October is proving to be a beautiful month in Grand County, Colorado. Gorgeous days of blue sky and sunshine! Yes, there have been a few snowfalls but the white has settled mostly at higher elevations and melted off at our elevation. Our scenery is truly breathtaking at the moment with the remaining trees still cloaked in gold against a backdrop of stunning, white mountains. At this time the rutting elk are still busy in Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge is still open for the season despite a few temporary closures including at night. Nothing beats the un-crowded trails and peaceful moments of solitude at this time of year. And then join the Rapids Lodge for dinner.
Deer eating bushes, Grand Lake, Colorado
For those of you who are hunters, the snow always helps to push big game down to lower elevations. If you aren’t a fan of the cold and roughing it at hunter’s camp, the Rapids Lodge has great lodging options ranging from 8 person condos to smaller rooms, some of which are now bookable at a great low season rate. Use our book online option to check availability at these great rates (available all the way through early June next year). Don’t forget Halloween, a really fun time to be up in the mountains and doing something different. Grand Lake and Granby both have trick or treating!
Deer eating bushes, Grand Lake, Colorado
Get planning for the winter! Grand Lake offers so many winter activities. Call us and we will send you in the right direction. A white Christmas in the Colorado Mountains is a magical experience! The Rapids Restaurant is now serving dinner Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come at 5pm and grab your spot by the fire.
Ski & Snowshoe with a Ranger in RMNP
Dog Sled Rides
Guided and Unguided Ice-Fishing
Snowmobiling – 130 miles groomed trails
Grand Lake Touring Center
Winter Hot Air Ballooning
Soak in the Hot Springs at Hot Sulphur Springs
Wildlife watching – moose in the snow, red foxes and coyotes, a deer or two.
Birdwatching in Colorado can be good, new species from the north make an appearance.
Grand County, Colorado has experienced unusual weather this year! January brought endless snow, and nobody had anywhere to put it after shoveling driveways and clearing roads! Then we hardly had any snow for a couple of months. This was all followed up by a snowy April and snowy/wet May. Trail Ridge Road didn’t even manage to open in time for Memorial Day Weekend, and that was not for lack of trying; it just kept snowing at high elevations! June is usually unpredictable weather wise. It can be sunny, snowy, rainy, and most often, all of those in one day! Late June this year was dry, sunny and unseasonably warm. Then the monsoons came in July, and it was more cloudy than usual with longer afternoon sessions of rain, often beginning around noon into the evening. It did this all through August too! August usually brings us quick showers in the afternoons but is generally drier with hot days. The Aspen Trees started turning yellow in spots in late August and although the change sometimes “goes on hold”, this year they have just kept on changing, and it looks like an early peak color in the middle of the month instead of late in September.
Considering all the fires in the North West of the country, we are very grateful for all the moisture and no backyard forest fires! The lakes are all still full as well, including Lake Granby! Full lakes are scenic and are great to be out on in the fall weather. Come fishing and boating in Grand County, Colorado!
What will October, November, and December bring? Will it be an early winter or will we have a warm and sunny October? Will the lakes freeze in early or late December? We look forward to finding out. The elk are usually bugling in Rocky Mountain National Park at the West Entrance through early October. The bull elk, moose and mule deer are all sporting impressive racks at this time of the year. We invite you to visit us a go bird and wildlife watching, hiking and sightseeing. There are excellent hunting opportunities in the Arapaho National Forest. Soak the day away at Hot Sulphur Springs in the outdoor pools under an open sky! Grand Lake, Colorado is a great place to visit in October – the crowds are gone, the shops and restaurants are waiting to welcome you and there are some great sales!
Grand Lake, Colorado
The Rapids Restaurant will be serving lunch and dinner 6 days a week through October 7th closed on Tuesdays). Thereafter we will switch to our low season schedule of dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Our amazing low season hotel rates begin October 8th!
The Rapids will be open a little later than usual this year before we take out fall break and that means we will be open for Halloween! Our last night open will be Saturday, November 5th and then we take a break until December 1st, 2017. Book your September or October Colorado Vacation with us today!
This summer has flown by and it’s been a wet one for the Colorado Mountains. Nights have been, on average, a little cooler. Perhaps this will bring a fabulous, dry fall bursting with color! Colors have already started to change here and there, the odd willow, a few Aspen Trees, the grass in the meadows …. it won’t be long before the scenery is bursting with color.
Fall in Colorado
Perhaps you have made your fall vacation plans and perhaps some of you are waiting to see when peak color will be. Either way, we encourage you to book soon for fall accommodation at the Rapids. A River View Condo at the Rapids is always the prime spot but there is charm in every room whether it is Lodge Guest Room 6 “Treehouse Suite” or a Rapids Cabins with a fireplace. Our Rapids Suites are spacious and some a dog-friendly too. We invite you to explore our website and enjoy all the wonderful photos of the rooms, property, and area.Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park is a fantastic drive to Estes Park. Plan an evening for spending in the park, watching the Bull Elk round up their harems of females, all the while filling the valley with their haunting “
Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park is a fantastic drive to Estes Park. Plan an evening for spending in the park, watching the Bull Elk round up their harems of females, all the while filling the valley with their haunting “bugling”. Fall days on the lakes are often warm and still, with the water reflecting blue skies and golden Aspen leaf reflections dance on the water. Try a Starlight soak in Hot Sulphur Springs after a stunning hike. You will likely see Moose around too and the bulls sport really impressive racks in Grand County. We can direct you to some breathtaking fall dives in the area.
A Colorado Fall is just not to be missed, it’s that spectacular!
A fall lunch outside by the river with startlingly blue skies and golden Aspen Leaves is not to be missed. On chilly nights, you may enjoy a fireside table with a view for a sumptuous dinner.
Do you love ice fishing? Have you ever fished Lake Granby or Grand Lake? Ice fishing is a very popular activity in the Three Lakes area every weekend of the winter. Expect to always see gatherings of warmly dressed figures out on the ice every day. Success stories are shared on facebook all the time, and attract the interest of fishermen country wide.
Our area is great for beginners too. If you want some guidance or need to rent your equipment, contact Rocky Mountain Outfitters right here in Grand Lake. They will share their love of ice-fishing with you as well as their skills and tips. We have two ice-fishing contests coming up in the next 2 months and all skill levels are welcome. Try your hand at it!
The Rapids Lodge is a great place to stay for these occasions, especially for the Grand Lake contest where you can walk just 2 very short blocks down to the ice. We have condos and suites that accommodate 3 fishing buddies or more very comfortably. Your dogs are welcome in Rapids Suites 1+2+3+4. Follow up a day on the ice with a great meal at the Rapids Restaurant, next to the fire and overlooking the frozen Tonahutu Creek.
The 28th Annual 3 Lake Ice Fishing Tournament: January 29th, 30th and 31st, 2016
Fish one, two or all three days. Win cash and prizes. Over $15,000 in cash prizes will be awarded! Cash prizes to 8th place in four categories and a “Big Fish” drawing category. Over $3000 in products will be given away. Your entry fee includes a commemorative hat and one entry in a prize drawing. $35 for one day, $45 for two days, only $50 for all three days! Sunday’s Tournament now ends at 11 am and prize money will be smaller.
There will be 8 tagged fish released into Lake Granby. Each is worth $1000! Register with Rocky Mountain Outfitters.Contact the Granby Chamber of Commerce for more information: 970-887-2311
5th Annual Grand Lake Catch & Release Ice Fishing Contest
on Colorado’s largest natural lake March 5th & 6th.
Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Lake Trout, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout.
$40 entry fee, kids under 14 yrs FREE. Along with the contest, there will be a Friday Night Welcome Party and “A Fisherman’s Feast” on Saturday after the contest with food and door prizes. For more information call: (970) 798-8021 and register at www.rkymtnoutfitters.com
Make your Valentine’s Day plans well ahead of time this year. Accommodation in Grand Lake will be booking up earlier than usual if trends are to be believed. Grand County hotels are always humming with activity over this long, 3 day weekend in February. Monday February 15th is President’s Day, a public holiday, so you can take advantage of the holiday and extend a great weekend getaway.
Although the Rapids Restaurant usually serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday in the winter, we will definitely be serving dinner to you and your sweetheart on Sunday, February 14th. The Rapids Restaurant is regularly voted as the “most romantic dining experience” by Grand County locals.
Our fantastic “Winter Special Offer” reduced room rates are valid all through the holiday weekend. Some of the Rapids Suites are pet-friendly if you have another sweetheart or two you would like to bring along. Or perhaps you would enjoy a real wood burning fireplace in Rapids Condo 1B or a gas fireplace in one of the River View Condos.
Take your loved one for a relaxing soak at Hot Sulphur Springs in one of their 21 outdoor pools, or try them all. Whether you relax under the stars or amidst snowflakes, it is a great winter experience. Rent a snowmobile for two and ride the 100 or so miles of groomed trails, enjoying breathtaking scenery and a picnic lunch. Perhaps you would like to borrow ice skates and take a twirl on the ice rink in the park or experience ice-fishing for the first time (contact Rocky Mountain Outfitters). The Grand Lake Nordic Center also offers a two for one pass on Valentine’s Day for a romantic cross country ski or snowshoe.
Nothing beats a refreshing Valentine’s Day getaway in Grand Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park and the stunning Grand County winter playground.
Grand Lake, Colorado is glowing with festive Christmas lights and is always magical and open for the winter and during the holiday season. We received great snow in early November and are expecting more this coming weekend to freshen us up. Shadow Mountain Reservoir is frozen but Lake Granby and Grand Lake are still open so if you are brave enough to do some last minute boating and fishing, now is the time!The snowmobile trail to the Arapahoe National Forest from the Town of Grand Lake is not yet open but you can still trailer to Idle Glen just 10 minutes down the road and have a great time on the groomed snowmobile trails. Check out the the Grand Lake Trailgroomers site for up to date conditions.
The Rapids Lodge is hard to beat among Grand Lake Rentals with our winter hotel specials starting at just $60 per person. Book on-line right here on our website to get the best rates. Dogs are just $15 per night additional in some pet-friendly units and they love to play in the snow!
The Rapids Restaurant has some of the best food in Grand Lake and a new winter menu (available for you to look at here on our website). The Restaurant has been festively decorated with highlights of blue and lots of fun details. We have already hosted a few very successful holiday parties and if you haven’t booked yours yet, give us a call! The Tonahutu River is almost frozen solid with just a few patches of flowing water. The blanket of white with the odd fox trotting by, is always beautiful especially when you are toasty warm nest to the fireplace! A few moose have been seen about town recently as well.
The Grand Lake Nordic Center is open for the winter. Enjoy snowshoeing and cross country skiing and if you prefer the wilder side, the Rocky Mountain National Park offers easy trails for both winter activities.
Check out the Grand Lake Events listings on the Grand Lake Chamber website and on the Visit Grand County website. There is so much to do!
Weather in the Rocky Mountains has been highly variable this September! From beautiful “Indian Summer” days, sporadic light rains, cloudy days, sunny days, a dusting of snow on the highest peaks here and there, we’ve had a little of everything, and WOW has it been beautiful! – As they say, “if you don’t like the weather in Colorado, wait five minutes.”
It seems like peak fall colors in Grand County may occur next weekend, September 25th and 26th and remain good through the end of the first weekend in October which would be wonderful for Grand Lake visitors and locals alike! There are not as many reds as last year but the golds are spectacular and absolutely glow in the sunlight! Even if the weather forecast shows cloudy, don’t be fooled, there are always patches of sun to highlight the magnificent fall colors!
The elk are bugling in Rocky Mountain National Park and can be seen in the meadows in the early mornings and at dusk every day! It is such fun to watch the bulls herding their females and keeping a close eye on them. If a competitor comes close, they are soon challenged and fights can be witnessed as the bulls vie for dominance. Bull moose can also be seen following their females around very closely. It is that time of year!
Lodging in Grand Lake is easy to find this time of year! We’ve got wonderful river side cabins, condos, and rooms tucked neatly in the stunning aspens and pines, some that are even pet-friendly! Our neighbors include a variety of fox, moose, deer, and the occasional elk. If you’re looking for lodging in the heart of Grand Lake, Colorado with scenic views and abundant wildlife, stay with us at the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant.
Grand County experienced a frost August 18th and 19th this summer! That is a sure way to get things turning to reds and yellows. August has not provided much rain either, so a few bushes and trees here and there are showing gold colors already. Predicting when the colors will turn is difficult, perhaps as early as Labor Day Weekend, perhaps as late as the second week of September. Peak colors are often experience during the third week of September. We will see how this Fall in Colorado turns out.
No matter what, Fall in Colorado is a fabulous time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake, Colorado! Both the Rocky Mountain National Park and the Historic Rapids Lodge are finishing up celebrating their Centennial Year! At 100 years old, this building is a must see. The blockish, “barky” covered building hides a real treasure inside. The Rapids Restaurant offers a cozy ambience with fascinating details in décor, two fireplaces and a wonderful view over the river.
Fall in Colorado offers crisp mornings, brilliant blue skies and vibrant color everywhere you look. Migratory birds and waterfowl begin passing through Grand County on their way south for the winter, and the area offers good opportunities for excellent Colorado birding. Watch bull Moose in rut and bull Elk herding their harems of females and “bugling” in the meadows of the Rocky Mountain National Park. An evening enjoying the elk is perfectly followed by a dinner at the Rapids Restaurant next to the fireplace! Taking a day drive anywhere in Colorado is bound to amaze in the fall. Hot Sulphur Springs is a great place to relax in steaming starlit pools after a long day of hiking and mountain adventure.
The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre will be presenting their fall show “Forever Plaid” through September. Check their website for show days and times. Grand Lake also celebrates “Constitution Week” (Sept. 14-19) which offers all sorts of interesting talks and even a fun fireworks show on Saturday the 19th.
No matter when you visit during the fall, there is plenty to do, some of the best weather, busy weekends or quiet weekdays and endless opportunities to make memories!
Mark your calendar because a new Grand Lake event is coming in late August!
The “Spirit Lake Blues Festival at Grand Lake” will be held on Saturday August 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ana Popovic, Jimmy Hall with My Blue Sky, Austin Young with Michaela Rae, John Weeks Band, The Symbols, and Cary Morin will all be performing. The concert’s VIP tickets will go on sale June 20th. General Admission tickets will go on sale July 1 through the Grand County Blues Society website.
Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest natural lake, is the perfect venue for this event. The concert will be lakeside, offering fantastic scenery in all directions. Savor BBQ and refreshments during the show.
Located just two half-blocks from where the Blues Festival is being held, The Rapids Lodge is the perfect location for your weekend base! When you’re not enjoying the music, Grand Lake and the surrounding areas will offer a wide variety of activities to keep you busy for the rest of the time. Consider a boat ride on the lake in the morning when the water is peaceful and reflective, followed by a riverside lunch at the Rapids Restaurant, some great shopping in town and then a nap on the beach before the show!
Rocky Mountain National Park is our backyard and offers fantastic scenery, hiking, horse riding, quiet moments, bird, and wildlife watching. The Rapids Lodge and Rocky Mountain National Park celebrate their Centennial this year and a drive over Trail Ridge Road (the highest “highway” in the country) will be unforgettable.
This year we are going to be hosting the State Chili Cook Off on Saturday June 27th. We still have rooms at the Rapids Lodge but they are filling up fast so call or book online today! Grand Lake Cabins at The Rapids is just one block from the town park where all the action will be happening.Every year so many folks compete and showcase the product of their secret chili recipes! Wow, what an array of flavors and what an exciting competition. We invite you to compete or just enjoy! Our Grand Lake cabins and accommodations have kitchens which are an asset if you are one of the cooks.
Nothing beats a day in the sun, surrounded by amazing scenery and accompanied by great food. The lake is just a block away from all the action and the kids will enjoy a break at the beach. Take a boat ride or a hike to walk off that full feeling. You might bump into a moose too, we have seen them downtown even in mid-summer. Between bites, there are plenty of shops to keep you entertained.
Enjoy lunch at the Rapids Restaurant on Sunday. Fine dining next to the cool rapids is something not to be missed!