We understand that planning a trip takes time and requires plenty of information. We do our best to provide you with all the accurate information you need about the Lake City area. Questions? Call the Chamber at (970) 944 2527 for additional information.
How to Get Here
Driving: Lake City is located in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, about 55 miles south of Gunnison on State Highway 149, and 74 miles north of South Fork.
Flying: The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) offers car rentals and is served by American Airlines, United, and United Express (more airline services are available in the winter months).
The Montrose Regional Airport (MHT), about a two-hour drive away, offers car rentals and is served by Continental Airlines, American Airlines, and United Express.
These are commonly asked questions about driving in our area.
What do I need to know about driving over Slumgullion Pass with my trailer or RV?
A common problem for drivers coming over Slumgullion Pass is overheating brakes. To avoid this problem, use a lower gear. After reaching the summit of Slumgullion Pass, start out going slow downhill. If the car starts gaining too much speed, simply shift into the next lowest gear, repeating this process as often as necessary. Contrary to popular belief, this practice will not hurt a transmission. For those with standard transmission cars, remember that the gear used going uphill is likely the same gear that will be used going downhill. A general tip for everyone is to not rush going over Slumgullion. Take it slow and enjoy the drive.
How do I know if my car will make it around the Alpine Loop?
The a portion Alpine Loop is a four wheel drive only road and high clearance is recommended. Two wheel drive cars can make it to Sherman and to Capitol City but it is recommended that these cars and drivers do not travel past these points.
What items should I keep in my car while driving in the mountains?
A tow strap, a spare tire with plenty of air, warm clothing, bottled water, oil, antifreeze, a shovel, a flashlight with batteries, and a jack are all recommended items to keep in a car.
How can high altitude affect my car?
High altitude does not generally affect a car except that tire pressure will be slightly higher. It is recommended that before making the trek to Lake City, a car’s oil, antifreeze and other necessary fluids be checked. However, some ATVs and dirt bikes will need some changes. For more information, call one of Lake City’s mechanics, listed in the business directory.
Note that for June 2016, there will be construction on Slumgullion Pass. This will leave only one lane operating and a pilot car to follow. Delays are estimated from 30 - 45 minutes. Our recommendation is to plan your trip coming through Gunnison, CO, dropping in to Lake City from the north. For any questions or specific dates of construction, call the Visitor Center at 970-944-2527.