17 Gorgeous Lakes in Colorado That Are Perfect For Summer

Whether it’s jet skiing, sailing, or just a good old fashion dip into the water, Colorado is home to more than 4,000 bodies of water, both natural and manmade.

Beyond water activities, there are also loads of things to do nearby. Most Colorado lakes offer access to hiking, sunbathing and swimming beaches, picnic tables, and camping!

The trail showcases amazing views of Pikes Peak and the Pikes Peak National Forest, near Woodland Park. There is also lots of wildlife viewing and bird watching available for nature lovers.

1. Manitou Lake

Specific beaches along the water’s edge are designated for swimming and are crowd favorites.

2. Horsetooth Reservoir

Additional water activities available include fishing, boating, water skiing, and scuba diving. Other outdoor activities available here include camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and rock climbing.

In the summer, you can even visit Estes Park from Grand Lake via Trail Ridge Road, which is the highest paved road in America.

3. Grand Lake

Much like the name sounds, Dream Lake is a gorgeous alpine lake in Colorado. It’s like something you’d see in a dream!

4. Dream Lake

In the summer there are two full-service marinas where visitors can rent power boats, paddleboards, pontoon boats, and kayaks.

5. Blue Mesa Reservoir

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