If you are daydreaming about the great outdoors, you're not alone. We've got the perfect hike to dream about while waiting for warmer weather. Blue lakes in Colorado are an easy day-time hike that features some of the brightest blue waters you've ever seen.

Blue Lakes Trail is located between Ridgway and Telluride. The winding hike leads you past dreamy fields of wildflowers before reaching the sparkling turquoise lakes the area is known for.

The hike to the lower lakes is just over three miles and is moderately challenging. There is no fee to enter the park and wander the gorgeous trails.

You can easily do the lower hike in a few hours. That's plenty of time to traverse the hillsides and hang out by the water. 

Though the park is open year-round, the best time to visit is from June to late October.

In the summer months, the blooming flowers create a breathtaking landscape, while in autumn, the fiery oranges and reds of the surrounding aspens will give you all the fall feels.

If you choose to stick to the lower lakes trail, you can stop and rest along the shore of the glacial waters for some epic photo ops.

The trail to the summit of Mt. Sneffels is a little over an 8-mile roundtrip hike, but the terrain does get more difficult the higher you go. Come prepared for a rockier climb — you'll feel like you're on a real-life alpine adventure.

When you finish either of your hikes, you'll be met with extraordinary views of the turquoise lower lakes, or with a remarkable panoramic glimpse of all three.

The water will be cold, but you can take off your shoes and enjoy a quick dip while you rest up.

Grab your hiking buddy and plan a trip to these sparkling alpine lagoons for some well-deserved summer sunshine.

We all need something to look forward to for summer, right?

Blue Lakes Trail

Difficulty: Easy to difficult

Length: 3.5 miles 

Address: 1451 CR-7, Ridgway, CO

Why You Need To Go: You can glimpse stunning turquoise alpine lakes and dreamy wildflower fields.


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