Oooo…you’re in for a treat!

Green mountainside with snow covered peaks behind, reflected in a dark blue lakeDeep blue lake with green mountain sides and a bridge into the water for fishingAs you approach Exit 190, You’ll see signs for Shrine Pass Rd.  Exit there.

The Black Lakes Picnic Site is the reward you’ll find waiting for you just a few minutes off the highway!



Colorado roadside sign with rock frameContinue on to Black Lakes on Bighorn Rd/Ten mile Canyon Nat’l Recreation Trail.  It’ll take you about 5 mins or so to reach the Ten Mile Canyon Trail Parking – which you’ll find as you veer to the left.  Here’s where you can stretch your legs and use the restroom.  You can also read a little about Vail Country and the Mount of the Holy Cross.  You will find picnic tables, but I recommend pressing on.

From here, head back North toward the Black Lakes Picnic Site along ten Mile Canyon Trail Rd.  On your left you’ll come first to Black Lake Number 1.  Drive to the north end of the lake for theman fishing in mountain lake in blue inner tube boat parking lot.  This is a great place for a tailgate picnic!  Lake number 2 is just walking distance up the road, but it’s hard to get to the water’s edge.  I would spend my ’20 mins’ at Lake Number 1. This is a great place to hike around, do some quick fishing, or just enjoy the deep blue water, mossy green hill sides and the surrounding mountain peaks.  These photos were taken in mid summer, and snow was still visible on the more distant peaks. Deep blue lake with green mountain sides and a bridge into the water for fishing


Don’t be fooled though, by the path to the little out building…it’s not a restroom!

Deep blue lake with green mountain sides and a bridge into the water for fishing      mountain path to old outbuilding

Enjoy your stop here at Black Lakes, and take lots of pictures!

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3 Comments on “BLACK LAKES PICNIC SITE: Exit 190

    • When we were there in July, we counted 6 other people between the 2 lakes and the rest stop. What a treat! Thanks for reading!

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