Pomeroy Lakes


The lakes have very good fishing for cutthroat and Rainbow crossed with cutthroat. It is stocked periodically and the average sized fish is 10 - 12 inches. The ice does not completely melt on Upper Pomeroy Lake until late June or early July.

 The road travels past the historic Mary Murphy mine and boarding house. The mine was one of the largest and most profitable producers of gold and silver ore during the 1880's through the 1920's. Do not disturb any of the historic structures by removing artifacts.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Special use permits are required for all commercial activities including outfitting and guiding. For more information, please contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer

General Information


From Buena Vista, travel south on Highway 285 for 7 miles to County Road 162. Turn west at Nathrop on CR 162 and travel west for 15.5 miles to the junction of Forest Road 295 and County Road 162 just outside of the historic townsite of St. Elmo. Turn left on to CR 295 and travel south for 3.3 miles to CR 297. Turn left on to this road and travel southeast for 3.2 miles to the parking area for Pomeroy Lakes. Walk about .25 miles to the lower lake and continue for another mile to the upper lake.



Parking is permitted at the parking area. Vehicles are not permitted beyond that point.


Visitors can access the area by traveling on Highway 285 from either Buena Vista or Salida. From Buena Vista travel south on Highway 285 for approximately 7 miles then turn right on County Road 162. Travel west on CR 162 for 15.5 miles to the intersection of FR 295. Travel south on FR 295 for 3 miles to the junction of FR 297. Turn left on to FR 297 and travel southeast for 2.5 miles to the parking area.

Vehicles are not permitted to drive to the lake.



Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

Camping is permitted at least 100 feet away from the lakeshore at upper and lower Pomeroy Lakes. Afternoon and evening thundershowers are common at these high elevation lakes so come prepared with a warm sleeping bag and a sturdy tent.


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OHV Riding & Camping

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