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 1,000 square miles of untamed beauty, “ah factors” are a constant in this northeastern corner of Colorado’s mystical San Juan Mountains. From climbers, fishermen, hunters, 4-wheel enthusiasts, and hikers to bikers, horseback riders, birdwatchers, and Old West history buffs, magical moments are spun into heirloom memories passed on and recreated generation after generation.
Weather Conditions Update:
Summer is around the corner and Lake City is excited to welcome you to beautiful Hinsdale County. There are so many exciting things to see and do. Hiking, fishing, OHVing, and other outdoor activities are plentiful during the summer months.
Due to a higher-than-average snowfall this winter, we anticipate high water levels in our rivers and creeks and we are taking extra precautions to keep flooding at bay. In addition, we are actively clearing away remaining debris from recent avalanches, which may cause temporary road closures.
While MOST parts of Hinsdale County remain unaffected, if you plan on experiencing the wonder and beauty of Lake City and Hinsdale County, please visit the Hinsdale County Website or the Lake City Facebook Page for updated information on potential backcountry road closures, trail access, and more before finalizing your outdoor recreation plans. For further questions on where to go and what to do, please call Lake City’s Chamber of Commerce at (970) 944-2527.
A Peak Experience, your peak experience, is waiting to be realized
We are unique because...
- 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 quite 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.