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Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is now open. However weather in these early weeks of June can be very unpredictable so always check with to make sure the road is passable. The odd snow storm up high or freezing melt water can cause adverse road conditions resulting in a temporary closure. The trip is well worthwhile and offers breathtaking views over snowy peaks and down into green valleys teeming with elk.

The Rapids Restaurant has resumed lunch service and we are currently open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The river is flowing high with spring runoff and is something to behold. Outdoor patio tables offer a prime view of our famous rapids. The Rapids Restaurant is also now open 7 nights a week for dinner. Moose sightings at the river are almost daily at the moment.


Bull Moose seen at the Rapids Lodge during dinner!

Everything in Grand Lake is open for the summer season and waiting to welcome and entertain you. Shopping in Grand Lake is a favorite pastime of our guests. Sombrero Stables expects to be offering trail rides after June 9th depending on Rocky Mountain National Park trail conditions.

Our pet friendly rooms have been more popular than ever. Bringing along your four legged family member is a perfect addition to your Colorado Family Vacation!

To contact the Rapids Lodge, call us at 970.627.3707 or email [email protected]

Memorial Day Weekend is here!

What are you doing for this first holiday weekend of summer? Take advantage of our “buy 2 nights and get one free” accommodation special or just stay one night. The Rapids Restaurant will be serving lunch next to the roaring Tonahutu Creek on weekends starting Memorial Day Weekend. Dinner is currently served Thursday through Monday but will be served 7 days a week from Memorial Day Weekend through the summer. Trail Ridge road will be open and Rocky Mountain National Park will be waiting for you to explore.

Perhaps you would like to join Grand Lake’s traditional Bingo evenings on Friday May 23rd and Saturday May 24th in the town park at 7pm or take in the Summer Melodrama Friday May 23, 2014 – Sunday May 25, 2014. Come and cheer the Hero, boo the Villain and sigh for the Heroine! This fun and funny play is suitable for kids of all ages. Watch and the forces of good overcome evil in this classic melodrama tale. Information and tickets are available at Of course everyone looks forward to the Grand Lake Town Memorial Day Parade which begins at 10am on Monday May 26th.

We have 8 pet-friendly accommodations, 11 riverside accommodations and don’t forget the romantic Lodge Guest Rooms in the Historic Rapids Lodge Building. The world of the great outdoors is fully accessible from Grand Lake whether on a kayak or on foot or in a car. Enjoy all the fun and experiences Grand County has to offer.

Kayak on Shadow Mountain Reservoir

Kayaking on Shadow Mountain Reservoir


Wildlife sightings – Rocky Mountain National Park

The spring buzz in Grand County, Colorado is in full swing. The elk, in their furry winter coats, are hanging out at the “Rocky Mountain National Park” sign. The locals can barely drive anywhere without seeing a moose! The marmots are always busy sunning themselves on the piles of rocks just south of Sloopy’s Grill on US 34. Foxes are always running busily about town and Columbine Lake and the coyotes are active too. The Osprey are back with other migrant birds of prey and the hummingbirds are already hungrily defending feeders. And that is just in town!

Rocky Mountain National Park is busily clearing snow from Trail Ridge Road and is scheduled to be open for Memorial Day Weekend. There is always so much to see and do in Grand Lake, Colorado, no matter what the season.

Pet-friendly Chickadee Cabin is now open for the summer season and available for rental. The remaining three cabins will be available for rental at the end of next week. So plan a trip and bring your pet! As always our riverside lodging is a hit at this time of the year. The river is ice free and mesmerizing to watch. Don’t forget to bring the special “Mom” in your life to the Rapids for Mother’s Day weekend and treat her to dinner at the Rapids Restaurant. We are looking forward to serving all of our guests for the summer season!


New comforter in Chickadee Cabin!

To contact the Rapids Lodge, give us a call at 970-627-3707 or email [email protected]