Snowmobiling in Grand Lake….

For those of us who don’t downhill ski, snowmobiling is an excellent way to access the back country for exquisite views and new terrain. Grand Lake is known as the snowmobiling capital of Colorado and for good reason. The Arapahoe National Forest offers 100+ miles of groomed trails that can be accessed right from your room at the Rapids Lodge. Snowmobiles are allowed on our roads in the Town of Grand Lake and this allows for a fun run to the store or shopping for anyone in your party even if they are not adventurous.

Snowmobiling Grand Lake Colorado

Snowmobiling Grand Lake Colorado


The groomed trails allow for all skill levels and if you have never ridden a sled before, the rental companies will instruct you in all you need to know, provide warm clothes and helmets. Take a double-seater and your youngster along with you. Conditions may vary from a snowy day with the magic of big flakes piling up in light weight powder to sunny days that allow views that stretch from horizon to horizon. Make a day of it and take a packed lunch, sit in the sun and soak up the warmth. Colorado winters are known for their sunny and warm days that allow soaking up the rays in just your t-shirt!


For skilled riders, endless challenges abound: hills and deep pockets of powder, hidden off trail meadows, boon docking (heading through the trees) and jumping opportunities. Plan your stay at the Rapids Lodge today and savor warm and comfy nights, delicious meals at the Rapids Restaurant, adventurous days and make sure you visit Hot Sulphur Springs for a good soak in their 21 outdoor pools (35 mins. away).


Hoping to see you this winter!

Things to do in December……

Grand Lake is truly a magical winter wonderland at this time of the year. Christmas lights are up, snow blankets the ground and all the winter activities are up and running. The Rapids Lodge has the perfect room for you (remember some rooms are pet-friendly). We invite you to stay with us and enjoy falling snow, warm fires, great meals in the Rapids Restaurant and all the winter fun you could dream up. Need some ideas? Read more….

New Year's Eve at the Rapids

New Year’s Eve at the Rapids


  • The Grand Chorale will entertain and amaze you on Thursday Dec 7.
  • If you would like to meet the locals and enjoy a great meal, support the “Delicious Dishes” fundraiser benefiting the Mountain Family Center on Tuesday Dec 10.
  • Travel Scotland through the eyes of  Kremmling’s Bonnie Koblitz, featuring sites from the book Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon. Grand Lake Library 5:30pm December 11.
  • Friday Dec 13 Enjoy “Holiday Family Night” at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre.
  • The Grand Lake fire department takes kids on fire truck rides with Santa on Saturday December 14.
  • The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents a Christmas Show on Saturday December 14th “Home for the Holidays”.
  • Christmas Day enjoy a quiet day with your family, play in the snow and have a truly white Christmas.
  • Thursday Dec 26, 2013 – Tuesday Dec 31, 2013 The Grand Lake Melodrama is presented by the Grand Lake Arts Council.  Always loads of fun and very entertaining!
  • The whole family can also enjoy “Top Secret Movie Night” at the library on Dec 26.
  • From 6-9pm on Dec 26 support the Kauffman House Museum! Historical Holiday Celebration at the festively decorated Kauffman House Museum. Live olde-timey music, fabulous food, adult beverages, and a few surprises all included. Purchase $20 tickets ahead at the Grand Lake Art Gallery or reserve at 970-627-9644. Tickets at the door $25.  All proceeds benefit the historical Cottage Camp project in Grand Lake. Don’t miss this, and bring friends! It’s a hoot!
  • If you miss that celebration, explore the Kauffman House on Dec 28+29 and New Year’s Eve!
  • Tuesday December 31: FIREWORKS! Savor a fabulous dinner at the Rapids Restaurant and then go down to the snow covered beach to watch a fabulous fireworks display at midnight. Just a 1 block walk from your room at the Rapids Lodge. The colors reflecting off the frozen lake and surround make this experience extra memorable!


So make your plans now. Call us today at 970-627-3707 or use our book on-line option.

Best of Grand County 2013

The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant was voted The Best Grand Lake Restaurant for Best of Grand County this year and also was rated the Best Dessert and Best Restaurant for a Romantic Date!

Best of Grand County


Our famous restaurant was described as having “a subdued candlelit atmosphere and a gorgeous view of the North Inlet”; “the chef at the Rapids in Grand Lake claims the gold for his delectable treats, perfect to satisfy that sweet tooth after a delicious meal”; “the Rapids has exceptional food and extraordinary views, bringing diners back to the eatery again and again, year round”.


So what are you waiting for? Make your plans to stay at the Rapids Lodge while visiting Grand County and enjoy the river views right from your room. Any special occasion is memorable at the Rapids. Experience a White Christmas, fireworks over the frozen lake at New Year’s, Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day Weekend and Martin Luther King Weekend. Other weekends may be a little quieter if you are looking for solitude and any getaway is a good thing!

Planning your winter vacation?

Grand Lake is breathtaking in winter. Everywhere you look, the majestic scenery is gleaming with fresh snow. Grand Lake is the perfect winter playground with so much to do. Try cross country skiing or snowshoeing on your own or at the Grand Lake Touring Center, ice-skating on the town ice rink, ice-fishing our three lakes and then end your day with a great soak at Hot Sulphur Springs. All the equipment you need for any activity is available for rent or purchase in town. Our groomed snowmobile trails are easily accessible from your room at the Rapids Lodge and can be enjoyed by families and more adventurous riders. The Granby Ranch ski area is 20 minutes away if you want to fit in a day of downhill skiing.

Snowmobiling Grand Lake Colorado

Snowmobiling Grand Lake Colorado

This great video about winter activities in Rocky Mountain National Park will help you plan your trip:


If quiet meals, fireplaces, reading, great coffee and wine are more your speed, we have the spot for you. The Rapids Restaurant  is waiting to spoil you. Our “Treehouse Suite and the River View Condos offer gas fireplaces and the Rapids Condos offer wood burning fireplaces. Your dog is welcome too: we have Pet-Friendly Suites. Get cozy at the Rapids this winter!