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Discover Grand Lake, CO


A small town that grew around Colorado's largest natural body of water, Grand Lake is the only western gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Denver is a two-hour drive away by motorhome rental in Grand Lake, making you feel you are in the heart of the mountains when you come to visit this charming lakeside town sitting at more than 8,300 feet above sea level.

Grand Lake had its start as an outfitting and supply point for Lulu City, now a ghost town but a booming silver mining settlement in the late 19th century. Over time, Grand Lake became a destination in its own right: Today, quaint cabins and summer homes line the lake’s shores. Book an RV in Grand Lake and you’ll find the western entrance to the RMNP is just a short drive away.

Discover the Wild Surprises of Rocky Mountain National Park

Find the best Grand Lake RV rental by owner and experience Colorado's largest and deepest alpine lake. The most opportune time to take to the water is in the morning, when the lake is as flat as a sheet of glass, making kayaking, rental boating, and paddle boating a breeze. The lake has sandy beaches, which provide a wonderful place to let the children play in the warm sand or simply soak up the lakeside scene. There are designated swimming areas if you are adventurous enough to float in the frigid waters.

Grand Lake bills itself as the "Snowmobiling Capital of Colorado". Hundreds of miles of trails that cyclists and ATV riders use in summer become thick with snow in winter and are therefore ideal for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. You can even snowmobile right down Main Street in winter.

Naturally, all roads lead to Rocky Mountain National Park when you arrive with your travel trailer rental in Grand Lake. But with more than 265,000 acres to get lost in, where do you go? That, of course, depends on what you came here for. Wildlife abounds in some areas, so if you're keen to see elk and moose (frequent), or black bear and bobcat (rare) while breaking a serious sweat, a five-mile (one-way) hike up Baker Gulch (with about 2,500 feet in elevation gain) on your way to Parika Lake will prove worth your effort.

Or you can put your camper rental in Grand Lake to good use on a drive over the Continental Divide. From Grand Lake, the Trail Ridge Road – paved in its entirety – connects you to Estes Park, one of the eastern entrances to the RMNP. Sweeping views of the valleys and crags await you on this two-hour drive while still rewarding you with common sightings of moose, marmots, and bighorn sheep.

Where to Park Your RV

Given its lakeside location right outside the Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake makes it easy for visitors with campers and trailers to find centrally located motorhome sites. In fact, a few of the closest campgrounds are within a 15-minute drive of Main Street. Get close to the action and consider staying at either Elk Creek Campground and RV Park, Winding River Resort, or Green Ridge Campground. A few other options are available in Granby about 15 miles away. It’s far from the RMNP entrance, but the town has an enormous market for your grocery needs. You don’t have to leave town for fuel though as there are a few gas stations in Grand Lake.

Elk Creek Campground welcomes Grand Lake RV rentals with full hookup sites with up to 50 amp service. There are also water and electric only sites, restrooms and showers, and a dump station. Moose, elk, and deer are regularly sighted, so it’s worth looking into if waking up to wildlife is on your list. Winding River Resort has full hookup sites, showers and restrooms, and a camp store. Horseback riding, fishing, and haystack rides are popular activities here.

Part of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, the Green Ridge Campground offers non-electric RV sites, with drinking water available. There are flush toilets and a dump station, and firewood sold on site. With the campground by the shore of the Shadow Mountain Lake, you can also enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing. Cast a line out for salmon and trout.

The Walmart stores in Longmont and Loveland are the closest to Grand Lake if you have just gone down the Trail Ridge Road and exited at Estes Park. Check with the store manager if you can park overnight so you can leave your Grand Lake RV rental by day and explore the town.

Small Town, Grand Views

Grand Lake has none of the big-name brands you might find in a tourist town. Perhaps because of its seclusion, Grand Lake retains an old-fashioned charm that often evaporates when a town sits right next to a popular national park. Soak up the town's laidback character or browse the art galleries and locally owned restaurants and shops on a stroll down the boardwalk.

See what life was like in the late 19th century at Kauffman House Museum. The structure is typical of log architecture before 1900 when people moved west in search of land open to homestead. Step inside for a close look at turn-of-the-century clothing, furniture, and iron kitchen ware.

Removed from big cities it may be, Grand Lake nonetheless has a decent share of BBQ and grill fare, with a few Italian and Mexican options thrown in the mix. There's also American comfort food and casual dining options. If you want to tuck into a good meal after a day out in the wild, a few fine dining venues, with views to match, are available.

Grand Lake is one of Colorado’s hidden gems, and worth venturing this far out for its postcard quaintness alone. As the town says to entice visitors, “you need a new bucket list”. So go ahead. Search for the best RV rental in Grand Lake, CO, today, and “go grand.”

RV Rentals in Grand Lake, CO

Grand Lake, CO is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Grand Lake. Outdoorsy's Grand Lake RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

RV and Motorhome Rentals Nearby

Nearby to Grand Lake are a number of National, State and Local parks. Travelers can easily rent RVs and motorhomes near Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapaho National Forest, White River National Forest, Chautauqua Park, and Pike National Forest.

What's around Grand Lake, CO


Check out local hikes, campgrounds, parks and more!

Local Hiking Trails

Hiking Trail City State
Mohawk Lakes Trail Breckenridge Colorado
Gem Lake Trail Estes Park Colorado
Mount Sanitas Trail Boulder Colorado
Beaver Brook and Chavez Trail Loop Golden Colorado
Hanging Lake Trail Glenwood Springs Colorado
Mount Bierstadt Trail Idaho Springs Colorado
Maxwell Falls Lower Trail Evergreen Colorado
Emerald Lake Trail Estes Park Colorado
Mount Falcon Castle Trail Morrison Colorado
Royal Arch Trail Boulder Colorado

Nearby Campgrounds

Standley Lake Regional Park

campground Broomfield, CO
Colorado is a nature lover's paradise. It is home to some of the best ski resorts and recreational areas in the region. If you plan to be in the area and are looking for a rough and rugged place to park your RV, check out Standley Lake Regional Park in Broomfield, Colorado. This RV park is located in the regional park and offers easy access to the lake and all of the wilderness attractions. Standley Lake Regional Park is for those who want a true camping experience. They offer pull through lots as well as water and electrical hookups. You will get to enjoy the peace and quiet that a remote camping destination brings and can admire the views of the Rocky Mountains in the distance. Standley Lake Regional Park is perfect for those who love water sports and fishing. You can stroll along the shore and let your dogs run around.

Cow Creek South

campground Heeney, CO
Located in White River National Forest this campground provides a scenic setting for visitors looking for a variety of recreational activities on land and on water. The 2.3 million-acre White River National Forest has eight wilderness area and ten peaks with over 14,000 feet in elevation. The camp site is located on the shores of the Green Mountain reservoir, where you can canoe, fish, waterski and windsurf. In the summer you can take the Trail Ridge Road from one side of the park to the other, where you'll have views of alpine elevations of more than 12,000 feet. Amazing scenery awaits your RV rental trip.

Pearl Street Mall

attraction Boulder, CO
Take a stroll down one of Boulders' most lively and historic streets, enjoy art, live music, have an amazing meal, and interact with locals and outsiders in one of the many bars. Most of the buildings here are considered the oldest structures in Boulder which house restaurants, local businesses, boutiques and so much more. You can buy local food at the farmers? market, participate in community events, or join any tour of the city.

Fort Collins/Lakeside KOA

campground Fort Collins, CO
Fort Collins Lakeside/KOA is unbeatable as a base camp for touring the Front Range of Colorado. They are on the NW corner of Ft. Collins and only five minutes from Colorado State University, ten minutes from Poudre Canyon and within one hour of Laramie, Cheyenne, Boulder, Estes Park, Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park. The KOA Campground features big-rig friendly RV sites have 50/30 amp, water, sewer, WiFi and cable. Tent sites, cabins, cottages and lodges are available if you want to leave your RV at home. Schedule your next group outing or family reunion with us. We have two conference rooms, a large pavilion and a small gazebo for special events. Their recreation center will keep the whole family busy.They are also happy to serve you breakfast & pizza at our chuck wagon (Memorial Day - Labor Day). Don't miss our special activities on Saturdays during the summer! Seasonal activities include bumper boats, jumping pillow, inflatable castle, miniature golf, paddle boats, pool, wading pool, horseshoes, ladder golf, volleyball, basketball, chuck wagon, arcade, recreation center, bikes, shuffleboard, Saturday activities Year-round activities include fishing, playground, library/gym, dog park, fitness trail, sports field. RV facilities include 50 amp, Wi-Fi, Cable TV, pool, snack bar, propane, firewood, and more.

Flatirons Vista Trailhead

attraction Boulder, CO
If you?re looking for a challenging hike (8,148 ft) that will reward you with breathtaking scenery, then the Flatirons landmark is the place for you. Easily accessible from downtown Boulder, you can begin your hike here, but you also have the option of exploring many trails that offer an easier route. This is also a popular destination for rock climbers. During you hike you may be able to see coyotes, songbirds, eagles, mule deer, and bobcats which are all common year round.

Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark

attraction Boulder, CO
The Colorado Chautauqua, is the only year round institution of its kind in the U.S. It is a national historic landmark, which includes 25 acres of trails, lodgings and historic buildings that are still in use. You can attend lectures, live performances, silent films, enjoy a meal, or buy tickets for a special event.

Dakota Ridge RV Resort

campground Golden, CO
Dakota Ridge RV Resort is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Golden Colorado.Dakota Ridge RV Resort is situated between the mountains of Summit County and the bustling excitement of Denver, Dakota Ridge RV Resort gives you the perfect balance of city and mountain experiences all year round. The RV Resort features spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains and the Denver skyline ? so you can easily blend outdoor adventure and big city culture. Within minutes of Dakota Ridge RV Resort, you'll find world-class shopping, dining, professional and collegiate sporting events, gambling, sightseeing, cultural activities, and outdoor recreation ? everything you need to experience Colorado. The RV Resort offers 141 full-service and premium sites available year round are level, paved, and beautifully landscaped. Pull-through and back-in sites are both available. For your convenience, propane is available for sale to the public. Dakota Ridge RV Resort has been recognized as Colorado?s number 1 RV Park and one of the Top 100 Good Sam Parks in the U.S. for 2009.

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Recommendations for Grand Lake, CO from Outdoorsy Owners


Rocky Mountain National Park has beautiful scenery in every direction. There are several family-friendly places to camp, hike, fish and see wildlife.

Jul 4, 2019

This is a great campground near Grand Lake CO. There is a small animal farm for the kids plus horses, playgrounds, a general store, chuck wagon breakfasts, ice cream socials, and ATV rentals/trails.

Apr 30, 2019

Endless hiking, beautiful views, stunning lakes, and small glaciers.

Aug 28, 2018

Has a champagne Sunday brunch buffet overlooking a small pond with ducks.

Jul 16, 2018

Beautiful Oasis just an over an hour NW of Denver. Cool days and nights with a plethora of beautiful scenery and wildlife. :)

Jul 3, 2018

Shopping. Dining. Fishing. Boating. Kayaking. Family trips. Day trips. Hiking. History. Waterfall. Perfect Getaway

Apr 26, 2018

Beautiful adventures a day trip away. Fishing, camping, hiking, sightseeing, wildlife viewing and so much more

Apr 26, 2018

Stanley Hotel. Fly fishing. Sightseeing. Hiking. Dining. Family trips. Outdoor adventures

Apr 26, 2018

It's so beautiful & there are so many Elk & some Moose. It brings us to Estes Park or Grand Lake which are 2 great places to go through or stay at when we go to visit the park.

Sightseeing
Mar 17, 2018

EPIC! This place has so much it will take your breath away -this is the True Colorado Experience...!

Hiking Fishing Historic Sightseeing Good weather Overnight Day trip
Sep 4, 2017

Great place to take a camping trip and not too far from Denver or Colorado Springs. Highly recommend.

Jul 10, 2017

Nice launching point for visiting Estes Park! Sometimes elk herds will wander through! Great views of the surrounding mountains.

Chill Scenic
Jun 18, 2017