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Dream It!

Welcome to Lake City and Hinsdale County, Colorado!

Jagged peaks pierce deep blue skies, while wildlife teems in rocky canyons and on high valley floors.

Crystalline rivers flow from altitude, while unique geology promises adventure and spurs endless exploration.

And, continuously, within this wondrous dreamscape, whispers from the past mingle with voices of the present in the cool, rarefied air of remote Hinsdale County and its historic town of Lake City.

Encompassing more than one thousand square miles of untamed beauty, “ah factors” are a constant in this northeastern corner of Colorado’s mystical San Juan Mountains. From climbers to fishermen and hunters, from 4-wheel enthusiasts to hikers, bikers and horseback riders, from birdwatchers to Old West history buffs – magical moments are spun into heirloom memories passed on and recreated generation after generation.

Lay claim to your dream this year.

Dream It, Want It, Live It

A Peak Experience, your peak experience, is waiting to be realized.


Lake City's Best Qualities

Why We Are Unique

  1. Lake City is the only town in Hinsdale County.
  2. Hinsdale County is made up of 96% public lands. That means that we have the fewest miles of roads per person, plus the most land area located far from roads, making Hinsdale County the most remote county in the lower 48.
  3. Hinsdale County is made up of 4 wilderness areas and 2 wilderness study areas. 
  4. We are located at the crossroads of two major scenic byways: Silver Thread Scenic Byway (Hwy 149, 2 wheel drive) and Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway (CR 30/20, 2 wheel & 4WD).
  5. We are a designated National Historic District since 1978, boasting over 200 historic structures.
  6. We have reconstructed over 500 feet of original boardwalks in our historic downtown.
  7. Lake San Cristobal is the second largest natural lake in the state.
  8. We have hundreds of miles of hiking and off-road trails.

What We Don't Have

  1. Commercial chains - no Walmart or food chains. You have to drive over an hour to find any kind of major retail or food chains.
  2. Stop lights. There is not one stop light in Hinsdale County, there are stop signs but not many of them.
  3. Traffic. Now July tourism can be an exception to that rule or herds of wildlife can be considered traffic, but we rarely have anything resembling city traffic.
  4. Light pollution. Lake City has the most beautiful night skies and nothing to keep you from being able to enjoy it with a naked eye.
  5. Noise. It is nice quite around here.
  6. Great cellular service. We do have cellular service, Verizon gets the best reception, but we do have plenty of free wi-fi hot spots around town. There is no cell service within 5-10 miles out of town in any direction and it is not likely to pick up for at least an hour until you hit Gunnison or Creede.
  7. Elevators. There is no building higher than two stories in Hinsdale County.

Upcoming Events

Free Fly Fishing Clinic with The Sportsman Outdoor & Fly Shop -- Tue Jun 02 @10:00AM
Free Fly Fishing Clinic with Dan's Fly Shop -- Wed Jun 03 @10:00AM
Lake San Cristobal 5k/10k -- Sat Jun 06 @ 8:00AM
4th Annual Blossom Festival -- Sat Jun 13 @ 4:00PM
Historic District Tours -- Thu Jun 25 @10:30AM
Rockin' River Party -- Thu Jun 25 @ 5:00PM
Ghost Tours -- Fri Jun 26 @ 8:00AM

Hot Deals!

More information coming soon!


Please Consider Donating

The Lake City/Hinsdale County Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce relies on the generous donations of our visitors to keep our Visitor Center open year round. We offer year round help and support to our potential and return visitors including mailing our vacation planners free of charge. We would appreciate any donation you are willing to offer.

Visitor Center Info


Lake City/Hinsdale County Visitor Center
800 Gunnison Avenue
Lake City, CO 81235
Summer: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, 9am to 3pm Saturdays, 9am-12pm Sundays
Winter: Monday-Friday 8am to 3pm

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