Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge & Hostel, Grand Lake

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Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge & Hostel Reviews

Clean, Rustic, Friendly Staff, Beautiful Views

Shadowcliff is a very special place! The view of Grand Lake can be seen through the wall of windows that look out toward the lake. Shadowcliff has a separate men and women's hostel, lodge rooms that can accommodate up to six guests, and three charming cabins. The 4 acre property is bordered by the North Inlet Stream which you can hear rushing by. And there are two trailheads into Rocky Mountain National Park that are a quick five minute walk up the road. The community is a diverse mix of travelers from all over the world! There is a guest kitchen where guests can store and prepare food during their stay, and a shared dining room. Shadowcliff provides complimentary coffee and tea every morning for all guests. And if the chapel is available (not being rented by a group) it is the perfect place for a morning/evening yoga practice with out-of-this-world views! Highly recommend!

Age 35 | United States

Best Place To Stay in Grand Lake!!!!!!

A friend invited me to stay here in a cabin in the 1980s and since then it has been my FAVORITE place to stay in Grand Lake. Where else can you get such an incredible view, especially for 4th of July fireworks. Plus hear a mountain stream and still be so close you can walk into town. Shadowcliff has it all including a very friendly staff.

Age 67 | Denver, Colorado

HI - Grand Lake, Shadowcliff Hostel feels like a rustic lodge, a real treat for nature lovers who want a laid-back atmosphere. Its also the most economical base for exploring Rocky Mountain National Park, a true treasure in a state thats already got more than its fair share of jaw-dropping scenery and wildlife. Note that Shadowcliff is only a summer hostel.

The Location

The location of Shadowcliff is fantastic, up on a cliff above a rushing river that lulls you to sleep at night, with a long deck that faces the lake. It's surrounded by trees, and you might even see a deer from the parking lot. Two trails leave from a trailhead five minutes away on foot. Shadowcliff is in Grand Lake, a cute town with interesting downtown shops and architecture, lake activities, and good hiking. Downtown is a quick walk from the hostel, though its uphill on the way back. Grand Lake is also the western gateway to spectacular Rocky Mountain National Park, an attraction you absolutely should not miss.

Youll need a car, as public transportation isnt really a thing in the area, and the freedom of a car is the best way to explore Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Hostel beds are limited, in two single-sex dorms, so it's wise to book ahead, especially in the middle of summer and on weekends. Privates with shared bathrooms are also available. A party of three in these rooms isn't much more than three dorm beds. Four to six people in a private room is even cheaper. The dorms and private rooms are rustic, with real wood furniture and Southwest or Rocky Mountain themes. Some have a sloped roof. Most have good views of the mountains, the lake, or the rushing North Inlet below. The dorms are equipped with small lockers, but not all beds have good reading lights. Some of the bunks, especially in the private rooms, are a little hard to climb up on. Linens and towels are included.

The shared bathrooms are clean and well stocked, with soft soap in the showers and at the sinks. The showers are on the small side, and don't have a lot of privacy, but the water pressure is good. On the third floor, where the dorms are, the sink and mirror area is open for everyone to see, and youll have to go downstairs for the showers. The whole lodge feels a little like staying at a friends house, however, so the layout is part of the charm.

Common Spaces

Breakfast is not included, but there's a guest kitchen. It's small but clean and well stocked, with an oven, stove, microwave, toaster, fridge, a good selection of pans and utensils, and a free food shelf. Theres plenty of room to sit and eat in the dining room.

The main common area is a large space overlooking the lake, full of heavy wooden furniture, multicultural art, decorative lamps, tables, and taxidermy. There's even a fireplace, a piano, and a telescope. One wall is all picture windows. The other is full of shelves of books (a well-organized library, not a book exchange). They maintain a large selection of games, puzzles, and even a few kids' toys. Outside, a wrap-around deck makes a great place to sit and listen to the rushing river below. Dont miss the Colorado room, a tiny nook with books, maps, and guides about Rocky Mountain Park, hiking trails, Colorado wildlife, and local historical figures.

Outside, you'll find a nature/reflection trail and various beautiful sitting spots. Find a place around dawn or dusk -- or any time, really -- and watch for deer and other wildlife.

The main building is aging a little, but it's well kept. Warning -- there are a lot of stairs, some of them quite steep, so if youre unsteady, use special care. Even if youre as sure-footed as a mountain goat, its eight thousand feet above sea level, so take it slow.


Shadowcliff is a homey place, and a very affordable way to escape into nature and explore the incomparable Rocky Mountain National Park. Dont be surprised if you want to stay longer than you originally planned.

Melinda Brasher
Shadowcliff, from the road Main Entry to Shadowcliff Veranda Common Room Guest Kicthen Men's Dorm Women's Dorm Bathroom

Almost didn't go home

This place is amazing! It is absolutely beautiful, and have never been so relaxed in my entire life. In only two days I was so taken by this place that I stayed a third. Met great people, explored the trails, friendly staff. Every time I come to Colorado I make sure its still open. 20 years later, this place lights up every fiber of my being, and I remember the "heaven" like experience as if it was just yesterday! This year I will finally get to go back ...


Amazing setting and tranquil

I stayed here in 1990 or so and it was one of the better hostels I had stayed in across the US. It was such a nice area and it had a piano in the great room at the time. Overlooking the lake with flowers everywhere on the land surrounding it, I was truly happy to be there. Nearby there was a cowboy breakfast ride which I took advantage of. I wished I had a bicycle for this little western movie type town to bike around in. Very quaint and rustic area! Bathrooms were good and structure was solid, clean.

Eileen DiMeco


Driving up, we saw a coyote and that was just the beginning of our great Colorado adventure at this rustic lodge. The people were friendly, helpful, and so interesting to talk with. The view from the lodge porch overlooks the lake. There are walking trails surrounding the lodge and the town is very close. We had dinner at a great place with peanuts all over the floor. The chapel and campfire area are peaceful. I didn't want to leave. Rocky Mountain National Park is awe-inspiring and all of nature points to God. It's a fabulous place in our country and I recommend it to everyone!


This place is great. We were going to stay one night and stayed on an extra night because we enjoyed it so much. The view alone is worth the stay. The awesome dining room and common area are very comfortable and welcoming great for a rainy afternoon. And the people (staff and guests) were all great. It's walking distance from town with lots of options for canoeing, horseback riding, etc. And Rocky Mountain National Park is 1-1/2 miles away. The beds and the bathrooms are clean and serviceable. (If you want glamour, stay someplace else and pay five times as much.) Ask for a room in the Rempel Lodge (the main lodge) with a view of the lake. Spend a little time at the chapel (next door to the lodge) or, on a clear night, stargazing at the point. All awesome.

Chicago Dan

Beautiful location, incredibly friendly staff, great atmosphere -- the best hostel I've stayed in.



Perched on a cliffside with ever-changing panoramic views of the
Colorado Rockies and three beautiful lakes, Shadowcliff borders Rocky Mountain National Park and the North Inlet stream. Shadowcliff is a chalet style mountain lodge in a setting that facilitates community. Shared baths and guest kitchen are available to all guests. Hiking trails and the nearby town are within a few hundred yards of our back door.

Shadowcliff offers a variety of accommodations. We offer comfortable, relaxing guest rooms in each of our Rempel and Cliffside Lodges. Within our Rempel Lodge, we have a small mens' and womens' hostel with 6 and 4 beds respectively. Shadowcliff also offers three cabins: Riverbend, Fireside (which can be divided into Upper and Lower) and Overlook.

Shadowcliff is open each season from Memorial Day through the end of September.

Location and Contact




Address: 105 County Road 668, Grand Lake, Colorado, USA

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Website Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge & Hostel Grand Lake
Phone Number: +1 (970) 627-9220
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel


Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Airport Pickup


Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Min. Age without Parent: 14

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 14 nights

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: June 1 - September 30

Reception Hours: 9 AM - 9 PM (09:00-21:00)

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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