Make Lake City a Beloved Part of Your Family History

Lake City 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. 

The Lake City area is a great place for families. Skip down a trail, splash in the river, watch water skippers, star gaze, and 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.

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Take a family ride through the San Juans with experienced guides. 


Teach a child to fish in unintimidating waters like Deer Lakes or Big Blue Creek. In both places, brook trout are abundant but not large.


Spend the day on Lake San Cristobal. Boats, including canoes, kayaks, and fishing boats, are available for rent from local businesses. A public boat ramp, dock, and parking area are located partway along the west side of the lake. 


Rent an OHV or other off-road vehicle and explore Lake City's gorgeous backcountry roads. Or, book a tour and let someone else be your guide. 


Hiking is the quintessential Colorado activity and perfect for families too. Lake City has several easy to moderate trails where you can spend the day with your kids exploring nature. 

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Remote, sparsely populated, blessed with high mountain lakes, streams, forests, and hideaways that provide ever-nurturing habitats – Hinsdale County is both the year-round and migratory home of choice to a myriad of flora and fauna that grace its landscape.

In-town walking trails

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.


Camping is great for the whole family. Roast marshmallows around a campfire and gaze at Lake City's phenomenal stars. 


Rent a bike and hit Lake City's in-town trails


The Lake City Ski Hill is the best deal in Colorado, making it an ideal place to give skiing a try or to master your turns.

Ice Skating

Ice skate at Lake San Cristobal or in town behind the armory. 

Town Parks

Check out Memorial Park in Wade’s Addition for skateboarding, playing softball, fishing at the pier, or playing on the playground. Nearby is Town Park, which 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.


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Lake City/Hinsdale County Visitor Center
800 Gunnison Avenue
PO Box 430
Lake City, CO 81235
Tues. - Sat  9am - 3pm
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