W•A•N•T•E•D ⁣

You're invited to saddle up & mosey on over for a boot scootin' good time at Winter Carnival! 🤠⁣ 

⁣See one of four yearly fireworks shows over Grand Lake, presented by the Grand Lake Fireworks Organization. Costumes are encouraged at the ball. 

Presented by the Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce 

The most strenuous hike we're sharing with you is the Timber Lake Trail at 10.8 miles with a 2349 gain in elevation. The out & back trail is rated moderate, but add 2+ feet of snow and now you have a REAL workout. This plus the altitude are things to consider, even for the healthiest among us. Altitude can effect people differently and typically doesn't set in until heights of 7500 feet or more. Grand Lake sits at 8369 ft.


Headache, nausea, fatigue, & trouble sleeping are some symptoms to look out for, but some visitors can have more extreme reactions. To combat altitude sickness drink more water, limit your alcohol intake, eat more potassium to replenish electrolytes, & acclimate. Give yourself a good night's sleep at Lupine Village to see how your body will react before taking on a trail like Timber Lake in RMNP.

With all hikes know before you go - check the forecast often & check-in at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center to check the latest trail conditions. Happy Hiking⁣!

One of the chief benefits of winter hiking is the solitude, so it's good to know what to do if you cross trails with an animal. You may see deer, elk, fox, marten, birds, & moose around Grand Lake during the winter. Do not approach or try to feed any wild animals. The more noise you make, the less chance you have of seeing wildlife. So if you can't hike with a partner, sing a little ditty periodically to let the critters know you're there. If you encounter a moose look for signs of aggression & move from the trail giving it plenty of room to move on. If a moose charges you, run as fast as you can and put a boulder or tree between you and the moose 

There are mountain lions in the area, but they are not typically seen near people. In the very rare occurrence you cross a mountain lion  ⁣

don't approach it, keep calm and talk firmly and calmly. Back away slowly and definitely don’t run – this could make it want to attack you. Next, do everything you can to appear larger, from waving your arms to opening up your jacket. If the lion starts getting aggressive, throw stones or branches at it. Finally, just like with bears, in a worst case scenario, fight back. ⁣

Thanks to Colorado Parks and Wildlife for these tips! Green Mountain Trail is located inside RMNP. The out & back moderate trail is 3.5 miles.

With all hikes know before you go - check the forecast often & check the latest trail conditions. Happy Hiking

Our favorite dog-friendly hike in the area isn't just for the dogs! The 4 mi loop around Monarch Lake offers amazing views of the Indian Peaks Wilderness and a moderate trail with lots of interesting stops along the way. ⁣

The trail is popular year round, but during the winter the road to the trailhead parking lot is not maintained. Fear not! Park at the base and add the walk to the lake to your hike - uphill, but not difficult. Moose are frequently spotted in the area so be sure to always keep your dog on a leash as moose may see dogs as a threat. We'll have more 'wildlife on the trail' tips for you tomorrow!⁣

With all hikes know before you go - check the forecast often & sign into the Hiker Log at the trailhead. Often there will be notes about trail conditions and wildlife from other hikers. Happy Hiking⁣!⁣

January 8, 2020

Settled in 1917, the home of one of Grand Lake's first families & dude ranch, the Holzwarth Historic Site today is great for families & history buffs of all ages. The trail is relatively flat, and dotted with informational signs - depending on snow levels, signs may be buried 😉 Be prepared for lots of sunshine as you cross the valley & the Colorado River before reaching the actual site and shade. Loop through the cabins, peeking through the windows, before heading back the way you came to the parking lot. ⁣


Visitors during the summer can tour the cabins with park rangers & volunteers. During peak season plan on visiting early or before sunset to avoid crowds and to have the best chance of spotting wildlife 🦌

With all hikes know before you go - check the forecast often & check-in at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center to check the latest trail conditions. Happy Hiking⁣!

January 7, 2020

The Bowen-Baker trail has a little bit for everyone. If you're looking for a quick trip with epic mountain views, this might be the trail for you. If you're looking for a challenging, longer hike, this might be the trail for you.

Checkout snowshoes from the Canteen at Lupine Village & hit the trail! As you cross the valley toward the treeline look up at the mountains. Can you make out the Grand Ditch? The ditch sends water from the Never Summer mountains, over the Continental Divide, into the Cache La Poudre river eventually feeding farms in eastern Colorado. ⁣

As you exit the valley into the forest you'll also leave Rocky Mountain National Park and enter the Never Summer Wilderness. The trail continues on for miles, the 19 mi loop is very popular with backpackers in the summer.⁣

With all hikes know before you go - check the forecast often & check-in at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center to check these latest trail conditions. Happy Hiking⁣!

January 6, 2020

The Bowen-Baker trail has a little bit for everyone. If you're looking for a quick trip with epic mountain views, this might be the trail for you. If you're looking for a challenging, longer hike, this might be the trail for you. 

Checkout snowshoes from the Canteen at Lupine Village & hit the trail! As you cross the valley toward the treeline look up at the mountains. Can you make out the Grand Ditch? The ditch sends water from the Never Summer mountains, over the Continental Divide, into the Cache La Poudre river eventually feeding farms in eastern Colorado. ⁣

As you exit the valley into the forest you'll also leave Rocky Mountain National Park and enter the Never Summer Wilderness. The trail continues on for miles, the 19 mi loop is very popular with backpackers in the summer.⁣

With all hikes know before you go - check the forecast often & check-in at the Kawuneeche Visitor Center to check these latest trail conditions. Happy Hiking⁣!

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