Most of my Shadowcliff experiences have involved runners, mostly eager high school ones. The trail environs around Shadowcliff make you want to run all day, coming across bighorn sheep, elk, plentiful moose, foxes, osprey, encountering mountain meadows resplendent with colorful and varied blooms, challenging the perimeters of beautiful and roaring falls, being taxed but exhilarated by imposing inclines, joyfully letting gravity plunge us back to the flats, tightroping narrow bridges spanning exuberant creeks, riding bicycles into Rocky Mountain National Park singing Peter, Paul, & Mary (a clue to the geezer's age), taking another plunge into the breathtaking but restorative chill of Grand Lake. But your stay at Shadowcliff doesn't have to proceed at the light speed of an active teenager. All of the aforementioned sights and activities can be enjoyed (perhaps even more so) at hiking or slower pace. Exhausted after your fun outdoor day? Walk downtown: go bowling, sign up for the world championship of miniature golf, eat pleasurable food and fine ice cream, laugh and clap with joy during an impressive performance at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, enjoy a moonlit walk back to Shadowcliff.
Shadowcliff is a low-key place to relax. It's staff (mostly active, energetic but extremely polite and capable college students) works hard and is always eager to help. The lodge is a fine place to just sit and read or to just think about things or not to think about a durn thing or about how smart your phone is. The accommodations are clean, rustic, and affordable, with most rooms providing a double bed and bunk beds. And, if you're of a mind to, you can sign up for meals deliciously and healthily prepared by the Shadowcliffers.
I hope I see you out there, and you can tell an old man what you think. (I notice that there is a disclaimer at the bottom of this waiver that I have no personal relationship to the people who run Shadowcliff. I must admit that I am friends with the management and that I have run trails and roads and fields with them for decades. I must also admit that I like my friends. But I must finally say that all I have written reflects my true enjoyment of Shadowcliff and Grand Lake.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shadowcliff is a 4-acre mountain retreat featuring 2 lodges providing private guest rooms, a hostel, and three cabins. The property features unforgettable views of Grand Lake and towering mountain peaks. Rocky Mountain National Park is a two-minute walk away. Lodges provide private rooms with shared bathrooms, common lounge and dining areas, kitchen facilities, and a quiet restful environment. We have three self contained cabins that will accommodate up to 8 adults. One cabin sits right on the rivers bend. Reduced rates and meal services are available for larger groups (15 or more). WE ARE OPEN FROM MEMORIAL DAY MONDAY THROUGH THE END OF SEPTEMBER EACH YEAR. WE ARE AVAILABLE BY TELEPHONE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THANK YOU. ... more less