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Pets allowed
Yes
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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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.

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Fall
Summer

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Primitive campsites. Beautiful lake.

Cons

Popular destination.

Features

Family friendly
Vault toilet
Near lake or river
Wildflowers
Fishing

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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