Lake Como is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 3.586m (11,765ft) above the sea level, located in Alamosa County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s said to be the toughest 4WD road in the country. Your concern for the car will determine where you want to park. It’s one of the highest roads of Colorado.
Can you drive to Lake Como in Colorado?
Located very near Alamosa and the Great Sand Dunes, the road to the Summit is totally unpaved. It’s called Lake Como Road (Blanca Peak Road). It’s said to be Colorado's roughest road. 4x4 vehicles with high clearance only.
How long is the road to Lake Como?
Starting at the paved CO-150, the road to the lake is 12km (7.45 miles) long. It’s a very challenging drive, extremely rough and made mostly of loose boulders. It's tough on the ankles on all rock sections. This trail should never be driven alone. Make sure you and your vehicle are prepared before attempting it. The first 4.5 miles of the Blanca Peak Trail is over an extremely rough, rocky jeep road. A very specialized four wheel drive vehicle is required to climb this road. The challenge or severity of the Lake Como Road is such that many people travel from distant parts of the country with their modified 4wd vehicles just to drive up to this road. It’s a very steep drive hitting a 26% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.
Is the road to Lake Como open?
Set high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado, the road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). The open and close dates all depend on snowmelt and snowfall each year. The weather in this area is subject to sudden changes and thunder storms can be expected at any time. East of the lake, a minor gravel 4x4 road climbs up to Blue Lakes, at 3.711m (12,175ft) asl.
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