I love being by the water. And if you can add some mountains to the water then I am a pretty happy camper. On our way to Rocky Mountain National Park, in search of some golden aspen trees, we stopped at Grand Lake, Colorado. And I'm so glad we did!
Grand Lake is the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. We had been through it before on our way to the park. But the key word is through. This time we had brought a picnic lunch and had time to stop. The weather was picture postcard perfect - 70's and sunny with a slight little chill in the air. We searched for a city park and found one of the best ever little parks - with incredible views.
Point Park is managed by the town of Grand Lake and owned by the US Forest Service. You drive through a residential area to get there, and it has covered picnic areas, a boardwalk to view the lake and fishing is allowed. There must be many weddings held here - can you see why? - because there was a notice for the following weekend of at least 4 weddings on Saturday and Sunday.
The view from the boardwalk where the weddings are held!
Mr. UR says that water is cold!
After our quiet and picturesque picnic lunch, we went in search of Grand Lake Lodge. Our son and his girlfriend had stopped by the lodge and recommended we stop to see it too.
Quoting their website: "Grand Lake Lodge is a classic Colorado Summer Mountain Lodge offering a variety of rustic cabins located in the pines behind the main lodge...Surrounded on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park, and perched on a hillside above Grand Lake Village, Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Reservoir. It's a view you will never forget from our front porch swings!" I couldn't have said it better myself!
I highly suggest a stop here, if not for a stay at least for a meal! View their website here
As for those golden aspens? Well, I found them - right outside the entrance to the lodge!
To read about our day in Rocky Mountain National Park, head here
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