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The Lodge

The Resort

Rainbow Lake is uniquely situated in the Collegiate Peaks mountain range of the San Isabel National Forest about 8 miles west of Buena Vista, Colorado. We have 26 cozy cabins with accommodations ranging from two to up to 6 people.

At the Lodge you will find the office, tackle, gifts and incidental groceries just a short walk from each cabin.

Situated at an elevation of 9,362 feet, it is the perfect climate for your summer vacation. Guests may choose from a multitude of activities at Rainbow Lake and in the surrounding area. These include fishing, hiking, row-boating, horseback riding, white water rafting, Jeeping, mountain climbing, mountain biking and rock climbing.

Rainbow Lake Resort is the perfect place for your entire family.

Upper Lake

The Lake

Our Lake is a private lake that offers Rainbow, Browns, and Brook, plus we stock Rainbows regularly. No fishing licenses are required for our guest to fish on the lake.

At about 25 acres there are plenty of places to cast a line or just sit on a bench and enjoy the mountain views. We also rent row-boats if you want to get away from shore.

Walking paths and hiking trails surround the lake including the Colorado Trail, which runs adjacent to the resort.

Buena Vista

The Area

Located only 15 minutes away, Buena Vista is nestled in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley in the Rocky Mountains. The area is known for whitewater rafting, backpacking and mountaineering as well as many other outdoor activities.

Though small, Buena Vista provides everything one could need for a visit to the area including a supermarket, bakery, drugstore, restaurants, gift shops, hiking and tackle shops, mountain bike rentals and Jeep rentals.

Wildlife frequently seen in the area include white tail and mule deer, big horn sheep, mountain goats, elk, moose and an occasional black bear.

Rainbow Lake Resort consists of 26 adorable cabins spread out over 160 acres, each with gorgeous lake and mountain views. Each charming cabin features a fully equipped kitchen and bath, comfy beds and cozy living spaces.
Great room
The Buffalo Peaks Great Room has panoramic views of the lake. The room has an adjoining kitchen and wifi access. The room is available to reserve for weddings, receptions, meetings, family reunions, and retreats.
Cottonwood Pass
Rainbow Lake Resort is an ideal home base for all your summer adventures or have fun in and around the resort hiking, biking, or fishing. Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, Arkansas River and bathed in Colorado sunshine, Rainbow Lake is a perfect outdoor playground.

"I have come here for family vacation multiple times. Great place to kick back and relax. Hiking around lake is peaceful. Cabins are very nice. The view is perfect. I would recommend Rainbow Lake Resort to anyone looking for a low key getaway."

"This place is absolutely magical. It is one of my favorite places on earth. Just nature at its finest. Very rustic -- not luxurious. But you won't care. I'm a four-star hotel kind of girl. But leaving here was down-right depressing. We've added a fifth night for our next trip."

"We stumbled onto this place driving to Cottonwood Pass. Best ever!! The private lake was teeming with fish, the management was super friendly and helpful, and the cabins were very clean and spacious with everything you could need. Already re-booked for next year! Definitely take the walk around the lake as well as the Colorado Trail hike."
-Leslie G.