Silver Lake Lodge

Favorite Road Trips from Boulder, CO – St. Mary’s Glacier

Another one of our favorite discoveries is the Silver Lake Lodge at St. Mary’s Glacier.  It’s an easy two hour drive from our house but feels worlds away.  David discovered it thanks to a TravelZoo special and booked it for my birthday (we then proceeded to return several other times as well).

Everything about Silver Lake Lodge was wonderful.  The rooms had the coziest beds, the host was incredibly gracious and informative, there was more food and wine than we could handle, and best of all the views were beyond gorgeous.

St. Mary’s was originally a gold rush town but now boasts easy access to the St. Mary’s Glacier and Idaho Springs, two private stocked lakes for fishing and boating (exclusive to neighborhood residents and Silver Lake Lodge guests), and is surrounded by BLM land perfect for snowshoeing and hiking.

On their website they credit Jim, the lodge’s incredible host, with being a “human GPS of the area” which couldn’t be more true.

He knows where to go and how to get you there! Whether a 30-minute hike or a full-day adventure, take to the trails and experience amazing spring and summer flowers, stunning Colorado fall colors, or a dazzling winter wonderland on a showshoe trek. Discover remnants of the old mining town above the lodge, or follow the stagecoach trail and see how many mountain lakes you can find. Climb Yankee Hill to enjoy views of several Colorado famous 14’ers (mountains over 14,000 feet), or explore further to Kingston Peak, James Peak and more!

As you can see, there is an abundance of things to do and see in any season.

During one trip we were out hiking and exploring all day long every day, and during another we mostly just cozied up by the fire and read while enjoying a spectacular view of falling snow.

We should have just stayed in the whole time on that trip because on our last day I accidentally got the car stuck in the snow and Jim spent at least an hour helping us dig it out.  Surprisingly, even that was fun.

Check out the view from the Lodge’s living room:

Snowshoeing up St. Mary’s Glacier.

Hiking behind the Lodge with views of the Indian Peaks.

Delightful treats upon our arrival, all of my favorite things!

Dinner before…


And after…They feed you way too well, I was so full and this was only the first course!


Where is the coziest place you’ve been lately?  Do you have a favorite place or a new place you would like to go to just get away from it all?

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