Grand Mesa Lodge
Plop your suitcase down on the cushioned bed adorned with an embroidered-moose blanket and take in all the adorable bear decorations and wooden furniture of your rustic cabin. Or look over those log chalets from your electric service RV hookup site along the Grand Mesa scenic byway. After you get settled in, try your hand at one of the many activities at the lodge. Cast your reel on Island Lake (the nearest body of water and less than 2 miles away), dine at the lodge’s cozy restaurant and bar or zoom around during a guided snowmobile tour that’s raved about by locals and visitors.
What makes it special?
The Grand Mesa Lodge is a year-round wonder with sweet seasonal activities. Indulge in winter sports like downhill or Nordic skiing, snowshoeing on nearby trails or even sledding. For summertime adventures, rent a boat and some fishing gear and get out on one of the Grand Mesa’s hundreds of lakes. Or don your hiking boots to snap some cotton-candy-colored sunset pics on a stroll through seemingly endless nature. Insider’s tip: Avoid excessive bites by spraying on some eco-friendly insect repellant in the spring and summer.
The most “Colorado” thing about this place
We’re putting our money on the unmistakable mountain vibes of the place. With rustic cottages, alpine elevation and breathtaking views of the deep-green angular peaks, there will be no doubt that you’re nestled in the Colorado outdoors.
Need some grub before or after your escapades? The lodge’s adjoining restaurant and bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner is convenient for when you’re on the go or takin’ it slow. Sink your teeth into a tender burger covered in melted pepper-jack cheese and green chili, all inside a brioche bun, or keep it simple with a slice (or a whole pie) of cheese pizza.
Top sensory encounter you’ll experience
It’s more about what you won’t experience here — the busy sounds of a city are nowhere to be found as you step outside to the chirping birds, fresh mountain breezes and lapping lake water.
Our favorite traveler review
“This is such a magical place! My husband and I loved every second of staying in a small cabin by the lake, playing endless board games and our snowmobile tour! Absolutely would recommend this to everyone!” — Morgan L., Google
Things to see & do nearby
Get out onto one of Grand Mesa’s 300 lakes — go hiking or fishing at Baron Lake or Deep Ward Lake, both just a short drive down the scenic byway. Check out the heavenly views of Eggleston Lake’s emerald water and its surrounding vegetation after hiking the Crag Crest Trail in Grand Mesa National Forest. Traverse the Grand Mesa scenic byway to immerse yourself in colorful history or take the 25-minute drive with your skis and boards to Powderhorn Mountain Resort.
If a relaxing getaway is more your speed, what better way to kick back than with a glass of wine in-hand? At Stoney Mesa Winery and Chill Switch Wines in Cedaredge — stop by for a glass, bottle or flight of Colorado-grown wine amongst the mesas. (Make sure to call and reserve a spot with Chill Switch Wines ahead of time.)
Photos courtesy of Grand Mesa Lodge