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21 Jul 2023
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Two chairs on a wooden patio overlooking Grand Lake.

Grand Lake, nicknamed the “Western Gateway” to the Rocky Mountain National Park and referred to as “Spirit Lake” by Utes tribe, was formed by glaciers cutting into surrounding mountains and creating the largest and deepest natural lake in the state of Colorado. European settlers made their way out to Grand Lake in the mid-1800's, working as miners seeking fortunes in hills along with hunting guides for adventurers seeking wildlife challenges and outdoor excursions.

Even as new travelers came in to take in all the natural beauty and abundance of wildlife, the town was known more for its personality among the locals – tough, resourceful and eclectic but with a profound sense of respect for their surroundings. Today, the personality of the past has left a remaining tribute, seen in the mountain rustic architectural design for many of the homes still standing as well as the businesses seated along the wooden boardwalks of Grand Lake’s main streets. Though the beauty of the Rocky Mountains is undeniable, the charm and preservation of the town more than compliments the surroundings, it validates the natural beauty in which this town rests in and confirmed with the influx of visitors that visit every summer.

As expected, the Grand Lake environment experiences the seasons to an extreme though not to the point that it would deter a vacation or even an adventure. Sitting at an elevation of just under 8,400 feet, Grand Lake offers exceptional outdoor adventures for summertime hikers, avid mountain bikers and ATV/OTH explorers.

Another great feature of Grand Lake is the abundance of locally owned and operated shops, stores and restaurants that exemplify the natural settings of undisturbed beauty. The town of Grand Lake always has something special going on, namely festivals and yearly events respective of the season these events take place. If you have trouble finding something to do in this majestic mountain destination of unrivaled beauty, Grand Mountain Rentals has a selected list of places to visit and explore as well as recommended restaurants to dine at while visiting. And if the charm and beauty of Grand Lake leaves an everlasting impression on you, we invite you to come and stay at one of our popular choices for cabin and condo vacation rentals.

Recommended Guided Tours:

Kaiyote Tours: Local travel company offering day hikes and birdwatching.

Lively Tours and Talks: Offering private tours of the Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding Grand County region.

Recommended Restaurants:

Charlie’s Bar and Grill

One Love Rum Kitchen

The Waterfront


Sagebrush BBQ and Grill

Once in Grand Lake Colorado, you’re going to want to stay, maybe even permanently! Grand Mountain Rentals is one of the premier vacation rental agencies serving the Grand Lake region, holding the respect of the locals as a place of business that treats the surroundings the way it was intended to. Whether you’re here in the summer to mountain bike, hike along the ridges of the Rocky Mountains, or fish in the solitude, Grand Mountain Rentals has the right vacation rental with all the proper accommodations for you. Here is a list of our most popular properties that you can reserve in advance (before someone else does).

Brown cabin with green roof surround by trees on a sunny day.

Woodland Cabin - Located in Grand Lake, this cozy 3-bedroom/2-bathroom cabin offers ample outdoor space for recreational outdoor activities. Even with modern amenities available such as a stackable washer and dryer, it still holds its charm as exemplified with its original 1950’s fireplace.

Brown two-story cabin surrounded by woods.

Schaffner Cabin – Fitted with a loft area with a sofa sleeper, this 2-bedroom/2-bathroom cabin on Grand Lake can accommodate up to 8 guests, offering views from both front and back decks.

Overlooking a lake partially obscured by trees from a wooden patio.

Eagles Landing 25 – This recently renovated 3rd floor, 2-bedroom/2-bathroom condo has a lake-facing balcony towards Grand Lake. Adding more allure to this vacation getaway, its master bedroom comes with a large jacuzzi to relax in after a long day of skiing or hiking. Added details include a wood-burning fireplace, 2 available parking spaces, and it is close enough to the heart of the town to explore without a car or other means of transportation.

Wooden two-story cabin with an upper patio surrounded by trees.

Valley Vista - This exquisite 3-bedroom/2-bathroom vacation rental is located right by Grand Lake with close proximity to locally owned shops and restaurants. It also features a large gourmet kitchen, a 6-person hot tub with views of the surrounding mountains and your own washer and dryer.