Camping in the Snow at Turquoise Lake

We were excited to get out for our first big camping trip of the season over Memorial day weekend with our friends the Schappas at Turquoise Lake. The area is one of our favorites, and I was particularly excited to hit the fast flowing mountain biking trails right outside the campground. It was a bit of struggle getting out of town, juggling the last day of school and getting everything packed up for the first time. We almost lost the canoe off the top of the Suburban on the highway and forget to close the storage lid on the camper, but we managed to make it to Leadville right around supper time.

Saturday was a relaxing day on the water and we got a nice ride on the upper mountain biking loop with the boys. As usual, Joshua hauled in the first fish, a real lunker of a rainbow. Nathanael couldn’t wait to try out his new hammock and was doing great getting around on has half cast.

On Sunday, Linnea had big plans to bike around the lake with William and Joshua while the Schappas would hike. I took the car with Nathanael and met them at the half-way point at May Queen campground. Weather was starting to shift with scattered showers and everyone was tired out having to carry bikes over downed logs on the trail. Linnea decided to continue on, while I took the boys to the Leadville fish hatchery. We had fun looking at all the fish runs, feeding the big fish, and checking out the indoor runs with native Colorado Greenbacks. Surprisingly, the weather was holding on and back at the campground I squeezed in a big mountain bike ride to the lower loop both directions.

Around supper time on Sunday night, things shifted quickly and the first flakes started to drop, with the wind ramping up off the lake. We had fun making a big fire and heating up some rocks. It was a cold night and we woke up to everything blanketed in snow. Not so much fun packing up in the snow with all the outdoor gear, but we did it and made it to Leadville to do some shopping at Melanzana and a quick bite to eat at the Golden Burro (which is now a completely vegan plant based menu although I don’t think Joshua ever realized his burger was fake meat).

One thought on “Camping in the Snow at Turquoise Lake

  • June 27, 2022 at 6:31 pm
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    When fun becomes survival! Thanks for the report and fine pics! Genuine mt people!
    Love, Mom M

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