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Each spring, late snows melt, and the mountains explode with life. One day, the cloak of winter is tied tightly, while, what seems like the very next moment, rivers rush, trees and shrubs green-up, and the varied species of high country inhabitants emerge to enjoy this treasure-laden land.

With backcountry roads and trails just opening and becoming passable to foot, hoof, and tire traffic and streams and lakes abandoning their icy shells, springtime is the perfect time to visit Lake City and experience the pristine solitude and beauty of its high country places.

Tips for Visiting Lake City in the Spring

April through Mid-June

  • Seasonal lodging facilities begin opening late April or early May, with some offering springtime discounts.

  • The Alpine Loop, with Cinnamon and Engineer passes, typically opens at the beginning of June.

  • The majority of visitors begin arriving in July, which means minimal spring traffic on roads, trails, and at fishing and recreational spots.

  • Great recreational opportunities include ice-out fishing, kayak and rafting, high elevation ski or foot trekking, bird and wildlife watching, historical tours, races, and festivals.

  • Great photo opportunities include unique waterfalls, an impressive and massive snowplow-created snow wall on Engineer Pass, and newborn wildlife at play.



  • Packer Days


  • San Juan Solstice

Cech out detailed event information in our event calendar.


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970.944.2527  •  info@lakecity.com

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