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]


View our video about the Historic Rapids Lodge

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

The mountain air is cool and inviting!

Grand Lake Colorado

Come stay with us and escape the heat.

Days are in the comfortable 70’s and nights are in the upper 30’s (with our dry air, cool but not cold).
Grand Lake Colorado

Grand Lake Colorado

Enjoy a cool evening breeze, a brisk morning, the delightfully refreshing air off the river at lunch… could be here!

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.

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.

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.

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.
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 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

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!