Deep in Colorado, discover a picture-perfect view: two large, sparkling glacial lakes reflecting some of the nation’s highest peaks.
Peaceful Stays in Twin Lakes
Stay in this historic village and start your morning by watching the sun rise over the lakes, looking for wildlife on the marshy shores, taking photographs, or enjoying a quiet breakfast on your porch.
Tour the village, described in 1885 as “the most charming summer mountain resort in Colorado” to find a general store, hotel, blacksmith shop, and schoolhouse from the mining days, all listed on the National Historic Register. Inns, a restaurant, and an art gallery and gift shop are all within a short walking distance. Stop by the Twin Lakes Visitor Center, open Memorial Day to Labor Day and weekends in September, to learn more.
Rent a kayak, canoe, or standup paddleboard to float on the lake, or take a guided boat tour to the former Interlaken resort. Or sleep under the stars in nearby campgrounds.
Ideal Base Camp for Day Trips
For mining history, antiquing, shops, and restaurants, plan a day trip to Leadville or Buena Vista, each just half an hour away.
In summer, drive the National Scenic Byway that twists and turns up to 12,095’ Independence Pass, ringed with high peaks. To explore Aspen, continue on, just an hour’s drive from Twin Lakes. (The pass is open Memorial Day to October.)
Hikes and Bikes to Remember
Feeling adventurous? Get up early to bag 14er Mt. Elbert (14,433’), Colorado’s highest peak, or cycle up Independence Pass.
Or choose a hike or mountain bike ride on the Colorado Trail and Continental Divide Trail: a sage-studded route around the lake, a lake-shore trip to Interlaken, or a rolling path through aspen groves. For a scenic workout, make the climb up Hope Pass that is part of the famed Leadville Race Series 100-mile trail run.
In the winter, the road is plowed through Twin Lakes, so you can access these trails for magical snowshoeing and Nordic skiing.