Baldwin Lake

Baldwin Lake is a small alpine lake located to the west of Mount Antero (14,269 ft). The lake is home to native Cutthroat trout. The road to Baldwin Lake is usually "snow-free" from June until October.

At a Glance

Fees: No fee is charged for use of this area
Permit Info: Special use permits are required for all commercial activities including outfitting and guiding. For more information, contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: July-Sept
Busiest Season: July
Restrictions: Four-wheel drive is required to travel from County Road 162 in the Chalk Creek canyon to the lake. ATV's are permitted.
Closest Towns: Buena Vista, Colorado  
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


No universally accessible facilities are available.


From Nathrop, Colorado (located halfway between Buena Vista and Salida), travel west on County Road 162 for about 12 miles to the Baldwin Lake/Mt. Antero road (Forest Road 277). Turn left at the split onto FR 277 and begin traveling uphill for approximately 2.5 miles. FR 277 bears to the right and continues uphill on a rocky climb to the lake. Four-wheel drive or an ATV is a must for this rough road!

General Notes:

Baldwin Lake is a small alpine lake located at about 12,100 feet. This lake is ideal for a day trip or an overnight camping trip. The weather can change rapidly at high elevations so come prepared with appropriate clothing, rain gear and camping equipment.


Parking is limited near the lake. Please do not park along the lakeshore.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Campers can enjoy spending a night or two at this pretty alpine lake. Camping is not permitted along the lakeshore so visitors are encouraged to find a campsite well away from the lake.

Campers should be prepared for changing weather and bring a sturdy tent and appropriate camping gear.

Open Season: June-October
Best Season: June-Sept

Lake and Pond Fishing

Baldwin Lake boasts native cutthroat trout that measure up to 14 inches in size. Fishing is best with wet flies or salmon eggs.

The road to Baldwin Lake is extremely rough and 4-wheel drive is required to navigate this road.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult

OHV Road Riding

The road to Baldwin Lake is rough and rocky. OHV enthusiasts will enjoy the ride to the lake for a picnic and some fishing at this alpine lake.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.5 miles at FR 277 junction

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