Explore Colorado: Grand Lake

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Jennifer Broome takes us to Grand Lake for some family fun.

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Grand Lake was called “Spirit Lake” by the Native Americans who camped by its shore.  This time of year as fall and winter collide, it is breathtakingly beautiful and a fun place for your family to explore.  Grand Lake was formed by glaciation 30,000 years ago and it is the headwaters of the Colorado River.  It has a depth of 265 feet.


Grand Lake is the gateway to the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park.  It is about a 35-40 minute drive from Winter Park.  During the winter Grand Lake is known for its snowmobiling.  It is consistently ranked in the top 10 snowmobiling destinations in the United States.

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