Our state is home to over 4,000 lakes.

Yep, that’s right… 4,000.

So, how do you narrow them down to 16? Well, it took a while: I filtered through thousands of photos, trying to find which lakes had the most consistent beauty… meaning you don’t have to be Ansel Adams to create stunning photos at these locations.

16. Grand Lake in Grand County

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Grand Lake, Colorado.

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15. Emerald Lake near Crested Butte and the famous mountain biking 401 trail

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Emerald Lake – Photo Credit: @msellersphotos (Instagram).

14. Horsetooth Reservoir in Ft. Collins

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13. Two Rivers Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

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12. Chasm Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Chasm Lake – Photo Credit: @moonmountainman (Instagram)

11. Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

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10. Lily Lake near Rocky Mountain National Park

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9. Twin Lakes near Leadville

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8. Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison

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7. Dillon Reservoir in Summit County

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6. Lake Isabelle near Boulder

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5. Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

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4. Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs

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3. Blue Lakes in the San Juan Mountains

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2. Piney Lake near Vail

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1. Maroon Lake in Aspen

Pro Tip: Rocky Mountain National Park and the north/south stretch from Boulder to Fort Collins are two areas with the most lakes in the state.

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