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Twin Lakes Historic Park

Elevation: 9,212 Feet (2871.6 Meters)
Recommended Season: Summer
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle




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General Description

Entering historic Twin Lakes
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Entering historic Twin Lakes
The Twin Lakes area has been a resort area since the 1880's. The area was first settled in 1865 by prospectors. During the late 1870's a mining boom occurred in Leadville and silver was discovered in the mountains surrounding Aspen. A route from one mining district to the other was established through Twin Lakes. A few individuals took advantage of this route and created a community that catered to the traveler. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad also made Twin Lakes one of its stops. Many of the historic charms of this small community remain.

On the western shore of Twin Lakes Reservoir to the south of Highway 82 is Twin Lakes Historical Park. The park houses four structures original to Twin Lakes Village and built between 1879 and 1884.

Directions from Leadville: From Leadville travel south on US Hwy 24 to the junction of Colorado Highway 82. Travel west approximately 5 miles to Twin Lake Village. The historic park is located on the south side of Highway 82.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: January through December (NOTE: Twin Lakes Village is only accessible from the east during the Winter months.) .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON History Twin Lakes Historic Park
Yes
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Twin Lakes Historic Park
Yes
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs Twin Lakes Historic Park
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Related Activities
Black Cloud Trail - Mt. Elbert at 14,433 ft elevation is the highest point in Colorado. It is the second highest mountain in the adjacent 48 states.

Colorado Trail (Halfmoon to Twin Lakes) - This segment of the Colorado Trail begins in the Halfmoon Drainage and continues for approximately 6 miles to the Lakeview Campground above Twin Lakes.

Colorado Trail (Twin Lakes to Clear Creek Rd.) - This segment of the Colorado Trail leads from Twin Lakes Reservoir to Clear Creek Road. It is a popular segment that is used by many runners training for the long-distance foot race the Leadville 100.

Dexter Campground - There are five Forest Service Campgrounds in the Twin Lakes area: Dexter, Lakeview, Parry Peak, Twin Peaks and White Star. Dexter Campground has 24 sites that are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Dexter Point Boat Launch - On the shores of Twin Lakes Reservoir are two paved boat ramps. Dexter Point Boat Ramp is located on the northeastern shore of the lake.

Interlaken Interpretive Site - This trail offers an easy walk to the historic resort cabins of Interlaken. Hikers and history buffs can visit the historic Interlaken by following the Colorado Trail along the south side of the lake.

Lakeview Campground - Lakeview Campground is located in the Twin Lakes area, but not immediately on the reservoir. Lakeview is the closest developed campground to the South Mt. Elbert Trailhead.

Mt. Elbert - Mt. Elbert at 14,433 ft elevation is the highest point in Colorado. It is the second highest mountain in the lower 48 states.

Mt. Elbert Family Picnic Ground - Mt. Elbert Family Picnic Ground is located on the northern shore of Twin Lakes Reservoir east of the Mt. Elbert Power Plant. Visitors who use this facility will have access to the lakes as well as the surrounding terrain.

Parry Peak Campground - Perry Peak Campground is located west of Twin Lakes Reservoir on Highway 82. Many recreation opportunities are accessible from this campground including fishing, canoeing, hiking, motorcycle riding, four-wheel driving and mountain biking.

Red Rooster Boat Launch - On the shores of Twin Lakes Reservoir are two paved boat ramps. Red Rooster Boat Ramp is located on the northwestern shore of the lake.

Twin Lakes General Forest Area - The Twin Lakes are located on Highway 82, approximately 20 miles south of Leadville. This area offers a wide range of attractions, including fishing, boating, camping and scenic driving.

Twin Peaks Campground - There are five Forest Service Campgrounds in the Twin Lakes area: Dexter, Lakeview, Parry Peak, Twin Peaks and White Star. Thirty-nine sites are available at Twin Peaks Campground on a first come, first serve basis,

Whitestar Campground - Whitestar Family Campground is one of five campgrounds surrounding Twin Lakes Reservoir. Reservation status of the 68 campsites at Whitestar vary between first come, first serve and reservations accepted.

Willis Gulch Trail - This is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet. The end destination is Willis Lake and a mine just beyond the lake .



More Information

Visitor Information:

Leadville Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 2015 North Poplar , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-0749, Fax: 719-486-0928

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