Grand Lake, CO is home to majestic mountains, 3 lakes and miles of rivers. Rocky Mountain National Park's west entrance is teeming with wildlife, quaint shops, dining establishments and a multitude of activities and events. Skiing, hiking, fly fishing, snowmobiling, boating, horseback riding and ATVing are centrally located right here in our area. Grand Lake, Colorado is the ideal year round family destination.
Grand Lake is close to the front range and that makes it the perfect destination to enjoy a family vacation or weekend getaway. Located less that 2 hours from Denver, Grand Lake is easily reached on less than a half tank of gas.
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Featuring majestic mountain views, a variety of wildlife, varied climates and environments—from wooded forests to mountain tundra—and easy access to back-country trails and campsites. The park includes the Continental Divide and the headwaters of the Colorado River.
The park has five visitor centers. The park headquarters, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, is a National Historic Landmark, designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West.
The park is surrounded by Roosevelt National Forest on the north and east, Routt National Forest on the northwest, and Arapaho National Forest on the southwest.
Began as two small settlements, Old Town and Hideaway Park offer a rich history. Old Town came into existence because of the construction taking place on the Moffat Tunnel. Hideaway Park was a village that began in 1932 and quickly developed into the fourth town in the valley. Hideaway Park was developed and built by L.O. "Doc" Graves, a merchant in the valley since 1922. Doc began by building 26 tourist cabins and a cafe and service station called "Doc's Place." He also installed a water wheel on Vasquez Creek to generate all the electricity necessary to operate his business. The village grew rapidly, considering that the entire country was in the depth of a serious depression at that time. The construction of a water tunnel parallel to the existing Moffatt railroad tunnel had a positive effect on the local economy. Over a stretch of two years, the village added three more businesses — a saloon, a garage, and a nightclub — and nearly doubled in population.
The ski area at Winter Park is family-friendly and offers various grades of terrain for any level skier