Grand Lake Moose, Moose and more Moose!

Grand Lake Moose.

 

Since Moose were re-introduced to North Park in 1978, they have proliferated and are frequently seen throughout the Kawuneechee Valley in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Grand Lake Area. Some are so comfortable that 9 News recently visited Grand Lake to get some footage of a young bull moose who has taken a fancy to a moose statue right here in town!

Fox Kit

Our current common sightings include a moose mother and 2 yearlings and a moose bull, still growing his velvet covered antlers. It seems that recently, I can’t walk into work without seeing Moose, Elk, Mule Deer and even red fox kits. Black Bears have been sighted in Grand Lake too.

Grand Lake has some fun events coming up. Enjoy a afternoon concert in the town park Gazebo, play Bingo (every Friday and Saturday night), shop our Grand Lake Arts and Crafts Fair, sing Karaoke, get ideas from the Art and Architecture Home Tour and be entertained by our famous Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre!

Trail Ridge Road (US 34 through Rocky Mountain National Park) is spectacular right now with huge walls of snow in some sections. All that snow also means that our Tonahutu River is full of rapids and quite something to see. Make a reservation for June and select your perfect room from our range of Grand Lake accommodations:  a River View Condo overlooking the river, a pet-friendly cabin or Rapids Suite, or a romantic Lodge Guest Room. The Rapids Restaurant is open 7 days a week and offers outdoor seating next to the river. The Historic Rapids Lodge is truly a memorable experience!

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!

Grand Lake Colorado Rapids Lodge

This weekend (July 21 and 22) in Winter Park is the Art Affair & Jazz Festival. If you are staying in Grand Lake with us at the Historic Rapids Lodge, this event is a great day trip for music and art.

Other day trips just a few miles away from the lodge is hiking at Columbine Lake. A nice few mile loop around a mountain lake. Also Rocky Mountain National Park and its west entrance is a great day trip for a hike or just a scenic ride.
Ask our front desk about all the great outdoor activities and adventures available to our guests who stay in Grand Lake, CO.
The Rapids Restaurant server lunch and dinner every day. Come spend an hour or two with the most romantic dinner spot on the Tonahutu River in Grand Lake.
We’ll be waiting for you.

Rapids Restaurant Grand Lake

The Rapids Restaurant closes March 25 and re-opens on May 2.
However, for the first time, the Rapids Suites, Aspen Grove Cottage (pet-friendly), Chickadee Cottage (pet-friendly), the Riverview Condos and the Rapids Condos will be available during the time when our restaurant is closed.
The Rapids Restaurant’s last night open is Saturday, March 24 so come on down and celebrate with us.
Upcoming Events:
March 11 – Grand County Pet Pals Fundraiser at the Grand Lake Golf Course! Help raise money for the loving pets that want pals! Come for the weekend and stay in one of our pet-friendly cottages.
March 17 – SNOWSHOE IN THE KAWUNEECHE
Snowshoe in the Kawuneeche. Rocky Mountain National Park. Near Grand Lake. 9am & 1pm. Join a beginner-level snowshoe tour with a ranger. Please bring your own snowshoes and ski poles with large baskets. 8 years of age and older. 2 hours.
Call 970-627-3471 to make reservations.  Visit www.nps.gov for more information.

Winter In Grand Lake Colorado

Come visit our Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant for the Valentine’s Day weekend. Voted “The Best Place for a Romantic Date” in 2011.
Valentine’s Weekend Restaurant Special ……Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday February 14th

Grand Lake CO Lodging

Grand Lake CO Lodging

CHATEAUBRIAND FOR 2:
16 oz Center Cut Filet with a Kahlua Cream Sauce.  Includes all the trimmings and a delicious Chef’s Special Trifle for  dessert.  $50.00 per couple. Our regular menu will also be available.
Then stay at the Rapids in one of our Romantic Lodge Guest Rooms. We have units that are pet friendly in Grand Lake.
Call us for more information.
Grand Lake Nordic Center is offering  2 for 1 passes at the February 12th, 13th & 14thYour perfect Valentine’s get-a-way!

Winter Carnival and Lodging at Rapids Lodge

A recent Trip Advisor Review:
“Wood Do It Again” , Reviewed September 13, 2011
Stayed in one of the smaller rooms which was very nice. Loved the quiet location right next to the mountain stream and enjoyed the one block walk ‘into town.’ Tom and his wife were very accommodating, and so was Carol. Would definitely like to come back. Madison, WI
Grand Lake Lodging
Grand Lake Lodging
The Rapids Lodge is pet friendly. If you are looking for a great location in downtown Grand Lake that allows pets, Rapids Lodge is where you should stay.
January 27-29 is the Three Lakes Fishing Contest. We still have rooms available so book soon.
If you are looking for fun activities, Grand Lake’s Winter Carnival is February 4. Make your reservations soon for a weekend of fun winter activities. Here is a list of the activities:
THE “OZ” SNOWMAN CONTEST, TEA POT CURLING, Flag Football in the Park , “WIZARD of OZ” PARADE, Bed Sled Races, EMERALD CITY SNOW SCULPTURES, PARENT/CHILD SLED PULL, and the very popular and famous, Human Bowling.
Call for reservations: 970-627-3707
Call for nightly dinner specials. 970-627-3707

Happy Holiday from the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant, Specials

We still have lodge rooms and condos available for Christmas Week and New Year’s. The Rapids Lodge is dog-friendly.


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Christmas in Grand Lake

Christmas in Grand Lake


Things to do this week: Grand Lake Nordic Center is open. Rocky Mountain National Park is open.


Christmas in Grand Lake

The Rapids Lodge Restaurant is the perfect place for your company party.
Click here to go to our Special Occasions page (scroll down) to see menu options for larger groups or if you are a group under 15 people, you may order right off the regular menu.
970-627-3707
www.rapidslodge.com [email protected]
We are wishing you and your family a very happy Holiday.