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This scenic road winds its way up to the edge of the Alpine Plateau, and on to Big Blue Creek, campground, and trailheads for Big Blue and the Alpine Trail.

The first few miles bring you quickly upward, and each turn and switchback offers another wonderful view in every direction.  You'll pass through aspen groves and stands of ponderosa trees.

You'll drive by the green pastures of the historic Elk Creek Ranch, one of Colorado's Centennial Farms.  The Colorado Centennial Farms program designates farms and ranches that have been owned and operated by the same family for 100 years or more.    Please stay on the road as you pass by this area.

Up higher, the road levels out and the land opens until you reach the historic Alpine Guard Station and a trailhead for the Alpine Trail.  The road then angles back to follow Big Blue Creek, which offers excellent public trout fishing access.

The beautiful Big Blue Campground has 11 sites with picnic tables, fire pits, and tent pads.  Camping fee is by donation.

At the end of this road, you'll find the boundary for the Uncompahgre Wilderness Area, space to park, and the trailhead for the Big Blue trail, which offers access into the Uncompahgre Wilderness.  This trail follows the Big Blue Creek, where you can find even more fishing spots.  

Total distance from Highway 149 to the end at the Big Blue Trailhead is approximately 11.3 miles.  You will want to set aside at least 3 hours to make the trip and enjoy the sites and activities.

View Big Blue Creek Campground & Big Blue Drainage Fishing Map in a larger map

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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