Grand Mesa Lodge, Colorado



On todays Podcast I welcome Mike Wenner, owner of the Grand Mesa Lodge on top of the largest flat topped mountain in the world. Mike chucked corporate life, smashed his cell phone on a big rock and signed on the dotted line to purchase an over 100 year old lodge in a National Forest. The Lodge is open year round for summer hiking, camping and fishing as well as winter skiing, ice fishing, and snow mobiling adventures.


The Grand Mesa Lodge was recently completely rebuilt and now features a big great room where you can purchase locally brewed beer, bar food and gather with friends at the end of a long day of fun. The Lodge has a camp store with the standard items one needs at camp; S’more supplies, propane, food basics and a good selection of funny T-shirt’s.

The 14 cabins available at the Grand Mesa Lodge are authentic  log cabins built in the 1930’s. If you are looking for indulgent, luxury cabins with a spa feel you will be disappointed. These cabins are old fashioned weekend fishing cabins with seasoned furnishings in them. They reminded me very much of the weekend cabins I grew up around in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Time worn and loved with puzzles, board games, and cards for late night Rummy and Crazy Eights playoffs. While the furnishings are time tested the important things are brand new. When Mike and his wife bought the Lodge they replaced all the mattresses, bedding and hot water heaters. Many of the cabins have fireplaces and great views of Island Lake.

A local artisan made many new pieces of furniture for the Lodge cabins including this table and many beautiful headboards.

To visit the Grand Mesa Lodge you will be treated to the long and winding road up to the top of the Mesa. The views are spectacular. Take your time and pull over! If you take the whole ride you will have actually traveled the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway. Be sure to go to the town of Cedaredge and see one of the best Pioneer Villages out there.

We had a great lunch in town at Cedaredge. 

The Pioneer Village has over 24 original buildings relocated to this property. These silos were my favorite.

If you are in Western Colorado for a day or a week, don’t miss the spectacular beauty of the Grandest Mesa in the world.