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21509 County Road 306, Buena Vista, CO 81211
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#11 of 20 Specialty lodging in Buena Vista
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Scenic24084004568 wrote a review Aug 2022
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Stayed here numerous times in the past and have visited many friends in the last two years staying here and was surprised at the deterioration of the cabins. The current management has a definitive lack of social skills and can be difficult and disrespectful. The cabin friends stayed in last year had a smell like raw sewage. I would nolonger stay here.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Todd G wrote a review Aug 2022
Omaha, Nebraska453 contributions100 helpful votes
Was awakened to a cockroach crawling on me in my bed. Alerted the front desk the next day, and i dont think he could of cared less. Informed him we were checking out because theses bugs were crawling on us the night before. He seemed apathetic, like i was bothering him or something. The woman who checked us in was awesome. Probably wont return because of how i was treated by the other employee. A simple ( im sorry) would have been great, thats not what i got. Threw the keys on counter and went somewhere else. Shower drain was clogged when we arrived. Toilet didnt flush properly. Kitchen sink hot water was a trickle. Oh, make sure you close doors quickly or mice will run in. I noticed a few things were in disrepair and unsafe. Why if you are staying for a week would your unit only have 1 towel each provided? You can ask for more but shouldnt need too. This place is beautiful but it needs a lot of work. Lots of good fishing, hiking and scenery.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Crystal S wrote a review Jun 2021
10 contributions2 helpful votes
Beautiful setting, close enough to town but far enough that you have the peace of nature. Bears, deer, fish, ducks and geese. Beautiful surroundings to adventure. Cabins were just the right size. No TV or internet, it was perfect! check in and out was a breeze.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Austin S wrote a review Jun 2021
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We have been going to Rainbow Lake as a family for over 8 years and it keeps getting better and better. The managers this year were so nice and made our stay so much more enjoyable. Highlight was fishing & seeing the MOOSE!!!! Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Tip: Go fishing in the morning towards the damn and also checking out the gift shop! Great apparel
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Cinjen63 wrote a review Oct 2020
New Braunfels, Texas1 contribution4 helpful votes
My mother had been going to Rainbow Lake Resort for the past 15+ years and loved it! We went this year and we were greatly disappointed. The property is under new management. We will not be going back as long as they are there. After driving 16 hours, we arrived at our cabin only to find it had serious septic issues. There is no way anyone with a sense of smell could stay in that cabin! We discovered through conversation with The property managers that they were aware of the problem yet didn’t let us know before we started our travels. They “kindly” offered us an upgrade cabin, but for only 2 of our 7 nights. It was a lovely cabin. There wasn’t any room at the resort other than a “motel” room in the lodge for the remainder of our time. We had these reservations for almost a year and were looking forward to special mother/daughter time. The Colorado experience we had dreamed of was a cabin, not a motel room. Due to COVID, we were unable to find another cabin to stay at in the area. We were so angry and disappointed in the way we were treated by management that we didn’t want to stay at Rainbow Lake Resort any longer than necessary. So we drove home. 32 hours of travel and only 41 hours of rest for a disabled 78 year old. You’ve heard of mama bears, I think I may be a daughter bear. So aggravating! Honestly, there is so much more I could say about management and how we were treated, but it would take too much time. I will however tell you that I asked one of the managers if she had checked the cabin before we arrived, since they were aware of the problems, she informed me she “never goes into the cabins”! Ugh! Coming from the hospitality profession myself, this floored me! The property owners should seriously reconsider who is running their property.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frances wrote a review Oct 2020
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A very quiet and peaceful escape for my boyfriend and I. We hiked, fished - caught both Rainbow and Brown Trout, walked around the lake, and soaked in the 14er views. We also saw a handful of deer around the property. I can’t wait to come back next year!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Carl M wrote a review Oct 2020
Chandler, Oklahoma11 contributions3 helpful votes
I knew when I booked this, it was a rustic, and older type resort. If you want fancy, and modern, don’t book this, but if you want rustic charm, peace and quit, relaxing, fishing, and easy hiking in a awesome setting, this is the place. Doug and Kathy (managers) were very helpful, and keep things clean and organized . We only stayed 2 days, but we will be back for sure. This will be our new base camp for exploring . A couple of tips. There is no wifi or tv in the cabins, they do have WiFi at the main lodge and a large great room open to all quests. Next time we may load some movies on the lap top for watching in the cabins Also Colorado was in a burn ban and we could not use the charcoal grills. I would suggest taking a tailgating style propane grill. There are Restaurant's and groceries 10 mins away in Buena Vista.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jack Benjamin wrote a review Sep 2020
Colorado1 contribution1 helpful vote
The surrounding scenery was beautiful and the grounds seemed to be ideal for family fun. Unfortunately, the hospitality personnel was cold and unhelpful. They were more about imposing rules than they were about being warm and inviting. When we told them that our kitchen sink was barely working, they said that it was a typical problem for our particular cabin and that we effectively had to "deal with it." In addition an atypical late summer snowfall left 6 inches of snow on our deck and the walk way up to the cabin entrance was a sheet of ice. It was clear that no effort had been made to clear it for guests or even put salt down to avoid slipping. It was an accident waiting to happen. The rec room was worn and tired. When we went to the front desk to ask for foosball balls we were told that the balls were already in the foosball table. When I said they weren't there I was told to lift up the table and shake it because the balls often got stuck. After taking quite a while to shake them free and finding that it didn't work, I was met with a shoulder shrug and given ping pong balls to play foosball. (No offer was made to have maintenance go down and resolve the problem.) As for the ping pong table, it was dilapidated and uneven. All in all, it was as though the rec room had been ignored and not maintained. All in all the attitude and lack of attention from the front desk personnel has turned us off from wanting to return. It turned what was to have been a fun adventure with my my son-in-law and grandson ended up being somewhat of a downer experience.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Bob T wrote a review Aug 2020
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Beautiful scenery, lots of trout in the lake, and clean and homey accommodations! A great getaway after fighting the covid19 problems this year! My family and I have been coming to Rainbow Lake since the early '90's. We had a problem last year with a manager at the property, but now in 2020, we have a new management couple, Kathy and Doug Pietro! I didn't get to meet Doug, as he was busy taking care of the property all day, but Kathy was a very nice person, excellent in the office, and very personal, helping make our stay a great success! I hope that the Pietro's stay for many years! Bob T.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Sandra K wrote a review Sep 2019
Binghamton, New York, United States24 contributions12 helpful votes
very limited hours for checkin, and rec room. Cabin as expected. Had a camp fire one night...good thing my son is handy as there was no kindling. website advertised rowboats for rent. When I asked about them I was told they leaked so they got rid of them? We were a family. The adults hiked and biked. As a senior watching my grand daughter this was disappointing. Should change website. Make sure you note no swimming no private boats on website.Office closes early. Number for emergencies. 4 people registered. Right after checking in I noticed we were given 2 towels for 4 people. Unable to get until next day. Power out for a few hours first day. Beautiful location.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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United StatesColoradoChaffee CountyBuena Vista
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rainbow Lake Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Rainbow Lake Resort?
Nearby attractions include Cottonwood Lake (4.6 miles), Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa (2.4 miles), and Mount Columbia (4.0 miles).
Is parking available at Rainbow Lake Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.