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Best month to visit Rocky Mountain National Park?

A photo taken each month - January to December - left to right"
A photo taken each month – January to December – left to right”

What to do and what to expect:

January is the coldest month with an average high temperature around freezing and an average low of 4F. Temperatures have been recorded as high as 57F and as low as -43F but those don’t last for long! Average precipitation is 1.5 inches but we have had Januaries where it felt like all the winter snow arrived in one month, and Januaries that were dry and sunny! The snow is crisp and firm. The lakes are frozen solid, great for ice-fishing and cross country skiing. The Three Lakes Fishing Tournament is this month on Lake Granby. Snowmobile trails are well packed with a strong base. Soak in the Hot Sulphur Springs after being outside all day. Don’t forget to dine fireside at the Rapids Restaurant before retiring to your comfy room at the Rapids Lodge.

February marks the beginning of the change. Days are a little warmer with marginally higher average temperatures (ave. high 36 and low6) but the days are a little longer, allowing for more sunshine hours and that makes midday feel  warmer than the bitter days of January. The snow may soften a little in the middle of the day. There is the Annual Pond Hockey Classic, Ice Addiction Fishing Tournament and the Snowmobile for Life Poker to enjoy. What is there to do for kids in Grand Lake? The Winter Carnival is a must. President’s Day Long Weekend along with Valentine’s Day offer great opportunities to escape to the mountains. The Romantic Lodge Guest Rooms are just perfect!

March is generally the last month for good snowmobiling and skiing but can be the heaviest snow month. The beginning of the month temperatures are pretty similar to February but real change is seen and felt towards the end of the month. T-shirt sunny days are welcomed. Snowpack melts off road surfaces and around town, snowmobiling meadows may get a little dense and on hot days, pools of water may form on the lake ice although the ice is still nice and thick at this time. It is still a perfect winter playground out there. It’s a good idea to get out snowshoeing and cross country skiing early before surface snow softens. Average high temperatures are around 43F and the average low is 13F but record temperatures of 72F and -36F have been set. Stay in a cozy Rapids Suite for Spring Break. These one bedroom units offer a full kitchen, sleep up to 6 people and some are dog-friendly.

April brings the big melt but Spring is still a long way away. The big piles of winter snow around town are still evident and will take a while to disappear. Of course trails in Rocky Mountain National Park still require snowshoes and you might get too hot, so dress in layers. Soaking up the sun on good days becomes a must for locals. The average high temperature is 51F (record73F) and average low 20F (record -21F). When temperatures are around 20F, locals consider it to be pretty warm. The dry Colorado air makes the cold so much more bearable and it doesn’t feel anything like the East Coast biting cold of Winter. Some of the lake ice may be dicey so always check to make sure it is safe before venturing out. If you are wanting to fish, there are always some open spots like the channel between Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir. We can direct you there. Nordic Centers and Ski Resorts begin to close but there is still plenty to do. If you bring your own snowmobile, trailer to Idleglen and ride from there. Moose and other animals in the National Park increase their activity and are frequently seen in the meadows where snow melts faster in the sunshine. Of course you can have a sunny day and a blizzard day all in one! Book a River View Condo at the Rapids and stay inside enjoying the fireplace while looking out onto a picturesque Tonahutu River.

May brings all kinds of weather. Average highs are around 60F and lows around 28F. We have had an 82F day and a 1F night. Days are really noticeably longer and when they are sunny, they can be deliciously warm. Snow storms will still pass through but the new snow doesn’t stick around long. Migrant birds arrive and liven up the skies and the river at the Rapids loses its ice. The lakes may melt off in late April or later in May but Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park won’t open until Memorial Day Weekend. An air of excitement is in the air. Locals know that things are going to liven up when the road opens and visitors flood into our part of the world. Everyone is busy getting ready for the summer season, grass is greening up and Aspen leaves pop out in the latter part of the month. Bring t-shirts and heavy coats – you just never know. The river at the Rapids is often at peak or near peak flow as June approaches. The Rapids low season rates will be available all the way up until just before Memorial Day Weekend. Take advantage of the great rates.

June means being prepared for all weather. It may be sunny and warm in Grand Lake but when you get to the top of Trail Ridge Road it may be snowing with artic blasts of wind (of course not all the time). The Tonahutu River or North inlet, is flowing high and is just magnificent to watch. Trails can still be muddy in the early part of the month but will start firming up towards the end of the month. Peak season usually kicks in around June 23rd when you can expect hotels to be full and people everywhere. If you hike a little off the beaten track you can soon find solitude. Boats, golf courses and all the summer fun options are available to you. Average high temperatures are around 71F and the low 34F … so if you are worried about no air-conditioning, just open a window. Records are noted to have reached 89F and 16F). This is month to look for animal babies everywhere.  The Rapids Condos are perfect for watching the river roar by from the comfort of your room. 

July has the reputation of being the warmest month. Highs around 77F and lows around 39F. Very rarely does it tip over 90F but a frost or two can still surprise you. Believe it or not, Grand Lake has even had snow on the 4th of July! An anomaly for sure, but evidently not impossible! Rain in the afternoon can be frequent so get out on the lakes and trails early before the water becomes choppy for kayaking or lightening becomes a risk for high elevation hikers. Wildflowers are at their peak! Getting sunburned at high elevation is easy so be careful. Always remember to drink a lot of water. The Colorado high country air is very dry and many visitors fine the elevation difficult but taking it easy and drinking a LOT of water can really help. Nights are still cool and almost always require a light jacket. Head into Rocky Mountain National Park to stargaze. It’s great to sit out under the crystal clear skies when it’s not too cold! All of our rooms have fans so even though there is no air conditioning, open a window, enjoy a breeze and savor the still chilly nights!

August is a fabulous month. The Grand Lake Yacht Club has their Lipton Cup Regatta in the first week, and all the white sails against the blue water of Grand Lake is stunning! We still get afternoon showers but often the days are just perfect. Average high temperatures are just a little less than July at around 74F and lows around 38F (record temperatures 92 F and 18F). Here and there, a stressed Aspen or Willow will begin to show a few yellow leaves. Rain frequency lessens towards the end of the month as we get closer to fall. If you want to visit in the summer but want to avoid the crowds, come mid-week during the last 2 weeks of August after most schools have started. The river at the Rapids will be running at much lower levels with lots of boulders visible. Choose from any of the four buildings on property to find the accommodation that is just perfect for you. All of our rooms are different and there is always something to please everybody.

September brings fall temperatures and beautiful weather with bluebird skies. Of course you may experience the odd snowstorm too. September is just about everyone’s favorite time in the Rocky Mountains so book early. Labor Day starts the month off with a bang. Enjoy walking around town and taking advantage of the end of summer sales. Leaves may start to change in earnest in the second week of September and peak color is usually around the third weekend in September. However, every year is different and fabulous colors may extend into October. Elevation also plays a part, so if the colors aren’t perfect at lower elevation, just go higher! The average high is still around 68F which means September days are warm and sunny. Nights now average around freezing  which helps the fall colors along. “Indian Summer” days may bring a high in the upper 80’s and a cold front might drop the temperatures into the single digits. Trail Ridge Road can be very chilly and always plan for the fact that the road may close temporarily due to bad weather and unsafe road conditions at this time of the year. The bull elk start rounding up their harems in the meadows of RMNP and this experience should not be missed. The haunting bugles of the bull elk with their magnificent racks is quite a sight! The River View Condos have Aspen Trees in glorious fall color right outside along the river bank of the Tonahutu River. Soak up the colors!

October if often a really nice time to be in Grand Lake. Hunting season begins and the last fall colors will add to the quiet beauty without the crowds. If it snows, it won’t stay on the ground for long. Colorado is famous for sunshine and this month is no exception. The elk are still bugling and hiking at this time of year is fantastic, peaceful and meditative. Enjoy average temperatures between 24F and 56F, some “Indian Summer” days into the upper 70s and chilly refreshing nights. October is usually a fairly low precipitation month but snow storms are very different at high elevation so if a big one comes in, that may be the final curtain call for Trail Ridge Road. The road has been known to stay open into November. The Rapids begins to over our low season nightly rates around the second week of October – what a deal! The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant is perfect for any special event: weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries,reunions, meetings … really any excuse for a special occasion will do! The Rapids is just 1 short block to the end of the main street in town and just 2 short blocks to the lake so you can walk everywhere.

November is a very quiet month in Grand County, Colorado. Hunters are still trying their luck in the woods but things are really peaceful. Snow at this time of year will begin to stick and ice will begin to form on eddies and still water in the Tonahutu River at the Rapids. Moose wander town at this time of the year, enjoying the remnants of the flower beds as they prepare for winter. Stellar Jays make their presence known again and are stunning as they flash brilliant blue among the trees. Nights can get as cold as -28F but usually hover around 15F. Days are in the 40’s but every now and again we get a hot, surprise “summer” day.  If you want to do something different for Thanksgiving, come join us here at the Rapids Lodge. With Condos that sleep up to eight people, it’s the perfect place for a family gathering.

December brings winter and all the joy of the holidays! Folks get busy decorating town and businesses with a myriad of sparkling lights. Grand Lake is really one of the prettiest towns to be in at this time of the year, and you can’t beat New Year’s with our famous fireworks exploding over the lake, painting the snow all kinds of colors. The river at the Rapids will likely freeze and become silent, covered with snow. The lakes freeze in order. Shadow Mountain freezes first because it is the most shallow, then Grand Lake and finally Lake Granby. The lakes freeze anywhere from late November to mid to late December. The snowmobile trails in the Arapaho National Forest are open and ready for snowmobiling fun! The snowmobile trail from town is usually the last section to open and the National Park Service makes the decision based on the snow cover through sensitive sections that are within the Rocky Mountain National Park Boundary. Highs during this cold month hover around an average of 32F, lows around 5F. Unusual days may bring 55F or -35F. Brrr. When it is cold like this, the snow squeaks and moisture in the air crystallizes and literally snows out of a clear blue sky. It’s a magical time when all the winter sports are available and families and friends can make truly special memories! 

Come see us here at the Rapids Lodge. No matter what month you visit in, there is always beauty and something special to experience.

Explore Grand County, Colorado

Never Summer Wilderness accessible from Winter Park-Fraser and Arapaho Bay
Never Summer Wilderness accessible from Winter Park-Fraser and Arapaho Bay

Grand County is the home of the Colorado River headwaters and its scenery is really quite grand. A visitor can spend quite a few days exploring the area. Start at the West Entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park after traversing Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park. Grand Lake is a historic Western town with a lot to offer.

The Historic Rapids Lodge was established in 1915, about the same time as Rocky. The Rapids’ scenic location on the banks of the Tonahutu River is spectacular and allows guests to walk into town and to Grand Lake itself, the largest natural lake in Colorado. Accommodations vary from cute cabins to romantic Lodge Guest Rooms and riverfront condos that sleep up to 8 people. Some are pet-friendly! Recreation opportunities in this stunning little town are endless no matter the season. 

US34 South leads to the Arapaho National Forest with snowmobile and ATV trails. In Summer, drive Stillwater Pass to enjoy the vistas and wildlife. Take in Shadow Mountain Reservoir, Lake Granby and Willow Creek Reservoir. If you drive to Arapaho Bay, Monarch Lake with dog-friendly trails awaits at the end of the scenic shoreline road. Explore in any season, there is so much to.

US40 West will take you through mesmerizing scenery along the Colorado River to Hot Sulphur Springs where you can soak in 21 outdoor pools under sun, snow or stars. Ute Indians historically used the springs. Stretches of the Colorado are Gold Medal Waters for fly fishing and Rocky Mountain Outfitters can help you get your prize fish. Don’t miss out on the Hot Sulphur Museum or the famous Candy Store! Kremmling offers unique scenery including some barren, arid, eroded cliffs that are breathtaking in the light of the setting sun.

US40 East gives you the opportunity to explore Granby, enjoy downhill skiing at Granby Ranch or a game of golf. Try hot air ballooning summer or winter with incredible views of the Continental Divide. For youngsters, Granby’s Escape Room will provide exciting entertainment. Next up is Tabernash, a really small town of about 40 residents. Tabernash is an alternative access point to Arapaho National Forest and Never Summer Wilderness areas with great hiking trails and opportunities for winter exploration too.

The Town of Fraser is just before the ski town of Winter Park and is the oldest incorporated town in the lower 48 and offers great shopping and dining! Fraser is surging ahead of its time, moving towards becoming a green city with recycling, energy and design advancements. The Tubing Hills here are fast and fun. The area has so much more to do than just downhill skiing. The Ski Area is open in summer too, there are back country forestry roads to explore, great museums and fascinating history, dog sled rides, ice skating, mountain biking and more.

When you are down this end of Grand County, will provide you with a wide variety of reasonably priced lodging options in Winter Park, Fraser, Tabernash and surrounds. Whether you are looking for a cozy one bedroom or a luxury upscale mountain home, will provide you with the perfect place to stay. Their motto” A happy guest is the only guest you need to have” says it all.

The South-East part of Grand County is very different from Grand Lake and offers new experiences for any traveler. Don’t just drive through Grand County, stay, explore and play!

Grand Lake, Colorado Wheelchair Accessibility

Grand Lake is wheelchair friendly!

The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant offers an OSHA certified handicapped accessible room in our Rapids Suites building and we are located just one half block from the end of the main street in town, and two half blocks to the lake. Access to the river in front of the Historic Lodge building is at the North end of the main lodge so you may enjoy a lunch or early dinner in our gazebo or on the riverside patio in summer. If it’s cold outside, just let us know and we will direct you to the easy way into the main building for a warm meal next to a fireplace with a view of the Tonahutu River.

The Rapids Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore. The town of Grand Lake offers store front boardwalks that are accessible to everybody. Enjoy the beach area and lakeside docks too. Sitting next to the calming water with tremendous views all around you, is a memorable experience!

Rocky Mountain National Park offers a lot of picnic areas, viewpoints and short trails from which to explore the park and view wildlife. The Coyote Valley Trailhead is fully accessible and will take you along a mile of trail with outstanding views of the Kawuneechee Valley and surrounding mountain peaks. The trail also is alongside the Colorado River and there is a fully accessible little fishing spot on a scenic meander of the river. Try your luck for brook trout, browns, cutthroats, and even the odd rainbow trout!

the fishing platform of Coyote Valley Trail Head

There’s plenty more to do. Grand County and Grand Lake are one of the most scenic and unique areas to visit. Come stay with us!

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Fall in Grand Lake Colorado

Fall Foliage Tours …..

Colorado’s fall color is something to behold. The grass, the willows and the Aspen Trees turn a glorious gold. A few red Aspen Trees may be found in patches. If the leaves are backlit, the brilliance of the leaves is unsurpassed!  Fall peak colors may be a bit early this year. Golden trees and willows began appearing in late August and show no signs of slowing down! There are plenty of fall color drives to choose from and Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best!

Grand Lake Colorado

Fall in Grand Lake Colorado


Fall in Grand Lake, Colorado also has a few fall festivals and activities to keep you entertained. Our main fall attraction is “Constitution Week” which runs September 12th through 17th. Enjoy talks and fun activities celebrating our constitution and don’t miss the fireworks that bring the week to a close!

The Elk mating season is another reason to visit us here at the Rapids Lodge in the fall. People come from all over the world to witness the bull elk bugling as they round their harems of females up for mating. You mightThe Tonahutu Creek at the Rapids Lodge be lucky enough to see a fight between majestic, antlered bulls. The elk (also known as Wapiti) come out of the trees and gather in the meadows daily at dusk and tourists gather with chairs and blankets on the road verges to witness the action. The bulls elk’s mating call is a haunting sound and will stay in your memory forever.

So head our direction on your fall road trip and enjoy Colorado at its best. The Rapids Lodge is located on the Tonahutu River, at the end of the main street in town (Grand Ave.). You can walk everywhere …. it is just two short blocks to the lake. Some of our accommodations are pet-friendly too. Monarch Lake Trail is a perfect loop for a fall hike with your dog!

The Rapids Restaurant is in a spectacular location overlooking the river . Savor dinner next to the fireplace in the evenings or join us for lunch (served outside on warm fall days).

“Leaf peeping” is just too much fun to miss! Call us today.

Cascade Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park

Cascade Falls is located approximately 3.5 miles from the Rapids Lodge on the North Inlet Trail. This is a popular hike that is rated as moderate but is not too challenging. The trail head is located just north of the Rapids Lodge (on the hill above us) and follows the North Inlet river. Terrain varies between open fields and sage, meadows, lodge pole pine forest and old growth Spruce forest. There are some good view points along the way too. These photos were taken in mid-June when the water was really roaring. This is a great trail for anyone to start out with when arriving in Grand Lake, Colorado!


If you are really ambitious you can take the North Inlet Trail all the way up above tree-line and traverse “Flattops” before heading down into Estes Park.

The Tonahutu Trail also leaves from about the same location and follows the Tonahutu River north to Big Meadows and eventually Granite Falls. You can reach the Kawuneechee Visitor’s Center on an off shoot from this trail as well.

The Rapids is in a great location for being able to simply walk everywhere right from your ro0m. Trailheads are right here, the lake is two very short blocks away and the end of the main street (Grand Ave.) where all the shops are, is just one very short block away.

Although many of the peaks weekends in July are booked, there is still great availability during mid-week periods and through all of August. We invite you to stay with us here at the Rapids Lodge “Grand Lake’s Hidden Gem” on the banks of the Tonahutu River.

Spring in the Rockies

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Spring starts late in the higher elevations of the Rockies. May is when it all begins: the last of the lake ice melts, grass is green and flowers brighten the landscape. Aspen trees bud out and animal babies arrive. If you are thinking of a spring trip to the Colorado mountains, there is plenty to do!

The Rapids Lodge has low season rates in effect until June 9th, 2016 and this means that you can stay as low as $60 for 2 people and $89 for up to 6 people. Some accommodations are pet-friendly too.

  • Hike Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Watch the baby elk in the meadows at dawn and dusk.
  • Keep an eye out for foxes, coyotes, moose, porcupines, deer, marmots, pine martens and weasels. Of course squirrels and cute chipmunks are everywhere!
  • Enjoy lunch Riverside at the Rapids.
  • Take a canoe, pontoon or fishing boat out on any of the three lakes
  • Kids get to have fun at Rocky Mountain Speedway and the min-golf at the hardware store.
  • Play the Grand Lake Gold Course.
  • Fly fish the Colorado River
  • Soak at Hot Sulphur Springs
  • Float up above the valley in a hot air balloon
  • Rent an ATV or bring your own.
  • Grill out at Point Park and enjoy a breathtaking view of Grand Lake and Mount Baldy.
  • Test your Bingo skills in town on the weekend.
  • Attend a Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre performance after dinner at The Rapids
  • Restaurant.
  • Birdwatch mountain, meadow and lake environments.
  • Revel in the rivers rushing by full of spring snowmelt
  • Drive Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park – the highest continuous highway in the United States.
  • There is never a dull moment in Grand Lake Colorado!


Mother’s Day at the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant!
Sunday May 8th, 2016

History Chat: Early Days of Grand County EMS with Ida Sheriff and Tim Nicklas.
Learn about the needs and history of Emergency Management in Grand County. Meet the first certified EMT in Grand County, Mrs. Ida Sheriff.
Tuesday May 17, 2016

Juniper Library Progressive Dinner
Wednesday May 25, 2016

“Around Granby” History Book Signing
11am -2pm
The area around Granby was developed in the late 1800s and today remain
Friday and Saturday May 27 + 28, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend
May 27+28+29+30
Stay at the Rapids Lodge!

Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade
Monday May 30, 2016

Bingo in Town Park with the Rotary Club of Grand Lake
Saturday and Sunday May 28 + 29, 2016


Grand Lake Golf Tournament
9am – 2pm. 970-627-8008
Saturday June 11, 2016

Birds of the Kawuneechee
All day birding excursion. 970-586-3262
Saturday June 11, 2016

Art and Crafts Fair
Saturday Jun 11, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016

BINGO Every Friday and Saturday 7pm

Ride the Rockies
Wednesday June 15 and Thursday June 16, 2016

2nd Annual Duck Derby
Race your rubber duck! Fundraiser.
Saturday June 18, 2016

Hummingbird Research
Learn about the hummingbird populations in the Rockies while observing field ornithologists as they safely capture and band these remarkable birds. 970-586-3262
Monday June 20, 2016

Secret Places is RMNP – Colorado River
Friday June 24, 2016

Songwriters in the Round
with Nashville songwriters, Monty Powell, Anna Wilson and Peggy Mann.
Friday June 24th

33rd Annual State of Colorado CASI Chili Cook Off 2016
Saturday Jun 25, 2016

Painting the Kawuneeche: Beginners Class
Saturday Jun 25, 2016 – Sunday Jun 26, 2016

Diversity in Wildflowers
Thursday June 30, 2016

Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade

The three day Memorial Day Weekend is the precursor to summer fun! The great outdoors is waiting for you in a small town called Grand Lake, Colorado. This gateway town of the Rocky Mountain National Park is perfect for families and is the quieter side of the park. Just one main street with one stop sign! Step back in time and enjoy the ambiance of an authentic western town bordered by 3 lakes and astounding scenery.

The Rapids Lodge has rooms starting from just $89 per night for up to 6 people. These one bedroom suites offer a comfortable living area and a full kitchen. Different bedding configurations allow you to make the perfect choice for your family. If you have some four legged family members, bring them along too! Rapids Suites 1 through 4 are pet friendly. There are some great deals for couples too.

Memorial Day Parade

Grand Lake will be open for business and Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park will be open too. Don’t miss seeing the towering snowbanks the park employees have cut through at 12,000 feet! Wildlife will be active and visible. Take a boat out on a lake or walk a trail to Adam’s Falls. Enjoy lunch by the river at the Rapids Lodge or shop in town to your heart’s content.

Grand Lake Memorial Day parade The Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony is always a weekend highlight for the whole family. Starting at 10am on Monday May 30th, our townsfolk and visitors join in the fun. See horses and floats, fire trucks and more. 2016 Memorial Day Parade Registration. After the parade, head to the town park for the ceremony and live music.

The Rocky Mountains in May…and Mother’s Day

Great low season rates through June 9th! Stay as low as $60 for 2 people and as low as $89 for up to 65 people. BOOK NOW. The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant is the perfect place to treat your Mom for Mother’s Day whether for a scrumptious dinner at the Rapids Restaurant or a relaxing getaway for a day or two. Don’t forget to treat her to flowers from “The Stalk Market” and an indulgent massage from Sarah Chabot or Sage!

Mother's Day Dinner


The Rapids Lodge is gearing up for spring and summer! Grand County, Colorado received excellent snow in March so the ground is well saturated and ready to burst forth with spring flowers. Wildlife watching is prime at this time of the year as animals are easily spotted against the backdrop of remaining snow. The grazers congregate in the lower reaches of Rocky Mountain National Park where melting snow has exposed tasty morsels and the predators follow. Expect to see Moose, Elk, Mule Deer, Coyotes and Red Foxes. You might even spot a hungry Black Bear or a rarely seen Lynx! Although Trail Ridge Road probably won’t open until Memorial Day Weekend, there are still 8 miles of the road entering Rocky Mountain National Park, plenty of trails and grand views.

Mother's Day


Early May is still relatively quiet meaning you have the option for solitude. The Town of Grand Lake will be open and getting ready for Memorial Day guests right from the beginning of the month. Although our three lakes, Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Granby, have thawed as late as middle of May, we expect the thaw earlier this year due to the warmer winter temperatures. This means you can enjoy the open water in your kayak, canoe, motor boat or pontoon very early in the season. Due to the “Big Thompson Pumping Project”, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake remain brimful year round. Bring your fishing gear!

So join us for a refreshing start to the 2016 summer season. Soak in Hot Sulphur Springs, take in the view from the Grand Lake Lodge, breath in the sweet clean air and enjoy all that Grand Lake, Colorado has to offer!

Start thinking Summer in Grand Lake

We are in the home stretch of winter and already planning for our summer season! February was unexpectedly warm in Colorado with days in the 60’s and 70’s in Denver and 40’s and 50’s in Grand Lake. Unfortunately this meant a February “mud-season” for a little bit and the snow compacted substantially. Of course when the sun is out and a warm breeze is blowing, how can one not be happy! Hopefully March and perhaps April will bring us some good storms to bolster the snowpack for the summer lake levels, wild flowers and no firebans!

Even if we don’t get too much snow, all the winter sports will still be available: Grand Lake Nordic Center and Rocky Mountain National Park for cross country and snowshoeing, ice-fishing on the three lakes, wildlife and bird watching, snowmobiling and more. March is often a big snow month especially after a dry spell, so don’t be surprised if we get a lot more of the white stuff for you to play in!

Now is the time to start planning your summer family vacation, reunion, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception or other celebrations. Some weekends are already getting quite booked!

Grand Lake Hotel - Rapids Suite 7

Rapids Suite 7: Lynne has been busy again so keep your eye out for some subtle changes coming soon in the Rapids Suite Building!


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March Hours
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday andSaturday!
Also open on Easter Sunday March 27th at 4pm.

9am to 5pm daily

The Rapids Lodge will be closed from Sunday, March 27, 2016 to Sunday, May 1, 2016.
  • The Front Desk will be open every week during the closed period on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.
  • We will be standing by to answer your e-mails and questions, assist you with your planning and make your hotel/restaurant reservations.
  • The on-line booking system will be available 24 hours a day!
We open for the summer season on Monday May 2, 2016
We look forward to serving you and your family! 
Tom and Lynne Ludwig
Max, Tatyana and Natalia Ludwig

Last Minute Spring Break Plans …

If you have left your spring break planning a little late, how about Grand Lake Colorado! It may not be crazy, it may not be crowded but it is simply beautiful with lots to do. The Rapids Lodge property consists of a variety of lodging such as Lodge Guest Rooms, River View Condos, Rapids Condos and Rapids Suites. The condos sleep up to 8 people and the Rapids Suites are one of the best hotel deals out there – just $89 per night for up to 6 people. What an adventure it will be in CO!

The Rapids Lodge is unique among Grand Lake Colorado lodging options. The hotel was built in 1915 and boasts a few ghosts. If haunted hotels are your thing, you might find the Rapids quite interesting. We are just a few blocks from the Western Riviera lakeside lodging and a ½ block from the Grand Escape Cottages Grand Lake Colorado. Walk to the shops in town, walk to the frozen lake, walk everywhere!

View of Grand Lake Colorado taken by local Dawn R

So what is there to do? Rocky Mountain National Park of course: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife watching and more. Then there is ice-fishing to try out (rent your ice fishing gear at Rocky Mountain Outfitters), sleigh rides at Winding River Ranch, a good soak at the Hot Sulphur Springs, tubing and downhill at Granby Ranch, Dog Sled Rides of Winter Park and Grand Adventure Balloon rides (a great experience in winter).

The Grand Lake Colorado Weather in late February and March can bring some awesome fresh snow but the days are longer and warmer making outdoor adventure much more comfortable. We have had good snows this winter and despite a warm spell, our base is good so winter fun will last a long time!

Call us today or book on-line. Spring Break is here.