Memorial Day Weekend

The first holiday weekend of the summer season!

Stay 2 nights or 3. The Rapids Lodge is offering fantastic hotel deals in select Rapids Suites and select Lodge Guest Rooms. Stay for as little as $60 for 2 people and $89 for up to 6 people! These rooms will be booked up fast so we suggest you make your plans soon. Dinner will be served nightly from 5:00pm and Memorial Day Weekend is when the scenic Rapids Restaurant starts serving lunch outside by the river once again.

Trail Ridge Road Rocky Mountain National Park

Most importantly, Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road will be opening for the summer. The road connects busy Estes Park to the quieter Grand Lake West Entrance and is the highest continuous highway in the United States. You will be able follow the route of the historic “Circle Tour” from the early days of RMNP. 2015 is Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial Year and the Rapids is celebrating their own Centennial as well. Get ready for magnificent views and towering walls of snow along Trail Ridge Road along its highest sections. These are always great photo opportunities that will have your friends amazed!

Cabins in Grand Lake Hotels

Our three lakes will be open water again and the Aspens Trees will be bursting out in brilliant green leaves. Many of the famous Colorado Wildflowers will be putting on a show! The Kauffman House opens for the season and weekend Bingo starts up in the Grand Lake Pavilion. The Memorial Day Parade is fun for the whole family and is always very entertaining. Hike, bike ride, enjoy the electric go-karts, boat, fish… Grand County offers endless fun!

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February Adventure Grand Lake

Feeling stuck in a mid-winter slump? You are in need of a February Adventure!

With fresh snow and more on the way, Grand Lake is dressed to impress! So take this opportunity to come visit us at the Historic Rapids Lodge for your February Adventure! Rates start at $60 a night and there’s a ton to see and do here!  With the days getting longer (and warmer), February is the perfect time to visit.

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What could your February Adventure entail?SnowmobileSnowmobiling

This weekend is the Trail Blazers Snowmobile Poker Run Fundraiser for Right to Ride Fund and Flight for Life. Everyone is welcome to participate so bring your own sled or rent one. You’ll be glad you did when you’re enjoying our fabulous groomed trails and astounding vistas!

ice fishing

Ice Fishing

The lake is still frozen, and Grand Lake is home to some of the largest trout in the West! If you’ve always wondered about ice fishing, stop wondering and come give it a try! We can set you up with a guide, or direct you to all the good spots.

history Grand Lake

Photo Credit: The Grand County Historic Society


If you’re a history buff, we recommend checking out the historic Kauffman House Museum. The Kauffman House Museum was the first hotel in Grand Lake and will be open this coming weekend. Entering the museum is like stepping back in time. While you walk through each of the tiny rooms, you’ll see period dress, furniture, and everyday utensils from the late 1800’s. The historical display of Grand County is fascinating and features the history of Grand County all the way back to when the Utes were attacked on the shores of Grand Lake, and their wives and children who were sent out on rafts to stay safe, capsized and perished in a storm. Since then the lake has been known as, “Spirit Lake.”

nordic skiing cross-country skiing

Nordic Skiing

Looking to add Nordic skiing to your February Adventure? On February 28th the Grand Lake Nordic Center will be holding the Foxy Freestyle Nordic Race benefiting the National Center for the Disabled. With food and prizes it is sure to be fun for the whole family! The Grand Lake Nordic Center miles of groomed trails for you to use at your leisure, snowshoeing, rentals, a kid’s tubing hill, an more.

Bull Moose in WinterWildlife

Grand Lake is just minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. With warmer days, animals are beginning to move around and migratory birds have started returning to the Rockies. Visit the National Park and keep your eyes peeled for elk, moose, fox, eagles, bighorn sheep, and other amazing animals. Don’t forget your camera!

We hope to see you soon for your February Adventure! Book your room today and select the hotel special offer rate!


Bedroom Inn Lodging Rapids Restaurant, Grand Lake Colorado

Rapids Restaurant, Grand Lake Colorado

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).

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!

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.

Labor Day Weekend at the Rapids in Grand Lake Come enjoy Grand Lake, Elevation 8,367 feet.

End the summer season with a weekend in Grand Lake. We offer a truly beautiful places to stay with romantic guest rooms, suites, cottages, cabins, condo units with river views. Go fishing, boating, rent a bike or kayak and hang out for the weekend in Grand Lake.
Grand Lake is the perfect destination for natural beauty and time spent with loved ones. Create family memories you’ll treasure forever with a holiday weekend adventure.
Rapids Lodging
Rapids Lodging

Wheelchair accessible suite at the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant.

Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant has ADA Compliant suite for vacation rental.
Get away to Grand Lake and stay at a suite that is accessible via wheelchair including extra bathroom and shower space. You can find it all here at the Rapids Lodge.
historic lodge fireplace

historic lodge fireplace

We have just the right cabin for your vacation in Grand Lake. Activities abound just down the street from shopping and restaurants to pontoon boat tours and coffee shops with Internet access.

The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant August 2011

Historic Grand Lake Colorado dinning

Rapids view

Welcome to The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant

Summer passes by so quickly in the Rockies . Who can believe it is already August! The flowers have been spectacular and this season’s unusually frequent precipitation has encouraged thick carpets of lupines that just keep on blooming. Baby elk are losing their spots and growing fast and the baby moose, often born twins, keep us entertained with their lively antics. July 4th went off with a bang, the wooden boat show was a favorite as always and the Buffalo Barbeque Weekend (see photos on this Facebook Page) on July 16th and 17th was a great success.The river is still running just below peak levels but the Rapids was never flooded! There is new lawn down by the river which creates an inviting, cool oasis on hot afternoons. Patrons have greatly enjoyed their lunches outside with the river rushing past. An old bridge was washed out on the way to Winding River Campground bordering the National Park but the county otherwise suffered little damage. The Kawuneechee Valley flooded heavily and the view from Rainbow Curve was very different looking South over huge tracts of water that left the normal path of the river to the imagination. Pockets of snow still remain along Trail Ridge Road and perhaps this year they will add to the few remaining glaciers! A few storms during July were powerfully gusty and one such storm felled the last of the big Lodgepole Pines in the Grand Lake Town Park, among many healthy trees that were lost. The park is a little more sunny but just as pretty with the new landscaping that was done last fall.The Granby School lost part of its roof and a few other buildings were damaged too! Colorado and much of the country have experienced some unusually strong storms this season.
Lets see what August will bring us…..

Everywhere you look, the Lupines create a fantastic carpet of color.

Everywhere you look, the Lupines create a fantastic carpet of color.

Grand Lake Regatta

Regatta Week runs from July 30th through August 6th, 2011 and Grand Lake Yacht Club Members come from all over the country to their homes on Grand Lake to participate in this famous race whose tradition began in 1912 when Thomas Lipton, of Lipton Tea, decided to sponsor an annual race by providing “The Lipton Cup” as the prize. Grand Lake is particuarly mesmerising during this week as the sails add color and nail biting interest to the vista. Click here to read about the history of the Grand Lake Yacht Club, one of the world’s highest at 8369 feet above sea level.

August Happenings

Bingo in the Park at 7:30pm. August 5+6, 12+13, 19+20, 26+27. Come play Bingo in the Grand Lake Town Park Pavillion. Call 970.627.3402 for more information. Everyone is welcome!

August 1 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 8:30 a.m.Motor Boat Races at the Club Dock, 9:30 a.m. Model Yacht Race at Dalton’s Cove, 11:00 a.m. E Fleet Races, 4:00 p.m. James Cup Laser Races, 6 p.m. Venetian Night – Boats assemble at Buttram’s Cove @ 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m. Family Potluck @ Club House.

August 2 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 9 a.m. Children’s Party (for ages 7 and under), 10:30 a.m. M Fleet Races, 4:30 p.m. James Cup Laser Races, 6 p.m. ‘Tween Party (for ages 8-12).

August 3 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 8 a.m. Water Skiing, Wakeboard Competion ( East End of Lake), 10:30 a.m.E Fleet Races, 4:30 p.m. Atlantic Cup Races in Feva RS Class.

August 3–MUSIC IN THE PARK  Town Park 5:30-7:00pm.  Featuring ACME Duo.   Bring lawn chair. Bring lawn chair.  No alcohol in park.

August 3 — Skins and things @ Juniper Library– Presented by a park ranger from Rocky Mountain National Park.  Join us for a hands – on experience and an up – close look at the skulls and skins of mammals common to Rocky Mountain National Park.  Learn about their habits and environment.  FREE Refreshments will be served.

August 4 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – Water Sports at the Club House or members and their house guest.  12 p.m. M Fleet Races, 6 p.m. Family Barbecue at the Club House, 8 p.m. Entertainment Night at the Club House.

August 5 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – As Posted Fleet Racing and/or Champions’ Race Class E & M Fleets, 6 p.m. Sailor’s Party at the Club House.

August 5—-1:00 pm–Demolition Derby.  Kick-off weekend of Fair and Rodeo in Kremmling.  Guaranteed $21,000 purse.  For info:

August 6 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 9 a.m. Meeting of the Board of Directors, 10:30 a.m. York Cup Racing, 1:30 p.m. York and /or Atlantic Cup make up races as posted, 7:30 p.m. Commodore’s Ball, 8 p.m. Presentation of Cups.

August 6–1:00 pm- 4:00pm-History Day at Kauffman House Museum. Come visit with the back-to-life colorful characters who made our history!

August 6 and 7–Grand Craft Fair in the Town Park. Benefits the Recreation District.  Everyone is welcome!

August 7 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 10 a.m. Brunch at the Rapids.

August 10– MUSIC IN THE PARK Town Park 5:30-7:00pm.  Featuring Kevin Danzizg.  Bring lawn chair. No alcohol in park.

August 11 — Brown Bag Group @ Juniper Library – South of Broad, by Pat Conroy.  Bring your lunch if you want to join our discussion.

August 13 — Doggie Drag – This benefit run/walk is for all levels of walking or running enthusiasts.  Enjoy a beautiful route in Grand Park with your dog.  Dogs and their people are guaranteed a fun time in this wonderful setting.  People without dogs are welcome to run/walk too! Registration begins @ 8 a.m., Fun Run/Walk shotgun starts @ 9 a.m.  Pre-Registration Fee is $20/adult and $15/child (under 12 is FREE) save by pre-registering!

August 13 –Grand Lake Open Water Swim – Starts at 11 a.m., the distance is 0.6 miles – (1km).  Registration @ Town Beach (starts @ 10:00 a.m.) or  Entry Fee $100.00 Pledge (please RSVP).  Contact Jennifer Neumann @ 303-241-7726 for more information.  Swim Caps provided, BAKE SALE!!!

August 19 — Old Grand Lake City Walking Tour –  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presented by local author and historian Pat Raney.  Wear sturdy shoes and dress for weather.  Call Juniper Library, 970-627-8353 for directions and information.

August 17–MUSIC IN THE PARK.  Town Park 5:30-7:00 pm.  Featuring Sarah Clements, Steviej Frasier, Mike Turner.  Bring lawn chair.  No alcohol in park.

August 24–MUSIC IN THE PARK.  Town Park 5:30-7:00PM.  Featuring Grand Divas.  No alcohol in park.

August 27 — 7:00 AM — Spirit of the Lake Regatta –  This is a staggered start Rowing Regatta. It will be an exhibition Head Race.  There will be awards for the fastest times in each category.  Following enjoy the Grand Lake Brew Fest and with Colorado Beers!  All racers will recieve $10.00 off the Brew Fest event fee.  PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS BENEFIT COLORADO RIVER CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

August 27 — 11:30 AM — Chiller Caterpillar Canoe Race —  A fun race, consistion of 6 person teams max of men and women, boys and girls (or any combination) in a single (Canoe) or reserve one from the local marinas.  It will be a BLAST!  Award Categories: Best Theme; Best Dressed Crew; Best Dressed Boat; Fastest Boat; & the Martin & Lewis Award.  Racers will start from the Public Dock.  PORTIONS OF PROCEEDES BENEFIT COLORADO RIVER CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

August 27–Colorado Corvette Club – Car Show  – Starts 10:00 am.   Lake Park area. Come and see some beautiful cars!  FREE Call 970.627.3402 for more information.

August 27–Grand Lake Brew Fest – 1:00-5:00 Lake Park area. Come taste some beer and listen to some great music.  Tickets: $25.  Call  Lisa or Cheryl at 970.627.3402 for more information.

August 29–Grand Lake Golf Tournament –    Sponsored by 99.5 – The Mountain Radio Station. Call 970-627-8008 for more information.

August 31–MUSIC IN THE PARK.  Town Park 5:30-7:00PM.  Featuring Kay & Andy Irvine.  No alcohol in park.

Mondays– Texas Holdem @ Grumpy’s Bar
Tuesdays–Texas Holdem at Johnson’s Landing @ 7:30 PM
Wednesdays–Trivia at the Lariat and Lady’s night at Sagebrush BBQ @ 6:00 PM
Wednesdays–Ladies Nite @ [email protected] 5:00 PM
Wednesdays–MUSIC IN THE PARK 5:30-7:30pm.  See calendar of events.
Thurs.–Texas Holdem at the Gateway Inn @ 6:30 PM
Thurs.–Various Entertainment @ Circle H
Tues.&Thurs.–Elem school 3:30 PM-5:30 PM drop in pickle ball for adults $1.00
Fridays–Acme Band at Waconda
Saturdays 11:00 AM-1:00 PM–Elem school drop in pickle ball for adults $1.00
Saturdays–Acme Band at Poncho & Lefties–5-8 PM
Sundays  6:00-9:00 Acme Band at Gateway Inn throughout summer


50 % off Second Night +++
Stay one night and get the second night at 50% off in one of the Historic Lodge Guest Rooms, New Rapids Suites or Vintage, Pet-friendly Cabins/Cottages.

Also receive a “Buy One Lunch or Appetizer – Get One Free” on the riverside patio.
Offer Valid Sept 5th, 2011 through October 15th, 2011. Must mention this offer at time of booking.

History of The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant

The History of the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant includes musicians Jim Croce, Kris Kristofferson and Janis Joplin playing in the restaurant when it was a Honky Tonk bar in the 60;s. The history includes gambling, prostitution, bootleg liquor, and ghost sightings.

In the 1950’s the second floor was a casino and the third floor was a brothel. There even was an emergency buzzer under the front desk so people could be alerted when the police were at the door.

Historical Rapids Lodge Grand Lake Colorado

Historical Rapids Lodge Grand Lake Colorado

There are  more historical artifacts to view in the lodge. Come visit us and stay the night to enjoy the colorful history of The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant in Grand Lake, Colorado.

Grand Lake Colorado

Come up to Grand Lake, Colorado this weekend and stay a few days at The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant. Sit by the Tonahutu River and relax.
Looking for a romantic dinner location, give us a call at 970-627-3707 for the best restaurant in Grand Lake.
Just call or email us and have a great weekend in Grand Lake.
970-627-3707  [email protected]
At the end of a busy day of Grand Lake activities, rest your weary mind in one of our cabins or condos in Grand Lake, Colorado.
Pet Friendly

The Historic Rapids Lodge has Pet Friendly cabins.

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The Historic Rapids Lodge, Grand Lake, Colorado