Dispersed Camping – Twin Lakes, CO

If you’ve never driven through the Arkansas River valley in Colorado, you are a complete jackass and living like a hermit. The highest mountains in the US Rocky Mountains tower high above the river and the cool little towns that dot the valley are all worth spending a few days in. This mountain range makes up the Continental Divide. The backbone of the country. Put it on your list or I’ll feed you to the tigers (like Carol Baskin).

Bring mosquito spray

There are tons of camping areas in this part of Colorado and Twin Lakes is one of the most scenic. The lakes sit at the foot of Mount Elbert, the highest point in the United States. It’s a great place to hike this 14,000 foot peak and a jumping off point for enjoying the lakes, trails, rivers, and all things outdoors. The Colorado Trail runs right next to the lakes as well if you are that cool or disturbed.

Dog and kid heaven

Campsites surround the lake, but there are a few dispersed spots. One in particular was good to us. From this site, you can hike easily to the lakes and a good swath of beach. This area is amazing for families and their dogs.

Beat this view.

Directions: From Denver, drive to Buena Vista, CO or Leadville, CO. Twin Lakes is halfway between these two towns. Take the Independence Pass road (82) towards Aspen (cue Dumb and Dumber) but don’t go too far up the road. Take a left on 25 dirt road and see the map below. Not too many in this area so get there early.

Published by willbarch78

I grew up in the middle of nowhere Texas. The nearest Walmart was a full two hours away. My family still runs a ranch back home that I grew up on, but at some point in my treasured youth I hung up the idea of becoming a cowboy, and pursued my passion for architecture. Today I still find myself trying to fit in to a life that has treated me with the average ups and downs one can expect after a certain number of years. My wife and I moved to Denver after attending Texas Tech School of Architecture in Lubbock as we needed a grade change from the Llano Estacado. We camp with our three growing girls all summer and into the fall while I write and create and fly fish to maintain sanity. Life is moving fast as our careers and children progress in all areas, so being outdoors with each other keeps us mostly grounded.

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