Things to Do in Northwest Colorado and Grand Lake in the Fall

Make Grand Lake and The Historic Rapids Lodge your Fall Destination.


There are so many things to do.

  • Taste the Local Brewery, Grand Lake Brewery
  • Hot Springs
  •  Historical Museums & Art Galleries
  • Shopping on the boardwalk
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

Make The Historic Rapids Lodge your weekend base camp and find a great fishing spot. From the Colorado River to Lake Granby, there are plenty of Fly-Fishing Spots to chose from.

Rocky Mountain National Park is just minutes away for hiking, running, biking, and wildlife viewing.

rocky mountain national park

rocky mountain national park








Hot Sulphur Springs is just about 20 minutes from Grand Lake. Open Year Round with several pools all at different, hot temperatures – a perfect way to end a cool, fall evening.

Hot Springs

Hot Springs






Hot Sulphur Springs Resort is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and finest natural hot mineral springs resort and spa. It is said that the Ute Indians came here to enjoy the sacred waters, bath, and healed their mind, body, and spirit.

The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant is open until October 13, and will close until the 2nd week in December.

Visit us this fall:
970-627-3707, [email protected]

Grand Lake Foliage Report September 19, 2012 & Fireworks

The show is on – the Grand Lake Foliage is turning in the high peaks surrounding Grand Lake, and what a grand weekend it will be. As you walk to the fun events going in town, you will notice the crisp air and all the magic that a fall weekend in the mountains brings.
Book your lodging in Grand Lake at the Historic Rapids Lodge and be here while the foliage peaks.
Here are some ideas for your weekend in Grand Lake as you take in the bright yellows Aspen leaves surrounding town.

The Constitution of the United States was signed on September 17th, 1787.
The Constitution defined our nation and people.
Grand Lake is celebrating this on Saturday, Sept. 22, with a day-long celebrations

  • Patriotic Parade on Grand Avenue
  • Pie bake sale (complete with pie eating and pie throwing contests),
  • Constitution education and family fun activities in Town Park,
  • 8 p.m. the Forefather’s Fireworks Extravaganza ight up the town.
Grand Lake

Grand Lake Trees








Grand Lake displays its patriotic pride by flying the stars and stripes from windows and lampposts around town.
Other events this weekend

  • 4 p.m. Rotary Club Bingo in Town Park
  • 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. DJ Dance Party at Lake Park

Golden Aspens and Wildlife

The fall colors will be peaking this week, so there is still time to get up to Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park forWildlife and fun outdoor activities with the family.

Grand Lake Foliage

Grand Lake Foliage







photo courtesy of Grand Lake Chamber

Elk are coming down from the mountains and moose are wandering around town. Remember, do not approach wildlife, view them from your car or a safe distance.Take a photo and send to us and we will post on our social networking pages.

Grand Lake Moose

Grand Lake Colorado Moose







photo courtesy of Grand Lake Chamber

Historical Lodging Featured Property: Chickadee Cottage (pet friendly)
Chickadee Cottage was built in 1904 and had to be moved from Sagebrush Flats as they flooded the Grand River to create Shadow Mountain Reservoir.
This original log cabin has been newly renovated and accommodates up to four people. Amenities include cable TV, kitchenette, bath with shower, bedroom with an antique log double platform bed and a double futon in the living room. Enjoy your own outside charcoal grill. Sorry no phone. Sleeps up to 4 people. Open year round.

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For reservations and question call us at The Historical Rapids Lodge.
970–627–3707 email: [email protected]