Twin Lakes, CO, USA

Twin Lakes, CO, USA

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Enter the roof of the Rockies at Twin Lakes

The drama begins even before you enter Twin Lakes. Weaving and wiggling with the hairpin bends of the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway, or driving in from Denver in the east, the ice-mantled summits of Mount Elbert and Rinker Peak soon come into view. They are often reflected perfectly in the mirror-like waters of the 2 glacial lakes that ring the town, or come plumed majestically in snow clouds. They are just the first taste of the great wildernesses that abound around this rustic goldrush-era town, where Twin Lakes vacation rentals nestle between the old prospector cabins and door-slapping saloons.

Twin Lakes is an alpine wonderland

Alpinists and hikers, skiers and mountain bikers assemble – Twin Lakes vacation rentals are your chance to explore the rugged peaks of the high Rocky Mountains. Downhill pistes await just over the passes, in Vail or world-famous Aspen. Trekking trails abound, some even shooting up to the tops of soaring Mount Elbert and its summit at over 4,400 meters. Scenic drives await on the Colorado byways that pass through the center, while other travelers will opt for balloon flights or flyover tours atop the nearby glaciers and the pine-studded Sawatch Range.

Look to the clouds in Twin Lakes

The mountains are the main attraction in Twin Lakes, rising with the hulking outline of Mount Elbert – the highest in the Rockies – to the west, and the sheer ridges of Mount Massive to the north. Some of the best views of these mighty summits are had from the base of the valley, where the unmissable waters of the Twin Lakes themselves unfold below the forests. And once you're done gawping upwards, be sure to delve into the timber lodges of the Historic Village of Twin Lakes, where National Register homes hearken back to the days of the goldrush.

Snow and sun in Twin Lakes

Heading to Twin Lakes to carve the pistes of Vail or hit the alpine slopes of Aspen? Great. You'll need to be sure to book those Twin Lakes vacation rentals when the season's in full swing – any time between December and March should be good for snow coverage. Alternatively, for the top hiking weather, and to make the most of the charming historic sites that pepper the heart of this old goldrush outpost, you should consider vacationing in the summer, between the warm, dry times of July and September.

Twin Lakes is full of natural beauty

Twin Lakes sits huddled on the edge of its eponymous waters, which glimmer like shards of glass as the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains rise like a phalanx of rock to the west and north. In fact, the massifs that dominate this arena of the Colorado highlands are among the highest in America, with the 4,400-meter-tall top of Mount Elbert commanding over all others in the region. You can go deeper into the Sawatch Range and beyond on the scenic byways around town too, to discover cascading pine forests and glacial valleys where black bears roam the ridges.