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Grand Lake in August

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Grand Lake in August

We have booked a house near Grand Lake for 5 nights in early August - family of 4, 2 kids 15 & 17. So we have 4 full days to experience RMNP. Best advice please for the best things to do - we like walking (relatively gentle); mountain biking; bird & animal watching; swimming; we don't like - crowds (!)

Also best advice for route from Denver - via Fraser & Granby, or Estes Park and through RMNP ?

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1. Re: Grand Lake in August

You'll have a great time! Since you have 5 nights to enjoy the park, I would come via Fraser and Granby rather than Estes Park. I'm sure you'll drive through the park, on to Estes sometime during the week. I'd save the drive over Trailridge Rd. for after I've settled in.

Will this be your first stop in the US? Remember you'll be at elevation. Take precautions to avoid altitude sickness; drink LOTS of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine until you are acclimated, take it slow.

Enjoy!

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One of the best hikes/walks you can take while you are in the area is around Monarch Lake. You can look up the lake on the internet by typing in "Monarch Lake Colorado" and you will find a nice website that describes it. There is a 3 mile fairly easy hike around the lake as well as longer hikes if you wish. To get to Monarch Lake you go north from Granby about 5 miles and turn east on County Road 6. There is a sign that will say Arapaho Bay or Arapaho Bay Campground. You drive about 9 miles in to the campgrounds which are off to the left, but keep going down the road another mile to get to Monarch Lake. The paved road ends about 1 mile in from US 34, so be prepared for a few bumps. We (husband and children) used to camp here and we always took the Monarch Lake hike. Take a picnic lunch to eat about halfway through and you'll have a perfect day. Remember that we often have afternoon thunderstorms, so it is important to hike in the morning to avoid downpours. Also...the sun usually comes out again after the thunderstorms, so count on very nice days. Use sunscreen and carry mosquito repellant just in case. Another nice hike is the one to Adams Falls. The trailhead is on the east end of Grand Lake. There is a pretty falls to see that is not very far up the trail. You are coming to the best state in the U.S. Have fun.

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3. Re: Grand Lake in August

Many thanks for your advice... we are looking forward to our visit...

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