10 Reasons to Visit Twin Lakes this SummerApril 6, 2021
If you haven’t been to Twin Lakes, Colorado, add it to your bucket list. These large glacial lakes lie at the foot of Colorado’s highest peaks and offer a wealth of recreation. In addition, the mountain hamlet of Twin Lakes offers intriguing history, delicious food, and charming places to lay your weary head.
Whether your taste for adventure is wild or mild, you’ll love these 10 fun things to do in Twin Lakes in summer! Cover 📷: @shel8y / Instagram
Most Twin Lakes businesses open for the season by Memorial Day weekend. The Twin Lakes Inn and Saloon is open weekends in spring.
1. Paddle or Boat.
Laze the day away in a canoe or kayak or on a standup paddleboard (SUP) in the middle of these glimmering blue lakes. Or drop a fishing line, and get ready to catch a big one! 📷: @packraftnation / Instagram
2. Explore the Historic Village.
Pick up a walking tour map of the historic district at the Twin Lakes Visitor Center. Imagine what life once was like in this remote mountain village as you find the stagecoach stop and blacksmith shop, the dance hall, the ice house that cooled ice blocks cut from the lakes, and the Twin Lakes Schoolhouse, which was built in 1895 and served as a school through 1959. And explore the modern-day art gallery and general store.
3. Drive the Scenic Byway.
For a great day trip, head to Aspen, about an hour away over scenic Independence Pass. The Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway winds you up to 12,095’, for views galore. The pass opens for the season by Memorial Day weekend, weather dependent. 📷: @etexag / Instagram
4. Discover Interlaken Ghost Resort.
Hike or bike two miles one-way to the ghost resort of Interlaken, which can be reached only by boat or on foot. This late 1800s resort is now abandoned. But you can go inside restored Dexter Cabin and climb into its cupola for a 360-degree view of Twin Lakes, 14er Mt. Elbert, and the surrounding peaks and forests.
5. Bike an Iconic Trail.
Ride the shores of Twin Lakes on your mountain bike for a roll past sagebrush, aspen groves, wide-open waters, and high peaks. The Colorado Trail and Continental Divide trails run together through much of this scenic stretch. 📷: @kenzstock / Instagram
6. Climb Hope Pass.
The views from atop this 12,600′ pass are stunning. Think soaring 14ers in the Sawatch Range, Twin Lakes from on high, and the picturesque Arkansas River Valley. On the way up this nine-mile round-trip hike, consider what it’s like to do the Leadville Trail 100 Run, happening this year on Aug. 12. These racers cross Hope Pass twice within 30 hours, on their way out and back from Leadville. 📷: @jimmy.mac21 / Instagram
7. Climb Mt. Elbert.
Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, rises behind Twin Lakes. Start the climb to 14,433′ on the East Ridge route through aspen groves, looking down on the shimmering lakes. Start early, as afternoon thunderstorms are common, and bring layers, a lunch, and plenty of water with which to enjoy the views from the rooftop of Colorado. Be sure to read and heed this safety and comfort info for your hike.
8. Get Good Eats.
Hungry after all that exploring? Come for a tasty sit-down lunch or dinner at the Twin Lakes Inn and Saloon (reservations highly recommended). For morning coffee or a midday nosh, don’t miss the goodies at Perkolated Peaks or Punky’s Food Truck. Both are in the heart of Twin Lakes village.
9. Camp under the Stars.
Check into one of the many campgrounds near Twin Lakes or find a dispersed camping site for a good night’s sleep in the quiet woods. Journey down to the water’s edge to hear waves lap the lakeshore or to watch Rocky Mountain sunrises and sunsets. If you’re planning a campfire, please review this campfire safety info and check for current fire bans before lighting your fire.
10. Cozy up in a Historic Cabin or Lodge.
Not into roughing it? Twin Lakes has just what you need for a relaxing escape, with a variety of well-outfitted cabins and lodges.
No matter what you choose, you’re sure to have a grand adventure at Twin Lakes!