Grand Lake, Colorado
Grand Lake, Colorado is one of the most charming towns in all of Colorado, and possibly the western United States. Located at the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake was established in 1881.
In the village of Grand Lake, there’s a historic boardwalk and more than 60 shops, restaurants, bars, and galleries. The lodging choices in Grand Lake are plentiful, including cabins, motels, inns, hotels, bed and breakfasts, lodges, private homes, townhomes, and condominiums.
Summertime activities in Grand Lake include boating, fishing, hiking, golf, horseback riding, ATVs, and more. Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater presents a full summer schedule of plays and musicals, there’s bingo at the town pavilion in Grand Lake on weekend nights, and the 4th of July festivities include a breathtaking fireworks display over the lake.
In the wintertime in Grand Lake, the town intentionally leaves a layer of snow on the streets, and it’s legal to ride snowmobiles through town and on the 300 miles of nearby trails. In fact, Grand Lake is recognized as one of the top snowmobile destinations in the U.S. Other winter activities include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, sledding, and skiing and snowboarding (at nearby Sol Vista or Winter Park Resort).
Grand Lake itself is the largest and deepest lake in Colorado, and it connects to Shadow Mountain Lake via a canal. Lake Granby, which is adjacent to Shadow Mountain Lake, is the second largest body of water in Colorado.
Please note: There is no commercial lodging offered inside Rocky Mountain National Park, so the closest options are located in Grand Lake, which is on the western edge of the park or in Estes Park, which is on the eastern edge of the park.