Looking for a unique opportunity for your family?  


You may be in the most remote county, tucked away in the San Juan Mountains, but this new experience will take you on new adventures.  Karen Hurd started Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Zoo 3 years ago.  Today she has 270 hand-painted animals covering 4 continents. New this year, she has added a dinosaur exhibit!


The gift shop offers a variety of pet rocks and portraits for sale.  Karen also sells her book, "My Sweety," featuring the story of the friendly deer who took up residence in her backyard.  Sweety was the inspiration for Karen's zoo!  You can also buy a "My Sweety" coloring book, wildlife yard ornaments.




Inspired by Karen's zoo?! Make your own pet rock with Karen on Tuesdays & Wednesday at 11am (for kids) and 1pm (for adults).

Admission: $5/adults, $3/children 6-12 (under 6 is free)

Directions: From Highway 149, turn onto Oceanwave Drive (between the Lake City Bakery and Country Store), follow to the very top of the road.  Sweety's Zoo is on the right.






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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