Mystery Destination: A Large Reservoir, Mountains and Ski Resorts

Outdoor adventure destinations can come in many forms. Some people flock to the mountains, rivers, canyons or beaches, others hit up a huge lake or reservoir. This week's Mystery Destination is a large reservoir that is the center of many different outdoor adventures. Read the five clues below and see if you can guess the reservoir we are describing.

Mystery Reservoir Photo by Don Becker


  • This large lake is surrounded by mountains. It offers up a beautiful backdrop for photographers. The waters are popular for sailboats and sea kayaks but is too cool for swimming. Recreational opportunities include a bike path along the banks, boat rentals available at two different towns and a couple campgrounds.

  • Gold was discovered in this area in 1859 which led to the establishment of a town by the same name as the current reservoir. The town was moved in 1883 and again in 1892 with the arrival of the railroad. Finally, this town was moved again in the late 1950's to make room for the reservoir.

  • The reservoir can be seen from the interstate or from the highways that lead to one of the four nearby ski resorts.

  • To access this reservoir most people drive through a 1.7 mile tunnel that takes the interstate under the Continental Divide. The tunnel is the longest mountain tunnel and highest point on the Interstate Highway system.

  • One mountain range viewable from the reservoir is the Tenmile Range. The peaks of this range are numbered. Peak One is near the reservoir and Peak 7, 8, 9 and 10 are home to one of the states most popular ski areas.


Do you know the name of this reservoir? Enter your guess in the comments below. We'll give you bonus points if you can name the Tunnel and Ski Resort mentioned in the clues.

Too easy? Try these other Mystery Destinations:

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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