Lake City – Hinsdale County…A PEAK EXPERIENCE
The lure is different for each and every one of us . . .
American Basin in full bloom.
Endless vistas of rugged peaks from the top of a “Fourteener” world.
Fish-filled mountain lakes, rivers, creeks and reservoirs.
Foot, hoof, and motorized treks that promise treasured memories and spur further exploration.
Encompassing more than one thousand square miles of untamed beauty, Hinsdale County stands unrivaled when outdoor recreation, unique geology, wildflowers, abundant wildlife, and historic significance come into play. An endless list of “ah-factors” includes 96% public land, five Colorado Fourteeners, fourwilderness areas, two national byways, breathtaking waterfalls and four-wheel drive roads, ghost towns, year-round trails, a backcountry haute route and yurt system, and one of the most authentic national historic districts in Colorado.
Staying true to its late 1800s “mining boom” status as the area’s supply and service center, Lake City is now the everything-you-need hub for amazing hiking, climbing, fishing, hunting, boating, four-wheeling,mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, and sightseeing adventures. With its special welcoming, pioneer-town feel, Lake City is also a vacation destination on its own, featuring family-oriented celebrations and year-round festivals, theatrical performances, historical tours and presentations, in-town trails and recreation, and shopping enhanced by the wares of many talented local artisans.
Hinsdale County and its historic town of Lake City are gems awaiting your discovery in Colorado’s beautiful and rugged San Juan Mountains. Escape to yesteryear this year. We can almost guarantee you will come back . . . again and again.
Where to Stay
Whether you are planning your trip for summer or winter, Lake City offers plenty of options for lodging. We have beautiful vacation homes, public and private campgrounds, cabins, hotels, lodges, and RV parks. You can even pick the setting. We have lodging in town, just out of town, or miles from town. It's up to you to pick your perfect mountain retreat.
Things To Do
Regardless of what you like to do to fill your days, Lake City offers something for everyone. Things to do in our area include kid friendly activities, a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities, nightlife, music shows, plays, historic tours, shopping, and plenty of winter sports. Whether you're here for a weekend or a month, we promise you won't run out of things to fill your days.
Scenic Drives & Byways
Those looking for spectacular views need only drive just a few miles from Lake City. Possible destinations include old mills and mines, ghost towns, natural wonders, thrilling shows of wildflowers, historic sites, and mountain passes high above the rest of the county. Please note some roads are four wheel drive only.
Of all the natural elements, it can be argued that water is the most awe-inspiring. The Lake City area is home to a number of spectacular waterfalls that exhibit power and beauty. North Clear Creek Falls is just off the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, hidden just beyond the road. A short drive to the parking area lets visitors walk to the falls to get a striking view of the most photographed waterfall in Colorado. Whitmore Falls is another thrilling waterfall, one that is just off of Engineer Pass Road near Capitol City. The observation point is a short hike off the road, but is well worth it for a sensational photo opportunity. Nellie Creek Falls is a thrilling two stage waterfall about a half mile up Nellie Creek Road which is four wheel drive only. The road can be a bit rough but the view of the falls is worth the trek. Horseshow Falls on the Engineer Pass road is a wide, beautiful cascade of water. The Alpine Loop offers smaller unnamed waterfalls, many along the road, that enhance the beauty of the drive.
Being nestled in the most remote county in the lower 48 means that Lake City has what seems like endless room for all your favorite outdoor activities of all seasons. In the summer, there is plenty of hiking, rafting, ATV and Jeep rides, horseback riding, biking, rock climbing, fishing, and even miniature golf. Winter offers beautiful skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. Whatever your outdoor activity of choice, we've got what you need.
Festivals & Events
Even the most avid outdoor enthusiast needs a day off every now and then. In Lake City, there is no shortage of ways to fill your days-off and nights on the town. Lake City's organizations and businesses offer a wide variety of events, including music performances, exercise classes, arts and crafts, festivals, plays, kid friendly activities, races, and historic tours. Stop by and see what all is going on!Click here to see what's happening in Lake City - Hinsdale County, Colorado.