Hancock Lakes, CO

US Forest Service

Hancock Lakes

Upper and Lower Hancock lakes are located south of the historic townsite of St. Elmo. The route to the lakes follows the Denver, South Park and Pacific railroad grade to the site of Hancock. Hancock was...[more]



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From Buena Vista, travel south on Highway 285 for 7 miles to County Road 162. Turn west at Nathrop on CR 162 and travel west for 15.5 miles to the junction of Forest Road 295 and County Road 162 just outside of the historic townsite of St. Elmo.  Turn left onto FR 295 and travel south for 5 miles to the townsite of Hancock. Nothing is left of the town but a small Forest Service sign marks the location. Stay on Forest Road 295, passing a parking area for the Alpine Tunnel trail. The road continues for approximately one mile and terminates just before the lake.

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