Take a trip to the mountains of Grand Lake, Colorado. Resting on the Grand Lake itself, the town is next to the western entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Way up high, find clear alpine water and amazing mountain views — with just a sprinkle of western charm. Be one with nature at one of the top hiking spots in the country.
A historic town located on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, Colorado is steeped in history and rich with recreational opportunities. It’s a place of charm and surprises, with a fantastic local dining scene and numerous opportunities to learn about the area. Grand Lake transforms into a magical wonderland come wintertime, earning the nickname “Snowmobiling capital of the world” for its expanse of trails. But winter, spring, summer or fall, this town is a year-round dream getaway.
The Grand Lake itself is Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake. Go kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding at this electric spot. Watch sailing races from the yacht club, and frequent the marinas and boat docks. There’s also a small beach at Grand Lake where you can relax and enjoy the summer months. The Rocky Mountain National Park is the area’s pride and joy. Hike the Adams Falls trail, which is a short hike where waterfalls plummet down rocks. The Big Meadows trail has views of meadows and wildflowers, and is rated as a moderate hike. The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre is a beloved small town theatre with a surprisingly good reputation. Catch a show after a day of hiking!
As Grand Lake is considered the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, the park a good stop to have on your list. The 415 square miles of spectacular mountain environments includes the best of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife and more. Summer travelers flock to Grand Lake for recreation opportunities at Colorado’s deepest and largest natural lake. Popular among jet skiers, fishermen, sun soakers and campers, the town’s namesake lake is a hub of leisure and activity. The Grand Lake Marina is the highest-altitude yacht club in the world. Don’t forget to check out the waterfalls that feed into Grand Lake. The East Inlet Trail will take you right to Adams Falls.
If you’re planning a trip to Grand Lake in the winter, head to Winter Park, Colorado’s longest continually operated ski resort. Opportunities for snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling and more await. Visitors can hop aboard the Zephyr Express lift in Winter Park during the summer as well, for breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and the Fraser Valley. Summertime at the Winter Park resort is prime time for bikers to use the ramps, jumps and terrain, as well as summer sledders with the courage to take on the 3,000-plus feet of the alpine track. If you want to stick around town, the historic boardwalk has more than 60 shops, restaurants and galleries for anyone to enjoy. The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater is also a well-established venue for entertainment.
Although the rest of the world seems far away once you’re in the expansive mountain areas, the rest of Colorado is literally at your feet. Longs Peak is under two hours away by car, and is one of the most prominent mountains in the Rocky Mountain National Park. With a glacier and many hiking trails, the Keyhole route is most popular — a rewarding trail for experienced hikers. See the aptly named Keyhole site! Peacock Pool and Chasm Lake are popular, and more manageable trails at Longs Peak. Two and a half hours away from Grand Lake will have you arriving at Boulder. Boulder is home to the University of Colorado, Boulder, and therefore has a college town vibe. In Boulder, you can visit the Eldorado Canyon for waterfall views, or the Flatirons just outside of Boulder with Chautauqua at its feet. Chautauqua is a great picnic spot, that’s close and much less strenuous than the traditional hikes.
Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby provides family fun in the summer or winter. Sliding down their summer tubing hill will chase away the heat of the warmer months, while skiing and skating opportunities will keep you warm in the winter. Plan a whitewater rafting day trip on the upper Colorado River; Grand County is a prime rafting destination for its river flows and pristine vista. Gore Canyon Whitewater Park is another option for water sports enthusiasts. Paddle boarders, kayakers and even mellow floaters will have their fill of fun against a stunning backdrop of canyons and valleys. For a bit of relaxation, Hot Sulphur Springs is an ideal retreat. A soak in the area’s mineral-rich pools will melt your aches and pains away. Stop by the town’s (also called Hot Sulphur Springs) main street, where you’ll find the Pioneer Village Museum as well as rustic little shops to peruse. Kremmling is a neighboring town that hosts an ice-fishing tournament each February at the Wolford Mountain Reservoir. It’s also close to Steamboat Ski Resort, where more than 300 miles of ski trails are heaven for cross-country skiers. During the summer, the trails are optimal for horseback riders, hikers and people who appreciate scenic drives.
Find yourself the perfect wooden alpine cabin, preferably with a lakeside view in Grand Lake. Settle into a cosy and relaxing rental with your family, right in the middle of nature. Tripping has a selection of rentals, homes, and hotels for you to explore. Get comfortable in the mountains!
Grand Lake doesn’t have too much in the way of public transportation, as it is high up away from the world. You’ll need a sturdy car to conquer the surrounding terrain, especially if you’re planning on doing lots of day trips. The Grand Lake Bus Service has shuttles to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Avalanche Car Rentals can help you out if you don’t have access to your own wheels.
Grand Lake has several options for navigating the town and getting around the greater Grand County area. Uber, a ride hailing service, operates in Grand County. Western Motor Coach also serves the region, operating a fleet that includes passenger buses, coaches and SUVs. Local taxis also operate throughout Grand County, providing service in Winter Park, Fraser and more. Valley Taxi is one such local company that offers shuttles to Rocky Mountain National Park, ski shuttles and private charters in additional to regular service. Home James Transportation Services is a door-to-door scheduled service from Denver International Airport and Winter Park. Car Rentals are also available; Avalanche is a company located just minutes from Winter Park and Grand Lake.
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The average price of a nightly rental in Grand Lake is $319 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Grand Lake home is $25.
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