St. Mary’s Glacier is a covenant controlled community located in Idaho Springs, CO. We are not a state or national park but simply a community made-up of two neighborhoods of Alice and Winterland. Please respect our private property. No camping or discharging of firearms allowed within our subdivisions. Illegal campers are subject to a fine of up to $500.
Before heading into the backcountry (which includes St. Mary’s Glacier), please check the CAIC for avalanche conditions as well as the weather forecast. The mountains can be a very dangerous place if you aren’t experienced in winter backcountry conditions and versed in the potential dangers. St. Mary’s Glacier isn’t a state or national park so be aware that you are in true backcountry conditions at a very high altitude with limited access to assistance, if any. We recently had a hiker die in January 2016 due to hiking in dangerous weather and avalanche conditions.
The only legal parking for the St. Mary’s Glacier hike and trailhead are two pay parking lots. One parking lot is south and one is north of the trailhead. The cost is $5 per day, per vehicle. There are restrooms and trash facilities at both parking lots. These are the only restroom and trash facilities for the hike and the St. Mary’s Glacier area.
There is NO parking allowed on Fall River Road or within the subdivisions.
The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Department, (303)569-3232, will issue tickets for vehicles parked anywhere along Fall River Road that are not parked in either of the pay parking lots.
No Off Highway Vehicles
The St Mary’s, Winterland and Alice subdivisions are surrounded by multiple National Forest Service OHV Trails.
ATVs or other motorized vehicles may not be unloaded anywhere in the Alice, St. Mary’s or Winterland communities.
The hike to St. Mary’s Lake and St. Mary’s Glacier is about 3/4 mile and is a moderate hike over rocky terrain. Appropriate footwear, plenty of water and preparation for changing weather conditions on the continental divide are recommended.
Your well behaved, leashed pets are welcome at St. Mary’s Glacier. Please be aware you may encounter wildlife in the area and take necessary precautions.
There are no U.S. Forest Service Campgrounds in our area. Camping is not allowed in any part of the St. Mary’s neighborhoods of Alice or Winterland. Illegal campers are subject to a fine of up to $500. Please contact the U.S. Forest Service website for campgrounds that take reservations in Clear Creek County. Thank you in advance for respecting any fire bans that may be in effect.
Fishing for Badge Holders
Both Silver Lake and Lake Quivera are private and restricted to resident use only. Illegal fishing is considered poaching and will be prosecuted as the lakes are patrolled regularly.