Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Review: Swiftcurrent Lodge, Estes Park, CO

As part of our July, 2008 visit to Colorado, the Swiftcurrent Lodge was our home for 5 nights as we toured and fished Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Swiftcurrent Lodge is located on the western side of Estes Park. For those visitors to the area, like us, who are more interested in what the park had to offer, vs the town of Estes Park, this was a great location. There is one road through the town of Estes Park and it is consistently clogged with traffic. For accomodations on the east side of town, visitors will have to deal with this traffic in both directions.

For us, getting from the lodge to the park was easy. Not only could we drive into the park without hitting any traffic, but it was actually possible to walk, from the lodge, into the Beaver Meadows part of the park.

Nearby was a gas station, grocery store, tackle shop and restaurants. The only day we drove through town was a rainy afternoon that was a good opportunity to just explore.

The lodge is right on the Thompson River and while the web site gives the impression it is fishable, it really isn't until later into the Fall. In mid July, when we were there, it still had spring runoff and was running pretty fast.

The grounds and accomodations at the lodge were comfortable and mostly clean. The only 'problem' I had was the futon/couch in the living room was pretty stained and looked very uninviting. That said, there were clean linens for it so I just put a sheet over it. Problem solved.

We picked the Swiftcurrent Lodge based upon location and price. It was significantly less expensive than comparable accomodations. Considering how little time we actually spent in our rooms, it was a good choice. We had a full kitchen, clean bathroom and comfortable bed. We expected nothing fancy and got nothing fancy. It suited us just fine.

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