If you’re looking for a nice place to slip away for a while consider Molas Lake. With views of everything from the Needles, Grand Turk and Kendall Peak all the way to Engineer Mountain, this area is worth some exploration. This high alpine lake is located at an elevation of around 11,000 feet just 6 or so miles south of Silverton on Highway 550 and offers everything from biking and hiking to Camping and Swimming. The stunning views have even impressed AAA, who recently named the Molas Lake Campgrounds as the best in Colorado.
The Campgrounds circle both lower and upper Molas Lakes and offer spectacular water views and wildlife. But there are only a couple dozen spots so book early if you’re looking to visit during peak season. If you’re lucky enough to get a spot you’ll be rewarded with amazing fishing, hiking and off roading options. This is a great base camp.
If you’re wondering what to do to keep occupied, the famous Colorado Trail runs right around the two lakes and many smaller trails crisscross the area lead to ponds, meadows, outlooks, and even summits. If you want to explore in your jeep there are several dirt roads in the area which offer some quick excursions. The fish are abundant and the swimming is awesome (cold water) if you’re looking for a day on the lake. The mountain biking is also really BIG if you want some adventure.
Molas is also a great place to view wildlife. In the 6 years that I’ve been in Silverton, I’ve seen a total of about 5 Lynx up there. I’ve also encountered about as many black bears, all kinds of marmots, rabbits, and even weasels. In addition, you can hunt for wild mushrooms and berries when in season which is a very rewarding way to spice up dinner. And big game hunters find this a well positioned base camp for finding deer and elk as the grounds sit in the center of many hundreds of acres of wilderness.
Molas Lake is what you think of when you picture San Juan County Colorado and you’re sure to fall in love with this amazing high alpine plateau. Use the amazing Molas Lake Campgrounds as a base camp to explore all the area has to offer while being only 10 or so minutes from town and a nice hot breakfast in the morning. Grab a pizza from the Golden Block and take it to go so you’ll have an ez dinner ready to roll with a growler of our craft beer to wash it down as you sit by the fire at your lake front camp site. Molas Lake sounds real good right now!