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Lake City - Southwest Colorado

Includes Powderhorn

Experience Lake City and Powderhorn, Colorado

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 the perfect hub for your southwest Colorado vacation.

Lake City's Downtown, Colorado
Lake City - A Picturesque Mountain Town
Uncompahgre Peak near Lake City, Colorado
Uncompahgre Peak - 14,309'


Explore the historical 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.

One story refuses to disappear from history; in 1874, Alfred Packer guided some prospectors through the nearby 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 but 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 and ended up only serving 5 years in jail.

Hike in one of the National Forests that surround Lake City: Uncompahgre or Gunnison. Or try a stretch of The Colorado Trail running along the southwest side in Gunnison National Forest.

Lake City is lucky in that two wonderful Scenic Byways run through it. The Alpine Loop Backcountry Scenic 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 Scenic and Historic Byway ribbons through the communities of South Fork, Wagon Wheel Gap, Creede, Lake City, and Powderhorn until it connects with Highway 50. Once a toll road and stage route for miners, it is now a 75-mile paved highway.

Lake San Cristobal, Colorado
Lake San Cristobal is Colorado's 2nd Largest Natural Lake
Slumgullion Earthflow, Lake City, Colorado
The Slumgullion Earthflow Created Lake San Cristobal Around 700 Years Ago


Water activities: Fish for trout in the Blue Mesa Reservoir, Gunnison River or other places around Lake City; raft along the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River; try boating on spectacular Lake San Cristobal, Colorado's 2nd largest natural lake created by the Slumgullion Earthflow. About 700 years ago, a mass of earth material began sliding down toward the valley and dammed up Lake San Cristobal. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1983 and still continues to move about 7 meters each year.

Some other awesome outdoor activities include Jeeping/ATVing or snowmobiling to the east and west of Lake City.

Driving Directions and Location: Lake City and Powderhorn, Colorado

Lake City is 140 miles north of the Colorado-New Mexico border and sits between Gunnison and South Fork along Highway 149. Powderhorn is 30 miles north of Lake City.

Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by three different regional airports: the Gunnison-Crested Butte Airport; the Montrose Municipal Airport; and the Durango - La Plata County Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements. Lake City is 54 miles southwest of Gunnison; 102 miles northeast from Montrose; and 170 miles northeast of Durango.

Lake City is near: Creede & Gunnison Area

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Premium Lake City Businesses

Oleo Ranch - Colorado Vacation Cabins  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Each log vacation cabin at Oleo Ranch has its own privacy. Cebolla Creek trout fishing on-site. In the Mountains between Creede and Lake City, Colorado. PETS WELCOME when in designated cabins.

Cabins and Cottages Pets Welcome National Parks Fishing 

Featured Lake City Businesses

Alpine Moose Lodge and Cookhouse 14  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Spacious lodge rooms, recently upgraded, in Lake City some with king bed. Alpine Moose has best view of the mountains above our historic town. Grill Restaurant Cookhouse has down to earth, everyday food.

Hotels and Motels Pets Welcome Scenic Byways and Drives ATVing, UTVing, and Offroading Restaurant Winter Lodging Snowmobiling 

Alpine Village Cabins - On Top of The Rockies  Web page link icon
Unwind in our quiet village in Lake City; a low-key, comfortable, alpine destination. Log cabins 1- and 2- bedrooms, modern kitchenettes. On top of the Rockies: fishing, hiking, jeeping. Pets Welcome. WiFi.

Cabins and Cottages Pets Welcome Scenic Byways and Drives 

Castle Lakes Campground and Cabins  Web page link icon Location map of property icon
South of Lake City with a forested mountain setting, overlooking 2 private Castle Lakes: log cabins, RV hookups, tent campground. On Cinnamon Pass Road, along Alpine Backcountry Byway. Good WiFi.

Cabins and Cottages RV Parks and Resorts Family Friendly Pets Welcome Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles 

G&M Cabins - Downtown Lake City  Web page link icon
Visit ghost towns on top of the world, G&M Mountain Cabins have direct access for OHVs to the Alpine Loop! Stay in Lake City CO walk to downtown shops, restaurants, river fishing. WiFi and DirecTV with HD.

Suites and Condos Scenic Byways and Drives ATVing, UTVing, and Offroading 

Oleo Ranch - Colorado Vacation Cabins  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Each log vacation cabin at Oleo Ranch has its own privacy. Cebolla Creek trout fishing on-site. In the Mountains between Creede and Lake City, Colorado. PETS WELCOME when in designated cabins.

Cabins and Cottages Pets Welcome National Parks Fishing 

Sportsman Fly Shop, Fly-Fishing Trips and Shuttle Service  Web page link icon Photos on page icon
In Lake City 50+ years! Full Service Outdoors Stop: Pro Fly Shop, fishing guides - beginners to advanced, sportsman equipment rentals, trail maps. Shuttle service. Soaring mountains, clear streams, wildlife!

Scenic Byways and Drives Fishing 

Texan Resort Estates Cabins  Web page link icon
A vacation village with a river running through it, in Lake City! Estates cabin and home rentals near Granite Falls in the San Juan Mountains. The Texan offers traditional Western Hospitality, est 1946.

Cabins and Cottages Vacation Homes Pets Welcome 

Wagon Wheel Cabins - Your Home On The Road  Photos on page icon
Mountain rustic meets simple modern when you vacation at Wagon Wheel Cabins: WiFi, DirecTV, ATV trailer parking, comfortable beds. In Lake City, walking distance to everything. Non-smoking. Pet friendly.

Cabins and Cottages Groups and Reunions Scenic Byways and Drives Fishing ATVing, UTVing, and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles Hunting 

Woodlake Park Campground and Cabins  Photos on page icon
Uncrowded BIG RIG Park! Pull-thru, full hookup RV sites. A tenters Campground. Rentals: Cabins and a vacation home. Woodlake is along Silver Thread Scenic Byway, near Lake City and Alpine Loop Byway.

Cabins and Cottages Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Lodging by water Scenic Byways and Drives 

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Lake City Activities & Maps

National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Slumgullion Earthflow

Scenic Byways:
Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway
Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway

Hiking Trails:
The Colorado Trail

Blue Mesa Reservoir & Gunnison River Fishing Map
Lake City Fishing Map

Rafting & Kayaking:
Lake Fork of the Gunnison River Rafting & Kayaking

Jeep & 4WD:
Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway
Lake City, Ouray, & Silverton Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails

Lake City & Creede Snowmobile Trails

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

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