Savor peak fall color …..

Peak fall color looks set for the last week of September. We have plenty of rooms still available during this period (including pet-friendly). Call us today or use our online booking option. We have great lodging specials too.


Young Mallards on Grand Lake

Did you know that Grand Lake is also known as Spirit Lake? In cold weather wisps of fog can be seen dancing over its surface in the cool morning air and the fall is the perfect time to see this phenomenon. In 1882, as other Indian Tribes moved into the area, fights occurred with the resident Utes. The tale is that a Ute group was surprised by an Arapaho-Cheyenne war party and children, squaws, and elderly were put onto pine rafts on what is now known as Grand Lake. A storm was approaching and as the warriors battled, the rafts capsized with no survivors. The spirits of the dead rose as spectral mists above the lake and the warriors fled, never to return.

The last two weeks of September offer a really special opportunity for fall color drives and walks, solitude, brilliant blue skies and no crowds. Rocky Mountain National Park has some of the best roadside spots from which to view bull elk protect their harems. The bull elk bugles are a haunting sound through the valley. Bull Moose now have huge racks and are being seen frequently here in town.

Coming up in Grand Lake: Constitution Week September 15-20; enjoy a community game of bridge (Sept 17); Music in the Town Park (Sept 17 + 24); watch plein air painters in Rocky Mountain National Park from now through the end of the month; take in the fall show at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (Double Trouble); Trappers Wild Game Culinary Event (Sept 26+27 – part of the Rocky Mountain National Part Centennial Celebrations); Taking Steps to End Cancer 5K (Sept 28 – to benefit Rocky Mountain Rural Health).

The Rapids Lodge invites you to visit this fall. For historic lodging, cabins, motels, and dining in Grand Lake near Rocky Mountain National Park, contact us today! Give us a call at 970-627-3707.

Peak Fall Colors…

The big question is always when will Colorado fall colors peak? Colors have been changing rapidly since early September. This year many of the Aspens are turning a red color which is well worth seeing dotted among the golden trees. Good fall color should be evident the weekend of September 14th, enriching throughout the week.

Take advantage of the opportunity to stay just one night on Saturday September 14th and enjoy fall in the high country. If you can stay longer, consider attending all the fun events listed for the Grand Lake Constitution Week celebration which will keep you busy throughout the following week and weekend, culminating in a spectacular fireworks show. Take advantage of our “Buy 2, get one free” Lodging Special for mid-week days in September.

Bull Moose at the Rapids Lodge

Fall is an excellent time to see bull moose with huge racks – this one has been seen at the Rapids Lodge often

Boating, hiking, wildlife watching in Rocky Mountain National Park, fishing, hunting, bird-watching and other activities are available. Many of the Grand Lake stores will be holding fall sales and offering a great opportunity for bargain hunting for those of you who love shopping. Get those Christmas presents early!

The fall view of the Tonahutu River from the Rapids Restaurant is so pretty. Dinner is served 7 days a week and lunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays outside next to the river. For motels, cabins, and historic lodging in Grand Lake, Colorado, contact us at the Rapids Lodge. See you soon!

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


Hunting season begins ….

The Rapids Lodge is a great place to stay if you are thinking of coming hunting this fall in Grand County, Colorado. If you don’t want to rough it or just want a place to clean up with a warm bed after a couple of days in the wilderness, we have the room for you! We have accommodation for just 1 person or if you need 4-6 beds, some of our larger condos can accommodate you at a great price. We have pet-friendly rooms to if your favorite companion is coming along for the adventure as well.

Colorado Archery season is already open for some categories and more will be opening up soon. The nights are already in the low thirties and colors are starting to change. Perhaps this will be an early winter with animals pushed down to lower elevations by early snows.

Grand Lake, Colorado offers excellent opportunities not only for hunters but fisherman and other outdoor recreationists. We have some great lodging specials for September and October: – call to make a reservation today!

Fall in Grand Lake Colorado

Fall in Grand Lake, Colorado

Mid-week September and October are peaceful and even with colder temperatures, we often have deliciously warm “Indian Summer” days. Even if you are not a hunter, there is plenty to do. Soak at Hot Sulphur Springs under the stars, watch the elk rut in the Rocky Mountain National Park meadows, attend the Rocky Mountain National Park Centennial events, come for Grand Lake’s Constitution Week Celebrations or simply relax on the lake. Don’t forget our scenic Rapids Restaurant serving lunch Saturdays and Sundays and dinner 7 nights a week! For cabins, motels, and historic lodging in Grand Lake, Colorado, contact us today!

To contact the Rapids Lodge, call 970.627.3707