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10 Apr 2024
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Summer Fun

As the snow melts on another incredible winter in Colorado, the mountains burst with greens, yellows, and purples as trees and wildflowers spring to life. All around, people are gearing up for endless days of outdoor fun. Whether you’re looking to enjoy lazy lake days, thrilling off-road adventures, invigorating waterfall hikes, or any of the other wonders Grand Lake holds, one thing is certain: your summer vacation will be one you’ll want to relive over and over again. This month, as you plan your next getaway, we’re providing you with a guide to the best summer activities in Grand Lake, Colorado, so you can get straight to the fun when you arrive. As you check out this curated list, be sure to add some of these adventures to your itinerary. You won’t regret it! 

Lake-Living Luxury

They don’t call it Grand Lake for nothing. As the largest natural lake in the entire state of Colorado, water sports and activities are some of the most popular things to do during the warmer months. Whether you’re renting a boat from the marina or diving in from your lakefront vacation rental, getting out on the water is a must. Try casting a line for lake trout and Kokanee salmon, or get a rush of adrenaline as you trade your snow skis for water skis and zip across the surface. Kayaks and paddle boats are available for slower-paced days, and if you just want to relax, you can find a sandy shore and watch the clouds go by while you soak in the sun and stunning alpine views. No matter how you enjoy the water, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible time cooling off this summer in Grand Lake.

Outdoor Exploration

Located right next to the western entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake is a haven for outdoor adventure and exploration. From hiking and mountain biking trails to ATV excursions, if you want a nature-filled, action-packed vacation, Grand Lake is the place to be! Unlike the crowded entrances at Estes, visiting the park through the Grand Lake entrance means freely roaming trails without the bustle of all the extra people. For hikes that really deliver, be sure to try Adams Falls and Cascade Falls trails. Relatively easy treks, both will reward you with thundering waterfall views and opportunities to spot incredible wildlife like roaming moose and elk.

Want to get off the beaten path? Several ATV companies near Grand Lake offer half or full-day adventures where you can choose from guided or self-led rides through the expansive backcountry of the Rockies. Looking for a ride of a different kind? Take to the skies in a hot air balloon for sweeping mountain views, or saddle up and venture out on horseback. Regardless of which activities you choose, getting outside and exploring Grand Lake during your summer vacation will provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Get Out on the Town

Grand Lake, Colorado, is more than just incredible Rocky Mountain scenery and epic lakeside living. It’s a charming town full of things to do during your summer getaway. Indulge in some retail therapy as you wander the shops of the Grand Lake Boardwalk in search of your one-of-a-kind souvenir. With more than 60 stores, galleries, and restaurants, there’s something to satisfy everyone. When you need a break, pop into one of the wild-west-style saloons for some live music and cold refreshments. Visiting over the 4th of July? Get ready to marvel at the incredible 30-minute fireworks display as it lights up the sky over the water. Later in the summer, celebrations like Buffalo Days will fill the town with music, arts and crafts, great food, and community events. And for a dash of culture, the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre’s annual calendar presents a variety of Broadway classics that make for a fantastic addition to a night on the town. For a fully rounded vacation, when you visit Grand Lake this summer, be sure to spend some time exploring the town and all its unique offerings. You never know what you may find!

Book Your Summer Getaway Today!

Armed with this guide to the best summer activities in Grand Lake, the only thing left to do is book your vacation rental! At Grand Mountain Rentals, we have a variety of properties that can suit any group’s needs. From condos to lakefront homes and even properties a little outside of town, we cover it all. Plus, when you book your stay directly with us, you’ll avoid the hidden fees and extra taxes that sites like Airbnb or VRBO tack on. With a local team available every step of the way, we can help you create your dream vacation in Great Lake. Browse our available vacation rentals and book your summer stay today!