Escape the Heat: Alpine Lakes to Explore

With high temps expected throughout July, consider taking a day trip to these nearby watering holes for some splash-worthy fun in the sun.

Remember to pack the essentials: snacks, water, towels, and plenty of sunscreen.  

Ruedi Reservoir

Located nearby Basalt, Ruedi Reservoir is a refreshing source of summer recreation. It’s a hotspot for boating, fishing and camping.

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Harvey Gap

Just past the town of Silt, Harvey Gap is a state park perfect for non-motorized fun, from swimming to kayaking. Dogs are welcome too!

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Turquoise Lake

Sunrise at Turquoise Lake. Photo: Sayamindu Dasgupta, source:

A day-trip to Leadville will take you to Turquoise Lake, an area once known for its turquoise mine. Now, visitors enjoy single-track bike trails, hiking, boating, and fishing.

More information is available here.

Rifle Gap

Boating and camping are popular activities at Rifle Gap State Park. Photo: Jeffrey Beall

Close to the city of Rifle, Rifle Gap is great for boaters. Bonus: prior to spending time at the lake, head over to the nearby Rifle Falls for a quick hike and scenic waterfall views.

More information is available here.

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