Grand Lake is a town in the Colorado Rockies that will literally take your breath away. At an elevation of 8,300 feet, the town is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, and is set on the shores of shimmering Grand Lake—the largest in Colorado. The beauty and recreation here compete with the best in the state, where biking, hiking, golf, and fishing are just a few of the popular activities. In summer, the town is abuzz with outdoor enthusiasts all heeding the call of the mountains, and since Grand Lake sits at the National Park entrance, it also teems with visitors driving the famous Trail Ridge Road. When staying in Grand Lake, make a stop in the Kauffman House Museum for a dose of Colorado heritage. This classic log cabin opened as a hotel in 1892, and housed thousands of frontier travelers and settlers up until 1946. At night, catch a show at the legendary Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater, where it’s surprisingly possible to find Broadway shows in a town of only 500 people.
Grand Lake Colorado is approximately two hours and 15 minutes from Denver. Snow is possible at any time of year due to the town’s high elevation, and Trail Ride Road is usually closed from the middle of November-May. In summer, the full loop from Denver, to Grand Lake, to Estes Park, to Denver, is approximately 200 miles.