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.
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Lake City's Best Qualities
Why We Are Unique
- Lake City is the only town in Hinsdale County.
- 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.
- Hinsdale County is made up of 4 wilderness areas and 2 wilderness study areas.
- 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).
- We are a designated National Historic District since 1978, boasting over 200 historic structures.
- We have reconstructed over 500 feet of original boardwalks in our historic downtown.
- Lake San Cristobal is the second largest natural lake in the state.
- We have hundreds of miles of hiking and off-road trails.
What We Don't Have
- Commercial chains - no Walmart or food chains. You have to drive over an hour to find any kind of major retail or food chains.
- Stop lights. There is not one stop light in Hinsdale County, there are stop signs but not many of them.
- 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.
- 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.
- Noise. It is nice quit around here.
- 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.
- Elevators. There is no building higher than two stories in Hinsdale County.