Memorial Day Weekend

The first holiday weekend of the summer season!

Stay 2 nights or 3. The Rapids Lodge is offering fantastic hotel deals in select Rapids Suites and select Lodge Guest Rooms. Stay for as little as $60 for 2 people and $89 for up to 6 people! These rooms will be booked up fast so we suggest you make your plans soon. Dinner will be served nightly from 5:00pm and Memorial Day Weekend is when the scenic Rapids Restaurant starts serving lunch outside by the river once again.

Trail Ridge Road Rocky Mountain National Park

Most importantly, Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road will be opening for the summer. The road connects busy Estes Park to the quieter Grand Lake West Entrance and is the highest continuous highway in the United States. You will be able follow the route of the historic “Circle Tour” from the early days of RMNP. 2015 is Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial Year and the Rapids is celebrating their own Centennial as well. Get ready for magnificent views and towering walls of snow along Trail Ridge Road along its highest sections. These are always great photo opportunities that will have your friends amazed!

Cabins in Grand Lake Hotels

Our three lakes will be open water again and the Aspens Trees will be bursting out in brilliant green leaves. Many of the famous Colorado Wildflowers will be putting on a show! The Kauffman House opens for the season and weekend Bingo starts up in the Grand Lake Pavilion. The Memorial Day Parade is fun for the whole family and is always very entertaining. Hike, bike ride, enjoy the electric go-karts, boat, fish… Grand County offers endless fun!

Grand Lake Hotel


Grand Lake Lodging

February Adventure Grand Lake

Feeling stuck in a mid-winter slump? You are in need of a February Adventure!

With fresh snow and more on the way, Grand Lake is dressed to impress! So take this opportunity to come visit us at the Historic Rapids Lodge for your February Adventure! Rates start at $60 a night and there’s a ton to see and do here!  With the days getting longer (and warmer), February is the perfect time to visit.

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What could your February Adventure entail?SnowmobileSnowmobiling

This weekend is the Trail Blazers Snowmobile Poker Run Fundraiser for Right to Ride Fund and Flight for Life. Everyone is welcome to participate so bring your own sled or rent one. You’ll be glad you did when you’re enjoying our fabulous groomed trails and astounding vistas!

ice fishing

Ice Fishing

The lake is still frozen, and Grand Lake is home to some of the largest trout in the West! If you’ve always wondered about ice fishing, stop wondering and come give it a try! We can set you up with a guide, or direct you to all the good spots.

history Grand Lake

Photo Credit: The Grand County Historic Society


If you’re a history buff, we recommend checking out the historic Kauffman House Museum. The Kauffman House Museum was the first hotel in Grand Lake and will be open this coming weekend. Entering the museum is like stepping back in time. While you walk through each of the tiny rooms, you’ll see period dress, furniture, and everyday utensils from the late 1800’s. The historical display of Grand County is fascinating and features the history of Grand County all the way back to when the Utes were attacked on the shores of Grand Lake, and their wives and children who were sent out on rafts to stay safe, capsized and perished in a storm. Since then the lake has been known as, “Spirit Lake.”

nordic skiing cross-country skiing

Nordic Skiing

Looking to add Nordic skiing to your February Adventure? On February 28th the Grand Lake Nordic Center will be holding the Foxy Freestyle Nordic Race benefiting the National Center for the Disabled. With food and prizes it is sure to be fun for the whole family! The Grand Lake Nordic Center miles of groomed trails for you to use at your leisure, snowshoeing, rentals, a kid’s tubing hill, an more.

Bull Moose in WinterWildlife

Grand Lake is just minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. With warmer days, animals are beginning to move around and migratory birds have started returning to the Rockies. Visit the National Park and keep your eyes peeled for elk, moose, fox, eagles, bighorn sheep, and other amazing animals. Don’t forget your camera!

We hope to see you soon for your February Adventure! Book your room today and select the hotel special offer rate!


Bedroom Inn Lodging Rapids Restaurant, Grand Lake Colorado

Rapids Restaurant, Grand Lake Colorado

Grand Lake Ice Fishing Tournament …….

Plan ahead for March 7 and 8, 2015:  the 4th Annual Catch and Release Grand Lake Ice Fishing Contest will be held on Grand Lake and is becoming more and more popular each year! Prizes will be awarded for Lake Trout, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. Kids under 14 are free and adult registration costs just $40 (register at the Rocky Mountain Outfitters Grand Lake, Colorado website). There is also a “Kids Wildlife Snow Art Contest” so there is fun for the whole family. Rocky Mountain Outfitters also rent snow shoes and provide FREE ice skates for the town ice rink. For family members who are not so keen on fishing, there is still plenty to do: have fun at the bowling alley, take a sleigh ride, cross country ski at the Grand Lake Nordic Center, fly down the tubing hill, soak in the hot springs, shop and dine.


Rapids Condo 5B

Rapids Condo 5B

Did you know that Grand Lake is Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake and is an award winning fishery? The lake is at 8369 feet elevation, has a surface area of 507 acres, maximum depth of 265 feet and a total volume of  68,621 acre feet! Two natural tributaries, the North and East inlets, keep the lake nice and chilly with snow-melt.


The Rapids Lodge is just 2 ½ blocks from the lake where all the action will be happening. Bring your buddies and take advantage of some of our diverse hotel rooms. Choose a room for 1 or 2 people or an  8 person condo or a 6 person Rapids Suite (some of which are pet-friendly). Note the Rapids Suites are available for a great hotel special – just $89 per night!


Grand Lake offers stunning scenery and is an authentic mountain town. We hope to see you in March!


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Snowmobiling Grand Lake “Flight for Life” Poker Run …..

Snowmobiling Grand Lake

Saturday February 21st is a day of fun on our extensive, groomed snowmobile trails in the Arapahoe National Forest. This fundraiser predominantly supports Flight for Life. Last year funds went towards the purchase of a new helicopter and this year funds will help provide a mobile training center for first responders in rural areas. The fundraiser is also in support of “Right to Ride”. Chilli is served all day at the Grand Lake Community House for riders and volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, contact the Trail Blazers Snowmobiling Grand Lake Club.


Snowmobiling in Grand Lake

Snowmobiling in Grand Lake

This is a great way to get to know our trails and make new friends who love to ride. Maybe next time you will come and ride to Gould in North Park, a really epic day adventure. You can stay at the Rapids Lodge for as low as $60 for 2 people and $89 for up to 6 people! What a great low hotel rate! Snowmobiling Grand Lake? You may park your trailers in the town parking area opposite our property and you’re your snowmobiles right to your room. The Rapids is just one ½ block away from the end of the main street in town so you can walk anywhere and if riding isn’t your thing, perhaps you will enjoy the shopping available right around the corner.

Book today by using our on-line booking option or call us at 970-627-3707. Follow up your Snowmobiling Grand Lake day with a relaxing cocktail and delicious dinner at the Rapids Restaurant.

Ideas for Valentine’s Day Dinner and President’s Day Weekend …..

Make this weekend a special getaway. We invite you to stay at the Rapids Lodge for as low as $60 a night for 2 or $89 per night for up to 6 people! What a great Grand Lake hotel special – it is hard to beat.

Valentine's day lodging Valentine's Day dinner

Valentine’s day lodging

The Rapids Restaurant will be serving our regular menu accompanied by one delicious Valentine’s Day Dinner Special! Although the Rapids Restaurant is open Wed through Sunday in the winter, we will also be open Sunday February 15th for the long weekend. If you would prefer a quieter dining experience, consider joining us on Friday or Sunday nights instead. The Rapids Restaurant has been voted “Most Romantic”, “Best Dessert” and “Grand Lake’s #1 Restaurant” in Grand County’s Sky-Hi news “Best of Grand Lake” survey.

Imagine a snowy night, dining with a view of the snowy Tonahutu River and enjoying the ambience of 2 fireplaces. A moose wanders past or the red fox may trot up the frozen river’s edge. Snuggle up during the day in front of one of the River View or Rapids Condo fireplaces after a day of winter outdoor adventure. On Friday February 13th, you can take advantage of the Valentine’s “2 for 1” passes at the Grand Lake Nordic Center. We are a pet-friendly hotel too, so bring the entire family if you choose.

Romantic mountain getaway, Valentine’s Day dinner, and more.