Grand Lake Boat Ride and Island Picnic
One of the joys of living in Denver or just visiting is the wealth of summer activities. One great day trip is to visit Trail Ridge Marina, in Grand County. The marina is located in Grand Lake, Colorado with access to Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake. The marina rents everything from a pontoon boat that holds up to 12 people for scenic rides around the lake to a Sea-Doo for those who want a little more adventure. Renting a pontoon boat is wonderful adventure for one or two families.
Aboard your boat you'll be visiting the headwaters of the Colorado River and will experience the thrills and beauty of a high mountain lake that is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Your boat trip starts on Shadow Mountain Lake where you'll cruise the shores of Rocky Mountain Park. Along your journey, you'll have a good chance at spotting deer, moose, elk and osprey. There are picnic benches on the islands for lunch or just relaxing.
Don't forget to head through the canal to Grand Lake. There are public docks at the town and you can stop in for some shopping or lunch at the many restaurants. While boating on Grand Lake you can explore the million dollar homes that line the shore and overlook the lake. Many boats on the lake are antique wooden Chris-Craft boats.
- Family Travel
- Sailing and Boating
Hot Air Balloon in a beautiful place! Grand Adventure Balloon Tours provides a spectacular flight! Call #970-887-1340 early in your stay. It is a great way to get out and see the area before the afternoon storms.
- Family Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Hot Air Ballooning
This historic house was built by the Kauffman family in 1892. The family made it into a hotel, and so it remained until 1946. It's the only 19th century log cabin left in Grand Lake. Docents dressed in period costumes show visitors around the house and explain life in the early days.
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Gateway to Rocky Mtn Ntl. Park
Grand Lake is the town closest to the Western entrance to RMNP. In the summer visitors can drive through the park to the Eastern entrance, Estes Park. But in winter Trail Ridge Road, the 12,000 foot pass is closed. There is still plenty to do and see before getting to the road closure (10 miles past the official park entrance). And there is plenty to see and do before you even get to the official park entrance.
We were hoping for a moose siting on this day but it was not to happen.
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