Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge in Grand Lake is a not for profit, educational mountain retreat that sits on 4 acres high above the Colorado River in Grand Lake, Colorado. It features 2 lodges with private guest rooms, a hostel, three cabins and is the perfect getaway for nature lovers who want a laid-back, affordable mountain atmosphere.

Patt and Warren Rempel conceived the idea of Shadowcliff in the ‘50s. Their dream was to build a simple, rustic mountain lodge where people could connect with nature. In 1956 their dream became a reality when they purchased two lots on the North Inlet stream of Grand Lake. By 1981, 650 volunteers from 42 countries had constructed the main buildings of today’s Shadowcliff.

Their mission statement, “A mountain sanctuary where together we are creating a climate for a restorative world,” is well known by guests, volunteers and employees alike from all over the world to “live, learn, reflect, share, gain understanding, reconnect and have fun.” “We deeply believe in the power of human connection and the ability of that connection to healing.”

Shadowcliff is open Memorial Day thru the end of September and offers lodge rooms and cabins. Their hostel is economically appealing for those exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. Dorms and private rooms are pastoral, modestly decorated with wooden furniture and most rooms have mountainous views of Grand lake or the rushing North Inlet. The Rempel and Cliffside Lodges offer comfortable, relaxing private guest rooms with shared gender-specific bathrooms and private showers.

The main common area is spacious and has breathtaking views that overlook the lake. It is decorated with multicultural art, wildlife taxidermy, decorative lamps and tables. There is a welcoming fireplace and an impressive, well organized miniature library for readers. The Colorado room delights guests with guides about Rocky Mountain Park, hiking trails, maps, Colorado wildlife, and local historical figures.

Shadowcliff offers a variety of programs including family camp, teacher training programs, yoga exploration retreats and much more. It is funded through donations and many of their ongoing maintenance and improvements are done by volunteers. Their Adopt-A-Room program is aimed at collecting funds to upgrade rooms and cabins.
Through generous donations, they offer retreat scholarships to boost attendance and make programs accessible to those who normally couldn’t afford to attend.

If you’re in the Grand Lake area stop into Shadowcliff and learn more about their history, lodging accommodations and upcoming programs.

Tracy Navarrete