The Town of Lake George was first developed by George Washington Frost in 1886. In 1890, Frost began construction of a dam on the South Platte River at the mouth of Eleven Mile Canyon. The lake that this dam created allowed Frost to create a lucrative ice cutting business.
The ice cutting facility was modernized by J. M. Kellogg in 1910. Eight years later, the Colorado Midland abandoned the railroad line through Lake George and the ice cutting business faded away. A flood destroyed the dam and lake in 1923. Very few of the businesses and homes from the town’s earliest years survive today due to a later fire in the area.
In the 1930s and 40s, tourists increasingly traveled by automobile across Colorado in search of scenic views and vacation spots. C. E. Stevenson of Oklahoma, known as the “Millionaire Newsboy” rebuilt the Lake George dam in 1937, refilled the lake and sold lots surrounding the area to create a resort community. Several cabin courts, motels, restaurants, and filling stations were established to serve the traveling tourists.
Originally called the Eleven Mile Court, Mountain River Lodge was built in 1949 as a motor court for those travelling across Colorado.
In 2016 we purchased the abandoned Eleven Mile Motel; gave it a luxurious facelift and a new name, Mountain River Lodge. Our goal is to blend history and luxury while creating a unique cabin and lodging experience in the Rocky Mountains. Lake George is the ideal location due to its proximity to world-class fishing waters and all the activities the Rocky Mountains have to offer. We strive to provide unapparelled customer service to all our guests and we are proud to share our stunning property with people who are seeking an escape from it all – even if it is just for a night or two.
Plan Your Visit
We are best known for all-year-round world-class trout fishing. The famous Dream Stream is our neighbor. Not an angler? Come and enjoy the many other activities this area offers: premium hunting, boating, biking, hiking, fossil finding, rock-hounding and climbing. Spend time with us and explore historic gold mining towns, scenic drives, off-roading, the Royal Gorge, snowshoeing, whitewater rafting, and healing hots springs.
Our Lodge sits at 8000 feet in elevation, this means we can enjoy all four seasons in a single day! Prepare for all weather conditions, this will make your stay with us more enjoyable. Our dry climate and high altitude also means your body loses more water, so staying hydrated is important. Drinking water will reduce headaches and keep you going strong.
Here are some packing suggestions:
Layers! (avoid cotton)
Rain jacket, fully waterproof
Polarized sunglasses are an absolute essential for eye protection as well as for spotting fish
Long Johns for colder weather or shorts for warmer weather
Heavy wool socks to wear under waders in any conditions
Hat, wide-brimmed, for sun and eye protection
Personal care items such as insect repellent, sunscreen 20+, tissues, etc.
Spare corrective eyewear, glasses, or contacts
Books and other reading materials
Between May and September daytime temps on average are 70˚F (21˚C) but can reach above 90˚F (32˚C). The night temperature drops as low as 40˚F(4˚C). We recommend you get out in the morning sunshine for your outdoor activities, afternoon summer rains are common and can sweep through quickly. The rains will lower temperatures, so please remember a rain jacket. Feel free to always check in with our Lodge for the daily weather forecast when planning your outing.
Daily temperatures between October to April vary widely from 57˚F(13˚C) on average in the autumn to 33˚F(.5˚F) to -2˚F(18˚C) in midwinter. Temperatures are typically warmer during the daylight, but once the sun sets, it quickly gets cold. Occasionally, night temperatures drop below 0˚F(-17˚C). Feel free to always check in with our Lodge for the daily weather forecast when planning your outing.
Mountain River Lodge would like to host your next special occasion. We accommodate small weddings, family reunions, fishing trips, hunting excursions, and corporate team building exercises. Our property offers luxury lodging, without sacrificing the natural beauty of the wilderness.
If you are looking for an exclusive and private event venue, the entire property is available for rental upon request. We offer catered opportunities on the patio with multiple open fires and meal packages, including extended hours for guests and their friends to enjoy.
We want to make certain you get the most out of your visit to Mountain River Lodge. Let us help you plan the perfect trip! Enjoy luxury lodging while you explore beautiful Colorado at Mountain River Lodge! Please contact us today!
Customize Your Stay
Did you know we can fully customize your stay? Take your vacation to the next level, and contact Mountain River Lodge concierge located in the main Lodge or call 719-748-1353 today. We are always ready to assist in order to enhance your experience!