If you are looking for a beautiful place to get away with hiking, camping, fishing, and picnicking options, the Grand Mesa's Alexander Lake is an awesome destination.

Everybody knows the Grand Mesa offers a variety of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, but it's difficult to fully appreciate it until you've experienced it for yourself. My wife and I had the opportunity to spend the night in a cabin at Alexander Lake, and the entire experience was incredible.

The scenery, of course, is spectacular, and there is plenty of wildlife. The campgrounds are numerous, and boast some excellent campsites for both tent and RV camping. If you're in the mood for a nice sit down dinner in the middle of all of this outdoor paradise and need a break from the campfire, there is a restaurant option as well as cooking necessities in the cabins.

If you are going up, don't forget the insect repellent. Obviously, there is quite a bit of water on the Grand Mesa, and that means plenty of mosquitoes. Just go prepared.

It's been said that Katharine Lee Bates wrote America the Beautiful after seeing Pike's Peak near Colorado Springs. That's only because she hadn't yet been atop Western Colorado's Grand Mesa. It truly is a special place.

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    Alexander Lake is just one of over 300 lakes on the Grand Mesa offering boating and fishing, with an adjacent lodge and RV campground.

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    This is the front of our one-room cabin, with Alexander Lake in the background.

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    Looking up at our cabin - about halfway down to the lake. Wait til you see the view of the lake from the back of the cabin.

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    As dusk approached, the lake  behind our cabin grew completely calm creating this beautiful reflection.

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    There is boating as well as shoreline fishing at Alexander Lake.

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    Here I am next to the creek that runs below the cabin to the lake. It was awesome hearing the sound of the running creek outside our window as we drifted off to sleep.

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    A short evening drive up the road offered some awesome wildlife viewing opportunities.

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    Here is a closer view of the deer grazing on the hillside.

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    There were plenty of ground hogs running amok, and chilling on the rocks.

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    Of course, this view from near Skyway Point is not near Alexander Lake, but how could we not include this amazing view on the way down. For anyone who has not been over the Grand Mesa, it's worth the trip just to see this view.