Head to Carson Lake on the Grand Mesa this summer and explore this pristine, 35-acre lake located near Lands End. Carson Lake is a beautiful and peaceful area for catching brook trout, watching yellow-bellied Marmots and birds and taking in the scenery.
If you want to take a break from fishing, the Carson Lake Trail is located at the head of the Kannah Creek Basin in the Grand Mesa National Forest and meanders through picturesque meadows and through blue spruce trees at a moderate grade. As you wind around the rim of Grand Mesa on this trail, you'll be able to view the impressive Kannah Creek Drainage.
Getting to Carson Lake
There are two ways to find Carson Lake, both accessible via two-wheel sedan (although the 1.4-mile drop down into Carson Lake is a little tough): Take I-70 east into DeBeque Canyon, turn off at the Powderhorn/Grand Mesa exit, drive to the top of the mesa, turn right on the Lands End road and go until you see the Carson Lake sign. Or, go up Lands End Road.
Driving up Lands End is one of the most spectacular drives in the area. Take Highway 50 south past Whitewater to the Lands End/Kannah Creek Road (a half-mile past mile marker 45 on Highway 50). Turn left (east) and travel 2.9 miles to where the road splits with Kannah Creek/Purdy Mesa. Veer to the left and stay on the Lands End Road all the way to the top.
The road has a few washboards and there are several switchbacks, but the family sedan can make it. From the top of Lands End Road near the Lands End Observatory, it’s 9.6 miles to the Carson Lake turnoff, then another 1.4 miles to the lake.