mountain Reservoir

Grand County, Colorado is an exciting place to visit this early in the season. The weather forecast is excellent for the next 10 days and days will be between 60 and 70 degrees for the majority of the time. Pick a great Rapids’ Condo overlooking the Tonahutu River or curl up in a cozy Lodge Room. Bring your pet too; we have a lot of pet-friendly options.