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Emerald Lake

  This is no location for people who donít like to enjoy themselves. Hit the slopes at Silverton in the neighborhood, and Iron Horse Inn is a pleasant place to get some rest. If by chance you crave getting out on the water, Vallecito Doc's Marina is close at hand. If you're here at Emerald Lake during the winter you can always go to Wit's End Guest House & Resort and rent a snow mobile. San Juan National Forest is both perfect and gorgeous, and it's next to Emerald
    Lake, and Lime Mesa is uncomplicated to spot from Emerald Lake.
On nearby Canyon Creek you find a class V+ stretch of whitewater; the to Animas River segment is 3 miles long.

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These outdoors activities are available near Emerald Lake.
 Lakes Near Emerald Lake:
Vallecito Lake, San Juan County, 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Emerald Lake:
San Juan National Forest, Colorado, 14 miles away
Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico, 34 miles away
Ridgway State Park, Colorado, 36 miles away
Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec - NM, 47 miles away
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO, 54 miles away
Yucca House National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park - CO, 54 miles away
 Marinas On or Near Emerald Lake:
Vallecito Doc's Marina, Bayfield, 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Emerald Lake:
Bear Creek Campground, La Plata County, 6 miles away
Transfer Park Campground, La Plata County, 7 miles away
Lime Creek Campground, San Juan County, 7 miles away
Florida Campground, La Plata County, 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Emerald Lake:
Teller House, Silverton, 12 miles away
Iron Horse Inn, Durango, 21 miles away
Best Western Mountain Shadows, Durango, 21 miles away
The Ice House Condominiums, Telluride, 21 miles away
The Ice House Lodge, Telluride, 21 miles away
 Ski Areas Near Emerald Lake:
Purgatory, Colorado, 10 miles away
      2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Silverton, Colorado, 11 miles away
      3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado, 12 miles away
      400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
 Whitewater Near Emerald Lake:
Canyon Creek, La Plata County, 7 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (to Animas River)
Animas River, San Juan/ La Plata County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.6 miles long (Tacoma to Rockwood Rail Yard)
Lime Creek, -blank- County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (1st Gorge)

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