The historic town of Grand Lake is located just south of the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park on the north shore of Grand Lake. The town is surrounded by the park and the lake. There are also three wilderness areas and a national recreation area in the immediate vicinity.
Grand Lake is a small town (with around 500 permanent residents), but it is mighty in the opportunities it offers for fun and recreation. The many restaurants and shops located along the town’s boardwalks include four ice cream stores, a bowling alley, a brewery, an outdoor outfitting shop, a sports equipment and biking shop, a snowmobile agency, and a public stable.In 2006 the new Juniper Library was completed. This beautiful log and glass structure in the center of town offers a warm and welcoming place to browse and borrow the many books and other media available to card holders. Additionally, there are computers for searching the internet or checking your E-mail. The new library also provides a great meeting place for the many lectures and children’s events that take place throughout the year.
The town hall and park are great venues for the many concerts and performances that occur during the year. In the summer season Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater makes its home in Grand Lake. The Rep offers four musical comedies each season. And, during the Christmas season the Grand County Arts Council presents the famous Grand Lake Melodrama. The melodrama features local “actors” and is a great chance to get out and boo the villain and cheer the hero.
During the winter months twelve miles of Trail Ridge Road are open offering access to the visitor’s center and trails at our end of Rocky Mountain National Park. These trails are open to both snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. On the weekends ranger lead trips are offered for beginners and intermediate level participants. Down hill enthusiasts can try their skills at Winter Park and Solvista which are also located in Grand County.
Spring, fall, and summer offer boating and fishing on the area’s three large lakes, as well as almost uncountable trails to access the wildernes. There are public boat launches on all three lakes and many public and private campgrounds in the area.