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Photos of Grand Lake Lodge and Lake Granby in Grand County, Colorado

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Some beautiful columbine flowers on the grounds of Grand Lake Lodge.

Some beautiful columbine flowers on the grounds of Grand Lake Lodge.

Vacationing in Colorado

Many years ago, my mother and I decided to vacation in Colorado. We made Estes Park our home base for several of those days, exploring things in the area. After crossing the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains, our next destination would be Grand Lake in Grand County, Colorado. Our first stop was to check out the mountain resort of Grand Lake Lodge.

The highest elevation that we had experienced on our Colorado vacation had been at a whopping 12,183 feet above sea level while on the famed Trail Ridge Road that had taken us over the Rockies. Even though we had come down some in elevation, Grand Lake Lodge was still an elevation of 8,769 feet above sea level.

The lodge was established in 1929 and is on the register as a National Historic Landmark. My mother and I decided to check it out and enjoy some lunch in their dining room.

Grand Lake Lodge

Visiting historic structures is always fun when on vacation, and this rustic beauty was no exception to the rule. On a brochure that we picked up with information about Grand Lake Lodge, they titled it "Colorado's favorite front porch," and we could understand why after seeing it.

One can see the majestic Rocky Mountains surrounding this site from three sides. As one looks down, one can see a portion of Shadow Mountain Lake adjacent to Grand Lake, which is Colorado's topmost natural body of water.

The area is also forested, and the combination of these many things makes for magnificent views almost anywhere one casts a glance. Many people seemed to be doing just that while rocking back and forth on the porch swings and enjoying the views.

Construction of the lodge took place at the same time the Trail Ridge Road was completed and has been the lodging of choice for many people vacationing and traveling to this part of Colorado. My mother and I had made other plans but wished to linger here a while enjoying lunch and absorbing some of this Grand County Colorado scenery.

Whether staying here or just passing through, my recommendation would be to stop and check out the Grand Lake Lodge for yourself. We had a delicious lunch, and the rustic beams, fireplace, decor, and abundance of windows appropriately blend the ambiance of the lodge with the stunning views outside. It is only open from early June to mid-September due to weather conditions, so plan your Colorado vacations appropriately.

Grand Lake

Head on over to Grand Lake if you wish to see the "highest yacht club in the world." Whether one is a part of the yacht club set or merely a visitor who wishes to do some boating, fishing, or hiking with lake views, this area could satisfy those vacation desires with aplomb!

We had made lodging reservations elsewhere and made our way over to Lake Granby, our destination for the night. I took pictures of some goats alongside the road who seemed to be happily munching away on the grasses and field flowers.

Circle H Lodge

Before my mother's and my Colorado vacation, I had made all of our reservations in advance. Despite the attraction to staying at the historic Grand Lake Lodge, I think we achieved the best of the two different scenarios.

We had enjoyed dining and looking around at the magnificent lodge but chose to stay at Navarre's Circle H Lodge because it is situated right on Lake Granby, and we knew that proximity was what we desired. The rooms were most comfortable, and the Bed & Breakfast hosts at the Circle H Lodge were congenial. Our breakfast was tasty.

Looking at the Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide as a backdrop, the lapping waters of Lake Granby were right at our feet when we ventured outside. These pictures show the scenery that we got to enjoy gazing out of our windows. What could be prettier than watching a sunrise and a sunset in this type of setting?

Sadly, for those who might have wanted to experience the same ambiance that my mother and I enjoyed, the Circle H Lodge closed in January of 2012. Navarre's Circle H Lodge used to be open year-round and was just nine miles south of the Rocky Mountain National Park and only two hours northwest of Denver.


Having had a delicious and substantial meal for lunch, my mother and I decided to do some driving around Lake Granby and enjoy a picnic for our supper that evening. Previously we had purchased some smoked trout at a delightful place in Estes Park, and we had some crackers and wine to accompany it. When we found a picnic table right on the lake, it suited our purpose perfectly!

There was no one else there. Had that table been set with fine linens and crystal versus our paper plates and plastic glasses, we could not have been made any happier. It was the terrific setting that stole the moment!

As we sipped our wine and sampled our smoked trout, clouds flitted across the sky, casting shadows across the lake. In addition to our voices, only the steady lapping of the waves, chirps of passing birds, and the whispering wind punctuated the silence. It felt as though this majestic setting was ours and ours alone!

Planning Your Trip

Hopefully, you enjoyed these pictures of some of the natural attractions in Grand County, Colorado. Whether it is dining at Grand Lake Lodge or spending time on beautiful Lake Granby, Colorado, travel opportunities await your next visit.

Whether it is boating, hiking, and fishing that is the lure to visit this part of the country or winter sports such as skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, and even ice fishing, everything is easily accessible from this destination point in Colorado.

This video is excellent if you wish to learn more about this scenic part of Colorado.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 18, 2021:

Hi Chuck,

My mother and I spent two weeks in Colorado on vacation one year and loved every moment of it. This was a small portion, but a beautiful part, of what we enjoyed seeing. I would heartily recommend it for vacationing. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Chuck Nugent from Tucson, Arizona on May 17, 2021:

Great pictures and descriptions of the places you visited. My wife and I spent a couple of days in Grand Junction on our trip to Glacier, Yellowstone and other sites in the norther part of the West four years ago. I also visited Colorado a couple of times on business but never got to visit the places in your Hub. Guess we will have to go back to Colorado.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2021:

Hi Devika,

The way you like nature, I am sure you would love to visit this area in Colorado. It is so beautiful! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I always put photo albums together after our vacation trips and took daily notes. That is why I can share the details of what we learned and what we saw while on those vacations. It is fun perusing them on occasion. I am glad you enjoyed learning about this scenic area of Colorado.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

This portion of Colorado is so scenic. I used to have a friend who regularly spent vacation time each year in Grand County. This vacation in Colorado was one of the last vacations my mother and I got to share together which makes it special. Thanks for your comment about her photo on the stairs.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 17, 2021:

Peggy Places such as this sound amazing! Beautiful and so much to learn from here .I would love to visit someday.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:


Colorado is one place I want to visit.

I love your pictures and the video of the lake.

It's sad that the good places always close down.

I don't know how you remember all these details, but it's wonderful.

Misbah Sheikh on May 16, 2021:

Peggy, I enjoyed reading this hub. lovely photos and awesome review about Colorado. Thanks for sharing it. You made it even more beautiful by adding Lovely and colorful photos. I like your mother's photo on the stairs especially.

Love and Blessings

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 16, 2021:

Hi Amy,

My mother and I really enjoyed seeing these very scenic spots in Colorado. I hope you get the chance to go there someday if you like this type of scenery.

Amy on May 16, 2021:

Not familiar with these destinations. Beautiful. Thanks for showing them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 18, 2014:

Hello bluebird,

So glad you enjoyed these photos. Yes, Colorado is a grand state indeed with those Rocky Mountains, etc.

bluebird on August 14, 2014:

Colorado is a beautiful state. The mountains make it grand. Great hub! Enjoyed the pictures.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 23, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

That must have been something to see the deer swimming in the lake. I also enjoyed the video of the moose swimming. Thanks for your comment and the share.

moonlake from America on May 22, 2013:

I enjoyed this hub. Love the video of the moose. We once saw a deer swimming in the lake we lived on. Voted up and Shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 19, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

Colorado is a gorgeous state! The Rocky Mountain national park among other places is definitely worth a visit someday if you get the chance. I have a friend that regularly vacations around the Lake Granby area every year and after seeing it, I can understand why. Check out my other Colorado hubs if you wish to see more of the state. Thanks for your votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 17, 2013:

Beautiful! I have never been there, but one of my childhood friends used to go to camp in Colorado every summer. Sounds lovely! Voted up and beautiful! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 19, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

So nice that when living in Colorado for 2 years that you traveled and saw much of that gorgeous state and the surrounding states. So many people miss seeing what is right around them. Glad that you liked the photos. Appreciate your comment and votes.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 19, 2013:

I lived in Grand Junction Colorado for 2 years. Managed to travel most of the state several times along with surrounding states. You have some great photos here. Lots to see in Colorado. Voted up, interesting, and beautiful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2011:

Hi Lisa,

Grandlake Lodge is truly a beautiful place in Grand County, Colorado. We really enjoyed seeing it and having lunch there. Of course the beauty of being right on a lake where we spent the night was not too shabby either. :))) Thanks for your comment. Hope your wishes come true.

Lisa H. on April 19, 2011:

This is beautifully written, Peggy. What nice memories you can treasure of the wonderful trips taken with your mother. I would certainly like to visit Grandlake Lodge; it looks beatiful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2011:

Hi susannah,

It is true that our country has just about everything from oceans to deserts to mountains, lakes, prairies and more. Visiting other countries is also fun to see the culture and other sites...but if a person was restricted to living in just one country, the USA is a beauty. Thanks for your visit and comment to this hub about pictures from Grand County in Colorado.

susannah42 from Florida on April 09, 2011:

So beautiful. I think we live in the most beautiful country in the world.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2011:

Hi Genna East,

Your son who is moving to Colorado will certainly have stunning scenery! Maybe you'll get to visit him often? What part of Colorado? Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2011:

Hi Gus,

Thanks for your comment on this Colorado travel hub. Glad you liked the pictures taken in Grand County Colorado. Almost impossible to get bad pictures anywhere in that locale.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 04, 2011:

Beautiful hub. My son is moivng to Colorado in a few weeks; I visited there recently and fell head over heels in love with this state. Thank you!

Gustave Kilthau from USA on April 04, 2011:

Here we go a-wandering with Peggy again, admid tons of really great photos, too. Nice stuff here.

Gus :-)))

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2011:

Hello mdlawyer,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed these pictures of Grand Lake County and the Grandlake Lodge and other sites. Thanks for the vote and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2011:

Hello Prasetio,

Thanks for your votes and comment on this hub about Colorado Travel and pictures taken at the Grandlake Lodge as well as other scenery from Grand County Colorado. As you is surely beautiful! God bless you also.

mdlawyer on April 04, 2011:

Marvellous Peggy. Voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2011:

Hi Bob Phillips,

Thanks for the link to Grandlake Lodge. You were fortunate to have been able to work there when you were young. Undoubtedly your memories and pictures of the lodge situated in Grand County Colorado will be treasured by many who shared similar experiences. Thanks for the comment and addition to this hub.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 04, 2011:

Beautiful, Peggy. I love your review about Colorado and the pictures of Grand County Colorado so amazing. Thanks for writing this. I give my vote to you, again and again. God bless you.


Bob Phillips on April 04, 2011:


I love Grand Lake and enjoyed your story. Here is a link to another web site about a documentary that was created on the Grand Lake Lodge.

Thanks again


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2011:

Hi agusfanani,

In Colorado the lakes and mountains make for such gorgeous scenery. If your Situ (lake) Gunung near your hometown looks anything like the pictures taken in Grand County live in a beautiful area! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

Am sure that you would love seeing the area of Grand County in Colorado. These pictures of our Colorado travel might give you an idea of its beauty...but it is even better seen in person. Hope you can see it for yourself someday! Thanks for your comment.

agusfanani from Indonesia on April 03, 2011:

I can see that Colorado is another beautiful destination with the lake as the main attraction besides the other enjoyable views. There is similarity with Situ (lake) Gunung near my hometown.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2011:

Hello ByChanceTV,

You are fortunate to be living in the beautiful State of Colorado. What part?

Glad I could introduce you to pictures taken in Grand County Colorado and our dining experience at Grandlake Lodge, etc. When you visit this area, please come back and let me know about your impressions. We thought it was gorgeous! Thanks for your comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on April 03, 2011:


This is a beautiful hub on Colorado Travel of Grand County Colorado. I love the colors and the natural attractions. Beautiful photos and videos of this beautiful and serene country.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2011:

Hi dahoglund,

Colorado is surely beautiful as is Wisconsin. Of course they have the Rocky Mountains! Looking at the lakes in Grand County Colorado those mountains certainly make a spectacular backdrop. Thanks for the first visit and comment.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on April 03, 2011:

At one time I had hoped to get a job in Colorado and live there. I guess the Midwest has a hold on us though.Beautiful country but so is Wisconsin.

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