(nr Lake City CO)
Deer Lakes was a forest service campground that had been recommended to me. I was eager to see some deer and other wildlife. It was several miles off the paved highway, and through an area of severe beetle damage to the pines.
When I arrived I found a few fishing ponds (I wouldn’t call them lakes), a small stream, lots of aspens, and some pines. Lots of fisherman coming and going to try their luck. The campsites were well spaced, and concealed by surrounding growth.
However, no deer were spotted. Moose were said to hang out there, but none. No chipmunks or squirrels, or any critters of note. I did see one bird and a butterfly. There was a trail headed into the forest, which I followed for a short way.
At 10,525ft, this was my highest elevation camp during my summer trip in Colorado. It was pleasant, but uninspiring otherwise. There was still much to see and explore in the area.
Camp: Gunnison NF-Deer Lakes CG drycamp
Scene: Lakes, stream, aspen trees