Colorado Road Trip – Grand Lake (Part 6)

Historic Grand Lake

The journey from Steamboat Springs to Grand Lake was one of our shorter drives, only 1 hour and 45 mins.

Grand Lake is indeed grand, the deepest natural lake in Colorado.  The Lake is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and its town looks like a stolen Western movie set.  We were in Grand Lake in August but come the Winter months, it is transformed into the ‘Snowmobile Capital of Colorado’!
Grand Lake 2

Where did we stay

As we were there for one night, I wanted somewhere cheap and cheerful.  The Gateway Inn was perfect with a clean, cheap, large room with two double beds and a travel cot.
Gateway Inn

What did we do

  • Hired a pedalo to take out on Grand Lake.  These things are hard work!  But a great way to see the lake with the kids 
    Pedalo on Grand Lake
  • Took a stroll along the Grand Lake Boardwalk.  Lined with antique shops, ice cream stores and restaurants with views out to the lake, it’s an easy way to keep the kids occupied.  There’s also a small kids playground and grassy area.
  • Small but perfectly formed, you can make a sandcastle at ‘The Beach’ at Grand Lake while watching people huffing & puffing on pedalos.
    Beach at Grand Lake

Where did we eat

  • Pretty good BBQ at Sagebrush BBQ & Grill on the Grand Lake Boardwalk.  Apologies if I sound a bit snobby but last year’s road trip was to Texas where they know how to BBQ.
  • Humungous breakfast at the Fat Cat Cafe.  


Fore more on our Colorado Road Trip Check Out

Part 1: Denver to Glenwood Springs

Part 2: Glenwood Springs to Ouray

Part 3: Ouray to Crested Butte

Part 4: Weekend in Denver

Part 5: Steamboat Springs

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