With 40 miles of shoreline, numerous islands, stunning scenery, and abundant wildlife, Lake Granby and Shadow Mountain Lake are very popular for recreational boating. Bring your own boat or rent at one of the several local marinas, one within walking distance of North Shore Lodge. Several boat rental choices are available with pontoon boats that will hold up to 12 people. We have non-motorized watercraft for guests to use for free at North Shore Lodge.
Guests can access parts of the Arapaho National Recreation Area within walking distance of our lodge. Explore the East shoreline of Lake Granby with great views of Rainbow Island, Shelter Island, Harvey Island, and Deer Island. Surprise Beach is just before where the Colorado River enters Lake Granby at Grand Bay, just across the river is Rocky Point. An easy hike up to Green Ridge will give you a great view of the Colorado River between Shadow Mountain Lake and Lake Granby. Your view past the Colorado River is Rocky Mountain National Park. With over twenty trailheads being within a 15 minute drive, there are hikes to suit and please every
skill level. High alpine lakes, jagged peaks, beautiful waterfalls, spring wildflowers and
abundant wildlife are all just a hike away. Hike Rocky Mountain National Park, the Indian Peaks
Wilderness, Arapaho National Forest, and Routt National Forest.
A short six mile drive and you are into one of the most scenic parks in the country. The
Continental Divide runs through the center of this 414 square mile national treasure. With big meadows, wooded forests, and alpine tundra it is home to nearly 70 mammals and almost 300 species of birds. Trail Ridge Road is the highest paved through-road in the country, reaching an elevation of 12,183’. There are several glaciers in the park including Andrews, Sprague, Tyndall, Taylor, Rowe, Mills, and Moomaw Glaciers. There are over 300 miles of scenic hiking trails in the park. The highest point in the park is Longs Peak at an elevation of 14,259’. The park offers year-round ranger-led programs on a wide variety of awesome topics including several just for kids.
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best drives but there is much more to see in this area. The drive along the South shore of Lake Granby leads to Monarch Lake, offering beautiful scenery of the lake, several islands, mountain peaks, and a great chance at spotting moose. The Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway is 80 miles, it runs from just above Grand Lake and follows the Colorado River to State Bridge. To extend the drive continue west on the Colorado River Road through Burns to Interstate 70. For an easy off-road drive nearby try the Stillwater Pass drive. Check with us in the office for many more scenic drive recommendations and maps.
Bring some binoculars and your camera because there is an abundance of wildlife in Grand County. Some of the most popular are moose, elk, bighorn sheep, black bears, mountain lions, mountain goats, pronghorn, bald eagles, bobcats, lynx and fox. There are many species of birds and waterfowl as well as little creatures like weasels, minks, chipmunks, marmots, beavers and river otters. Come watch some of the best fishing in the world as the osprey plunge feet first into the water, a nesting pole can be viewed from our balcony. They have a 71” wing span, can fly at speeds near 80mph, can detect objects underwater from 130 feet in the air and are very entertaining to watch.
With hundreds of miles of scenic backcountry terrain ranging from easy trails to adrenalin pumping challenges there is an abundance of fun for every level of experience. Bring your own toys or rent from one of the local outfitters less than 10 miles from North Shore Lodge. They offer guided and unguided tours and provide you with all of the protective gear you will need and you don’t even need a trailer. The Stillwater Trailhead, part of the Idleglen OHV Recreation Area, also known as the Grand Lake Trail System, is only 3.5 miles from our lodge. Come get away from the crowds, breathe some clean mountain air, and experience some of the most amazing scenery and wildlife Colorado has to offer.
From relaxing family floats down a calm stretch of river, to exciting waves and playspots, to expert only class V rapids through Gore Canyon, Grand County has plenty of places to have fun in the water. There are outfitters in Kremmling, Fraser, and Winter Park that have trips on the Colorado River, the Lower Blue River, and the Fraser River. Rafting season runs May through September with June being the best time for higher water due to snow melt.
Come broaden your horizons as you sit high on your horse, taking in the expansive panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Ride through meadows of wildflowers, crossing streams into hills covered with aspen and pine, breathe the clean mountain air and experience a unique feeling of freedom that comes from being on a horse. Horses are big, strong, majestic animals that are very sensitive and social in nature. Spending time with a horse can be very therapeutic and is known to lower stress and anxiety levels. Include a chuck wagon breakfast, a cowboy lunch or a steak dinner. Pony rides, petting farms, hay rides and wagon rides are also available. You can even take your family or group on cattle drives. A scenic eight mile drive from North Shore Lodge will get you to one of the many outfitters in the area that will help you and your family have an experience of a lifetime.
Bring your bikes and explore the backcountry trails in the neighboring Arapaho National Forest. Access the Gilsonite and Wolverine mountain bike trails that climb to an elevation of 11,000’ just six miles from the lodge. Learn all about mountain biking from one of the many knowledgeable outfitters in the area. They can tell you about different types of trails as well as the differences between downhill, freestyle, cross-country, and all-mountain bikes. With over 600 miles of user-friendly trails that are marked and mapped it is easy to understand why Winter Park is called Mountain Bike Capital, USA. Fun for all ages and skill levels, they have the largest rental/demo fleet in the country and several biking events, races and festivals. The Colorado Freeride Festival in July is the largest of its kind in the US and is held less than 18 miles from North Shore Lodge.
Scenic flight tours are available less than twelve miles from North Shore Lodge. Photograph the magnificent beauty of the Rocky Mountains and Continental Divide from above. Fly over Byers Peak, Longs Peak, Parry Peak, Indian Peaks, and several high alpine lakes. Flights are available for 20, 40 and 60-minute tours.
Access the Indian Peaks Wilderness from the South side of Lake Granby just 15 miles from the lodge. Climb Apache Peak to 13,441’ or one of the many other picturesque peaks in this area. Boulder right from the center of town in Grand Lake with five climbs ranging from V1 to V4. There is variety of notable peaks and granite rock formations in Rocky Mountain National Park just six miles from North Shore Lodge.
Play a round with views of Rocky Mountain National Park at Grand Lake Golf Course, only 6 miles from North Shore Lodge. Practice on a driving range or putting green or get in another 18 holes at one of five other courses within 20 miles