What is the Creative District?

This is the story about a town

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In winter, Grand Lake is a wonderland and in summer it is a tourist mecca. It is the western gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). Those who travel over the highest continuous paved highway in the nation (Trail Ridge Road) through the Park in summer, descend into a vibrant valley full of Indian and western lore and a natural playground for young and old alike. People here are proud of their town. Some have lived here all their lives and some came as kids on vacation and then came back to retire. In these next pages, we will tell you more about our town and our plan looking forward to preserve and enhance what we have inherited.

Creative Directory

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater

Live Musical Theater

RMRT has strived to bring artistic excellence to Grand County by providing residents and visitors alike with a dynamic and fulfilling theatrical experience. For the past 10 years, the Rep has gone through an unparalleled period of activity. After strengthening the organization with a dedicated Board of Trustees, a new artistic and administrative staff was implemented in 2005. In 2011, we opened our very own theatre complex, following a successful $5.2 million Raise the Curtain capital campaign. Through it all, we have carried on our steadfast commitment to fiscal responsibility, accomplishing all of our goals resolutely within our means. We are grateful for your interest in supporting Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre and we encourage you to explore the many ways to help RMRT grow.

Grand Lake Arts Council

Supporting the arts in Grand Lake

The Grand Arts Council is a non-profit organization located in majestic Grand Lake, Colorado near Rocky Mountain National Park. The Grand Arts Council encourages painters, sculptors, poets, dancers, and crafters to express themselves artistically and share their passion for the splendor that surrounds us all. Activities include concerts, exhibits, classes, craft fairs, theatrical performances and other events that integrate cultural arts into the community.

Grand Lake Historical Society

Historical Projects

In the summer of 1973, Pam Foster and Betty and Bill Caswell as newly arrived members of the Grand Lake community and members of a Chamber of Commerce committee studying Grand Lake assets, felt the city’s historic background should be preserved. Subsequently the Grand Lake Area Historical Society was organized. Patience Kemp and Dorothy Howard conferred in Denver with the chairman of the State Historical Department on the procedure to be followed to make the society official. Deadlines were met and by the end of 1973 the Grand Lake Area Historical Society was official.

Wooden Boat School

Custom Woodworking

Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Wooden Boat School! We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicated to the advancement of wooden boat-building in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Grand Lake Rotary

Philanthropy for Grand Lake

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Grand Lake Chamber

Business Support for Grand Lake

The quaint village of Grand Lake is situated on the serene shores of the largest natural lake in Colorado, beneath a crown of majestic, snow-capped mountain peaks. With the breathtaking backdrop of the wild and wondrous Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake, Colorado, is the ideal basecamp for outdoor adventure, family fun and memories in the making.

Rocky Mountain Folk School

Education Opportunities

Grand Lake Center

Venue for Community events

At the headwaters of the mighty Colorado River, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, and on the shores of Colorado’s largest natural body of water you’ll find the quaint town of Grand Lake. Grand Lake Center encompasses the community values and bountiful history of Grand Lake, and is inspired by the natural beauty of the area. A repurposed elementary school, the Grand Lake Center is the venue for conferences, meeting, and workshops, the hub for local community activity, and the best fitness and recreation center in the Grand Lake area.


Mountain Sanctuary

Shadowcliff is a not-for-profit organization. Our mission: Shadowcliff is a mountain sanctuary that holds space for individual and collective transformation. Our vision: Harnessing the power of connection, we inspire a more kind and loving world. Our Values: Healing, Growth, Interconnection, Community, Affordability.


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