As you approach Exit 190, You’ll see signs for Shrine Pass Rd. Exit there.
Continue 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 the 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.
Don’t be fooled though, by the path to the little out building…it’s not a restroom!
Enjoy your stop here at Black Lakes, and take lots of pictures!
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