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Shadow-Mountain-Lake is located in the Arapaho National Recreation Area in north-central Colorado. Together with Grand Lake, they form one continuous body of water - the largest natural lake in the state. Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake are separated by gates. What a beautiful sight - the crystal clear lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains and deep evergreen forests. One can do nothing but sit lakeside and be overwhelmed by the natural beauty, but - that's not to say there isn't a lot to do at Shadow Mountain Lake. Activities include boating, fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and picnicking. There are two boat-launch ramps at the lake, which is stocked with brown and rainbow trout and salmon. Trail Ridge Marina is conveniently located on U.S. Highway 34 near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. If you get in the mood for a little more culture, you can travel up the lake to the city of Grand Lake, where you can tie your boat to the town pier while you do some shopping or dining. Shadow Mountain Lake also has close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and the world-class skiing at Winter Park and Silver Creek. Shadow Mountain Lake's facilities are closed in winter due to snow and ice conditions, but at Winter Park you can enjoy skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating or sleigh rides.

Surrounding areas: Grand Lake, Colorado (2.1 mi), Lake Granby, Colorado (5.0 mi), Granby, Colorado (10.9 mi), Solvista, Colorado (12.9 mi), Allenspark, Colorado (16.9 mi), Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado (17.3 mi), Peaceful Valley, Colorado (19.3 mi)

Shadow Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals

Shadow Mountain Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Gateway Inn200 West Portal RdGrand Lake, CO1.9 mi.(970) 627-2400
Bighorn Lodge613 Grand AveGrand Lake, CO2.0 mi.(970) 627-8101
Waconda Motel725 Grand AveGrand Lake, CO2.1 mi.(970) 627-8312
Littletree Inn62000 Hwy 40Grandby, CO8.2 mi.(970) 887-2551
Inn At Silver Creek62967 US Hwy 40Silver Creek, CO8.2 mi.(970) 887-2131
The Inn At Silvercreek62927 U S Hwy 40Silver Creek, CO8.2 mi.(800) 926-4386
Estes Park Center2515 Tunnel RdEstes Park, CO16.6 mi.(970) 586-3341
Pine Grove CabinsAllenspark, CO17.0 mi.(303) 747-2529
Riverview Pines Motel1150 W ElkhornEstes Park, CO19.3 mi.(970) 586-3627
The Stanley Hotel333 Wonderview AveEstes Park, CO19.7 mi.(970) 577-4000
Boulder Brook LTD1900 Fall Riv RdEstes Park, CO19.9 mi.(970) 586-0910
Golden Eagle Resort300 Riverside DrEstes Park, CO19.9 mi.(970) 586-6066
Marys Lake Lodge2625-a Marys LK RdEstes Park, CO19.9 mi.(970) 586-5308
Ponderosa Lodge1820 Fall Riv RdEstes Park, CO19.9 mi.(970) 586-4233
River Stone2120 Fall Riv RdEstes Park, CO19.9 mi.(970) 586-4005
Holiday Inn - Estes Park101 S St Vrain StEstes Park, CO20.4 mi.(970) 586-2332
Hobby Horse Motor Lodge800 Big ThompsonEstes Park, CO20.6 mi.(970) 586-3336
Best Western Silver Saddle1260 Big Thompson AveEstes Park, CO21.1 mi.(970) 586-4476
Comfort Inn1450 Big Thompson AveEstes Park, CO21.2 mi.(970) 586-2358
Beaver Village Condominiums50 VLG DrWinter Park, CO23.5 mi.(970) 726-8813
Olympia Moto5 Lodge78572 US Hwy 40Winter Park, CO23.5 mi.(800) 548-1992
Raintree Inn81699 U S Hwy 40Winter Park, CO23.5 mi.(800) 726-3340
Snow Blaze79114 US Hwy 40Winter Park, CO23.5 mi.(970) 726-5701
Sundowner MotelWinter Park, CO23.5 mi.(970) 726-9451
Super 8 Motel78665 US Hwy 40Winter Park, CO23.5 mi.(888) 726-8088
Iron Horse Resort Retreat Buildings C And D257 Winter Park DrWinter Park, CO23.7 mi.(970) 726-8851
The Vintage Resort Hotel100 Winter Park DrWinter Park, CO23.8 mi.(970) 726-8801
Best Western Lodge At Nederland55 Lakeview DrNederland, CO25.5 mi.(303) 258-9463

Shadow Mountain Lake Weather & Climate

North-central Colorado has a semi-arid, continental climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year. It's a common misconception that due to its close proximity to the high elevations, that north-central Colorado has harsh winters. This is not entirely true. While there may be occasional bitter temperatures, storms do not last long. Periods of snow alternate with mild periods. Oftentimes, the snow quickly melts during the day. The hottest months are July and August with an average high temperature of 74 degrees. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 30 degrees. This region has four distinct seasons, and being along the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains means weather patterns are subject to rapid, volatile, yet brief changes.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 3°F 1.83 in. -
February 36°F 5°F 1.51 in. -
March 42°F 13°F 1.52 in. -
April 49°F 19°F 1.96 in. -
May 59°F 27°F 2.05 in. -
June 70°F 34°F 1.49 in. -
July 75°F 39°F 2.11 in. -
August 74°F 37°F 2.15 in. -
September 67°F 31°F 1.68 in. -
October 56°F 22°F 1.50 in. -
November 40°F 12°F 1.37 in. -
December 32°F 4°F 1.58 in. -

Shadow Mountain Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Jeffco airport (BJC) located about 44 miles southeast of Shadow Mountain Lake in Denver, Colorado, the Greeley Weld County airport (GXY) located approximately 65 miles east of Shadow Mountain Lake in Greeley, Colorado, the Denver International airport (DEN) located roughly 66 miles southeast of Shadow Mountain Lake in Denver, Colorado, and finally the Centennial airport (APA) located around 69 miles southeast of Shadow Mountain Lake in Denver, Colorado.

Shadow Mountain Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fish 'n Farm at Heritage SquareGoldenCO46.3 mi.
Mile High Flea MarketHendersonCO56.1 mi.
Lakeside Amusement ParkDenverCO56.6 mi.
Six Flags Elitch GardensDenverCO56.6 mi.
Water Parks
Hyland Hills Water WorldFederal HeightsCO51.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Grand Lake Golf CourseGrand LakeCO2.1 mi.
Grand Elk Golf ClubGranbyCO11.1 mi.
SolVista Golf & Ski RanchGranbyCO11.1 mi.
Estes Park Golf CourseEstes ParkCO19.8 mi.
Lake Estes Executive 9 Hole CourseEstes ParkCO19.8 mi.
Pole Creek Golf ClubWinter ParkCO23.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Winter ParkWinter ParkCO23.5 mi.
LovelandGeorgetownCO36.8 mi.
Beaver CreekVailCO49.3 mi.
VailVailCO49.3 mi.
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridgeCO52.5 mi.
SteamboatSteamboat SpringsCO55.0 mi.
KeystoneKeystoneCO59.2 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO71.5 mi.
Snowy RangeLaramieWY76.2 mi.
AspenAspenCO88.3 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO88.3 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO88.3 mi.
TiehackAspenCO88.3 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO91.3 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO111.8 mi.
State Parks
Golden Gate Canyon State ParkCO34.7 mi. 
Eldorado Canyon State ParkCO34.9 mi. 
Colorado University Museum of Natural HistoryBoulderCO33.6 mi.(Science)
Longmont Museum & Cultural CenterLongmontCO39.4 mi.(History)
Molly Brown House MuseumDenverCO56.6 mi.(History)
Denver Museum of Nature & ScienceDenverCO56.6 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museo De Las AmericasDenverCO56.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Denver Museum of Natural HistoryDenverCO56.6 mi.(Science)
Forney Transportation MuseumDenverCO56.6 mi.(Science)
Denver Art MuseumDenverCO56.6 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Denver Zoological GardensDenverCO56.6 mi.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO110.6 mi.

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