15 Things to do in Winter in Grand Lake, Colorado. West Entrance Rocky Mountain National Park

  1. Stay at the Historic Rapids Lodge (est. 1915). Some rooms are dog-friendly.
  2. Dine at the famous Rapids Restaurant.
  3. Walk the “Old West” Town of Grand Lake. Enjoy shops, restaurants and breathtaking scenery.
  4. The Grand Lake sledding hill is fun for the whole family – it’s fast!
  5.  Ice-fish the frozen lakes. Guided outings available. Contests are fun to enter too.
  6. Snowmobile +/-150 miles of groomed trails or go off trail in the Arapaho National Forest (guided and unguided). The views are astounding. Grand Lake is known as the “Snowmobile Capital of Colorado”. Ride right from your room at the Rapids Lodge.
  7. Visit the Grand Lake Nordic Center: snowshoe, cross-country ski or have fun on the tubing hill. Equipment rental is available if you don’t have your own.
  8. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park:  snowshoe or cross-country ski the park trails.
  9. Wildlife and bird-watching is a must. Seeing a moose is always a highlight.
  10. Take a short walk to the frozen Adams Falls.
  11. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage.
  12. Take a magical Sleigh Ride.
  13. Don’t miss the ice skating rink at the Grand Lake Center.
  14. Visit Hot Sulphur Springs and enjoy 21 outdoor pools.
  15. Try the Rocky Mountain Lockdown Escape Room.

Winter Activities in Grand Lake, Colorado

It’s January and we have months of winter fun still to be had. February and March will bring warmer, longer days and that is always a plus when you are outdoors in the snow. Think outside the box for Spring Break in Colorado.

A winter family reunion is a great idea! One family has been our guests every New Year’s for over 20 years! Most folks wait until summer but there are two good, long weekend opportunities in the form of Martin Luther King Weekend and Presidents Day weekend. Family activities include snowshoe and cross country ski outings, ice fishing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and more. Kids love to learn how to snowshoe and cross country ski; it is challenging and novel, especially when interspersed with tubing or sledding and hot cocoa by a fireplace. Outdoor winter activities can offer a unique opportunity for family camaraderie and bonding. Great photo memories too. Imagine throwing the Grand Lake Winter Carnival or 3 Lakes Ice Fishing Contest into the mix!

Winter Weddings, Winter Weekends away, Valentine’s Day, Spring Break, Winter Anniversary Celebrations and Birthdays ….. who needs an excuse to come up to the Rapids Lodge in Grand Lake, Colorado!

Fall Fun and Lodging in Grand Lake

 ​Fall Colors Still Spectacular Into Early October! 

This October enjoy fall fun and discounts on lodging in Grand Lake, Colorado!

Weather and Lodging in Grand Lake Peak fall colors in Grand County were a week or 10 days later than usual this year. The weather forecast remains spectacular. The Rapids Lodge still has some rooms available the first weekend of October, so book now! Also keep in mind that our “Special Winter Offer” rates begin October 5th – stay for just $60 per night for 2 people in select Lodge Guest Rooms or $89 for up to six people in the Rapids Suites (some pet-friendly).
Although lunch is no longer being served (until next summer), dinner will be served nightly this upcoming week. After October 3rd, dinner will be served Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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The elk are still bugling and rounding up their harems. You can see a herd right at the West Entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park every night at dusk! The elk will be virtually right next to your car. What a great view and experience. They are creatures of habit and this is a nightly ritual.
Don’t miss out – this fall is absolutely glorious!