Grand Lake, Colorado is situated in the heart of the Colorado Rockies and stands as the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. This historic community offers a blend of restaurants and shops lining an authentic western boardwalk, so you can feel like a true cowboy or cowgirl during your visit.
One way to truly experience this western mountain vacation is to choose lodging that embraces the Old West. The Winding River Resort is one of these. If you are considering where to stay in Grand Lake, Colorado, and you want a truly western experience, then this might be the best fit for your needs.
Get Away From It All in a Cozy Cabin at Winding River Resort
Winding River Resort offers a mix of accommodation options. If you love to camp, they have RV and tent camping sites for you to utilize. Guests who prefer to “rough it” with a little more luxury will love the cabins and lodge rooms. Each is decorated to resemble a log cabin, with quilts, cedar paneling, and other similar décor options to help add to the rustic mountain feel.
Guests who opt to stay in one of the cabins will love the kitchen facilities. These allow you to take charge of your stay by preparing your own meals. Some cabins also have a wood burning stove to make the stay feel even more cozy and comfortable, and the porches in these cabins are stocked with firewood, so you will not have to worry about purchasing any. The less spacious, but no less cozy lodge rooms do not have kitchens, but they do have private baths, refrigerators, and microwaves.
While the lodging options are great at Winding River Resort, the other amenities are what make it such a fun place to stay. Guests love the fact that there are horses on the premises that they can ride and interact with during their stay.
Trail rides, hay rides, and pony rides for the kids are available in the warmer months of the year to resort guests. If you have your own horse, you can easily bring it with you and stable it at the resort.
Winding River also has a small animal farm with sheep, calves, piglets, and chickens, which is a favorite among the children who stay at the resort.
The western fun at Winding River does not stop with the horses and other animals. Regular ice cream socials, chuckwagon breakfasts, and chuckwagon dinners make you feel like you are living in the Old West.
On Sundays, you can enjoy Cowboy Church by the Colorado River. The resort also offers a playground and facilities to play volleyball, Frisbee golf, softball, horseshoes, and basketball.
All of these attractions and amenities make this facility a favorite for group getaways and family reunions.
If You Go
If you are planning to book some time at the Winding River Resort, visit www.windingriverresort.com to learn more about what the facility offers.
To find the resort, travel 1.5 miles north along Highway 34. Turn left, then travel 1.5 miles on Road 491 to find the resort.
The remote location helps add to the feel of the western ranch setting. To book your reservation, you can either go online or call 1-800-282-5121.
Nicole Harms has been writing professionally since 2006, specializing in travel and finance writing, with work having been published on USA Today, the New York Stock Exchange and Hotels.com in addition to here on Go Colorado!
Special thanks to the Winding River Resort for providing the photos featured in this article!