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Alta Lakes Road

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Nice mountain views. Ghost town. Lakes and camping.
Cons: 
Some auto traffic.
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Region:
San Juan Mountains, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
11,257.00 ft (3,431.13 m)
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
April 01 to October 31
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Motorized vehicles
Trail difficulty: 
Green
Total Distance: 
9.50 mi (15.29 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,694.00 ft (516.33 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
9,545.00 ft (2,909.32 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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There are a lot of great paved or gravel bike routes in the Telluride area, including segments of the Galloping Goose Trail, the Telluride town trail and this rough gravel road leading to the Alta Lakes Recreation Area.

Starting at Highway 135 just a mile or so south of the excellent Sunshine Campground, Alta Lakes Road has some great views, especially on the lower section. There is some auto traffic going to Alta Lakes, but the road is wide enough and traffic is light. About 4 miles up, the road passes through the interesting ghost town site of Alta and the road ends at the lovely namesake group of lakes with a primitive camping area and good paddling and fishing.

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