Lake City - A Kid Friendly Town

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Lake City, Colorado, has been a destination since the 1800s when gold and silver brought miners to this area. During the post World War II days, tourists began taking advantage of the unrivaled outdoor recreational opportunities. Love of the Lake City area brings people back repeatedly, creating family traditions that have lasted generations.  Make Lake City a beloved part of your family history.

Enjoy a walk on Lake City’s in-town trails along Henson Creek and the Lake Fork River or around Pete’s Lake.  Chance encounters with deer, chipmunks, birds and other little critters is always a possibility. These trails are ideal for strolling or bicycling and are paths the entire family can enjoy.  The more adventurous may want to hike to Thompson’s Lake or on the Lake to Lake Trail. 

Inexpensive entertainment for the whole family includes mini golf, the Seek and Find game at the Museum, Hard Tack Mine tours, or playtime at the public parks.

  • Memorial Park in Wade’s Addition offers skateboarders a place to ramp it up, a softball diamond, a fishing pier, and a playground area.
  • Town Park, located in downtown, features a large grassy area perfect for a game of flag football or Frisbee, a nice playground for all ages, a sand volleyball court, and picnic tables.

The Lake City area is a great place for families – to skip down a trail, splash in the river, watch water skippers, star gaze…to reconnect with life’s simple pleasures. Several affordable restaurants offer kids’ menus. Enjoy an old-fashioned soda fountain, or smoothies or milkshakes from several shops. Many local retail shops offer products for children – toys, books, games, t-shirts, and more.


Summer (May-August)

  • Wee Care Arts and Crafts Fair at Veterans Park
  • Summer Youth Day Camp hosted by Hinsdale County Public Health
  • Lake San Cristobal 5k/10k Run/Walk
  • Lake City Area Recreation (LCAR)  - various programs for all ages 
  • Teen Center hosted by LCAR
  • Bingo - Wednesday nights at Armory
  • Lake City Arts - various programs and camps throughout the summer
  • Fourth of July Celebration - parade, races, street dance and fireworks
  • 37th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival - large crafts fair in Town Park
  • Ducky Derby & Raffle
  • Ducky Fun Run/Walk 
  • hosted by Wee Care
  • Seek and Find game at 
  • Hinsdale County Museum
  • Historic and Ghost Tours 
  • hosted by HC Museum
  • August History - various events and lectures hosted by community
  • Stick Horse Show - in August at Town Park, open to all ages
  • Walk for a Cancer Free Future - fundraiser hosted by HC Public Health
  • Free Fly Fishing classes 
  • Geocache 
  • Outdoor Series lectures - topics vary
  • Authentic old-fashioned ice cream sodas

Fall (September-October)

  • Colorfest Arts & Crafts Festival
  • Uncorked Wine & Music Festival
  • Hunters Ball and Community Dinner
  • Halloween Carnival

Winter (November - December)

  • Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk fundraiser hosted by HC Museum benefits Toys for Tots - Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas in Lake City
    • Kids Crafts hosted by Wee Care
    • Vintage Fruit Cake Toss
    • Wreath/Center piece contest hosted by Chamber
    • Sweets and Cookie Contest hosted by PJWC
  • Community Dinner and Stocking Auction hosted by Wee Care


  • Lake City Balloon Festival and 
  • Balloon Glow
  • Ice Fishing Derby 
  • Matt Milski Ski Race
  • Ice Climbing Event


  • Horseback riding 
  • Fishing
  • Boating, boat rentals
  • Recreation tours
  • Jeep and ATV
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • In-town walking trails
  • Mining tours
  • Family and Kid Camps
  • Camping
  • Biking, bike rentals
  • Skiing (Winter)
  • Sledding (Winter)
  • Ice Skating (Winter)

See our Business Directory for more information on these recreation opportunitites