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 District Highlight Members

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater

Live Musical Theater

Just as Rocky Mountain Rep tells stories to its beloved audience throughout the seasons, the Rep has a rich story of its own dating back to the 1960's. Bringing Broadway musical hits from the Sound of Music to Footloose to the center stage, RMRT owes a great deal of gratitude to its founders and loyal supporters that paved the way.


Mountain Sanctuary

Shadowcliff is a not-for-profit organization founded as a place of retreat and renewal in a busy world. Our mission is, ``A mountain sanctuary that holds space for individual and collective transformation.`` We deeply believe in the power of human connection and the ability of that connection to heal.

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.

Grand Lake Women's Club

Education Opportunities

Grand Lake Woman's Club was founded in 1912. The club celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012 and produced a history of the club ``Women Working Together.`` The club continues today with many community projects and activities.

Grand Lake Rotary


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 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 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.

Grand Lake Chamber

Business Support

The Grand Lake Chamber is a not for profit organization 501(c)6), which works to support the Grand Lake business community and promote a sustainable year round economy. As a not for profit, the Chamber is funded through generous grants and by the support of the membership.

Creative Directory


  • Haylie Snow Photography
  • Helen Sittig Photography
  • John F. Williams Photography


  • Wooden Boat School
  • Grand Woodworks