Local Tips

When you visit Mountain River Lodge, we want you to feel like a local, right at home. We have put together a list of great local tips and ideas for quick trips from the Lake George area. Since we are centrally located in the state of Colorado, there is an abundance of great day trips you can take from our property. Here are some tips to make you feel like a local to Lake George, CO.

Local Beer

Indulge in a great local beer or two at Paradox Beer Company in nearby Divide, CO or try a cold one at BierWerks Brewery or Ute Pass Brewing Co., both in Woodland Park. They are settled in the fertile Colorado environment and are genuinely local as they harvest local, wild, and feral Brettanomyces.

Fall Foliage

Aspen and conifer forests are the most common tree species in Colorado. The gorgeous yellow hue that the aspens impart in the fall will have you coming back every year for more. Local Mueller State Park, Eleven Mile State Park, and Spinney Mountain State Park have great trails to view the local wildlife in a fantastic scenic setting.

Lake George

Lake George was first developed by George Washington Frost when he moved to the area in 1886. In 1890, he began building the dam on the South Platte River at the mouth of Eleven Mile Canyon. This dam allowed Frost to create a lucrative ice cutting business, which was hand cut and needed to refrigerate produce cars on their journey to the Pike’s Peak region.

Colorado Hot Springs

Salida, which is about an hour drive from Lake George, is home to the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center, which is Colorado’s largest indoor hot springs. Somewhat closer are the Canon City Hot Springs, Dakota Hot Springs, Mount Princeton Hot Springs, and Desert Reef Hot Spring, which are all outdoors. Pick your favorite for the time of the year and get ready to relax in a new way.

Summit County

Summit County is only a short hour drive up route 9, enjoy a day on the slopes at Breckenridge, Keystone, or any of the other gorgeous ski resorts in the area.

Whatever outdoor activity tickles your fancy, there is never a shortage of fun in Lake George and the surrounding areas. Book your next wonderful Colorado family vacation today!