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 April

What is April like in Grand Lake, Colorado?

There are lots of activities as the snow begins to melt! I have already seen fishermen out in the channel between Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir and the fishing is good! The water in the channel never freezes due to the flow of water created as the Big Thompson Project pumps water through the Adams Tunnel to the East side of the Continental Divide, and the lake ice is receding everyday.

Grand Lake as seen from Point Park on Easter Sunday

Trails in Rocky Mountain National Park are good for snow shoeing and folks are still out there ice-fishing (check the ice conditions first) and snowmobiling (check the Grand Lake Trailgroomer’s website for up to date trail conditions). A good soak under the stars at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort is always a treat. Bird watching is getting more exciting with raptors arriving from the south, and Mountain Bluebirds plus American Robins are a true harbinger of Spring.

Temperatures at night seem to be hovering around 25 degrees and the days can reach 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have never star-gazed on a winter’s night, now is the time. Our skies are devoid of pollution and will bowl you over with their clarity and the myriad stars against the mountain silhouettes!

So what are you waiting for….the perfect room is awaiting you, cozy and peaceful with the great outdoors all around!

The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant
P. O. Box 1400 / 209 Rapids Lane
Grand Lake
CO, 80447
[email protected]

Ice Fishing – A fun activity in Grand Lake, Colorado

As the nighttime temperatures drop, here in Grand Lake, we anxiously await the lake to free over so we can go ice fishing!

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing in Grand Lake

When you stay with us at the Rapids Lodge we can let you know how safe the ice is for your day on the lake ice fishing. Bring a friend and have a weekend in Grand Lake enjoying all the winter activities.

As the holidays approach we are hoping for more snow during the night and sunny days for our guests to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer.

Winter activities in Grand Lake

When you call to make a reservation, you can chat with our friendly front desk staff who will help you pick out fun activities.

Here is a list of activities in Grand Lake right out the front door of the Historic Rapids Lodge:
Walk to trails, walk to restaurants, bars, and shopping, in beautiful downtown Grand Lake, visit the Grand Lake Historical museum, spend a morning at one of the many coffee shops with Internet access, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and more.

We can’t wait to see you.
The Staff at the Historical Rapids Lodge & Restaurant

Grand Lake Foliage Report September 19, 2012 & Fireworks

The show is on – the Grand Lake Foliage is turning in the high peaks surrounding Grand Lake, and what a grand weekend it will be. As you walk to the fun events going in town, you will notice the crisp air and all the magic that a fall weekend in the mountains brings.
Book your lodging in Grand Lake at the Historic Rapids Lodge and be here while the foliage peaks.
Here are some ideas for your weekend in Grand Lake as you take in the bright yellows Aspen leaves surrounding town.

The Constitution of the United States was signed on September 17th, 1787.
The Constitution defined our nation and people.
Grand Lake is celebrating this on Saturday, Sept. 22, with a day-long celebrations

  • Patriotic Parade on Grand Avenue
  • Pie bake sale (complete with pie eating and pie throwing contests),
  • Constitution education and family fun activities in Town Park,
  • 8 p.m. the Forefather’s Fireworks Extravaganza ight up the town.
Grand Lake

Grand Lake Trees








Grand Lake displays its patriotic pride by flying the stars and stripes from windows and lampposts around town.
Other events this weekend

  • 4 p.m. Rotary Club Bingo in Town Park
  • 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. DJ Dance Party at Lake Park

Fall in Grand Lake at the Historic Rapids Lodge

The best dining and lodging in Grand Lake, Colorado and the most romantic destination is located at the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant.

Fall is just about here. What a great way to start the fall season with a Brew Fest. On Saturday, August 25, $25 gets you into the festival with all you drink, food and prizes.  And a souvenir glass. Brew Fest begins at 1 pm.

Participating breweries and beer include The Grand Lake Brewery, Odell Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, KNOA Brewing Company, Great Divide Brewing Company, Boulder Beer, Colorado Native, Breckridge Brewery, & Oskar Blues Brewery.  Also during the festival, watch the Grand Lake Car Show from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Follow the seasons of Grand Lake from the comfort of your home and plan your vacation to the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park. View the park’s web cam. Great hiking, mountain biking, and outdoor adventures are just a short walk or drive away from the lodge.

The Rapids Lodge is located near a variety of museums and historical sites. There is so much to do, so call or email us for lodging rates and availability throughout the fall and holiday season. We can help you have the best vacation in Grand Lake.

The Historic Rapids Lodge 970-627-3707, [email protected]


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Oh the places you can go, in Grand Lake this summer

Rapids Lodge can be your base camp as you go on summer and fall adventures in Grand Lake.
Grand Lake is a lively, fun community with a year-round residents who love to show off their town. From fireworks to boating, the town is your scenic backdrop for all summer activities.
Located on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park it is close to a variety of activity choices.

Grand Lake CO

Grand Lake CO

Enjoy the ‘lazy days of summer’ sitting on the Rapids Lodge deck and enjoy a meal as the Tonahutu River passes by. Then go experience everything the Rocky Mountain’s have to offer from hiking, fishing, scenic drives, and horseback riding. Plus, live music is playing in all town.

Several trails lead from the town including the Continental Divide Trail. There are plentiful trails with wildlife viewing including bird walks.
There is an abundance of bike trails for mountain biking and US Highway 34 has a great shoulder for road biking. Bring your ‘around town’ bike and bike around Grand Lake.

Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake are great for boating and water skiing.

At this altitude, your golf balls are sure to go farther than anywhere else. Try a round at Grand Lake’s golf course, chances are an elk or moose will be seen while playing.

Several outfitters in the Grand Lake area can take you and your family on a ride through the high country trails.

Ask our front desk for more information about scheduling any of these activities.
We would love to help you.

Memorial Day In Grand Lake!

On May 28th view Grand Lake’s Memorial Day Parade, just down the street from the Historic Rapids Lodge.

Grand Lake CO Memorial day Parade

Grand Lake CO Memorial day Parade

photo courtesy of Grand Lake Chamber.
It’s boating, hiking, wildlife viewing time in Grand Lake. It’s been an early springs and Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park is open.
Call soon for best room availability for Memorial Day Weekend.

The Historic Rapids Lodge offers lodging and fine dining in the town of Grand Lake. Come stay with us for your vacation, wedding, receptions, family reunions, or company or group retreats. While you are here, explore Rocky Mountain National Park and the lakes and mountains surrounding us in Grand Lake.