Colorado Lakes, Nature May 03, 2020
Some Of The Cleanest And Clearest Water Can Be Found At Colorado’s Lake Isabelle
Colorado is home to countless bodies of water that are nearly pristine, the most famous of which include
Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs, the aptly named Blue Lakes near Ridgway, and the other Blue Lake near Denver. If you have seen all of these for yourself and want to visit a new hidden gem, however, we highly recommend visiting the clean and clear waters of Lake Isabelle:
Located near Boulder, Lake Isabelle is an alpine lake that is arguably one of the best-kept secrets in Colorado.
Tucked away in the always-gorgeous Indian Peaks Wilderness, Lake Isabelle is as unique as it is stunning, thanks to the fact that it is a high-alpine reservoir, making the best time to visit in the late spring or early summer.
Please note: The water from Lake Isabelle is typically drained late-July to early-August, so while the surrounding trees and mountainside are still a sight to see come fall, you may not be able to enjoy the beauty of the lake itself.
If you think this photo is jaw-dropping, wait until you see Lake Isabelle with your own eyes!
Access to Lake Isabelle can be found via the 2.1-mile Pawnee Pass trail or - in the summer - via the 8.6-mile out-and-back Lake Isabelle Trail.
Lake Isabelle is open year-round but - due to heavy snowfall - is best accessed June through October.
For more information on Lake Isabelle and current conditions, please visit the U.S. Forest Service's
Which Colorado lake is YOUR favorite? Let us know in the comments! If you have a favorite spot in the Centennial State that you would like to see featured on Only in Colorado, be sure to nominate it
here. For even more of our favorite bodies of water, check out these 11 Epic Colorado Lakes and Swimming Holes To Have A Blast This Summer. Address: Lake Isabelle, Colorado 80466, USA