Halloween and the next 10 days!

Happy Halloween!

Peaceful Grand Lake is beautiful right now. Come stay with us and enjoy this time before the snow flies to hike trails, canoe and fish. The moose are still in rut and can be seen following females around in Rocky Mountain National Park. Coyotes can be heard howling every night.

Our pet-friendly Rapids Suites can accommodate the whole family. Don’t forget our BOGO lodging special!

The Rapids will be closing for our fall break Sunday November 9th through Tuesday December 9th, 2014 so the next 10 days are your last opportunity for a fall vacation at the Rapids Lodge in Grand Lake.

Then it will be time to start thinking about winter vacations and Christmas time. We still have rooms for New Year’s Eve so book today! Christmas lights, snow covered streets and fireworks …..

Grand Lake Halloween

For historic lodging, motels, and cabins in Grand Lake, Colorado, contact the Rapids Lodge at 970.627.3707.

Our History:

“The Lodge” has had approximately 30 owners. Our colorful history includes gambling, prostitution and bootleg liquor … perhaps this explains the frequent ghost sightings”. Taken from the Historic Walking Tour Guide of Grand Lake, Colorado (available in local stores).

In the 1950’s The second floor of the historic building was a casino and the 3rd floor was a brothel. There was an emergency buzzer located under the front desk, so that folks upstairs could be alerted when the law stopped in. On hearing the buzzer, staff and guests cleared the building via the back doors. When some remodeling was done the slot machines were buried behind the Rapids Suites Building and are still there today.


Our Philosophy

Our goal is to maintain the “family owned and operated” Grand Lake Hotel tradition of The Rapids, while offering affordable quality for our guests’ lodging and dining experience, in a unique and inviting atmosphere. ALL staff embrace the philosophy that our number one concern is to make our guests happy.

We hope you will visit us soon!

What are you doing this weekend?

What are you doing this weekend? The weather is as good as it gets in the Rocky Mountains during October. Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park is still open! This is a beautiful drive especially now that the mountain tops are covered in snow. Bugling elk in the meadows, moose, mule deer, foxes and coyotes abound. Expect to see a few marmots sunning themselves as well.

We invite you to take advantage of our “Stay 1 night, get 1 free” lodging special available in the Rapids Suites and the Lodge Guest Rooms. We have just one pet-friendly accommodation left for this weekend, so don’t delay. Book now.

The Rapids Restaurant is open Wednesday through Saturday. Our dining room view at this time of the year is definitely the best in Grand Lake. The Tonahutu River is always mesmerizing to watch from your fireside table.


The Tonahutu River near the Rapids Lodge

The cool morning air is perfect for your morning jog or hike. Mist rises from the 3 lakes and a light frost will greet you. Days are deliciously warm with a forecast for 66 degrees and sunny! The clear starry nights are ideal for star gazing or relaxing in the outdoor pools at Hot Sulphur Springs. There is so much to do in Grand Lake right now. No crowds, pure relaxation – we will help you plan! Hike, fish, wildlife watch, shop, eat, live music ……come stay with us.

For historic lodging, cabins, and motels in Grand Lake, Colorado, contact the Rapids Lodge! Give us a call at 970-627-3707.

Mid-October at the Rapids!

Great weather coming up this week!

The forecast is for almost perfect fall weather starting Monday and continuing through the weekend (warm and sunny days)! Take advantage of our hotel lodging special “stay one night and get one free” so you can enjoy October at The Rapids! Many of the trees in Grand Lake still have beautiful fall leaves on them and when the sun is out, the scenery is astoundingly beautiful.

October at The Rapids

Snow capped peaks are freshly coated in glistening white and the fresh snowfall has pushed many of the big game species down to lower elevations, great for hunting! The fishing is really excellent now as the waters have cooled and activity has increased. Fishing in the pools along the North Inlet trail, which leaves from just above the Rapids on the hill, is also prime.

A good soak in the Hot Sulphur Springs is a great way to warm up and relax after a day in the great outdoors. Bring your kayak or canoe and enjoy the 3 lakes. Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park is peaceful with lots of game activity, fall colors and no crowds! Don’t forget to view the elk in Rocky Mountain National Park as the bugle and round up harems of females. What a perfect way to spend October at The Rapids.

For historic lodging, cabins, and motels in Grand Lake, Colorado, contact the Rapids Lodge! Give us a call at 970.627.3707.


A Beautiful October Weekend!

Grand lake, Colorado is the place to spend an October weekend. The fall colors are still glowing gold everywhere you look and the fresh snow on the high mountains of Rocky Mountain National Park adds to the breathtaking scenery. Bugling elk are everywhere. The lakes reflect a stunning view and the air is refreshingly crisp and cool. The weather forecast is good – sun and no rain!

October weekend

The Rapids Lodge in Grand Lake

Come join us at The Rapids Lodge for an October weekend! A one night stay on Saturday is just fine or take advantage of our “stay one night, get one free” lodging special. The restaurant is waiting to serve you a scrumptious meal while you enjoy the ambiance of fireplaces and a view.

Trail Ridge Road through the national park is still open but do check road conditions before departing on your trip in case of a temporary closure!

Contact us at The Rapids Lodge for historic lodging, cabins, and motels in Grand Lake, Colorado! Call us at 970.627.3707 today.