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Switchbacks is a practical handbook for exploring the back roads, byways, stage routes, pathways, and streets around Lake City, Colorado. This is a condensed version of the Switchbacks website,, where you can find more photos, information, and maps to help you plan your excursions. There is always a bit of mystery involved, trekking along a mountain trail. You never know what wonderful thing you may find, up around the bend. Every traveler knows, or comes to know, that the mystery is not about the vehicle you’re driving, not about your shoes, your camera, or your tent. The mystery is the thing you carry, inside of yourself, around every switch in the trail.

Cover Photos: Greg Ochocki Photographers: Greg Ochocki, Patrick Kelley, Karen Thormalen, Mary Carkin Layout & Design: RoShamBo Creative Services Maps: Shannon Sprott Printing Production: Pioneer Printing Literary Thread: Wendell Berry, The Unforeseen Wilderness: Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, 1971 ©2011 Mary Carkin Media

Half the Fun is Getting Here. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


The Silver Thread. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Gunnison & Creede. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Ouray & Silverton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Alpine Loop Switchbacks. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Scenic Drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Arts & Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Artists & Shopping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Historic Walking Tour. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Parks & Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Dining Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Hiking & Horseback Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Lakes & Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Campgrounds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Lodging & Vacation Rentals. . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Moving On Up (8671 ft.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Visitor Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Town Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35


Points of Interest

Campgrounds Restrooms Overlooks


Hiking Trails

Silver Thread Scenic Byway

Cathedral Scenic Drive

Big Blue Creek Scenic Drive

Carson Scenic Drive

4 Wheel Drive

2 Wheel Drive

FS Rd 520 / Rio Grande Reservoir Road

Half the Fun is Getting Here Air


Gunnison/Crested Butte (GUC) In summer, there are daily flights between Denver International Airport (DEN). In winter, there are additional, direct flights to Dallas/Ft.Worth (DFW) and Houston (IAH).

From Texas, Oklahoma, and points southeast: take US Highway 160 to the junction of Colorado Highway 149 at South Fork. Head north on Highway 149 for 75 miles to Lake City. Services at South Fork and Creede.

Montrose Airport (MTJ) 2 hour drive to Lake City Regular flights between Denver, Houston, and Dallas. In winter, additional service is available to and from Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD), Phoenix (PHX), Atlanta (ATL), and Newark (EWR). Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) 3 hour drive to Lake City Regular flights between Salt Lake City (SLC), Las Vegas (LAS), Phoenix (PHX), Los Angeles (LAX), Houston (IAH), and Dallas (DFW). Denver International Airport (DEN) A 5 to 6 hour drive to Lake City. Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) A 6 hour drive to Lake City.

Rail Amtrak Amtrak’s California Zephyr stops at Grand Junction, CO and Denver.

From Colorado Springs, Denver, Kansas, Nebraska, and points east: take US Highway 50 west to the junction of Colorado Highway 149 (at Blue Mesa Reservoir). Head south for 45 miles to Lake City. No services are available on Highway 149 except for public restrooms. From Durango, CO, Arizona, southern Utah, and points southwest: take US Highway 160 to the junction of Colorado Highway 149 at South Fork. Head north on Highway 149 for 75 miles to Lake City. Services at South Fork and Creede. From Grand Junction, Salt Lake City, and points northwest: take US Highway 50 south to Montrose, and continue to head east on Highway 50 to the junction of Colorado Highway 149 (at Blue Mesa Reservoir). Head south for 45 miles to Lake City. Services are available in Grand Junction, Delta, Montrose, and Cimarron.

Car Rentals Car rentals are available at each of these airports. See the airport websites for specific information.

When you leave familiar ground...


The Silver Thread

The Silver Thread links 3 Rocky Mountain Gems: Gunnison, Lake City, and Creede Named for the silver mining era of the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Silver Thread highlights an earlier time in the region when ranching and mining were the main industries, and the western expansion was just reaching the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Starting near Gunnison at the junction of Highway 50, the Silver Thread (Highway 149) roughly follows the route of the now-defunct Lake City line of the Rio Grande Railroad until it reaches Lake City, then continues along what used to be stage and freight roads during the late 1800s.

Places of Interest Along the Silver Thread 1. Historic City of Gunnison

This pedestrian-friendly town with a colorful history offers more than you can do in just one day. Find out more on page 8.

2. Curecanti National Recreation Area

Colorado’s largest lake, Blue Mesa Reservoir, along with picnic areas and boat ramps, are located here. Boating, fishing, water skiing, wind surfing, hiking, hunting, and camping are some of the things you can do at this recreation area.

3. Historic Town of Lake City

This lively downtown offers shopping, dining, galleries, and a self-guided walking tour of one of the largest National Historic Districts in Colorado. Read more starting on page 14.

4. Lake San Cristobal

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This lake, formed when the Slumgullion Slide blocked the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, is a beautiful mountain lake with plenty of public access. Read more on page 24.

5. Alferd Packer Massacre Site & Memorial

Before Lake City was even a town, six prospectors were lost in the winter wilderness during the early months of 1874. Only one survived, by eating his companions, in a tragic episode in American history.

6. Lake San Cristobal Overlook

Excellent views of Colorado’s second largest natural lake, and an interpretive plaque.


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7. Slumgullion Slide Viewing Area

Get a good view and explanation of a rare example of mass-wasting, the Slumgullion Earthflow National Natural Landmark.

8. Windy Point Overlook

See some of the eastern San Juan Mountains’ highest peaks, and learn about the violent geologic forces that created them, at this spectacular viewing spot.

Points of Interest

Campgrounds Overlooks

Hiking Trails

Silver Thread Scenic Byway

FS Rd 520 / Rio Grande Reservoir Road

9. Slumgullion Pass & Spring Creek Pass

Slumgullion Pass is the steepest paved road in the state, with numerous switchbacks and hairpin turns taking you to the top. Cross the continental divide at Spring Creek Pass. A beautiful scene presents itself with every turn in the road.


10. North Clear Creek Falls

One of the most popular sites in the area. Clear Creek tumbles 100 feet into the canyon below.

11. Headwaters of the Rio Grande Overlook See into the pristine mountain valleys where the Rio Grande, the third longest river in the United States, makes its start.


12. South Clear Creek Falls

At the Silver Thread Campground, a short trail starts at the campsite farthest back in the campground loop, taking you to the base of this beautiful falls.





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13. Brown Lakes & Road Canyon Reservoir State Wildlife Areas

These two SWAs offer public fishing access and picnic spots.




14. Historic Town of Creede

One of the “town jewels” in the San Juan Mountains, Creede has a colorful history, and maintains an active downtown with shopping, dining, museums, and the acclaimed Creede Repertory Theatre. Find out more on page 8.




15. Wheeler Geologic Area

A rough 14-mile 4-wheel drive road takes you to fantastic eroded spires, pinnacles, and hoodoos, reminiscent of Bryce Canyon.

and step off alone to a new place


Gunnison & Creede

Gunnison A small town with a big spirit, Gunnison is a fun destination with more than you can do in just one day. The historic downtown has wide, pedestrianfriendly streets and plenty of easy parking. Find unique retailers, tasty dining options, and a day spa.

Once a rowdy mining town, today Creede is mellow and artsy, with galleries, restaurants, and a celebrated live theatre, all tucked into a dramatic canyon setting.

Gunnison Arts Center

Hands-on-art-making, performances & exhibits. 970-641-4029 /

Ruby Cinema

Current run and digital 3D movies. At the Prosser Theater, Western State College Center. Showtimes: 970-349-8955 /

Dos Rios Golf Club

Beautiful 18-hole course with public tee times. 501 Camino Del Rio / 970-641-1482

Pioneer Museum

Local memorabilia, over 70 classic cars, narrow gauge trains, tours of the Aberdeen Quarry. 803 East Tomichi Ave / 970-641-4530

Gunnison Valley Observatory

30-inch reflector telescope and astronomy programs. Public visiting hours & private bookings. 2804 Gold Basin Road / 970-642-1111

Tenderfoot Archaeological Site

Significant Paleo-Indian and Archaic sites. Free tours from Western State College. 970-943-2543

Hartman Rocks Recreation Area

Over 8000 acres of public lands with many miles of multipurpose single-track trails.

Crested Butte Brewing Company 212 W. Hwy 50, Gunnison 970-641-4487 Red Lady Ale, White Buffalo Peace Ale, Rodeo Stout... hand-crafted in Gunnison County! Visit us online for upcoming events, live music schedule, our menu and hours. Good Cheer - Great Beer!



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Creede Repertory Theatre

Professional theatre company with full summer schedule. 124 North Main Street / 719-658-2540

Underground Mining Museum & Tour

Guided & self-guided tours, displays, mineral exhibit. Just north of town in Willow Creek Canyon. 719-658-0811

Bachelor Loop

17 mile historic and scenic drive suitable for 2 wheel-drive passenger vehicles. Pick up guidebook at the Creede Visitor Center, 904 South Main Street. 800-327-2102

Creede Historical Museum & Library

Artifacts, displays, and archives related to Creede’s interesting history. Main Street, in the historic Rio Grande Railroad Depot at Basham Park. 719-658-2004

Rare Things 106 S Main St., Creede 719-658-2376 An eclectic gallery with a museum atmosphere offering designer jewelry, decorative arts, pottery, woodwork, paintings, photography, antiques, rocks, minerals and fossils. Featuring Jennifer Inge Horsehair Jewelry Collection. Open daily 9:305:00 and late on Theatre nights.

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A mining history always runs deep. Tour these towns from above or below...

Silverton Proud of its mining heritage, Silverton celebrates that history in every aspect. There are quality local history museums and tours, cultural events, and a well-tended National Historic Landmark District, full of original buildings from the late 1800s mining era.

San Juan County Historical Society Museum & Mining Heritage Center 1557 Greene Street / 970-387-5488

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Spectacular trips on a historic, narrow gauge train, between Silverton and Durango. 1-888-872-4607 /

Old Hundred Mine Tours

Underground mine tour and gold panning. 970-387-5444 /

Silverton & Ouray

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Ouray Ouray is a historic town situated in a picturesque mountain valley. The largest of the “San Juan Sisters” of Silverton, Lake City, and Creede, Ouray’s downtown contains a variety of entertaining things to do, including dining, shopping, arts and entertainment, events, and guided tours.

Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

Catwalks lead you to a stunning 285-foot waterfall in a narrow canyon. 970-325-7080

Ouray Hot Springs Pool

World-famous natural hot springs pool with a million gallons of clear, warm water. 970-325-7073 /

Ouray Mule & Carriage Company

Carriage rides and fascinating historical tours of Ouray. 970-708-4946 /

Ouray County Museum

Ouray area historic exhibits, events, and guided walking tours. 970-325-4576 /

Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tours, Ouray

Underground mine tour taking you 1800 feet straight into the side of Gold Hill. 970-325-0220 /

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Alpine Loop

Switchbacks of the Alpine Loop National Back Country Byway... The Alpine Loop sits like a crown upon the San Juan Mountains. An oval route with several side spurs, its gravel roads connect the three “town jewels” of Ouray, Silverton, and Lake City. Originally built as toll roads for the stages and freighters of the late 1800s gold and silver hard-rock mining boom, these roads are now a network of access into our nation’s frontier history. Driving the Alpine Loop Byway Significant parts of the Alpine Loop are accessible by regular, two-wheel drive vehicles (see map). The highest and most spectacular areas are accessible only by high-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles. If you do not have this kind of vehicle, you can rent one (see page 13). Points of Interest on the Alpine Loop Byway Look for interpretive plaques along the way for more information. 1. Lake San Cristobal This large, 340-acre, trout-filled lake offers public access for fishing, boating, picnics, and camping. Find out more on page 24. 2. Carson & Old Carson A short, but rough, scenic drive up Wager Gulch takes

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5. Cinnamon Pass Built in 1874 by Lake City founder Enos Hotchkiss, this portion of the Alpine Loop was originally the Saguache & San Juan Toll Road. 6. Ouray The famous Hot Springs are just one of the attractions in Ouray. Find out more on page 9. 7. Animas Forks This very interesting ghost town and mining area has numerous buildings and ruins to explore. First settled in 1873, there were once many buildings here, including huge mills, a store, saloon, and post office.


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4. American Basin A circular valley fills with wildflowers from mid-July to mid-August.


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3. Burrows Park Once an active mining area, this is also the location of trailheads for three fourteeners: Handies, Redcloud, and Sunshine Peaks.

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you to the fantastically-preserved mining camp of Carson, founded in 1882, and the weather-worn settlement of Old Carson. See more on page 12.




2 Wheel Drive

Hiking Trails

4 Wheel Drive





American Basin by Greg Ochocki

8. Engineer Pass This portion of the Alpine Loop, built by Otto Mears and opened in 1877, was originally the Silverton-Lake City Toll Road. On top of the world at 12,800 feet, you can see Uncompahgre Peak, Wildhorse Peak, Mount Sneffels, and, on a clear day, into Utah.

Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum

9. Silverton Visit the historic, and very-much-alive town of Silverton and its beautiful Victorian-style historic district. Find out more on page 9.

2.5 Miles Up Henson Creek CR 20 / Lake City 970-944-2506

10. Empire Chief Mine & Mill Site In an unfortunate location, the Empire Chief boarding house and office building were hit by an avalanche in 1929, killing four men inside. Nearly 80 years later, in early 2008, the towering mill structure was demolished by another avalanche.

The Hard Tack Mine brings the unique history of mining to life. Join us for underground mine tours, exhibits packed with mining history and machinery, and a fantastic underground gift shop brimming with treasures.

11. Rose Lime Kiln An engineering beauty, the chimney of this kiln reaches up from the valley floor. George S. Lee, founder of Capitol City, built this kiln in 1881 to make lime, an important ingredient of mortar. 12. Whitmore Falls A short walk takes you to an overlook of this waterfall in the narrow canyon below. 13. Capitol City Founder George S. Lee once imagined that Capitol City would become the capitol of Colorado. All that remains is the post office and some outbuildings. 14. Ute Ulay Mill Site & Henson Creek Dam A good number of mine structures and mill buildings still exist at this site. In the 1890s, the dam generated power to run the mill. These buildings are on private property; please do not trespass.

Alpine Loop Badging At the Artists’ Collective 219 N Silver Street, Lake City 720-295-5226 or 405-295-5226 Alpine Loop Badges for your vehicle or wall. Show everyone you made it. Maps: Alpine Loop, Hinsdale County, Forest Service/BLM, MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Maps). Waterproof topos available or printed on demand.

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Scenic Drives

Carson & Old Carson The road to Carson and Old Carson is a side spur off of the Cinnamon Pass road (CR 30) of the Alpine Loop National Back Country Byway. Starting at the base of Wager Gulch, this rough road makes many switchbacks as it follows the creek. A high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicle, ATV, or motorcycle is required. The truly tough can hike or ride a mountain bike. Once near timberline, you will discover the well-preserved townsite of Carson. The road continues on, crossing the continental divide, ending at the battered remains of the Old Carson mine site. Highlights along the way include: Lush plant life and beautiful scenes along the tumbling creek of Wager Gulch. Beautiful high forests, high meadows, beaver ponds and creeks. Carson townsite, with several well-preserved buildings from the silver and gold mining era. Native wildflowers, especially during July and August. Old Carson mine site, with a log cabin, tailings pile, and abandoned machinery. Continental Divide. Stand on the crest of the continent, where you will see awesome views of the surrounding mountains, including the Rio Grande Pyramid and the Weminuche Wilderness. Trail Access. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail and the Colorado Trail run concurrently in this area. Directions From Lake City, head south on Highway 149 for about 2 miles, to the junction of County Road 30 (Cinnamon Pass Road). Turn left onto CR 30. Travel about 9.5 miles. Look for the sign for Wager Gulch; it will be on your left. It is about 5 miles to Old Carson up the


Wager Gulch road. The road is rough, rocky, and has numerous switchbacks. Use your low gears. The site at Carson is on private property. The owners allow visitors as long as the site is not vandalized. Please be respectful.

Big Blue Creek The road to Big Blue Creek rises steadily above the Lake Fork Valley in twists and turns. Each switchback brings you higher, until you are overlooking the meadows of the historic Elk Creek Ranch. The road tops out at Soldier Summit, where you continue straight ahead for a few more miles. The road deadends at the trailhead for the Big Blue Trail. Highlights along the way include: Historic ranch lands, including views of the Elk Creek Ranch, a Colorado Centennial Ranch. Beautiful high forests of ponderosa and aspen, high meadows, beaver ponds and creeks. Alpine Guard Station historic barn and cabins. Big Blue Campground, for camping or picnics. Fishing in Big Blue Creek. Hiking and horseback riding access into the Uncompahgre Wilderness. Trailheads for Little Elk Trail, Ridge Stock Driveway, and Big Blue Trail. Directions From Lake City, head north on Highway 149 for 11 miles. Look for the Alpine Plateau sign; turn left onto the gravel road. This is the road to Big Blue Creek, and it continues for just over 11 miles until it dead-ends at

the Big Blue Trailhead parking area. The road to Big Blue is maintained gravel, and is one lane in many places. Watch for livestock or other animals in the road. Large trailers are not recommended due to the narrowness and sharp turns in the road.


Vehicle Rentals

Cebolla Creek, Cathedral & Powderhorn The gravel road along Cebolla Creek drops gently from the top of Slumgullion Pass, into the Cathedral and Powderhorn valleys. You can make a quick return trip to Lake City along the Silver Thread Byway (Hwy 149). This trip is accessible to regular two-wheel drive vehicles.

Jeep速 Rentals Castle Lakes Campground 8201 County Rd 30 970-944-2622

Highlights along the way include: Historic ranch lands along Cebolla Creek, in Cathedral and Powderhorn.

Highlander RV Campground 3445 County Rd 30 970-944-2878

Beautiful forests and a wide variety of plants and wildflowers, high meadows, beaver ponds and creeks.

Lake City Auto & Sports Center 809 N Highway 149 970-944-2311

Six public campgrounds, for camping or picnics.

Rocky Mountain Jeep Rental 549 S Gunnison Ave 970-944-2262

Fishing in Cebolla Creek, its tributaries, in beaver ponds, and at the man-made and stocked Deer Lakes. Hiking and horseback riding access into the La Garita and Powderhorn Wilderness Areas.

ATV Rentals Colorado Adventure Rentals 549 S Gunnison Ave 970-944-2262

Trailheads for fourteener San Luis Peak, Stewart Peak, and others. Mason Family State Wildlife Area, for fishing access, picnics, camping, and hunting. Directions From Lake City, head south on Highway 149 for 10 miles to the top of Slumgullion Pass. Turn left onto FS Road 788/County Road 50. At one point, the road becomes County Road 27, and continues through the Powderhorn Valley to Highway 149. Turn left (south) and return to Lake City.

San Juan Adventures 809 N Highway 149 970-944-2887

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Arts & Entertaiment

Summer Music Series


Visual Arts

Honey Don’t / June 29

Hear us Dance June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 11

Local Artists Exhibit June 11 to July 5

River City 6 / July 2 Acoustic Eidolon / July 20 Call of the West / July 27 Spring Creek / August 10

Arts & CRAFTS FAIRS High Country Craft Fair July 3 Juried Arts & Crafts Festival July 19 Colorfest Arts & Crafts Fair September 10

Moseley Arts Center 300 N Silver Street, Lake City 970-944-2706 Box Office 970-944-2710 Offering a variety of music, theatrical productions, visual art exhibits, dances, youth programs and much more. Located at Third and Silver Streets. Open 1-4 pm weekdays in the summer for ticket sales and free art exhibits in the gallery.


Chamber Music Series UA Brass June 27 The Woods Trio July 13 The Christines in Concert August 3

Chuck Chetwin & Enda Mason Art Exhibit July 9 to August 2

Classes & Camps Kids’ Summer Arts Camp with Martha Reyburn July 18 to 22 / 970-944-2443 Adult Summer Arts Camp with Martha Reyburn July 25 to 29 / 970-944-2443

Jane E. Jones Art Workshops 970-944-2794 Award-winning artist Jane Jones has studied with more than 60 professional artists. A skilled instructor herself, Jane offers two workshops during summer 2011 at her Lake City studio. Visit her website for further information. June 20 to 25 Plein Air Painting Class 8:45 to 5:30 each day. For intermediate to advanced students, this workshop focuses on seeing and experiencing nature in the raw, with an emphasis on drawing, value, structure, design, and problem solving. July 20 to 23 Experimental/Water Media Art Class. 9 am to 3 pm each day. All levels welcome; all materials provided.

Concerts & Festivals Lake City Stinger Band Concerts in the Armory: July 2 & August 6 Lake City Uncorked Wine & Music Festival Lake City Town Park: September 17 Jane E. Jones

lake city stinger band 809 Alpine Gateway Center, Hwy 149, Lake CIty / / Music Director: Mike Pearce Founded in 1997, the Lake City Stinger Band continues a long and valued tradition of community band performances in Lake City. Their 2011 schedule includes two summer concerts, plus music in the Fourth of July Parade and at the day’s festivities in the Town Park. The band encourages anyone with an interest in music to join, no matter your skill level. Performances by guest musicians are also welcome.

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Artists & Shopping

...the center of commercial and civic activity, the downtown area of Lake City, Colorado is still the place to go for cultural and social activities. Unlike many other communities, Lake City does not have sprawl or suburbs. Originally founded in the late 1800s as a supply center for the surrounding mining camps, Lake City now serves as the hub for travelers looking for a simple, easy-going place. The atmosphere in Lake City is friendly and

Silver Lynx 306 N Silver St / Lake City / 970-944-3019 A fun shopping experience in the heart of Lake City. Stop by for a mix of hand-crafted and fun gifts, clothing, art, and more. We’ve got handknit sweaters by Ani Barrie, fine photographs by wildlife photographer Greg Ochocki, embroidered clothing, handmade jewelry, Lazy One pajamas, Aroma Home slippers, and works by local artists and artisans.

casual. In the summer and fall, you’ll find people attending a variety of events, just relaxing, or playing in the parks. There is a low-key, slower pace here, so you can take your time and unwind. Lake City’s independent retailers carry interesting products that range from the quirky to the fancy. You’ll find works by local artists, jewelry, clothing, handmade glass, souvenirs and gifts, items related to local history, imported handcrafts, home decor, and more.

Sage & Timber 312 N Silver St / Lake City / 970-944-4111 Offering fine jewelry, local artwork, luxurious soaps and lotions, soy candles, cookbooks, kitchen items, and housewares. We carry Willow Tree and Natural Life collections, Cucina, Uglydolls, Burt’s Bees, Far Fetched jewelry, Knockout Hitchcovers, and other quality lines. We’re open year round. If you can’t shop in person, visit our online store at any time. Custom embroidery on hats and garments is also available. Contact us for a quote or more information.


Claude Thormalen, Author Lake City, 970-944-1480

Claude Thormalen is the author of two books: The Right Side of the Law: Reminiscences of a Federal Narcotics Agent, and the Rising of Orion. See his website, above, for more information. Although Claude would love to sell you a book, both of his books can also be found at our great Lake City Library in the local author section.

Sage & Timber Firearms

Lake City Shirt Co.

312 N Silver St., Lake City 970-944-4111

307 N Silver St / Lake City


Gavin McNitt is a licensed Federal Firearms Dealer, located at the Sage & Timber store. Transfers, special orders of firearms and ammunition.

Mangum Pottery

Quality, embroidered T-shirts, sweatshirts, coats, and jackets with Lake-City themed designs. Gifts and souvenirs from Lake City, including plush animals, mugs, and shot glasses.

Carol Robinson Fine Art Photography

206 N Silver Street, Lake City 970-944-1299

At the Artists’ Collective 219 N Silver St., Lake City 970-944-2479 Frank and Linda Mangum create a variety of glaze schemes to compliment a unique selection of functional and decorative slab built stoneware pottery. Carol Robinson’s photographic subjects vary widely, from portraits to travel photography to local scenery. Carol utilizes state-of-the-art printing technology to produce fine art, giclée prints.

On Fire Glassworks

The History Hut

Dave Jordan, Artist At the Artists’ Collective 219 N Silver St., Lake City 970-497-0887

At the Artists’ Collective 219 N Silver St., Lake City 720-295-5226 or 405-295-5226

Watch artist Dave Jordan create fine lampworked glass before your eyes. Dave makes an array of goblets, jewelry, ornaments, and mystical and natural creatures. Custom orders welcome. Glass-making classes, by appointment; please inquire.

Reproductions of historical documents - Old maps; Republic of Texas, Lewis and Clark, Colorado and Utah Territories; Census Sheets: Lake City Prostitutes (1880); Genealogical records/research and much more.

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Walking Tours

Self-Guided Walking Tour There are over 200 historic buildings in the Lake City National Historic District, representing periods of growth and expansion in American history. The Lake City Historic Walking Tour is made up of 34 sites with interpretive plaques. Explore them on foot, bicycle, or by car. Each of the buildings has a story of its own, but together they represent two significant periods in the American story: Western Frontier & 1800s Mining Boom A significant portion of the buildings were constructed in the late 1800s, during the westward expansion of the frontier and the search for new mineral wealth. Many of Lake City’s residences, civic buildings, churches, and outbuildings were built at this time. Highlights of buildings from this time period include the downtown commercial district, with its rare wood-framed commercial buildings; the site of Susan B. Anthony’s visit to Lake City; and, the first church built on the western slope of Colorado. Mid-century Tourism Another set of buildings were a part of the booming tourism industry of the late 1930s to the 1950s. Several historic motor courts, comprised of small guest cabins and central courtyards, were built during this time to accommodate visitors who braved the rough roads in their automobiles in order to make it to Lake City every summer.


1. Lake City History Timeline

14. Kennedy House

25. Turner House

2. Town Park

15. Avery House

26. May-Bardwell-Heath House

3. Hough Building

16. Kohler-Ralph House

27. G&M Cabins

4. Stone Bank Block

17. Williams House

28. Susan B. Anthony in Lake City

5. Crystal Lake Lodge #34

18. Ball Flats

29. Barlow & Sanderson

6. Armory Hall

19. Silver Thread National

7. Hughes Cabin

30. Michaels-Ogle-Rawson

8. Green Garage

20. Youmans House

9. First Baptist Church

21. Pioneer Education

31. McClellan-Swank House

10. Red Light District

32. Site of Hotchkiss Cabin

11. Finley Block

22. Episcopal Church

33. Railroad History

12. Matterhorn Motel

23. Presbyterian Church & Manse

34. St. Rose of Lima

13. Mule Barn

24. John Hough House

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Hinsdale County Museum Local history exhibits, special events, and guided walking tours of the historic district, cemeteries, and local ghosts. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. 130 N Silver St 970-944-2050



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Features include: Accessible public restrooms Accessible parking and paths Picnic tables Playground Volleyball court, sand Ice skating rink (winters only) Grassy open area Lake Fork Memorial Park With plenty of room to play, this park is located at the confluence of Henson Creek and the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. Features include: Accessible public restrooms Catering kitchen Accessible parking and paths Playground Skate park Grassy open area with soccer field and softball field Accessible fishing pier Public fishing access Trail loop around the perimeter

Lake City Community School 614 North Silver Street Features include: Awesome playground Basketball court Tennis court

Winter, too Lake City Ski Hill Beginner-friendly runs and terrain park at this small ski hill. Hwy 149, 1 mile south of town 970-944-5227 Lake City Ice Park Walls of blue ice for your climbing pleasure. County Road 20 970-275-4106 Hinsdale Haute Route Back country yurts in the highest hut system in Colorado. 970-944-2269 Multi-purpose Trail System Over 100 miles of groomed trails for snowmobiles, skis, and snowshoes.

Lake City Recreation Department 230 Bluff Street Lake City 970-944-5227 The Town of Lake City’s Recreation Department offers a variety of free or low-cost programs and facilities for citizens of, and visitors to, Lake City. Indoor and outdoor programs are available to all ages and abilities. Ben Hake, Recreation Director.


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Lake City Town Park Located at the corner of Third and Silver Streets, this park is a focal point of the downtown.

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to have so many parks & recreation facilities

Alpine Mini Golf 630 S Gunnison Ave Lake City 970-944-2300

Classic 18-hole mini-golf course in a shady cottonwood grove.

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Parks & Recreation

Lake City is lucky

Restless Spirits Saloon

310 N Silver St, Lake City

300 Third Street, Lake City / 970-944-0300

970-944-4144 Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Friendly people, good food, and cold beer. Our menu includes burgers, chicken, and brats cooked right on the grill, plus salads, Mandy’s Sweet Peas sandwiches, quiche, homemade desserts, soups, and more. Full bar service, too. In the summer, sit inside, or outside on our comfy deck. In the winter, come inside for warmth and sports on our big screen TV. We’re open year round. Whether you’re tired from your mountain adventure, or just tired of cooking at home, you’ll feel better after a visit to Restless Spirits Saloon. You’ll find a full service bar with reasonably-priced beers, wines, and liquors, and variety of tasty foods, all cooked right here in our kitchen. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable. No reservations required; first come, first served. Larger groups may wish to call ahead.

A&A Pasta Factory

San Juan Soda Co



130 N Gunnison Avenue

Bruno’s Restaurant & Grill 1221 N Highway 149 970-944-2415

The Depot Saloon 301 Third Street 970-944-0204

Lake City Bakery

Mocha Moose Coffee House 308 N Silver St, Lake City / 970-944-0334

922 N Highway 149 970-944-2613 Mean Jean’s

Internet Coffee Shop

205 N Gunnison Avenue 970-944-0302

Serving the best coffee in the San Juan Mountains. Organic, free-trade coffee roasted right here in Colorado, and served up hot to you. Enjoy our coffee, espresso, tea, smoothies, breakfast burritos, bagels, and more, inside or on our patio.

Dining Out

Packer Saloon & Cannibal Grill

Poker Alice

188 S Gunnison Avenue 970-944-4100

227 N Silver Street

Smoque Shack

230 N Gunnison Ave Soup Kitchen

808 N Gunnison Avenue 970-944-7687

Southern Vittles

200A N Silver Street 970-944-2010

Sportsman’s Backyard & BBQ Station

173 S Gunnison Avenue 970-944-2525 Tic Toc Diner

135 S Gunnison Avenue 970-944-0444

What you are doing is exploring.


The San Juan Mountains were created by volcanoes, fairly recently in geologic terms. This volcanic activity resulted in a tumultuous landscape that has been slightly tempered by glaciers over the millennia. The climate is fairly arid, and most of the moisture is in the form of snow and ice, which further carve away the mountains. As the snow melts, the waters create gullies and gorges, streams and lakes, open valleys and meadows, and a huge variety of awesome places to explore. Many trails in the area are several miles in length, but don’t let this discourage you. Shorter, up-and-back day trips on the same routes are just as rewarding as longer overnight camping excursions.

Fourteeners Colorado is home to dozens of 14,000 foot peaks, known as fourteeners. Many of them are in the San Juan Mountains. Within just a few miles of Lake City, you will find six fourteeners, each with foot trails to the summit. Uncompahgre Peak

14,309 feet

Wetterhorn Peak

14,017 feet

Sunshine Peak

14,001 feet

Handies Peak

14,048 feet

Redcloud Peak

14,034 feet

San Luis Peak

14,014 feet

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Mary Carkin

Patrick Kelley

Karen Thormalen

Greg Ochocki

Hiking & Horseback

Trails Area Trails

Distances are one-way. This map is for planning only. Be sure to use a good quality terrain map for your actual trip. Not all trails are suitable for horses or mountain bikes. Bicycles are not allowed in National Wilderness Areas. 1. Alpine G ulc h T r a il to Willia m s C r eek T r a il BLM Trail T3301 13.5 miles

6. Wa ter dog L ake T r a il BLM Trail 3317 3.8 miles

2. B ig B lue C r eek T r a il FS Trail 232 11 miles

7. Devils Creek Trail 6.8 miles

3. C ooper C r eek T r a il BLM Trail 3313 Trail 235 3.7 miles 4. C r ysta l La k e T r a il National Forest Trail 235 4 miles 5. La r son La k es & C r ysta l La k e Loop National Forest Trails 235 & 236 13.8 miles

8. C a ta r a ct Gu lch Trail BLM Trail T3318 4.1 miles 9. C uba G ulch Trail National Forest Trail 477 3.25 miles

Patrick Kelley


Riding Outfitters Cadwell Outfitters 7208 County Road 50 Powderhorn 850-819-9355 (Sept to May) 970-641-2785 (June to Aug) www.cadwelloutfitters.vpweb. com

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Mineral Mountain Outfitters 8568 County Road 50 Powderhorn 970-641-2673


Vickers Ranch 162 S Hwy 149 Lake City 970-944-2249

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Fourteeners Campgrounds


4 Wheel Drive

Silver Thread Scenic Byway

Two Wheel Drive

Hiking Trails


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Lakes & Fishing

Lakes Lake San Cristobal Over 340 acres in size, Lake San Cristobal is the second-largest natural lake in the state of Colorado. The cool waters are home to abundant and large trout, making it an ideal place for either boat or shore fishing. Paved and gravel roads encircle the entire lake, making an excellent scenic drive or bicycle ride. Fishing at Lake San Cristobal Lake San Cristobal reaches 80 to 85 feet at its deepest points, plenty of room for trout that can reach 25 pounds or more in size. Types of trout found in this lake include quite a few rainbow trout, lake (or mackinaw) trout, brook trout, and the possible brown trout. Though very rare, Kokanee salmon have been taken here as well. Public Access to Lake San Cristobal You can enjoy the lake from any of several public access areas. These include: Red Mountain Gulch Day Use Area Owned and operated by Hinsdale County, this partly wooded area is an extremely pleasant location for a picnic, cookout, or group gathering. A covered pavilion offers shade and a fireplace/grill. There are several picnic tables and grills scattered through the area, plus a restroom and trash dumpsters. Boat Ramp & Docks Located halfway along the lake on County Road 30, on the west side of the lake, there are several public slips for boats for both day use and long term rental. A boat ramp is easily accessed and there is plenty of parking for your vehicle and trailer. Contact Hinsdale County for information about long term slip rentals: 970-944-2225. Boat rentals are available at the Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop, 238 S Gunnison Avenue, 970-944-2526. Wupperman Campground Wupperman Campground is situated on the east side of the lake, offering spectacular views of the area.


There are also plenty of ways to walk down to the water’s edge for fishing or launching a kayak or canoe. Sites are suitable for tents and/or RVs. Find out more about Wupperman Campground on page 26.

Fly Fishing & Lake Fishing A favorite destination of anglers for generations, the cold waters in and around Lake City are populated mainly by trout. The terrain runs a complete range, from easy, open shorelines to challenging deep pools hidden along streams; from areas that you can reach by vehicle, to those that require hiking or horseback riding to get to. Fishing the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River With approximately 14 miles total of public fishing access, the Lake Fork is excellent for fishing from the banks or for wade fishing. The Colorado Division of Wildlife has stocked more than 24,000 fingerling and catchable trout in the Lake Fork in the last 3 years. Most fish in the Lake Fork are brown trout, plus a good number of rainbow trout, and in the fall, Kokanee salmon. Most of the trout measure from 7 to 16 inches in length, with some nice big ones lurking around, too. Cebolla Creek & Deer Lakes The gravel road along Cebolla Creek drops gently from the top of Slumgullion Pass, into the Cathedral and Powderhorn Valleys. From Lake City, take Highway 149 to the top of Slumgullion Pass; take a left onto FS Road 788. > > >

Fishing Licenses & Regulations: The Colorado Division of Wildlife has an excellent website full of information about fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, State Wildlife Areas, and applicable regulations. You can also buy your fishing license or Habitat Stamps online.

Mary Carkin

>>> For the first 8 miles of FS 788, there is public access to Cebolla Creek (pronounced “suh-voy-ah”) and to the beaver ponds on it. Tributaries from the surrounding Powderhorn and La Garita Wilderness Areas are Brush Creek, Rough Creek, and Calf Creek. There is also public fishing access at any of four public campgrounds along this road, and at the Mason Family State Wildlife Area. A good place to take the kids fishing is Deer Lakes, where several man-made lakes are stocked with fish. Mason Family State Wildlife Area A nice valley spot for fishing access, picnics, camping, and hunting, located on the Cebolla Creek Road. A wildlife stamp is required for entry.

Blue Mesa Reservoir Known for its record-breaking fish, this reservoir is the focal point of the Curecanti National Recreation Area. Blue Mesa Reservoir is the largest lake trout and Kokanee salmon fishery in the United States. There are also brown trout and rainbow trout. This is the largest body of water in Colorado, about 20 miles long, and it has several ramps and marinas for your boat. State fishing regulations now allow the unlimited bag and possession of lake trout at Blue Mesa, except that the taking of lake trout 38 inches or larger is limited to one per day. It’s an easy drive to Blue Mesa Reservoir, about 45 miles north of Lake City.

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Camping Access

Lake City has a nice selection of public campgrounds in various settings, including those located along rivers, on Lake San Cristobal, near trails, and along the Alpine Loop and Silver Thread byways. All of these campgrounds have picnic tables, grills and/ or grated firepits, and vault toilets. None of them has electricity. These campgrounds are generally open from May to September.

Campgrounds on the Alpine Loop, Cinnamon Pass Road (County Road 30)

Wupperman Campground

On the east side of Lake San Cristobal. Distance from town: 4.5 miles $15 per night Open to tents & RVs Public fishing access 31 sites of various length Water Trash removal Dump station Hosts on site Contact: Hinsdale County, 970-944-2225

Williams Creek Campground

US Forest Service In a valley along the Alpine Loop Byway. Distance from town: 7.5 miles $14 per night 23 sites of various lengths Open to tents & RVs Water Trash removal Hosts on site Off-highway vehicle (OHV) direct access to the Alpine Loop.

Mill Creek Campground

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Riverside location with public fishing access Distance from town: 9.5 miles $7 per night 22 sites of various lengths Open to tents & RVs


Public fishing access Water Trash removal Bear-resistant food lockers Some accessible sites Off-highway vehicle (OHV) direct access to the Alpine Loop.

Campgrounds on the Silver Thread Byway Big Blue Campground

US Forest Service Near the end of the Big Blue Creek scenic drive Distance from town: 21 miles Fee: donation 11 sites of short lengths Open to tents & small Rvs Public fishing access Tent pads No water Large RVs and trailers are not recommended due to the narrow, curvy road.

The Gate

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Riverside sites between each side of The Gate. Distance from town: 16.5 miles Fee: $5 per night 8 sites of various lengths Open to tents & RVs Public fishing access Water

Red Bridge

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Distance from town: 23 miles Fee: $5 per night 7 sites of various lengths Open to tents & RVs Public fishing access Water


National Park Service Along the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River in

RV Parks & Private Campgrounds Castle Lakes Campground 8201 County Road 30 970-944-2622 Mary Carkin

the Curecanti National Recreation Area Distance from town: 24 miles Fee: free 6 sites Open to tents & RVs Public fishing access Water Not recommended for vehicles or trailers more than 22 feet in length.

Campgrounds on the Cebolla Creek Road Slumgullion Campground US Forest Service At the top of Slumgullion Pass Distance from town: 10 miles $10 per night 21 sites of various lengths Open to tents & RVs Water

Spruce Campground

US Forest Service Excellent base camp for the amenities along Cebolla Creek. Distance from town: 18 miles Fee: donation 9 sites, short to medium length Open to tents or small RVs Public fishing access Water available at Deer Lakes Campground, 5.5 miles away

Henson Creek RV Park 131 S Gunnison Avenue 970-944-2394 Highlander RV Campground 3445 County Road 30 970-944-2878 Riverfork Campground 112 N Henson Street 970-944-9519 Woodlake Park 2 1/2 miles south of Lake City 800-201-2694

Mason Family State Wildlife Area

Deer Lakes Campground

US Forest Service Deer Lakes is a great spot for picnics, camping, fishing. Distance from town: 14 miles $12 per night 12 sites of various lengths Open to tents & RVs Public fishing access 1 accessible site with accessible toilet Water Trash removal

Hidden Valley Campground US Forest Service & maintained by local volunteers Sites are across a footbridge, on the banks of Cebolla Creek.

Distance from town: 17 miles Fee: donation 3 sites Open to tents only Public fishing access Water available at Deer Lakes Campground, 4.5 miles away

Elkhorn RV Resort 713 Bluff Street 970-944-2920

Colorado Division of Wildlife You must have a valid Colorado Wildlife Stamp to enter this area. Distance from town: 26 miles Various places for dispersed camping Open to tents & RVs Public fishing access Hunting access No water

Cebolla Creek Campground Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grassy sites right on Cebolla Creek. Distance from town: 33 miles Fee: free 3 sites of short length Open to tents & small RVs Public fishing access Water

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Alpine Moose Lodge

Old Carson Inn

Alpine Village

Oleo Guest Ranch


1121 N Hwy 139 970-944-2415 631 N Silver Street 970-944-2266

Castle Lakes

8201 County Road 30 970-944-2622

Elkhorn RV Resort

8401 County Road 30 970-944-2511 18 Miles South of Lake City on Hwy 149 830-336-4370

Pleasant View Resort

549 S Gunnison Avenue 970-944-2262

713 N Bluff Street 970-944-2920

Silver Spur Motel

G & M Cabins

Texan Resort

331 N Gunnison Avenue 970-944-2282 gmcabins

Inn at the Lake

300 County Road 33 970-944-2032

Lake City Resort

307 S Gunnison Avenue 970-944-2866

Lakeview Property Management PO Box 1117 970-944-2401

Linny’s Stay & Play

403 Park Street Lake City, Colorado 81235 970-944-2408

301 N Gunnison Avenue 970-944-2231 860 County Road 42 970-944-2246

Town Square Cabins

231 N Gunnison Avenue 970-944-2236

Vickers Ranch

162 S Highway 149 90-944-2249

Westwood Resort

413 S Gunnison Avenue 970-944-2205

Wagon Wheel Resort 249 S Gunnison Avenue 970-944-2264

Matterhorn Motel

409 Bluff Street 970-944-2210

Patrick Kelley

For more resources & up-to-date information:

Backcountry Basecamp

Lake City Cabin 1 County Road 33, Lake City 214-392-1575

720 N Gunnison Ave, Lake City 970-944-0181

One of a kind! Beautifully maintained home on the banks of Lake San Cristobal and the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. 2 bedroom, 2 bath. Lovingly furnished with everything you need for the perfect retreat. Master bedroom has a fireplace. Covered porch and laundry facilities. Available by the week. Welcome to our cozy lodge in the heart of Lake City. Choose from 3 bedrooms with private baths, or the bunk room that sleeps up to four. Our clean lodge has reasonable rates, by the room or for the whole house, plus a kitchen and living room for all guests.

Silver Coin Cabin

Burden’s Rest

1105 S Highway 149, Lake City Mailing: P.O. Box 1115 970-497-0062 or 970-944-6019

560 S Gunnison Ave, Lake City Mailing: P.O. Box 704 970-944-1951

Just one mile south of downtown Lake City, the Silver Coin Cabin sits at the base of Round Top Mountain on two acres adjoining public BLM land. Sleeps four. One level RV space is also available, with water and electric.

Pet friendly, almost new home. Easy walking distance to Lake City shops & restaurants. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Enjoy cooking on the gas grill on the quiet back porch that is surrounded by beautiful trees. Fireplace. All the comforts of a mountain home at an affordable price.

Argenta Falls Cabin

Lake City Mountain Getaway

Overlooking Lake City

Luxurious Mountain Log Home

Paradise Found

Barber’s Bungalow

Milford Vacation Rental

River Front Log Cabin

Cozy Corner

M&M Vacation Rentals

Rocky Top Vacation Rentals

Cozy Mountain View Cabin

Mountain Vacation Home

1216 County Road 30 817-265-5295


At the Lake


107 County Road 33 970-944-5229

Ox-yoke Cabin #11 918-625-3828

531 Hotchkiss Street

PO Box 913 970-944-1121

9501 N Highway 149 970-316-1461 580-920-0059

North Shore Townhome #8

Elk Creek Ranch

213 County Road 22 918-341-9242

9 miles north of Lake City 970-884-4056

Hall Realty Vacation Rentals 269 S Gunnison Avenue 970-944-8104

Hideaway in the Trees 214-676-7713


North Shore Townhome #9 209 County Road 33 719-685-0905

On Golden Road

512-413-1770 847-272-9459 936-756-7982

1425 S Highway 149 Lake City, Colorado 81235 970-944-2780

Silver Road Cabin


Squire’s Riverfront Cabins 9901 County Road 30 970-944-7779

Twin Peaks Rental

409 N Gunnison Avenue 970-944-6459


for nobody can discover the world for anybody else.



(8671 ft.) Relocation The simple way of life, natural beauty, recreation opportunities, and cultural features that attract visitors to Lake City are also the reasons that people are drawn to live here, either seasonally or full-time. Beyond those reasons, there are a few more things that sweeten the lives of residents. One of the Best Schools in Colorado The award-winning Lake City Community School is rated as one of the top two schools in the State of Colorado, out of 178 school districts, by the Colorado Department of Education. The Lake City Community School scored very highly in the areas of academic achievement on state exams, academic growth on state exams, and post-secondary and workforce readiness, as determined by performance on the Colorado ACT, dropout rate, and graduation rate.

Patrick Kelley

High Speed Internet High speed internet service is available in Lake City within a few miles of downtown. Essential to the economic stability and growth of rural areas, high speed internet keeps the most remote county in the lower 48 states connected to the world. High speed DSL service is provided in Lake City by CenturyLink, allowing local small business owners to conduct online retail sales, to gain access to goods and services, and to promote their businesses. For service coverage areas, or more information, contact: CenturyLink 1-800-366-8201

In addition, the school has a low student to teacher ratio, a modern building with new additions, and broad community support for the students, teachers, and administration. There are approximately 100 students in grades pre-school through 12 in Lake City. For more information, contact: Karen Thormalen, Superintendent Lake City Community School Hinsdale County School District RE-1 614 N Silver Street / PO Box 39 Lake City, CO 81235 970-944-2314 New Medical Facility & Full-time Staff Completed in early 2011, the Moseley Health Care Complex is staffed by a full time doctor, nurse practitioner, and dentist, plus support staff. Services include family medicine, women’s health care, pediatric care, urgent care, x-ray and sonography, family dentistry, emergency services, ambulance service, arrangements for home health care, and mental health counseling. For more information, contact: Moseley Health Care Complex 700 N Henson Street / PO Box 999 Lake City, CO 81235 970-944-2331


Royal Elk Realty 220 N Gunnison Ave, Lake City, CO 970-944-7777 / 970-209-3352 / Helping you make your Rocky Mountain dreams come true. Professional Real Estate Services for both buyers and sellers. Member of MLS, serving Hinsdale and Gunnison Counties. Offering: homes, cabins, ranches, historic properties, vacant land, residential lots, waterfront properties, mining claims, and commercial properties. When it comes to service...”The Difference is Caring.” For more information, contact Lake City’s hometown broker, Royal Elk Realty.

Information about building in Lake City or Hinsdale County: Hinsdale County Building Official 970-944-2319 / Information about Historic Design Guidelines: Town of Lake City / 970-944-2333

Salvage & Such Gunnison, Colorado By Appointment: 970-275-6603 Old stuff. New style. We collect, sell and repurpose items that would otherwise meet their untimely burial at the landfill. Our inventory is a mix of repurposed items and residential salvage, from windows, doors and sinks, to helicopter landing pad lights and picket fencing. Visit our website for current inventory.

A.B. Construction, Inc.

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BUILDING IN LAKE CITY Building permits are required within both the Town of Lake City and Hinsdale County. Some properties within the Town of Lake City are also a part of the Lake City Historic District, and are subject to design review.

Mountain Enterprises Construction, Inc. 622 N Gunnison Ave, Lake City 970-944-2409 With 40 years experience, Bruce Vierheller is a respected general contractor and popular sub-contractor specializing in carpentry, concrete, and drywall work. Ready to buy? Check out 622 Gunnison Ave, pictured here. See my website for details about this home for sale.

Native Sun Construction, Inc. 231 N Silver St, #3, Lake City 970-944-2495 Insured, honest contractor with 35 years of experience in all phases of construction, including new homes, old homes, design, remodeling, repairs, historic preservation, weatherization, and energy efficiency. Excellent references.

Sol, Space & Light

PO Box 281, Lake City 970-944-2230 Al Brown, General Contractor. Building quality, custom homes, from the truly extraordinary to your more modest fishing cabin, since the 1970s. Timber frame, log, conventional frame, additions, and remodels. Concrete foundations using Symons forming system. Fully insured. Great references.

513 South Main St., Unit D Gunnison / 970-209-6587 Environmentally appropriate in terms of site and culture, Functional in terms of use, Intelligent in terms of structure, Efficient in terms of construction, Enduring in terms of material, Beautiful in terms of form, Valuable in terms of experience, Sustainable in terms of operational cost, Durable in terms of time.

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Visitor Services

Visitor Services ATM & Bank


The Miners & Merchants Bank is located at the corner of Third and Silver Streets, at 231 N Silver Street. An accessible ATM machine is located on the outside of the building. 970-944-2242

Community Presbyterian Church 429 N Gunnison Ave 970-944-2514

Child Care Services 970-944-0106 Wee Care Child Care Center provides quality, statelicensed child care from Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm (except on some holidays). Enrollment is open to children ages 1 to 6. Drop-ins are taken on a space-available basis. Parents must provide the child’s immunization records and verification of health. Wireless Internet Access Free public wireless internet signals are available in downtown Lake City in the following areas. Signals at businesses may require a password; inquire within. CenturyLink Park Third St & Gunnison Ave Outside. Lake City Public Library 221 N Silver St Inside, outside, in the Town Park, plus public access computers. Mean Jean’s Coffee Shop 205 N Gunnison Avenue. Inside, on the front porch, in the back yard seating area, and into the Town Park. Third Street Market/Lake City DIRT Corner of Third and Silver Streets Outside. Packer Saloon & Cannibal Grill 310 N Silver Street Inside, and out on the deck. The Depot Saloon 301 Third Street Inside, and outside on the patio. Restless Spirits Saloon 300 Third Street Inside.


First Baptist Church 401 Bluff St 970-944-2739 Grace Fellowship Alpine Gateway Center 970-944-2732 St. James Episcopal Church 501 N Gunnison Ave St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church S Silver St 970-641-0808 >>>

Keep In Touch Salon, Massage, Barber Shop 184 S Gunnison Ave, Lake City 970-944-4101 Massage: Swedish, Asian Bodywork, couples, chair, and foot reflexology. Haircuts, barber cuts, color, foil highlights, perm, manicure, pedicure. Facial, skin, and nutritional products. Walk-ins and appointments welcome.

Rene’s Garage 929 Ocean Wave Dr., Lake City 970-944-3000

Friendly and knowledgeable service, with 30+ years of experience. Computer diagnostics, lube & oil, brakes, tire repair, welding, tires, parts, Interstate Batteries, 4WD specialized, RV service, lock out service, licensed for towing and recovery. Open year round.

Miners & Merchants Bank

Metamorphosis Salon & Spa

231 N Silver St., Lake City 970-944-2242

901 W Tomichi Ave., Gunnison 970-641-1222

Enjoy old-fashioned banking service provided by people who really care about you. We offer loans of all types, checking, NOW and savings accounts, check cashing, credit card advances, wire transfers, and more. ATM on site.

Our 2,000 square foot facility is the first of its kind in the Gunnison Valley. We offer services from cutting edge hair styling to pampering spa packages. Our dedicated team of professionals will cater to your specific needs.

RoShamBo 144 N Main St., Gunnison 970-641-3546 RoShamBo is a comprehensive graphic design and print studio for business and pleasure. We are an innovative and versatile team of designers, and our abilities suit the needs of companies, both big and small. Business aside, we are also suited to your personal needs, from event planning to custom cards and stationery.

Super Naturals


Gunnison Vitamin & Health Food Store & The Bakery Café 804 N Main Street, Gunnison / 970-641-5928

118 N Silver St, Lake City 970-944-0304 ®

Where soul satisfying taste and nutrition come together for your eating pleasure and good health! Gunnison Vitamin & Health Food Store stocks organic and natural groceries, produce, bulk items, pet care, health and beauty remedies and household products. Extra care is taken to stock allergen free products of all varieties, as well! New to the store is the Bakery & Café serving daily deli-style breakfast and lunch options, espresso, fine teas, and smoothies. Vegan & gluten free options always available! Join us!

Large selection of all organic, natural groceries, including fresh produce, meats, dairy, personal care products, household items, and pet food. Full service grocery store with good prices.

>>> Groceries Black Canyon Foods Home Delivery: 970-323-5733

Schwan’s Home Delivery: 888-724-9267

Country Store Grocery 916 N Highway 149 970-944-2387

Super Naturals 118 N Silver Street 970-944-0304

Town Square Cabins & Mini-mart 231 N Gunnison Ave 970-944-2236 >>>

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>>> Health Care Services 970-944-2231 / EMERGENCIES: 911 Located at 700 Henson Street, the Moseley Health Care Complex has a full time staff, including a physician, nurse practitioner, sonographer, and dentist. They provide primary care, urgent care, minor surgery, x-rays, sonograms, and more. Library 970-944-2615 The Lake City Public Library is located at 221 N Silver Street. The library offers a variety of books, periodicals, audio books, large print books, young adult and children’s collections, movies, and a local history collection. Free public internet access is available through publicly-available computers and through a wireless signal. Trash Pick-up Service Utah’s Sanitation is a local business that offers weekly pickup of your bagged residential trash, or the use of a dumpster. Call Utah’s at 970-944-2453. Be Bear Aware - do not leave trash or food unsecured. Trash Transfer Station The Hinsdale County Transfer Station is located just north of Lake City on Highway 149. There is a per-bag fee, and volume-based fees for larger loads. Recycling can be dropped off at no charge for the following items: aluminum, copper, glass, and corrugated cardboard. For more information, call Hinsdale County at 970-944-2225. Be Bear Aware--do not leave trash or food unsecured. United States Post Office 970-944-2560 / 803 N Gunnison Avenue (Highway 149) Visitor Information Center 970-944-2527 / 800 N Gunnison Avenue (Highway 149) Veterinarians Creede Animal Clinic John Howard, DVM 24251 Highway 149, Creede 719-658-2614

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Tomichi Pet Care Center 106 South 11th Street, Gunnison 970-641-2460 Town & Country Animal Hospital 1525 Highway 135, Gunnison 970-641-2215

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