Turquoise Lake

Turquoise Lake Sunrise

One of Colorado’s favorite high-altitude recreational destinations is Turquoise Lake. Located five miles west of vacation playground Leadville, 1,780-acre Turquoise Lake offers plenty of opportunity for avid outdoors fans to enjoy woods, water and wide mountain vistas. As part of…

Wolford Mountain Reservoir

Wolford Mountain Recreation Area

As one of Colorado’s newest lakes, Wolford Mountain Reservoir is getting a lot of well-deserved attention. The reservoir was created in 1996 when Ritschard Dam was built across Muddy Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River. Wolford Mountain Reservoir was…

Green Mountain Reservoir

Highway 9 at Green Mountain Reservoir

Thousands of tourists and recreational guests come to the Colorado Rockies each year, never knowing that Green Mountain Reservoir is only a short distance away. This little-known lake is only about 20 miles downriver from well-known Silverthorne, in the White…

Echo Lake CO

Echo Lake-Early Fall Wildflowers

Echo Lake is one of the Denver metro area’s most popular Mountain Parks. Located only an hour west of Denver, Echo Lake Park is the only sub-alpine park in the Mountain Park system. Its focal point is 24-acre Echo Lake,…

Chicago Lakes

Summit Lake Panorama

One of the more popular destinations within Denver’s Mountain Parks system is the trail leading to the Chicago Lakes. This Front Range trail centers around 14,240-foot Mount Evans, with a series of scenic alpine lakes set within a pristine mountain…

Carter Lake CO

Carter Lake is a major source of fun for residents and visitors to the Loveland area of Colorado’s Front Range. The reservoir is one of two main storage basins for the all-important Big Thompson distribution system providing water to the…

Brainard Lakes

Brainard Lake Shoreline

The Brainard Lakes are some of the most heavily visited lakes along Colorado’s Front Range. Five small lakes lie within the Brainard Lakes Recreation Area in the east central Indian Peaks Wilderness area of the Roosevelt National Forest. Four of…

Little Echo Lake

Little Echo Lake

One of the prettiest hidden sights on Colorado’s Front Range, Little Echo Lake makes visitors work a bit to get there. Accessible by a mile=long trail heading into the James Peak Wilderness Area, Little Echo Lake has been inspiring visitors…

Navajo Lake NM

Navajo Lake Houseboats

Navajo Lake offers a surprising and welcome expanse of water in northwestern New Mexico. The 15,600-acre reservoir stretches north into southwest Colorado, offering recreational opportunities to a large number of visitors and local residents. Two large state parks grace its…

Meadow Creek Reservoir

Indian Peaks Wilderness Area

Meadow Creek Reservoir is a little Colorado lake with a well-deserved reputation as a desirable destination. Only 50 acres in size, the small reservoir was built in the early 1970s as a water storage reservoir for Denver Water. The little…

Monarch Lake

Monarch Lake Serenity

One of the prettiest hikes on Colorado’s west slope is the trail around Monarch Lake. The small reservoir is one of the few in the area not directly a part of the massive water project that provides water to the…

Willow Creek Reservoir

Aerial View-Willow Creek Dam

A vital link in the chain of water projects that irrigate Colorado’s Eastern Slope, Willow Creek Reservoir is less-known and less crowded than many nearby larger reservoirs. As a part of the massive Colorado-Big Thompson Project, Willow Creek Reservoir is…

Red Feather Lakes

Early Autumn

One of the most interesting lake systems on Colorado’s Front Range is Red Feather Lakes. The community’s name is derived from a popular Native American concert singer’s name, Princess Tsianina Redfeather, who studied in Denver and was known to some…

Steamboat Lake

Shore View of Steamboat Lake

If fishing one “gold medal” lake is good, then two must be better – and that is just what you will find at Steamboat Lake in northwestern Colorado. This angler’s paradise can be found within Steamboat Lake State Park and…

Pearl Lake

Capturing a scene from America’s West, Pearl Lake reflects pine-covered hills, rocky peaks and expansive blue skies typical of northwestern Colorado. The names and places surrounding Pearl Lake speak of Colorado’s history – hunting grounds, gold mines and sprawling ranch…