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Alta Lakes Recreation Area

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

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  • The shoreline is very accessible.- Alta Lakes Recreation Area
  • Great lakes for paddling.- Alta Lakes Recreation Area
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  • Beautiful mountain scenery at Alta Lakes.- Alta Lakes Recreation Area
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  • Primitive lakeside campsites at Alta Lakes.- Alta Lakes Recreation Area
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  • Campsites are free at Alta Lakes.- Alta Lakes Recreation Area
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Pros: 
Primitive campsites. Beautiful lake.
Cons: 
Popular destination.
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Region:
San Juan Mountains, CO
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Fall, Summer
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Alta Lakes Recreation Area is a popular spot near Telluride that offers primitive campsites, fishing, and paddling in a tiny lake at the foot of Silver Mountain and Palmyra Peak. The campsites are free and first-come, first-served. This is a tent-only campground and the access road is fairly rough in spots and requires a high-clearance vehicle. Some of the campsites are right on the lake or offer lake views with the lofty peaks rising behind.

 

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