Arapahoe National Forest …

Even if you are not a big fan of snowmobiling, off road motorcycles and ATVs, exploring the Arapahoe National Forest is still worthwhile! In the winter roads and trail provide almost 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and in the summer the same accesses are used for horses, off road vehicles and even regular cars!Access the Arapahoe National Forest from highway 34 and follow County Road 4 West. At the Idelglenn staging area, you have a choice.

To the right (North), the road will take you up North Supply. The views back over Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain and into the Rocky Mountain National Park are strikingly beautiful. A regular sedan can go most of the way and a four wheel drive vehicle will take you further.

Hiking Grand Lake Colorado The Bowen Gulch Interpretive Trail is located approximately 9.1 miles from the fork and is a mile long trail leading through one of Colorado’s largest Spruce-Fir old growth forests. A Sedan can reach 7.6 miles followed by a scenic walk along the 4×4 road to the trail head. If you are in a high clearance vehicle you can reach the trail head easily. Moose are common among the fir and spruce trees and although the trees are large but not massive, the forest is exquisite in its untouched state (part of the Never Summer Wilderness). From 1988 to 1990 the area was designated for a logging sale but public outcry stopped the process and preserved it forever. Pick up the interpretive trail guide at the USFS office in Granby.

If you want to climb a peak with a good head start in elevation, try Cascade Mountain from a little further up the road at Blue Ridge. The views are breathtaking along the 11 mile trail.

For those of you who prefer a scenic drive, consider traveling over Stillwater Pass. This loop will take you from the Idleglenn parking area, over the ridge of mountains to CO 125. Follow 125 south to US 40 and head East to Granby. Return to Grand Lake by heading North on US 34. The road offers excellent views and wildlife viewing. Travel through dense lodge-pole forest, spruce-fir forest, glades of towering aspen, areas of sage and valley bottoms filled with willows, beavers and moose. The entire loop is accessible by sedan car (a few rough spots) and is a very well worthwhile trip. Don’t miss out on the 2 mile round trip Lost Lake Trail on the East side!

The Rapids Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore the area. The Arapahoe National Forest is pet-friendly as are some of our cabins and Rapids Suites, so bring your family four-legged member along! When not exploring, relax riverside with a delicious lunch or dinner at the Rapids Restaurant.

June – the month of babies!

This first month of summer offers great opportunities for wild life viewing and birding in Rocky Mountain national Park, the Arapahoe National Forest and surrounds. Our wild animals are found wandering through Grand Lake Village, local subdivisions and all around the Rapids Lodge property.

Nothing beats the sight of twin baby moose suckling or the spotted deer or elk fawn gamboling in a green meadow. Fox kits play outside culverts and baby squirrels and chipmunks are everywhere. Our Cordilleran Flycatcher will be back soon to raise a family just outside the Lodge “after hours guest entrance” where she can be observed at her nest from just a few feet away.

We invite you to come enjoy the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant and the Rocky Mountain National Park in early June before the crowds descend and school holidays are in full swing. Savor the quiet, revel in the spring array of flowers and the fresh greens of majestic mountains painted by spring.

Spring flowers at the Rapids Lodge

Spring flowers at the Rapids Lodge

Chickadee Cabin is on its own little piece of land and is pet-friendly. The River View Condos provide the background of rushing water and are perfect for sitting on the couch, gas fireplace lit and watching the river hurry by. Perhaps you would like a simple room with a special Victorian flair yet still be lulled by the sounds of the river. We have something for everyone so enjoy choosing your special room and planning ahead for a wonderful dinner in our AAA approved restaurant (three diamond rated).

Memorial Day Weekend… Make your plans now!

The first holiday weekend of summer 2013 is just days away. Many of you have probably been wondering where to go, will the weather be good, will Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park be open and will there be enough to keep us entertained?

The answer is yes to all those questions! So what are you waiting for? The Rapids Lodge still has some great mountain lodging available: Rapids Suites (some Pet-Friendly), Lodge Rooms and Condos. There are perfect options for just two, or the whole gang. As of now, the forecast for the holiday weekend is “mostly sunny” to “sunny” with temperatures in the high 60’s, even 70 degrees! This means the lakes will be a beautiful azure blue and provide a stunning playground for your boating desires. Kayaks, pontoons, outboards are all available for rent. The fish are biting like mad and the Osprey are great fun to watch as they swoop down to pluck fish from our clear lake waters.

Beach at Grand Lake Colorado

Beach at Grand Lake Colorado

Sombrero Stables will be back with their family of gentle horses, ready to take you on an adventure into the Rocky Mountain National Park. Have you experienced a ranger program yet? The Park Service offers West Side programs like “Skins and Things” and guided hikes “Beyond the Falls”. Moose are everywhere.

Grand Lake Village will be bustling with activity. The stores are packed with new and exciting wares for the summer and wandering our board walk may just end with you taking home a local painting from the Grand Lake Art Gallery. Imagine sitting in the sun and savoring an ice-cream on our Grand Lake beach! Well, I could get you excited about a lot more….but why don’t you come see for yourself. Call us today so we can assist you as you plan for your Memorial Day Weekend adventure!

Brews and Crews Festival Grand Lake!

Brews and Crews is back in Grand Lake Colorado. This fun filled event takes place August 25, 2012, This Saturday! The festival starts at 10am with rowing regatta on Grand Lake followed with the Colorado Corvette Club car show and the beer festival starts at 1pm in the town park!

Grand Lake Colorado, Brews and Crews Festival 2012

Grand Lake Colorado, Brews and Crews Festival 2012

 

 

 

It’s not too late to book your Grand Lake Lodging with the Rapid Lodge! Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you out! 970-627-3707 or you can visit our lodging page here Grand Lake Colorado Lodging

Snowmobile Vacation Planning at the Rapids Lodge in Grand Lake, Colorado

Let us help you plan your perfect Colorado mountain getaway in a picturesque Colorado mountain setting. Ride directly from your cabin or condo and enjoy our lodge with friends and family before and after a great day outdoors.
If you are looking to enjoy the beauty of winter, snowmobiling is the best way to discover the unspoiled winter landscape.

Rapids Lodge has a complete snowmobile package available and can arrange your stay with a variety of lodging choices.


Grand Lake is “Snowmobile Capital of Colorado with extensive trail system and every type of trail available and ranks in the top 10 for snowmobile destinations. We have hundreds of miles of trails, you can even ride your machine in downtown Grand Lake – ride in/ ride out from your cabin or condo at the Rapids Lodge.

Other fun outdoor activities are Nordic skiing, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowshoeing, ice and fly-fishing.

Call or e-mail us soon to begin planning your winter vacation in Grand Lake, Colorado.