|Welcome to Grand Lake!|
|View of Grand Lake from center of town|
Upon arriving in Grand Lake we checked in to Elk Creek Campground and RV Park. Elk Creek would be our basecamp as we explored the Rockies. There's more information on another post about this campground.
|Elk Creek Campground & RV Park Office|
|Historic Rapids Lodge|
|Rapids of the Tonahutu River run through the town of Grand Lake|
|Grand Lake Lodge|
|View of Grand Lake from the grounds of the Grand Lake Lodge|
When we stumbled upon this tunnel, while geocaching, we had to find out more information. The Alva B. Adams Tunnel is a component of the largest trans-mountain water project in Colorado. The tunnel transfers water from the western slope of the Colorado River drainage to the eastern Front Range of Colorado. The tunnel is 13.1 miles long and has a concrete lined diameter of 9.75 feet. The tunnel drops 109 feet in elevation along its length and runs in a straight line under the Continental Divide from west to east passing under Rocky Mountain National Park. At its deepest point, the tunnel is about 3,800 feet below the surface of the mountain peaks. Construction began on 15 June 1940, but was suspended as a result of World War II, from the end of 1942 to August 1943. The tunnel was holed through on 31 March 1944, an event that was broadcast throughout the United States by NBC Radio. The tunnel was posthumously named for its chief advocate, US Senator Alva B. Adams.
|Alva B. Adams Tunnel|
|View of Grand Lake from a dock at Point Park|
|It took us a while to identify this Texas Blue Bonnet look-alike: Lupine|