If lake life floats your boat, then why not take a trip to some of Colorado's bluest lakes and waterfalls? These hidden gems have the most stunning-colored waters around. Grab your favorite person, hiking attire, and prepare to be whisked away to the Caribbean minus the pricey travel fees.

Devil's Punchbowl

Price: Free

Location: SH-82, Aspen, CO

Why you need to go: This secret spot is the best place to hang out in the sun or go for a swim in chilly, clear waters. 

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Columbine Lake

Price: Free

Coordinates: Latitude: 37.859041 Longitude: -107.747035

Why you need to go: Surrounded by peaks with an elevation of 12,800 feet, this stunning alpine lake looks like it's filled with sapphires. You can even take a dip if you can brave the chilly water.

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Blue Lakes

Price: Free

Address: 1451 CR-7, Ridgway, CO

Why you need to go: Blue Lakes Trail features three stunning alpine lagoons with the prettiest mountain views. Pack a lunch and dine by the water for an epic day trip. 

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Ice Lakes

Price: Free

Location: Silverton, CO

Why you need to go: A short and steep trail will lead you to blue water surrounded by mountain peaks. During the summer, you can stroll through flower-filled meadows. 

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Lake San Cristobal

Price: Free

Address: Highway 149, Lake City, CO

Why you need to go: You can go fishing, boating, or relax lakeside for some fantastic views. It's serious #lakelife goals, don't take our word for it. 


Island Lake

Price: Free

Address: Silverton, CO

Why you need to go: This turquoise beauty has a "mini-island" in the middle of its waters. It's a hidden gem worth discovering over and over again. 

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South Fork Mineral Creek

Price: Free

Location: 585 W. Fork Rd., Durango, CO

Why you need to go: You can opt to spend the night at the campground and then visit this breathtaking waterfall that ends in a sapphire pool. 

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We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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