Fall in Rocky Mountain National Park …

September in Grand County brings a lot of changes and astounding beauty! Already a few Aspen Trees are showing signs of yellowing leaves and the tundra the delicate plants are showing off a few fall colors. August 25th brought a dusting of snow to the mountain tops but that will melt fast and we can look forward to sunny and warm fall days. Bull elk  and moose are beginning to hang out around the females as the rut approaches. The elk rut is an international attraction as bull elk gather their harems of females, bugling and going head to head with rival bulls. We can direct you to the best viewing spots at dawn and dusk.

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There is always something to do during September. Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial Celebrations begin Thursday September 4th. Perhaps you would like to try your hand at Geo-cashing or attend the Trappers Culinary Event. Our very own Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents their fall show “Double Trouble”. You can compete in a Chilli-Cook off or enjoy Music in the Park, attend a craft fair or go on a wilderness hike, enjoy fireworks during Grand Lake’s Constitution Week or simply enjoy a peaceful kayak.

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Check out our specials page for our “September Mid-Week Stay Special”. Lunch will be served throughout the month on weekends and dinner will be served nightly. Use our “book on-line” options and check availability now.

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To contact the Rapids Lodge, call 970.627.3707

Labor Day Weekend in Grand Lake….

Spend Labor Day Weekend in Grand Lake.  The last holiday weekend of the summer is coming up! This is the time to make your plans. The Rapids Lodge still has rooms available (3 night minimum, some pet-friendly). Our stunning Grand County playground awaits you.

Labor Day Weekend in Grand Lake

Grand Lake from Shadow Mountain Lookout

Fall colors may just be beginning and the odd elk bugle can be heard echoing through the valley. September brings glorious weather with crystal clear blue skies and vibrant colors. The view of the lakes sparkling in the sunshine with Rocky Mountain National Park in the background, will take your breath away.  There is a doggie drag 5K run or walk, Bingo in the town park and our famous Tombstone Tales. The tales cover locals that are now at peace in the Grand Lake Cemetery which is unique because it falls within the boundaries of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy boat rentals, hiking, fishing, shopping and so much more.

The Rapids Restaurant will be open for lunch on the riverside patio and for dinner. The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents their fall show Double Trouble (A Musical Tour de Farce). Nothing beats a great night of entertainment after a delicious dinner with a view over the Tonahutu Creek. Call us today. Spend Labor Day Weekend in Grand Lake.

To contact the Rapids Lodge, call 970-627-3707.

The Rocky Mountain National Park Turning 100…

The Rapids Lodge will be celebrating our 100th anniversary starting in 2015. We have been here almost as long as Rocky Mountain National Park and are excited to share part of this anniversary year.


Rocky Mountain National Park’s 100th Anniversary!

Everyone is gearing up for the big day when celebrations begin on September 3rd and 4th. Visit the Rocky Mountain National Park website for more details. Fall celebrations will include music, special presentations, food, art, theatre and activities for the whole family.

Perhaps you can contribute to the park’s virtual time capsule: maybe you grew up coming to Rocky Mountain National Park for summer or winter vacations or your family reunions have been held at the Rapids Lodge with activities in the park. Any great R.M.N.P. photo from times past would be a great contribution and if any of your relatives worked at the Rapids Lodge or for the R.M.N.P. I bet they have some great park oriented stories to tell!

Indeed, if anyone has some historic photos pertaining to the Rapids Lodge, we would certainly love to have a copy to share.

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