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Grand Lake, Colorado
Dating back to the original 1800’s settlement in the town of Grand Lake, CO, this historical property provides a rich biography of the Lorens family estate, situated at what is known as the Western Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.
The land was first acquired by Barbara Lorens in the late 1800’s and subsequently passed on to her children, Chris, Ann, and Stan. Barbara and her husband Gordon Spitzmiller (from the original Pioneer family of Gus & Anna Spitzmiller) built the original homestead in 1931 and the land was groomed into a working dairy farm. Barbara’s son, Chris Lorens, passed the property to his three children, Tracee, Stanton and E.G.
Chris played an instrumental role in developing the land to its current condition, building three wood cabins. The smallest cabin was built soon after the original house and served as a guest house for their frequent visitors and many family gatherings.
The dairy farm was operational before Shadow Mountain Lake existed, and the family pioneers would search for gold and silver in Lulu City - a short hike in what is now Rocky Mountain National Park. Then the Federal Government built the Big Thompson Project to mine water from the Western slopes of the Rockies for the population hubs from Denver through Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and California. That meant flooding the dairy farm and creating what is now Shadow Mountain Lake.
The Lorens family are delighted to share the estate that holds centuries of breathtaking mountain country and generations of memories.
The quaint village of Grand Lake is located on the serene shores of Colorado’s largest natural lake. Situated beneath a crown of majestic, snow-capped mountain peaks and the breathtaking backdrop of the wild and wondrous Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho Nation Forest, Grand Lake is the ideal basecamp for outdoor adventure, family fun and lifelong memories.
Take a stroll along the historic, Western-style boardwalk with dozens of shops, restaurants and locally owned galleries. Enjoy one of the year-round festivals on the square or a live show at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater. Explore hundreds of miles of scenic trails with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. Be on the lookout for wildlife sightings, especially the moose that are always wandering right into town, and right around your meadow and cabin too.
In the summer, enjoy an ice cream cone on the beach, or a caramel apple from our famous candy store, or play a round of golf amid the gorgeous alpine landscape. Hike, bike, ATV or go horseback riding to experience the unmatched beauty of Grand Lake’s natural landscapes and sprawling greenery. Boat, sail or fish on Grand Lake – home to one of the oldest yacht clubs in the west.
In the winter, Grand Lake transforms into a winter wonderland and offers snowshoeing, Nordic skiing (150 trails 5 minutes away), tubing, and has been voted the “Snowmobiling Capital of Colorado.” It has been voted 3rd best snowmobiling in the whole World! BTW— world-class downhill skiing is also just 40 minutes away at Winter-Park/Mary Jane ski area.
Whether it’s a day of high-adrenaline adventure, a romantic weekend getaway, or a week of unplugged pastimes, you’re in the right place.