Located on the back side of the Telluride Ski Resort and Palmyra Peak, Alta Lakes provides a magical alpine setting in both summer and winter. Enjoy fly fishing, camping, hiking or taking an easy day-trip from Telluride to the beautiful lake in the summertime. During the winter, Alta Lakes is one of the prettiest places to go snowmobiling in the Telluride area.
Multiple free camping spots (some equipped with metal cooking grills) are situated around this spectacular high-alpine lake. Drive up, pitch a tent, start a campfire and enjoy this unmatched camping experience. In the morning, hike around the lake or explore the Alta Lakes Ghost Town on your way back down to the highway. Don't forget your camera!
Drive approximately 5 miles south on Highway 145. Turn east on Forest Road #623 (Alta Lakes Road) and continue about 3-3.5 miles to the first lake. The drive is well marked, high clearance is recommended and don't forget to stop in the Ghost Town of Alta and take photos before proceeding to the lake. Camping is allowed around the lakes for free. For more information, visit the National Forest Service.