June – the month of babies!

This first month of summer offers great opportunities for wild life viewing and birding in Rocky Mountain national Park, the Arapahoe National Forest and surrounds. Our wild animals are found wandering through Grand Lake Village, local subdivisions and all around the Rapids Lodge property.

Nothing beats the sight of twin baby moose suckling or the spotted deer or elk fawn gamboling in a green meadow. Fox kits play outside culverts and baby squirrels and chipmunks are everywhere. Our Cordilleran Flycatcher will be back soon to raise a family just outside the Lodge “after hours guest entrance” where she can be observed at her nest from just a few feet away.

We invite you to come enjoy the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant and the Rocky Mountain National Park in early June before the crowds descend and school holidays are in full swing. Savor the quiet, revel in the spring array of flowers and the fresh greens of majestic mountains painted by spring.

Spring flowers at the Rapids Lodge

Spring flowers at the Rapids Lodge

Chickadee Cabin is on its own little piece of land and is pet-friendly. The River View Condos provide the background of rushing water and are perfect for sitting on the couch, gas fireplace lit and watching the river hurry by. Perhaps you would like a simple room with a special Victorian flair yet still be lulled by the sounds of the river. We have something for everyone so enjoy choosing your special room and planning ahead for a wonderful dinner in our AAA approved restaurant (three diamond rated).

Memorial Day Weekend… Make your plans now!

The first holiday weekend of summer 2013 is just days away. Many of you have probably been wondering where to go, will the weather be good, will Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park be open and will there be enough to keep us entertained?

The answer is yes to all those questions! So what are you waiting for? The Rapids Lodge still has some great mountain lodging available: Rapids Suites (some Pet-Friendly), Lodge Rooms and Condos. There are perfect options for just two, or the whole gang. As of now, the forecast for the holiday weekend is “mostly sunny” to “sunny” with temperatures in the high 60’s, even 70 degrees! This means the lakes will be a beautiful azure blue and provide a stunning playground for your boating desires. Kayaks, pontoons, outboards are all available for rent. The fish are biting like mad and the Osprey are great fun to watch as they swoop down to pluck fish from our clear lake waters.

Beach at Grand Lake Colorado

Beach at Grand Lake Colorado

Sombrero Stables will be back with their family of gentle horses, ready to take you on an adventure into the Rocky Mountain National Park. Have you experienced a ranger program yet? The Park Service offers West Side programs like “Skins and Things” and guided hikes “Beyond the Falls”. Moose are everywhere.

Grand Lake Village will be bustling with activity. The stores are packed with new and exciting wares for the summer and wandering our board walk may just end with you taking home a local painting from the Grand Lake Art Gallery. Imagine sitting in the sun and savoring an ice-cream on our Grand Lake beach! Well, I could get you excited about a lot more….but why don’t you come see for yourself. Call us today so we can assist you as you plan for your Memorial Day Weekend adventure!

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.

The Rapids is getting ready to open for the 2013 Summer Season!

The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant is the perfect spot to celebrate Mother’s Day!

Come for a weekend, or just one night, and luxuriate in any one of our special and unique rooms.

The Rapids’ staff are getting ready to open for the 2013 Summer Season.

Lodging is available from Wednesday May 8th onwards and the famous Rapids Restaurant opens on Thursday May 9th.

The Rapids Restaurant will be serving dinner from 5pm, 7 days a week throughout the Summer. Plan to try our Brunch and bring Mom for our delicious Mother’s Day Weekend Special . Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30am throughout the day. Lunch service on weekdays will begin around Memorial Day, so keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages for updates.

Brie Cheese Baked with Phyllo Dough and Covered with Homemade Kahlua Preserves

Brie Cheese Baked with Phyllo Dough and Covered with Homemade Kahlua Preserves

Thank your Mom for all she has done and spoil her in style at the Rapids!