In our constant search for weekend getaway options, we stumbled upon Colorado Cabin Adventures in Grand Lake. And I’m so happy we did! Our Rocky Mountain National Park cabins Grand Lake trip was everything we had hoped.
These adorable, rustic, but comfortable cabins are located walking distance to the shores of Shadow Mountain Lake. It is also close to the western gateway to the Rocky Mountains and near the Colorado River. Grand Lake really is the perfect place for a peaceful mountain getaway in Colorado.
Getting to Your Rocky Mountain National Park Cabins Grand Lake Getaway
Grand Lake is about a 2-3 hour drive from Denver depending on the route you take. The shorter option is up I-70 to U.S.-40 (through Winter Park), then east on U.S.-34. However, when Trail Ridge Road is open, going the long way through Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park is always a treat.
Just make sure to check if the road is still open for the season before you head out. Colorado Cabin Adventures is just outside of Downtown Grand Lake on U.S.-34.
Quick Tip: Before you leave on any peaceful mountain getaways here, fill up on gasoline and pack a big cooler full of groceries and drinks. Small mountain towns are lovely, but the prices for food and other essentials can be a bit high. Luckily, the cabins have kitchens, outdoor grills, and picnic table spots, so you can make yourself at home.
Cozy Cabins at Colorado Cabin Adventures
With multiple options available, Colorado Cabin Adventures in Grand Lake can accommodate families big and small – and they are pet friendly, too! So you could use these for a romantic getaway or even family reunions. While they don’t have the most modern amenities, this is the ideal place to get that iconic mountain town feel.
There are many cabins rentals in Grand Lake, but we highly suggest these (and they are way less expensive than nearby Grand Lake Lodge). We stayed in the Brownie – a one bedroom, one bathroom cabin that was perfect for the two of us. It included a fireplace, kitchen, and everything else we needed for a wonderful weekend escape (including Wifi, a fan, a heater and extra blankets)! And the bed was really comfy, which is always a great bonus!
Having an actual full kitchen was really great and convenient, too. It had a fridge with a freezer, oven with a 4-burner stovetop, plus all the pots, pans, plates and silverware we needed. There was also a grill on the front porch and fire pit out back – for the more outdoorsy cooks!
After a long day of hiking and exploring, getting to kick back and enjoy some tea next to the fire is such a treat. And our window even looked out on the river!
Check out this video tour of our accommodations for a more detailed view of the cabin:
What’s Near Colorado Cabin Adventures?
In Grand County, it isn’t hard to find gorgeous lake views or epic mountain views. There is an abundance of outdoor activities in the Grand Lake area in every season – including, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and more. It’s always so lovely just to get out in the fresh mountain air!
Shadow Mountain Lake
We were super excited to discover the perfect sunrise spot at Pine Beach. And it was only a 0.15-mile walk from our cabin! Just follow alongside the river, through the private property area (they allow you to walk through – just no fishing), and to the shores of Shadow Mountain Lake. If you are lucky, you may even see a moose!
Rocky Mountain National Park
The west-side entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is under 20 minutes from the cabins. This side of the park has countless gorgeous trails, lakes, and breathtaking views of mountain vistas to enjoy. Plus, you are more likely to see moose on this side of the park and it is also home to the Continental Divide!
Downtown Grand Lake
This unique little town of Grand Lake is a must-see. With quirky shops, multiple options for dining, dessert, and drinks, and even an arcade – there is something for everyone! Find the grilled cheese spot, trust me! It is lovely to just walk the historic wooden boardwalks of Grand Avenue and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It is the perfect setting for a romantic stroll and just a short walk to see the entire town.
Wander down to the Grand Lake Marina to take in even better views of the lake with the backdrop of Rocky Mountain National Park in the distance.
FAQ for Rocky Mountain National Park Cabins Grand Lake Getaway
Is it better to stay in Grand Lake or Estes Park?
Estes Park is the best choice f you want to be closest to the most popular activities in Rocky Mountain National Park and more shopping and dining options. However, for a less touristy more iconic mountain-town feel, Grand Lake is the best choice!
Does Grand Lake have cabins?
Yes! Grand Lake has a variety of cabins and rustic accommodations to rent. We stayed at Colorado Cabin Adventures, but there is also Grand Escapes Cottages, Elk Creek Campground & RV, Lone Eagle Lodge, Lupine Village, and lakeside retreat options as a privately owned vacation rental. Some even have amenities like a hot tub or an outdoor pool.
How far away is Grand Lake from Rocky Mountain National Park?
The town of Grand Lake is only one mile from the western entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park.
How far apart are Estes Park and Grand Lake?
There are 46 miles between Estes Park and Grand Lake by taking the stunning Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park.
Read our Colorado Grand Lake Getaway Guide for more ideas on how to make the best of this mountain town destination!
Our experience in these cute rustic cabins with Colorado Cabin Adventures was complimentary, however, our opinions are always our own.
Want more tips for Rocky Mountain National Park? Read more:
- 3 Short hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park
- Stargazing in Rocky Mountain National Park
- Easy Winter Hike: Bierstadt Lake
- 3 Short Snow Hikes in RMNP
For more great Colorado hikes and activities for every season, check out our Colorado travel page.