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Fall View of Elk Across the River


Hi! I am Andrea Baran,  the new innkeeper of the Swiftcurrent Lodge in Estes Park. I'm originally from Ramona, California. I have traveled and worked internationally to find myself landing here in Estes Park.

Friendships brought me here. And friendships, fishing, hunting and the Rocky Mountains keep me here in "Colorful Colorado"

I look forward to striking up a conversation with you along the river.. just say "Hello" my way! I would love to hear your story as well!
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And the one that makes it all happen. Donna has been with Swiftcurrent Lodge for over a decade and is a Colorado native. She's the housekeeper that keeps us spic and span. My assistant and personal micro- manager. You may catch her singing and dancing as she cleans. Just don't sneak up on her unless you want to watch her jump!
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The two log sided buildings were built in 1933, and the 2-story building was built in 1989, to replace an old log cabin (circa 1921) that was in extremely bad repair. Our existing office once housed the Totem Gift Shop.
The Swiftcurrent Lodge is located on the 'old' road, the original entrance, into Rocky Mountain National Park, which traveled to Trail Ridge Road and on over to Grand Lake. This road was closed in 1959 after the construction of Highway 36 going into the National Park.

The garage and the building next to it were built in 1921. The building next to the garage which now comprises Cottages 9, 10 & 12, used to be Mark's Grocery Store and Texaco Gas Station. At one time, the garage housed stables, a tea room and an ice house.
Over the years Swiftcurrent Lodge has been known as:
  • Kozy Up Kottages – 1920's - 1940's
  • Su-Mac Park Cottages – 1950's - 1960's
  • Park Lodge 1960's - 1970's
  • North's Park Lodge 1980's - 1996
  • Swiftcurrent Lodge 1996-present