Deer Lakes

(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.

Deer Lakes CG

Deer Lakes

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.

Deer Lakes CG

Deer Creek

Deer Lakes CG

Rocks by the Creek

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.

Deer Lakes CG

Creek between the Ponds

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

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2 Responses to Deer Lakes

  1. Barney Ward November 24, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    Oh my. That is way above my altitude limit. Thanks for the photos.

    • Pleinguy November 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm #

      Yeah, that was up there a bit. But, I had no issues with that elevation.

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