Alta Lakes Colorado Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Alta Lakes

Only a thirty minute drive from Telluride is the Alta Lakes region, a tranquil wilderness area where the land and lakes look the same as they did a hundred years ago.

  • Alta Lakes CO is an easy trip from Telluride with a four-wheel drive vehicle. The limited access keeps crowds away.
  • In the summer bring a fishing pole, in the winter snowshoes.
  • Feel like staying longer? Check out the Alta Lakes Observatory, a family-run alpine lodge.


The Alta Lakes are a great daytrip from Telluride in any season. Although visible from the ski area, the lakes remain just far enough off the highway to discourage crowds. Stunning peaks stand in every direction and the fish bite like they’ve never seen a lure. What’s not to like?


Alta Lakes Colorado is a 30 minute drive from Telluride. Drive south from Telluride and take a left at CO – 145 near the Conoco station. After a little more than three miles, look for a left turn into Alta Lakes Road. A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.


Alta Lakes is open for recreation year-round depending on your method of travel. The access road in is closed during the winter but the area remains a popular snowshoeing and snowmobile venue.


Besides basking in the remote beauty of these perfect mountain lakes, the Alta Lakes area is great for mountain and dirt biking, fishing, hiking, and camping.

The area is also home to the Alta Lakes Observatory, a year-round lodge that sleeps up to six people. Book early as the lodge fills up quickly. For more information call 970-728-4645.