Have you ever visited the Arrowhead Mountain Lodge just outside Cimarron, Colorado? If you have, you're probably already planning your next trip. If not, then you would be wise to make this your next Colorado road trip.

Do your vacation plans include a little time in the mountains, but on a budget and without having to travel far? You're in luck. Arrowhead Mountain Lodge is located just past Cimarron as you make your way between Montrose and Gunnison.

I dropped in last Saturday, July 14, 2018, In this case, my visit was work-related, not a getaway. Even at that, though, it was the most fun I've had in ages. My visit involved a performance with the Desert Flyer Band. The Arrowhead Mountain Lodge runs bands on Saturdays throughout the summer.

What can you do at the is lodge beside listening to bands? For starters, you have access to fishing and fly-fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, dirt biking, ATV riding, and of course, hiking. In winter you can enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

Inside, you'll find an excellent restaurant specializing in Prime Rib. You can have dinner inside or out, depending on your preference.

We arrived at the lodge shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday. It was considerably cooler than the valley. By 4:30, it was raining. By 4:45 it was really raining. We're talking "mountain rain."

How big of an excursion is this? The drive from Grand Junction to the lodge comes in at just under two hours. That's not far to drive for a peaceful getaway.

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This was my second visit to Arrowhead Mountain Lodge. The first was right about this same time last year. Regrettably, I've never visited in the winter. I'm not really looking for a place to spend large amounts of time, but it would be fun to visit again for dinner and music.

This is the ideal Colorado road trip. If you live in the Grand Valley, you're looking at a two-hour drive at the most. The lodge rates are comparable to your average motel. The dinner? Don't even get me started. Fantastic. The next time you're in the mood for a drive, pay a visit to this amazing lodge.