Turquoise Lake Nature Trail


Turquoise Lake Nature Trail Sign

This 6.4 mile trail parallels the shoreline of Turquoise Lake from the Dam to May Queen Campground. The section of trail from the Dam to Tabor Campground is 2.2 miles of easy hiking, passing by many picnic areas and campgrounds. The remainder of this trail offers moderate hiking with spectacular views of the Turquoise Lake Recreation Area. Pick up your trail guide to learn about the flora and fauna along the trail.


This hike is one of the Leadville Ranger District's Suggested Day Hikes.

At a Glance

There is no fee to use this trail.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Year-round
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Leadville, Colorado
Water: Potable water can be found at various campgrounds and picnic areas along the trail.
Restroom: Restrooms can be found at campgrounds and picnic areas along the trail.
Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company

General Information


From Leadville, follow signs to the Turquoise Lake Recreation Area.


Free trailhead parking is available at the Dam and Molly Brown Campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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