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.

Colorado Fires are not affecting Grand Lake!

June 14, 2013

Our hearts go out to people on the other side of the continental divide, who have been evacuated and those who have lost their homes.  Thank you to all the firefighting crews out in the field!

Rocky Mountain National Park has had a small lightening ignited fire in the Big Meadows valley area 5 miles north of Grand Lake. Although gusting winds helped it spread to just over 300 acres, the fire is under the management of the Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Team. Some trails have been temporarily closed but there are plenty of others to enjoy. Grand Lake, Trail Ridge Road and Estes Park are open for business as usual. Some smoke from the front range has been evident in the mornings but has not been evident most afternoons.

So keep your plans or make new plans to visit Grand Lake and enjoy our stunning little piece of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Grand Lake Moose, Moose and more Moose!

Grand Lake Moose.


Since Moose were re-introduced to North Park in 1978, they have proliferated and are frequently seen throughout the Kawuneechee Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Grand Lake Area. Some are so comfortable that 9 News recently visited Grand Lake to get some footage of a young bull moose who has taken a fancy to a moose statue right here in town!

Fox Kit

Our current common sightings include a moose mother and 2 yearlings and a moose bull, still growing his velvet covered antlers. It seems that recently, I can’t walk into work without seeing Moose, Elk, Mule Deer and even red fox kits. Black Bears have been sighted in Grand Lake too.

Grand Lake has some fun events coming up. Enjoy a afternoon concert in the town park Gazebo, play Bingo (every Friday and Saturday night), shop our Grand Lake Arts and Crafts Fair, sing Karaoke, get ideas from the Art and Architecture Home Tour and be entertained by our famous Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre!

Trail Ridge Road (US 34 through Rocky Mountain National Park) is spectacular right now with huge walls of snow in some sections. All that snow also means that our Tonahutu River is full of rapids and quite something to see. Make a reservation for June and select your perfect room from our range of Grand Lake accommodations:  a River View Condo overlooking the river, a pet-friendly cabin or Rapids Suite, or a romantic Lodge Guest Room. The Rapids Restaurant is open 7 days a week and offers outdoor seating next to the river. The Historic Rapids Lodge is truly a memorable experience!