A small mountain town covering just one square mile, Grand Lake is a beautiful place to live in Colorado. With a population of only 495 people in 2016, this quaint town offers a peaceful atmosphere while also remaining close to dozens of attractions. Visit downtown Grand Lake to explore the Kauffman House Museum or ride a snowmobile right down Main Street!

Located at the entrance to the Rocky Mountains National Park, downtown Grand Lake also offers tons of outdoor activities, including hiking and snowmobile trails as well as water sports on the lake. To find out more about things to do in Grand Lake, Colorado, check out our Winter Activities and Summer Activities pages. You can also view our calendar of events to learn about the many annual festivities in the area. If you’re thinking about relocating to Grand County, don’t forget to browse the available real estate listings.

Things to Do in Downtown Grand Lake

Kauffman House Museum

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this unique log cabin was built as a hotel in 1892. It continued to operate as a lodge until 1920 when the owner, Erza Kauffman, passed away. It is the only remaining log hotel in the county built in the 19th century. Tour the building to admire its unique architecture and learn about the original owner and his family.

Explore the Lake

While in downtown Grand Lake, you must take advantage of the town’s beautiful lake. Spend the day on the sandy shore of the Grand Lake beach, where visitors can kayak, swim, or just relax. Many businesses nearby offer boat rentals as well as kayak and paddleboards. Spend the day cruising on the lake or go fishing!

Snowmobile Through Trails or Down Main Street

While many people take advantage of Winter Park snowmobiling, Grand Lake is adjunct to nearly 130 miles of snowmobile trails in the Arapaho National Forest. Dubbed the “Snowmobiling Capital of Colorado,” Grand Lake has been named one of the Top 10 Snowmobiling Areas in the United States by America’s Best Online. The county also permits snowmobiling on certain streets in Grand County. If the road is coated with enough snow, you can cruise down Grand Lake’s Main Street!

Attend Local Events

With several ski resorts and tons of outdoor recreational activities, downtown Grand Lake is conveniently close to dozens of annual events, including the Winter Park Spring Splash. Whether you’re looking to participate in a winter activity like ice fishing or a warm weather adventure like mountain biking, Grand County has an event for you! Check out the county website for a list of Grand Lake, Colorado, upcoming events.

Make Grand County Your New Home!

Now that you’ve learned all the fantastic things downtown Grand Lake has to offer, consider purchasing your next home here! Or, find out more about other areas in the county, like downtown Winter Park. During your research, be sure to read up on Colorado real estates trends and review our guide to buying a house in Colorado.


This beautiful, four-bedroom home at 200 Hummingbird Lane is located at the north tip of Grand Lake. Built on 6.53 acres, this property is right next to the Arapaho National Recreation Area and offers gorgeous views of the nearby lake and mountains. The wood interior creates a cozy atmosphere, particularly in the living room, which also features a stone fireplace.