Fall in Colorado

Fall in Colorado Rocky Mountains

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!

Things to Do in Grand Lake

There is still time to have winter fun in Grand Lake Colorado and the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant is waiting to host you!

Spring is approaching fast and although the snow is beginning to melt downtown, there are still plenty of things to do in Grand Lake. Snowmobile trails will remain good as we had an excellent base to start with and snow at higher elevations has been excellent.

The Grand Lake Nordic Center will stay open through the end of the month as well. Rent your cross country ski equipment and snowshoes or bring your own. You just might bump into a moose somewhere along the groomed trails. For St. Patty’s day take advantage of the Tuesday, March 17 special: St. Patty’s Day Special- Wear green and receive a ½ price trail pass!


Show shoeing on Lake Granby

If you have your own gear, cross country skiing along the frozen lake edge of Grand Lake can be very interesting and a great opportunity to look at all the houses, some with great history for example the Hallmark House.

If you aren’t into winter sports but just want to take a scenic walk, try walking along the asphalt road in Rocky Mountain National Park. There isn’t much traffic at this time of the year and your boots will stay clean during these early “mud-season days”. Wildlife, quiet and stunning scenery will keep you entertained. You could bring your bicycle too

Nothing beats a March day when the daytime temperatures are 40-50 degrees, the sun is shining and the “Colorado Blue” sky is glowing. Make a snow angel, enjoy the view of the snowcapped mountains, ice skate for the last time this season or ice fish.


View from the Rapids Condos Balcony

What are you waiting for? Book a $60 or $89 dollar room at the Rapids and take advantage of this amazing hotel special available in the winter.

Rapids Lodge 6

Rapids Suite 6 – just $89 per night in Winter

The historic Rapids Lodge & Restaurant is located just off Grand Avenue (Main Street), at the North Inlet of Grand Lake, Colorado. We offer a variety of lodging options, including guest rooms, cabins, and condominiums right along the Tonahutu River. We have pet-friendly lodging options too! We’re also proud to offer gourmet dining in our restaurant, featuring classic Rocky Mountain cuisine.


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. https://www.nps.gov/romo/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm 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