Lake City - Southwest Colorado

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Lake City is home to several 14,000' mountain peaks; Uncompahgre, Sunshine, Handies, Red Cloud and Wetterhorn. Tucked into the grassy canyon where Henson Creek and the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River meet, Lake City is a state secret. Hike in any of the national forests (600,000 acres) that surround this small town. Close by is the Curecanti National Rec Area and the Grand Mesa National Forest. The Alpine Scenic Loop Byway begins in town and runs through Ouray and then on to Silverton on 65 miles of dirt and gravel roads. The backcountry byway has some of the most stunning four wheel driving in the world! The Silver Thread Historic Byway (Highway 149) ribbons through the communities of South Fork, Creede and Lake City in the San Juan Mountains, once a toll road and stage route for miners, is a 75 mile paved highway.

Try boating on spectacular Lake San Cristobal, Colorado's 2nd largest natural lake - approximately 350 acres. Fish for rainbow trout in the swirling Lake Fork River or explore the Victorian charm of downtown with over 75 buildings from the late 1800s - one of Colorado's largest historical districts. Both Henson and Capitol city are old ghost towns located less than 10 miles west of Lake City. Lake City's history is mild compared to the more notorious mining towns. However, one story refuses to disappear: Alferd Packer. In 1874, Packer convinced some prospectors to let him guide them through the snow-covered mountains. Six weeks later, he appeared 76 miles to the Northeast alone with a beard and long hair. He claimed to have survived on roots and berries. However, the truth soon came out and Packer was accused of murder and cannibalism and sentenced to hang in 1883 at Lake City's courthouse. Packer got off on a legality of an unconstitutional trial though, and ended up only serving 5 years in jail.

Lake City is near: Creede & Gunnison Area

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Premium Lake City Businesses

Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop, The  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In Lake City, at the same location for 50+ years. A full service outdoor and gift store specializing in hiking tours, fishing guide services, Jeep tours, snowshoeing packages, equipment rentals, and trail maps.

Scenic Byways Fishing Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals Attractions Snowshoeing and nordic trails 



Featured Lake City Businesses

Alpine Moose Lodge & Bruno's Grill & Restaurant  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Lake City's most spacious rooms with king and queen beds. Enjoy Chef Bruno's gourmet restaurant and wine selection. Views of historic Lake City, the San Juan Mountains, Lake Fork of the Gunnison River.

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Alpine Village  link to Colorado vacation
Unwind in the quiet of Lake City; a relaxed, low-key and comfortable destination. 1- and 2- bedroom log cabins have modern kitchenettes and WI-FI. Near: fishing, hiking, jeeping, and horseback riding.

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Castle Lakes Campground & Cabins  link to Colorado vacation Map showing location of Colorado vacation
South of Lake City, overlooking 2 private lakes in a forested mountain setting: Full RV hookups, tent sites and 1&2-bedroom cabins. Along Cinnamon Pass Road the start for the Alpine Backcountry Byway. WI-FI.

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Elkhorn RV Campground and Cabins  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Full RV hookups. Camper cabins with microwave, fridge, TV. Laundry. WI-FI access. Quiet setting in Lake City: walk to restaurants and shops. Near the Alpine Loop Backcountry Scenic Byway.

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Farabee Jeep Rentals  link to Colorado vacation
Drive one of our top-of-line, off-road-ready Jeep Wrangler to spectacular sights in the WEST! Rental locations: Moab - Utah; Death Valley - California; and in Colorado - Lake City, Ouray, Silverton, Telluride.

Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals 


G & M Cabins  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Fully equipped 1 and 2 bedroom cabins with kitchens in Lake City. Visit ghost towns on top of the world along the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway. Walk to shops and restaurants. Boundless Outdoor activities.

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M&M Vacation Rentals  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation
Enjoy lodging in the heart of Historic Lake City; or stay at our Round Top Log Cabin, a mile from town and next to recreation trails. M&M has both a secluded mountain retreat and quiet downtown locations.

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Matterhorn Mountain Motel & Cabins  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Mountainside Motel rooms and cozy cabins are 1 block from Lake City Historic District. A smoke-free property with comfortable and clean rooms. Since 1949! WI-FI internet access. Open year round.

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Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop, The  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In Lake City, at the same location for 50+ years. A full service outdoor and gift store specializing in hiking tours, fishing guide services, Jeep tours, snowshoeing packages, equipment rentals, and trail maps.

Scenic Byways Fishing Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals Attractions Snowshoeing and nordic trails 


Town Square Cabins & Mini Mart  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
This downtown Lake City property has studio and 2-bedroom cabins. Cabins are within walking distance to shops, restaurants & city parks. Amenities include barbecue grills, laundry, groceries and gasoline.

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Woodlake Park Campground & Cabins  link to Colorado vacation
Uncrowded BIG pull-thru full hookup RV sites. 2-1/2 miles south of Lake City on the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, near the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway. Tenters A-OK. 4 cabins, a vacation home and an apartment.

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For more travel information contact:

Lake City Activities and Maps

National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Slumgullion Earthflow

Scenic Byways:
Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway -UPDATED-
Silver Thread Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Hiking Trails:
The Colorado Trail

Fishing:
Blue Mesa Reservoir & Gunnison River Fishing Map -UPDATED-
Lake City Fishing Map -UPDATED-

Rafting & Kayaking:
Lake Fork of the Gunnison River Rafting

Jeep & 4WD:
Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway Jeeping & ATV Trails

Snowmobiling:
Lake City & Creede Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-

Local Area Maps:
Lake City, Creede, South Fork Area Map


 
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