Twin Lakes Colorado: What to Know

If your family enjoys the outdoors along with exciting sporting activities, then consider making Twin Lakes Colorado your next adventure. Even though only a couple of hundred people live there, over the years it’s become a popular destination for vacationers, sports enthusiasts, and even offering a beautiful setting for weddings. Set in Lake County, near historic Leadville, it boasts a high altitude of 9,700 feet. Here’s a brief look at what you can come to expect at Twin Lakes Colorado.

The gardens outside the Healy House Museum and Dexter Garden in historic Leadville are charming.

Twin Lakes History

The beautiful 2,700 acres of Twin Lakes were carved out by glaciers clear back during the last ice age. You’ll find gorgeous mountain scenery reflecting off of the lakes, with an end result of a haven that’s fit for both vacationers and nature-lovers alike.

Independence Pass

During the summer, many visitors take the scenic byway of Independence Pass away from Twin Lakes when heading to Aspen. Twin Lakes is just about a half hour from Buena Vista on Highway 24. It winds between Minturn and Aspen (or our more favorite summer town of Snowmass).

Twin Lakes Ghost Town

While visiting Twin Lakes, make sure you stop in at the Twin Lakes Ghost Town. It’s a former mining village that’s located in the center of town. There are many buildings that can be visited throughout the year, and the best part is that it’s free!

Insider Tip: This is one of many interesting ghost towns in Colorado.

Twin Lakes Activities


There are plenty of hiking trails in Twin Lakes that don’t rise too drastically in elevation, making them perfect, even if you’re a beginner or have smaller children. The scenery is absolutely stunning, and there’s the chance you’ll come across elk, deer, moose, black bear, coyotes, and even mountain lions.

Lake County is also home to the highest peak in Colorado. Mt. Elbert is a popular 14er that has a tough 14,440 foot summit. Twin Lakes offers spectacular views of this Colorado mountain.


Situated around the lakeshore, there are a number of great campgrounds that provide a good starting point for your next outdoor adventure.


During the summer, water temperatures in these lakes reach between 65 and 70 degrees, which makes for a comfortable swim.


These days we never miss the opportunity to take out the SUP, stand up paddle board.

Boating is extremely popular to do there during the summer season. Kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailboarding are amongst the favorites. There’s also the convenience of boat docks for easy entry along the lake’s shoreline.


Mountain biking is another popular activity that you and your family can do on your next visit, where there’s a number of trails suitable that await you.


Twin Lakes is stocked full of rainbow and brown trout, along with cutthroat trout. It’s evolved into such a popular fishing destination, that fishing contests take place in these lakes every year. There’s even ice fishing during the winter season that has become especially popular amongst winter anglers.

Mountain Rock Climbing

If you’re into rock climbing, Monitor Rock has over 50 different routes ranging from easy to difficult to meet your experience. “Climb on!”

Twin Lakes, Colorado is the perfect destination for your family’s next outdoor adventure. The mountain majesty that meets up with the glassy smooth waters of Twin Lakes is nothing short of epic. With so many sports, activities, and things to do there, no one in your family will be left disappointed. If you’re in need of lodging, may we suggest the Mount Elbert Lodge that has family cabins and bed and breakfast rooms to meet your needs? Go for it!

Colorado is home to many spectacular mountain lakes. Be sure to check them all out!

Twin Lakes Colorado: What to Know

Liana Moore

Liana Moore is a third-culture kid with a hangover from those days that is a severe case of wanderlust. She is more comfortable driving the cliffs of Amalfi, Italy or the dirt roads of Costa Rica or attempting to decipher the street signs of Osaka, Japan than navigating the theme parks of Disney World. But she loves it all. She doesn't believe a vacation is complete without an adventure. Her husband and kids know well that "adventure" often is code for mishap or challenge and it usually results in a good story. They seek outdoor experiences whether in the mountains, on a beach or in the jungle of a tropical country. Her favorite vacation is... all the ones she hasn't yet taken, as well as those she plans on taking again. And, that list is so, so long. But she continues to extensively explore her home state of Colorado, spends lots of time wandering Texas, California, New Mexico, Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway and has even explored Kazakhstan.

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