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TABLE OF CONTENTS Hinsdale County & Lake City Timeline.......................4-5 Want It .......................................................................6 Spring..........................................................................7 Summer & Fall............................................................8-9 Winter & Hunting.......................................................10-11 Live It..........................................................................12-13 Itineraries....................................................................14-15 The Historic Town of Lake City..................................16-17 Silver Thread Scenic Byway.......................................18-19 Alpine Loop Scenic Backcountry Byway...................20-21 Scenic Drives (2wd, 4wd, & ATV)...............................22 Campgrounds.............................................................23 Trails: Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Motorized, Fourteeners and Thirteeners..................24-25 Fishing.........................................................................26-27 Night Skies..................................................................28 Our Abundant Flora & Fauna.....................................29-31 Community Services...................................................32 Useful Information.....................................................33 Business Directory......................................................34-55

BOOK EARLY!!

Lake City booms from a quiet hamlet of 300+ to a bustling town in the thousands late spring through the summer. Planning ahead is your ticket to a peak experience and lasting memories.

Be Aware!

Hinsdale County and Lake City are the REAL remote. Digital is doable, but sporadic in nature. Nature, however, is doable and never sporadic.

This vacation guide is a product of the Lake City/Hinsdale County Marketing Committee. The 5-member committee is under the Hinsdale County Lodging Tax Board, with representatives from the Lodging Tax Board, Hinsdale County, the Town of Lake City, the Lake City/Hinsdale County Chamber of Commerce, and the community at-large. This guide was financed with locally-collected lodging tax funds, Chamber membership fees, public funds and donations. Information in this guide is a compilation of materials obtained from a number of sources and may or may not be subject to change. All information was correct, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of printing. However, please contact sources for confirmation. Additional visitor information for Lake City and Hinsdale County can be obtained by calling 970-944-2527 or at the Visitor Center, 800 Gunnison Avenue. (Highway 149) in Lake City. Continually updated information is available online at www.lakecity.com, the official website for tourism and marketing of Hinsdale County and Lake City, Colorado.

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Š 2016 Lake City/Hinsdale County Marketing Committee All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America Angela P. Hollingsworth, APH creative design Project manager and graphic design. Cover photos: (top) Chuck Chetwin, (bottom left) Kyle Lewis, and (middle) Jess Whiddon, (bottom right) Scott Williams. Thank you to these photo and content contributors: Marty Priest, Phil Virden, Lyn Lampert, Andy Welsh (BLM), Edna Mason, Craig Palmer (From the High Country), Ernie Magnotti, Kyle Lewis, Caleb Weaber, Scott Williams, Tracy Toler Lanktree, Faith Boyd Smith, Chuck Chetwin, Ryan Ellis, Steve Priest, Chris Kraft, Hinsdale County Museum, Megan Stephenson, Ava Converse, Brian Powell, Don Spence, Lindsey Pulliam, Adele Munson Jackson, Jason E. Reed, Frank B. Haring, Jeff Meek, Steve Novacek, Susan Farm-Heumann, Creative Keepsakes, Amber Williams, and Lore LA.

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Top-of-the-world views from that invisible line that splits the continent, but crosses this land twice because once just isn’t enough! 96% public land, five 14,000-foot peaks and their 13,000-foot cousins that literally envelop the only “dot” of civilization within 50+ paved miles. Where others promise escapes from life’s overload, Hinsdale County and its historic town of Lake City deliver. The MOST REMOTE COUNTY in America’s lower 48, Hinsdale IS that mystical place where real trumps virtual and experiences are EXTRAORDINARY, EXCEPTIONAL, and EXTREME. Fishermen, hunters, 4-wheel enthusiasts, wildlife watchers, history buffs, trail riders, hikers, bikers, kayakers and climbers – your PEAK vacation EXPERIENCE awaits. DREAM IT, WANT IT, “unplug” and LIVE IT – go remote this year in Hinsdale County and the town of Lake City.

Dream It

Jagged peaks, deep blue skies, paths that follow rushing creeks up tumbling waterfalls to crystalline lakes at timberline.

Chris Kraft

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Timeline content and most of the photos supplied by the Hinsdale County Historical Society and Museum

From the High Country

Time Line

About 700 years ago – Mesa Seco collapsed into the Lake Fork Valley and created the colorful four mile Slumgullion slide, named for its coloring that was similar to a stew favored by local miners. The slide dammed

the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, creating Lake San Cristobal – the second largest natural lake in Colorado. About 300 years ago – A second six mile Earthflow began and continues today, with an annual flow rate of three to 20 feet.

August of 1871 In the mistaken belief they were honoring Chief Ouray of the Ute Indian Tribe, Henry Henson, Charles Godwin, Albert Mead and J.K. Mullin illegally staked the Ute and Ulay (Ute-Ulay mine) in Ute Indian Territory. Located 3 ½ miles from Lake City on Henson Creek, the Ute-Ulay

was the first patented claim in Hinsdale County and produced an estimated $14 million in silver and lead ore from 1874 through 1918. Combining efforts to save possibly the most intact, historical mining community in Colorado, an uncommon partnership of local government, a private mining company, nonprofit organizations, and state

and federal agencies has transformed the Ute and Ulay mines, mill complex and surrounding Henson town site into a premier, heritage tourism destination that showcases mining history and site-related recreational opportunities. The site demonstrates various eras of mining technology from 1874 up to the 1980s. Historically significant structures that remain include residential cabins, an assayer’s office, the mill, a blacksmith shop, a boarding house, a red-cedar water tank, and the main headframe.

September 1873

August 6, 1874

1877

Chief Ouray and the Ute Indians approved the Brunot Treaty ceding a tract of San Juan Mountains 60 miles wide by 75 miles long to the United States in exchange for an annual payment of $25,000 forever. The treaty was approved by Congress in April 1874, prompting the territorial legislature to create La Plata, Rio Grande and Hinsdale Counties, the latter named for pioneer Pueblo attorney George A. Hinsdale.

Enos T. Hotchkiss, his son, Monette Hotchkiss, and companions Henry Finley, B.S. Bartholf, and W. C. Lewman discovered the Hotchkiss Lode, later known as the Golden Fleece Mine, at the outlet of Lake San Cristobal. The mine produced an estimated $3 million in gold and silver ore between 1875 and 1910. Known as the “Father of Lake City,” Enos Hotchkiss built Lake City’s first cabin.

Self proclaimed as “Metropolis of the San Juan,” Lake City’s population reached 2,500 and exploded in size with 150 new buildings valued at $230,430. Hinsdale County’s taxable property was valued at $518,943, compared to $29,000 in Gunnison County and $151,259 in La Plata County.

Late 1800s

November 9, 1879 The “Great Fire” destroyed 21 log and frame buildings in Lake City’s central business district with estimated losses in excess of $50,000. Much of the “burn district” was rebuilt in 1880 with more substantial brick and stone structures.

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Encouraged by the Homestead Act of 1862 and Ute relinquishment of San Juan lands in 1873-74, pioneers began establishing “permanent” homesteads in Hinsdale County. Among the first settlers in Hinsdale County’s South End, Maggie and John Toner filed

on their homestead in the Upper Piedra area in 1896. With families moving onto their homesteads year-round, the thriving farm and ranch community of Debs in the Upper Piedra River Valley was incorporated in the late 1800s, complete with post office, granary and a school.

May 13, 1883 Infamous Alferd Packer was sentenced to be hanged for killing five companions below Lake San Cristobal early in 1874. Packer’s conviction was later overturned on legal technicalities; he was imprisoned following a second

trial in Gunnison and died near Denver in 1907 after being paroled.

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May 14, 1899

August 15, 1889

Mirroring increasing labor disputes throughout the west, a miner’s strike instigated by the Henson Miners’ Union at the Ute-Ulay Mine resulted in 210 Colorado National Guardsmen being sent to Lake City to take control of the mine. As a direct

Engineer Peter J. Ready manned the controls as the first steam engine arrived at 10 am signaling completion of the 36.7 mile Denver Rio Grande Railroad narrow gauge spur from Sapinero to Lake City.

result of the strike, Italian miners were discharged from a majority of mines in the Lake City area.

Thomas L. Beam, discoverer of the Golden Wonder Mine, was delivered via railroad.

1915 Richard and Hildegarde Wupperman, well-to-do capitalists from Galveston, Texas, began annual summer vacations to Lake City after hearing intriguing descriptions of Colorado’s remote “Angler’s Paradise.”

April 1907 Lake City’s first automobile, a 1903 Peerless purchased by

May 25, 1933

May 30, 1950

1950

Lake City’s era of railroad transportation concluded at 2:30 pm when the last Denver & Rio Grande Western train departed with Engineer Charles Freeman and Fireman Sap Richards at the engine’s controls. After private operation for several years, the train rails were salvaged in 1937 and Lake City’s depot and round house were demolished.

Former Colorado Governor Lee Knous cut a ribbon inaugurating Henson Street in Lake City as the new municipal airport.

Lomax Bros. Drilling Co., Odessa, Texas, completed its luxurious 40’x60’ log Lomax Lodge with 30’x37’ living room, “electric dishwasher and every other modern convenience...and best of all there is a mountain stream in their backyard full of trout.” The Lomax Lodge was the start of a seasonal second home building industry which continues today.

October 1956

1978

Polling a public meeting, local residents formally voted to petition for an expansion of Gunnison County Rural Electric Association up the Lake Fork Valley to Lake City. Arrival of REA ended decades of intermittent electricity furnished by privately owned generators.

The Lake City Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its significant contribution to the heritage of the State of Colorado. With more than 200 historic structures, including homes, outbuildings, barns, churches, and the oldest operating courthouse in Colorado, the

August 9, 1966 By vote of 54 to 8, Lake City voters approved formation of a centralized water and sewer system, the first since 1890 when voters approved $20,000 for a limited (and short lived) water system.

Historic District consists of a portion of the 1875 town plat and several circa 1880 residential additions. (More detailed information can be accessed at www.lakecity.com and www.historiclakecity.com.

May 26, 1985 Ceremonies were held marking completion of hard-surfaced paving for the entire 117-mile length of Colorado Hwy 149 from Hwy 50 near Gunnison to Hwy 160 in South Fork.

1990 Highway 149 between Lake City, Creede and South Fork was named a Colorado Scenic & Historic Byway. The Byway was extended north from Lake City to Blue Mesa at Hwy 50 in 2005.

2004 Lake City was designated as an accredited Main Street program. Preserving Lake City as it was in the past is a primary goal. Lake City boasts over 675 feet of boardwalk and maintains over 200 historic structures.

For additional benchmarks on Lake City’s history, please visit the Hinsdale County Museum or attend one of their tours. More info on page 49

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Want It Faith Boyd Smith

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James Dumas

Unrivaled in beauty and steeped in history, Lake City and Hinsdale County promise a something for everyone destination. For those seeking a “hard to describe” vacation, but “I’ll know it when I’m there” escape, this land that lies amidst Colorado’s “Fourteener” world is a dream worth realizing year after year. Wild and very close to undiscovered, with just the right dash of civilization, the lure of this special place is undeniable.


Spring

Spring in the San Juans is not easily described. Late snows melt and the mountains literally 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.

Ava Converse

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 Hinsdale County and experience the pristine solitude and beauty of its high country places.

Spring Visit Dream Plan April thru Mid-June

 Seasonal lodging facilities begin opening late April or early May, with some offering springtime discounts (see page 34)  The Alpine Loop, see page 20, with Cinnamon and Engineer passes, typically opens at the beginning of June.  The majority of visitors begin arriving in July, meaning minimal spring traffic on roads, trails, and at fishing and recreational spots.  Great recreational opportunities include ice-out fishing (see page 27), great kayak and rafting water levels, high elevation ski or foot trekking, bird and wildlife watching, historical tours, races and festivals.  Great photo opportunities include unique waterfalls (see map), an impressive and massive snowplow-created snow wall on Engineer Pass, and newborn wildlife with their moms and at play.

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Kyle Lewis

 Events: June – Lake San Cristobal Race; Local Art Show; Annual Blossom Festival; Historic, Cemetery & Ghost Tours; Summer Youth Camps; San Juan Solstice Race; Vacation Bible School; Live Music at local venues

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Tracy Toler Lanktree

Summer

Summer guarantees an “everything” peak experience for everyone.

Wildflower color everywhere, daylight adventures that inevitably continue into late evening, night skies blanketed with star shine, fun times all around town – with so many dream-come-true possibilities, Lake City and Hinsdale County summers are surely where rainbows end. With things to do and sights to see filling every summer-month moment, happy energy is contagious in town, on backcountry roads and trails, on summits and at tranquil lakes, and even at campfires flaming under the stars. Despite the presence of more people than at other times, all can find their special moments and places amidst the vastness of these San Juans.

Summer Visit Dream Plan Mid-June thru August

Marty Priest

 If you can, book lodging in January, February or March (page 34) to guarantee your dream-stay. Lake City’s peak tourism season is during July and early August, and yearly repeat visitors claim their spots early. For help finding lodging any time or if you’d like personal assistance, call the Visitor Center at 970944-2527.  While the Alpine Loop is quite busy during summer months, a number of alternate 4-wheel and 2-wheel roads and passes (page 22), including the Silver Thread Scenic Byway (page 18), offer fun-filled and less-traveled options with those always spectacular San Juan views.  Additional recreational opportunities include camping (page 23), hiking highelevation and wilderness trails (page 24), climbing area peaks, and even tackling a couple or all of our five nearby Fourteeners (page 24). Hinsdale County literally overflows with lake, stream, river, and reservoir fishing options (page 26), and boating and rafting are additional “water play” opportunities (pages 51).  Great photo opportunities include American Basin in full bloom, wildlife enjoying the fruits of summer, and historical and geological sites and scenes.  Enhance your stay by taking advantage of a wide range of free or minimalcost learning opportunities, including historical tours (page 49), performances and presentations (page 45); fly fishing workshops (page 46); nature tours (page 49); geology presentations; mine tours (page 49); and art and recreational classes and events (page 45).  Events: July – High Country Craft Fair; Fourth of July Celebration; Historic, Cemetery & Ghost Tours; Ducky Derby & Rocking River Party; Arts & Crafts Festival; Lake City Arts Plays & Art Shows; Youth & Adult Art Camps; Live Music at local venues, LC Old West Shooter Performances, LC Stinger Band Marches August – August History Month; Historic, Cemetery & Ghost Tours; History Presentations; Stick Horse Show; Night Under the Stars; Back in Thyme Victorian Tea

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Fall Visit Dream Plan

September thru October  As the tourism season winds down, lodging opens up during the fall, with some special rates offered as winter nears (page 34). For assistance and itinerary ideas, call the Visitor Center at 970-944-2527.  Recreational opportunities include scenic “color” tours of the countryside over 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive roads and color-filled, in-town strolls and backcountry treks – all breathtakingly memorable.  Sporting activities include fishing especially for Kokanee salmon and native brown trout (page 27) and hunting in game management units 65, 66, 67, 76, 77 and 751 (page 11).  Photo opportunities – Fall is truly where Colorful Colorado gets its name. Need we say more!  Events: September – OHV Rally & Festival on Labor Day Weekend, Colorfest Arts & Crafts Festival; Uncorked Wine & Music Festival. October – Halloween Carnival

Fall

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Fall Scenic Drives

Two-wheel drive vehicles Silver Thread Scenic Byway Lake City to Sherman County Road 20 to Capitol City Cebolla Creek & Los Pinos Pass Rio Grande Reservoir

As if knowing winter is near with all its icy air and whiteness, this remote part of the San Juans flaunts its incomparable beauty in the Fall, when gold, red, orange, and yellow “brilliance” lights up mountain purple and deep forest green. With a decrease in “vacation” traffic, the pace of life slows locally, wildlife eases closer to town, and area festivals and recreational activities complement the seasonal change with celebrations of art and music and welcoming events for hunters, fishermen and other sportsmen.

Chuck Chetwin

Four-wheel drive vehicles Nellie Creek Road North Henson Road Alpine Loop Scenic Byway Round Top Road

Fall is perhaps the most beautiful time to visit Lake City and Hinsdale County – definitely the most serene. In one word . . . GOLDEN.

Fall Scenic Hikes

Crystal Peak & Thompson Lake Trail Waterdog Trail • Cataract Gulch Alpine Gulch • Ski Hill to Lake Trail Visitor Information & Full Business Directory Online at www.lakecity.com

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Chuck Chetwin

r e t n i W Winter Visit Dream Plan November thru March

Winter glistens like nowhere else in this high country wonderland. A mantle of white only makes the secret treasures of Hinsdale County and the town of Lake City stand out. Black winter skies glow with starlight that only remote places can boast. Ice crystals sparkle on whitened lakes, ice-laden creeks and waterfalls frozen in motion until the spring thaw. From mountain peaks to wind swept valleys, this may be the truest time when our San Juan Mountains shine. Less expensive places to stay, great food, outstanding weather, an abundance of outdoor activities – why not trade glitzy for glistening this year and experience a real Colorado winter with down-home, back-to-basics fun in Lake City and Hinsdale County.

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 No hustle, no bustle, quiet beauty and great outdoor fun – visitors become locals during Lake City’s laid back winters, with no snow bunny markups or underwhelming “tourist” experiences.  Many motels, vacation homes, restaurants and stores are open yearround, most offering reduced rates during snow months. For assistance and itinerary ideas, call the Visitor Center at 970-944-2527.  Recreational opportunities include over 100 miles of snow mobile and multipurpose groomed trails; a local ski hill and terrain park; ice climbing; Hinsdale County Haute Route; backcountry skiing and snowshoeing; ice skating; and ice fishing.  Events: November – Turkey Trot December – Christmas in Lake City February – Ice Climbing Festival, Matt Milski Ski Race, Snowshoe Race

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Snowmobiling

Hinsdale County has over 100 miles of multipurpose groomed trails that weave through the backcountry between Lake City and Creede. Snowmobile access include a number of entry points at Spring Creek Pass, Slumgullion Pass and Penniston Park, all just off Highway 149.

Back Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing

Scott Williams

Cross country ski and snowshoe opportunities include in-town, from town, and backcountry treks. Most hiking trails are “winter sport adaptable” for daytime adventures, or travel off trail and overnight at one of the yurts on the Hinsdale County Haute Route. Does friendly competition sound like fun? Take part in the Lake City Continental Divide Snowmobile Club’s February Lake City Snowshoe Race. For details, go to www.snowmobilecolo.com or www.facebook.com/ lakecitywintertrails.

I ce C limbing and I ce F ishing

Many locals and visitors can’t wait for things to “ice up” in and around Lake City so they can enjoy their favorite winter sports. Fishing with bait and jigging are common Lake San Cristobal ice fishing tactics either employed from a warm fishing hut or while braving the elements. The reward – many small to medium lake trout, and occasionally one too large to fit through the hole! Just a few blocks from historic downtown, Lake City’s Ice Park, open from December to March weather permitting, offers ice climbers up to 15 routes of varying difficulties. Climbs are free, but climbers should check in and sign waivers at participating businesses. For information about the Lake City Ice Park and its February Ice Climbing Festival, go to www.lakecityicepark.com.

Lake City Ski Hill and Terrain Park

Money spent on one “fancy resort” lift ticket will buy a day of fun for ten at the Lake City Ski Hill. Home to four runs of varying difficulty, the Ski Hill also includes a great terrain park that allows skiers and snowboarders to practice jumps, tricks and more. For fees and times of operation, contact the Lake City Area Recreation Department at 970-403-6301 .

H unting Hunting in the San Juans started during the 19th century when the mountain men who weren’t prospecting for precious metals learned of another commodity that these mountains had to offer: fur pelts. Beaver pelts at this time were fashionable and could fetch a high price in cities. Once mining became the trade of the county in the 1880s, miners hunted big game animals such as deer to feed themselves and their families. Today, elk and deer hunting is a way to enjoy the outdoors and pleasant fall weather. Hunting in Hinsdale County is limited licensing only, which requires hunters to draw for tags. Six game management units occur partially in Hinsdale County: 65, 66, 67, 76, 77, and 751. Units 66, 67, and 76 are draw only with some over the counter licenses sold in units 65, 77 and 751. Area hunters are likely to have high harvest rates, quality animals, and a great overall experience. The benefits of hunting in a county comprised of 96 percent public land are numerous access points to the backcountry, plenty of room to hunt and a lower chance of overcrowding of hunters. The application deadline for tags for big game hunting is usually the first week of April. For more information, contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife at wildlife.state.co.us. Find area hunting outfitters on page 47.

Ice Skating

Part of Lake City Area Recreation’s winter program includes ice skating at Memorial Park. A rink is in operation from December to March (weather permitting). For information call 970-403-6301.

Hinsdale Haute Route

One of the crown jewels of Lake City and Hinsdale County is the Hinsdale Haute Route, a system of three yurts. Colorado’s highest hut route, the system features fullystocked yurts and “top of the world” views. Each yurt sleeps six to eight people, and guide services are available. For more information, go to www.hinsdalehauteroute.org or www.lakecity.com. Visitor Information & Full Business Directory Online at www.lakecity.com

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Event Calendar

Lake City offers a wide variety of seasonal entertainment - below is a list of the reoccurring events, please go to lakecity.com for additional details and other event listings:

February Winter Sports Events: Ice Climbing, Ski Race, Snow Shoeing, & Ice Fishing

June Lake San Cristobal Races & Lake San Cristobal Anniversary Events San Juan Solstice Race 50 Mile Public Health Summer Youth Programs Annual Blossom Festival Lake City Arts (LCA) Art Shows Begin LCA Chamber Music Series Begin Hinsdale County Museum Tours & Events Begin Lake City Stinger Band Marches in the Park Begin

JULY High Country Craft Fair Fourth of July Celebration Weekly BINGO LCA Annual Juried Arts & Craft Show LCA Cabin Fever Players Shows Begin Lake City Old West Shooters Performances Begin Ducky Derby & Rocking River Party Town Wide Yard Sale Live Music at Sportsman’s Backyard & Amphitheater

AUGUST August History Month World Championship Stick Horse Show & Rodeo

SEPTEMBER OHV Rally & Festival Colorfest Arts & Crafts Festival Uncorked Wine and Music Festival

DECEMBER Christmas in Lake City Goodies and Gifts Weekend 12

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Live It Brian Powell

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The most remote county in the lower 48, 96% public lands, an amazing variety of events offering year-round enjoyment – when you visit Lake City/ Hinsdale County, prepare to turn off your normal and experience your extraordinary.  Here for hours, days, weeks, months? We hope the following “activity/time” categories help you plan an excellent adventure.

Outdoor Recreation A Few Hours to a Half-Day

 Bike or Walk Lake City’s In-Town Trails – for locations and distances see pull-out map or pickup a walking trails pamphlet at the Visitor Center.  Use the kid-friendly equipment, courts and sport fields available at the town’s parks and recreation facilities, or sign up for Lake City Recreation’s year-round activities.  Take the short ride around Lake San Cristobal, perhaps stopping for a picnic or fishing, but always for photographs and memorable views you will always treasure.  Drive along Henson Creek (CR20) to Nellie Creek Road and take a short hike (or 4-wheel) to Nellie Creek’s much photographed, 2-tier Waterfall.  Drive further up CR20 toward Engineer Pass and snap a shot of Whitmore Falls as it sends Henson Creek waters thundering downstream.  4-wheel up Cinnamon Pass Road (CR30) to beautiful American Basin (normally in bloom July into August) and capture fields of wildflowers like no others. When blooms in the basin are peaking, you might want to extend that half day stay and take a quick hike to Sloan Lake for the full effect of San Juan magic.  Want a short hike with a beautiful 4-part waterfall destination, try Cataract Gulch Trail. It is only 2 miles to the waterfall. The trailhead is located just past Sherman on CR 30.  Go for a game (or two) of mini-golf or frisbee golf at Lake City Ski Hill.  Take a Free Fly-Fishing Lesson, go horseback riding, or do Nature or Geology Tours – offered by local businesses.  Try your luck at nearby fishing spots (page 26) – Lake San Cristobal, Deer Lakes, Henson Creek, the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River and many more!

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One - Two Days or more...

 4-wheel the Alpine Loop (page 20) – plan on a minimum of eight hours and add time for stops in Silverton, Ouray, or for short hikes and photographs along the way.  Climb a Fourteener (page 24) – Handies Peak is very doable and a MUST, with Uncompahgre, Wetterhorn, Redcloud and Sunshine for those a bit more in shape and experienced.  Hike any one of the trails off CR 20, CR 30, CR 50 or Hwy. 149 (page 24). Some right-around-town favorites include hikes to Thompson Lake, Larson Lakes, and/or Crystal Lake and Peak.  The Continental Divide crosses Hinsdale County twice and can be accessed via trails and some 4-wheel drive roads in northern, central, and south Hinsdale (page 22 and pullout map). Views from the literal spine of the continent are spectacular. Some favorite access treks include Williams Creek Trail, Camp Trail, Cataract Gulch, Cuba Gulch, Poison Park Trail, and Rough Creek Trail.  Spend a day fishing either on your own (page 26) or with a guide (page 46). Favorite day trips include fishing at Thompson Lake and Larson Lakes, in the Deer Lakes area, along the Cebolla River and at Continental and Rio Grande Reservoirs. When Lake San Cristobal freezes over, ice fishing makes for great day-long fun.  Tired of overpriced, upscale, and commercial? Come to Lake City after the snow flies and ski or snowboard at the Lake City Ski Hill (page 11). Make a day of it and try out in-town ice climbing off Henson Creek.  Attention snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski enthusiasts – over 100 miles of groomed trails between Lake City and Creede offer day trips for all levels and abilities (page 11).  Into cold-weather sports? Before spring, Lake City plays host to the annual Ice Climbing Festival, Lake City Snowshoe Race, and Matt Milski Ski Race usually scheduled weekends in February, go to www.lakecity.com for more information.  Walkers or runners can take part in our various races including the Lake San Cristobal 5k/10k Race or the San Juan Solstice 50 Mile Race in June and the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day.  4-wheel up Nellie Creek Road off CR20 to the Uncompahgre Peak Trailhead and set up your tent for a night under the stars. Climb Uncompahgre the next day, and take another day or two to explore other areas of the Uncompahgre/Big Blue wilderness.  With Lake City as your base camp, take a few days to camp out and explore all Hinsdale County has to offer (see campgrounds page 23). To check out the county’s south end, drive the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, Hwy. 149, to and through South Fork to Pagosa Springs via Hwy. 160. Take Piedra Road (FSR 631) north from Pagosa Springs and you can camp out along Williams Creek or at the Williams Creek Reservoir before exploring the Upper Piedra area and the Weminuche Wilderness.  Three yurts located on the higher reaches of Hinsdale County can be booked by skiers, snowshoers and mountaineers through www.hinsdalehauteroute.org. Touted as the highest hut system in Colorado, the yurts are great backcountry base camps for those seeking “out there” adventures.

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Art & History

Food, Shopping & Entertainment

A Few Hours to a Half-Day

 Take a guided Historic Homes Walking Tour, Cemetery Tour, or Friday evening Ghost Tour in Lake City – all provided by the Hinsdale County Historical Society (page 17 & 49).  Visit the Hinsdale County Museum and see displays featuring Hinsdale County pioneer, mining, and ranching history and the history of Lake City (page 49).  Check out Lake City Arts’ exhibits and presentations at the historic Hough Building (page 17 & 45).  Walk the streets of the Lake City Historic District and learn about the historic homes, buildings and events described on standing plaques throughout town.  Take an art class offered by Lake City Arts (page 45).  Attend free or minimal fee presentations during our August History month celebration, including in the past Alferd Packer, blacksmithing, the Lake City Narrow Gauge Train, red light district ladies, glass plate photography and parlor singing, at the Hinsdale County Museum (page 49).  Take a tour of Hinsdale County’s only mine tour at The Hard Tack Mine located just a few miles up CR 20 (page 49).

One Day

A Few Hours to a Half-Day

 Catch a movie at Lake City’s down home, but high-tech, Mountaineer Theatre (page 48).  Live music and other family-friendly entertainment can be had at local bars, restaurants, coffee shops including BINGO hosted Lake City/Hinsdale County Chamber of Commerce.  Attend local performances – plays, music, dance – scheduled by Lake City Arts (page 45).  Good food and great shopping, a variety of tasty offerings and locally-made items have visitors lamenting the need for more time. From BBQ to French cuisine, from San Juan inspired paintings to locally-honed woodcraft – on-line or mall shopping can’t hold a candle.

One Day

 The Annual Lake City Fourth of July Celebration – it’s a generational event for generation after generation.  If you like local and regional arts and crafts, be here in July for the Lake City Arts “Arts & Crafts Festival” or in September for the “Colorfest Arts & Crafts Festival” (page 45).  Ever seen more than 1ooo ducks float the river - well you can attend the Ducky Derby in July a fundraiser held by the Lake City/Hinsdale County Chamber of Commerce in July.  If wine and music are your perfect storm, you’ll want to be in Lake City for the annual “Uncorked Wine & Music Festival” the third Saturday in September. See www.lakecityfestival.org for details.  Enjoy a great Labor Day weekend in Lake City with full OHV access to historic downtown and part of Hwy 149 during the 4 day OHV Rally & Festival, sponsored by the Lake City/Hinsdale County Chamber of Commerce, offers good times, live music, and auctions.

 Drive the Cinnamon Pass (CR30) side of Lake City’s Alpine Loop (page 20) circle trip for a day of mining history sites and sights. Along the route, a side-trip up Wager Gulch will take you to the well preserved mining camp of Carson. Further up CR30, an overlook provides a view of the once thriving mining town of Sherman. Nearing Cinnamon Pass, a few restored buildings from more than six mining towns that dotted the Burrows Park area remain at area trailheads.  Drive the Engineer Pass (CR20) side of Lake City’s Alpine Loop circle (page 20), and history buffs will be treated to a number of whispers from the past, including remains of the Ute Ulay Mine and Mill, Capitol City “ghost town” remnants, and the Rose Lime Kiln built in 1881. Visitor Information & Full Business Directory Online at www.lakecity.com

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The Historic Town of Lake City

and the sparkling waters that rush through it. Founded in 1874 and incorporated in 1875, rich mineral discoveries fueled Lake City’s growth and solidified its culture. By the mid-1900s, the natural and recreational treasures in and, literally, encapsulating this remote town brought and continue to bring sportsman, adventurers, and a new heyday. 16

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Tracy Toler Lanktree

inged by rugged peaks and stark plateaus that hold it close, the town of Lake City, less R than a square mile in area, celebrates a history carved from the mountains that surround it


Ryan Ellis

the Museum includes displays in its main building and historical exhibits and structures on its property. For hours and event, performance, and presentation information, go to www. lakecitymuseum.com, www.lakecity. com, or this guide’s Business Directory “Museum & Tours.”Easily “walkable” from one end to the other and all around town, visitors can shop, eat, bank, mail letters, hike, bike, picnic, fish and more without benefit of a motorized vehicle. Lake City’s multifunctional Town Park offers a playground for children of all ages, picnic tables, and a large area

for Frisbee throwing or impromptu volleyball games. It also hosts some of the town’s increasingly popular events and festivals, including the July 4th Celebration, Lake City Arts & Crafts Festival in July, the Labor Day OHV Rally & Festival, the Colorfest Arts & Crafts Festival in September, and the Uncorked Wine & Music Festival in September. Across from Town Park, the Moseley Arts Center, located in the historic Hough Building at 300 N. Silver Street, features musical and dramatic performances, art shows, art classes and more. For hours and additional information, go to www. lakecityarts.org, www.lakecity. com, or this guide’s Business Directory “Entertainment & Live Music.”For the more recreation-minded visitor, or just those wanting a place to relax in the sun, Memorial Park, by the Lake Fork of the Gunnison at Lake City’s south end, includes skateboard and baseball facilities and a “beach” – mountain style! Steve Priest

Boasting more than 200 historic structures, including Victorian homes, outbuildings, barns, cabins, churches, public buildings, motor courts, and the oldest operating courthouse in Colorado, Lake City received National Register Historic District designation in 1978. The historic district consists of a portion of the 1875 plat and several circa 1880 residential additions, with a leisurely stroll featuring more than 500 feet of boardwalk and interspersed gravel paths, historic buildings housing shops, restaurants and residences, and plaques providing historic details of particular structures. While the In-Town Walking Trail Map insert, providing historic walking tour information, can be used to find your own way, the Hinsdale County Museum offers guided tours of the historic district, Lake City’s cemeteries, and a very popular Ghost Tour. Located at 130 N. Silver Street,

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Sil ve r Th read

Historic & Scenic Byway

Megan Stephenson

Like many attractions in the San Juans, the Silver Thread Scenic Byway finds its roots in the rich mining days of the late 19th century. Industrialists and merchants became road builders and widened the narrow footpaths of the Ute Indians, turning the paths into toll roads for transporting ore, supplies, and people to the remote San Juans. Eventually, the railroad came to Hinsdale County, making travel faster and more efficient. By the 1920s, more and more travelers were using automobiles, creating the need for better roads. Highway 149 remained a dirt road until 1968, when paving began between Lake City and Creede. The last stretch was paved in the Santa Maria Reservoir area in 1983. In 1990, portions of Highway 149 were designated as a historic byway.

Deer Lakes Just north of the summit of Slumgullion Pass is Forest Service Road 788. While its official name may not sound inviting, this road is one of the greatest gateways to recreation opportunities in Hinsdale County. This area is known for great wildlife watching, especially for spotting moose at the Upper and Lower Mill Ponds. FS Road 788 leads to 5 campgrounds, 1 day use area, access to Cannibal Plateau, numerous hiking trails, past the historic farms of Cathedral, through the Mason Family State Wildlife Area, and eventually ends in Powderhorn at Highway 149. This road is two wheel drive and great for those looking to take the other scenic route to Gunnison. It also provides access to Los Pinos Pass, a magnificent drive especially in the fall. High clearance is recommended for Los Pinos Pass.

Today, the Silver Thread Scenic Byway spans the entire length of Highway 149, winding through four counties and three towns including Lake City, Creede, and South Fork. From beginning to end, it is a historical route with astounding beauty, recreational abundance, and a varied and unique geology. Elk, deer, moose, and bighorn sheep are often seen along the highway. There are several marked stopping points along the Byway and beautiful views with every turn. For more information, pick up a Silver Thread Guide at the Lake City Visitor Center. 18

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Points of Interest Blue Mesa Reservoir: Located in Curecanti National Recreation Area, this 20 mile long reservoir, the largest in the state, is a popular recreation area for anglers, boaters, hikers, campers, and swimmers. The Gate: This stunning rock formation, which resembles a gate in a fence of mountains, was carved by the Lake Fork of the Gunnison and towers over the river and highway. In this area, there is easy access to the Lake Fork and a public campground. High Bridge: The railroad bed and trestle of a bridge owned by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad that once spanned the canyon still remain at this site. When the line was abandoned, timbers from the bridge were removed and used to build a school in Gunnison. The road to this area is steep and may not be accessible to all cars. Alferd Packer Massacre Site: In the winter of 1874, Alferd Packer led five under prepared prospectors into the wilderness. Two months later, Packer emerged alone, looking suspiciously well-fed. He later confessed to killing one crazed man in selfdefense and eating the remains of his five companions in order to survive. He was eventually convicted and imprisoned until 1901. His victims are memorialized at this site.

Slumgullion Earthflow: This earthflow, a National Natural Landmark, caused the damming of the Lake Fork and formed Lake San Cristobal. It continues to move up to 20 feet a year. Windy Point Scenic Overlook: This overlook offers an unparalleled panoramic view of the northern San Juans, fourteeners, and many thirteeners. Spring Creek Pass: The Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail cross the highway at Spring Creek. This marked site includes an informational kiosk, restrooms, and a nice place for picnicking. North Clear Creek Falls: Though it is not visible from the road, the cascade of water that appears almost magically out of a meadow at the end of this worthwhile detour will take your breath away. A short drive and walk are required to view one of the most photographed waterfalls in Colorado. South Clear Creek Falls: Those willing to travel off the beaten path will enjoy the breathtaking beauty of two waterfalls sharing the same name. One of the South Clear Creek Falls can be reached by way of the path from Silver Thread Campground. The trail to the other falls starts from Bristol Head Campground.

Bristol Head: Named by a settler who missed his native Bristol, England, this distinctively shaped mountain is an imposing and impressive figure along the Silver Thread. Brown Lake/Rio Grande Overlook: On the side of the Silver Thread is an overlook of impressing beauty that showcases the Rio Grande River. At this overlook, look to the skyline and locate the Rio Grande Pyramid. North of the Pyramid is the Stony Pass area, where the mighty 1,885 mile Rio Grande River begins as a little trickle of water. Rio Grande Reservoir/Stony Pass: Just a few miles north of Creede is the turnoff for Rio Grande Reservoir, which is stocked with fish each summer and is open to boats. A little farther along the road is Stony Pass, a four-wheel drive only road that leads to Howardsville, an old ghost town just outside of Silverton. Creede During the height of Creede’s mining boom, it was said to be one of the wildest mountain towns in the west. It was home to a two mile long street that consisted mainly of saloons, gambling houses, and brothels. In this century, Creede is considerably tamer now. More info at www.creede.com South Fork This town, located at the junction of the Rio Grande River and its south fork, marks the end of the Silver Thread. It once was a highly productive timber industry town. More info at www.southfork.org

Dawn Shoffner

Lake San Cristobal Overlook: A short hike is required to view Lake San Cristobal but is

worth the walk. The overlook offers a view of Colorado’s second largest natural lake and surrounding peaks.

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Alpine Loop

Backcountry Byway

Faith Boyd Smith

Maps of the Alpine Loop are available at the Lake City Visitor Center for a small donation. Also available at the Visitor Center is the Alpine Explorer magazine, which includes detailed information about recreation opportunities, points of interest, wildlife, a detailed map and more. 20

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Kyle Lewis

The Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway, a network of four wheel drive roads that connect Lake City, Ouray, and Silverton, traverses passes up to 12,800 feet while showcasing old mines, ghost towns, natural wonders, beautiful wildflowers, and abundant wildlife. These roads were originally paths used by Native Americans crossing the region. In the 1880s, these trails were widened and used to access mines. Today, the Alpine Loop is an avenue for exploring nature and history amidst thrilling views and stunning geography. The listed points of interest are in order from Cinnamon Pass to Engineer Pass. Drivers looking for a more thrilling experience can venture to Poughkeepsie Pass, Black Bear Pass, and Imogene Pass. These passes are for experienced 4x4 drivers only.


Hinsdale County OHV Laws & Regulations Within Lake City Limits

• OHVs properly licensed as Motor Vehicles can legally drive on all town streets and state highways in the 7th Judicial District. (Hinsdale, Ouray, Gunnison, Montrose, San Miguel, and Delta Counties) Reaffirmed as of August 25th, 2008 • States recognized are: Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Ohio, Montana, and Idaho as of January 1, 2012. • All operators must possess a valid drivers license • Minimum liability insurance (Colorado standards 25/50K) • Colorado State Parks sticker ($25.25) • Must obey all Traffic Laws

Within Hinsdale County

• All operators must possess a valid driver’s license • Minimum liability insurance (Colorado standards $25/50K) • Colorado State Parks sticker ($25.25) • OHVs are required to stay on designated roads • All vehicles must observe all road restrictions All OHVs must follow Hinsdale County law. While riding, please be courteous to others and obey all speed limits and regulations. For updated OHV regulations within the Town of Lake City, contact the Town office at 970-944-2333 or www.townoflakecity.co

Driving the Alpine Loop Portions of this road are not paved and require a four wheel drive, high clearance vehicle. The Alpine Loop has narrow twists and blind curves. It is best to go clockwise around the loop to keep the driver on the outside edge. Courtesy Rules of the Alpine Loop 1. Stay on designated roads. Obey posted signs for parking and trails. 2. Please drive slowly and watch for oncoming traffic. 3. Stay on your side of the road on blind curves. Honk to warn on-coming traffic. 4. Uphill traffic has the right-of-way. 5. Do not park or stop on narrow sections of the road. Use pull-outs or wider areas of the road to park.

Points of Interest Carson: Considered one of the best preserved historic mining camps in Colorado, Carson is well worth the trek up Wager Gulch. Sherman Overlook: Get a bird’s eye view of the once bustling city that serviced the profitable Black Wonder Mine. Also keep an eye out for big horn sheep, as they are known to frequent the rocks around the overlook. Burrows Park: In a space of a few miles, at least 6 towns once existed here during the height of mining in the San Juans. Historic buildings at the trailheads of Handies, Redcloud and Sunshine Peaks have been restored. American Basin: American Basin, one of the most photographed places in Colorado, is located about a mile east of the summit of Cinnamon Pass. American Basin is home to a spectacular show of wildflowers each July, though some flowers bloom earlier in the summer. Species include larkspur, lupine, old man of the mountain, Indian paintbrush, monkshood and native columbine. The flowers usually peak mid-July. To keep this display for all visitors, please do not pick the flowers and walk only on the road and trails. Animas Forks: Animas translates to spirit or ghost and visitors will sense the spirits of the old miners who worked this area in days gone by. This old mining town has a number of well preserved buildings and serves as a junction for several four wheel drive roads. Mineral Point: Located just south of the summit of Engineer Pass, this point of interest isn’t for the faint of heart. Those willing to drive out on the point will be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding wilderness. Rose Lime Kiln: Forty-four feet in height, this kiln stands alone along the road to Engineer Pass. Built in 1881 to produce an ash-free lime, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Whitmore Falls: Tucked back almost beneath the road, Henson Creek is choked into a tight column of water that thunders through the falls. Steps have been placed to allow easier access to a safe viewing platform and a great photo opportunity.

Alpine Explorer (Produced by BLM)

The must have guide to the natural and historical resources on the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway including a large map. Available for purchase at the Visitor Center.

Capitol City: Named because its founder had high hopes of the town becoming the capital of Colorado, this ghost town sits at the confluence of Henson Creek and North Henson Creek. Nellie Creek: This steep, rugged four wheel drive road passes a beautiful 2-tier waterfall as it leads to the trailhead for Uncompahgre Peak. Ute Ulay Mine and Mill: A number of original mine and mill buildings remain at this site, which also includes informational signs and a picturesque view of Henson Creek. Power for the mine was supplied by a dam just below the old Henson town site. Silverton Connected to Lake City not only by Cinnamon Pass but also by a rich mining history, Silverton was founded in 1873, a year before Lake City. More info at www.silverton.com Ouray Named for perhaps the most famous Ute leader, Chief Ouray, this mountain town is nicknamed the “Switzerland of America.” More info at www.ouray.com

Pa sse s of t he A l pine Lo op

Cinnamon Pass: At an elevation of 12,620 feet, Cinnamon Pass offers breathtaking views of the alpine tundra and high mountain peaks. Engineer Pass: At 12,800 feet in elevation, Engineer Pass boasts views of American Flats, Uncompahgre Peak, and on clear days, Utah. Stony Pass: The summit of this 12,650ft pass is located on the Continental Divide and is a gateway to Lost Trail Creek and Kite Lake. The road travels through Pole Creek, which is often too high to cross in the early summer. Hurricane Pass: Form the top of this 12,407 feet pass, riders are rewarded with a beautiful view of Lake Como. This pass is accessed from Corkscrew Gulch and California Gulch.

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Scenic Drives Don Spence

T wo-wheel dri ves Cebolla Creek (FS 788): Forest Service Road 788 winds from the top of Slumgullion Pass through the ranching community of Cathedral and can connect to County Road 50, which intersects Highway 149 at Powderhorn. This is a great “circle” drive for those who do not have four-wheel drive but are looking for beautiful scenery off the beaten path. While driving, keep a watchful eye for moose known to hangout around the upper and lower mill ponds near Deer Lakes. CR 20 to Whitmore Falls: This section leading to Engineer Pass is accessible for those unable to drive complete the Alpine Loop. Sites along this road include the Ute Ulay mine and mill site, Snowden’s Meadow, the remnants of Capitol City, and Whitmore Falls. CR 30 to Sherman: This drive wanders through the valley past Lake San Cristobal to the Sherman town site, ending at the Cataract Gulch trailhead. Those who want to vary their view of the lake and mountainsides should try taking CR 33 on the trip back to Lake City. Blue Mesa Cutoff & Sapinero Cutoff: These two cutoffs are not only great timesavers in the summer, but they are also vista-laden scenic routes providing alternate ways to get from Highway 149 to Highway 50, west of the 149 & 50 junction. Both cutoffs are marked on Highway 149. Silver Thread Scenic Byway: Highway 149 is always a breathtaking drive, regardless of season. Stretching from Blue Mesa Reservoir to South Fork, this scenic sojourn

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is a great day trip. For those looking to mix up the drive, try taking FS Road 788 from Slumgullion Pass around to Powderhorn. For more information on the Silver Thread, please see page 18. FS 520 (Highway 149 to Rio Grande Reservoir): FS Road 520 travels past Road Canyon Reservoir and a number of campgrounds before becoming fourwheel drive only near Stony Pass past the Rio Grande Reservoir and Lost Trail Campground. The drive also offers access to a number of fishing spots.

Fou r-wheel dri ve s Alpine Loop: This scenic drive always delivers great sights and wonderful memories. For more information on the Loop, please see page 20. Cottonwood Creek: Just after the Cataract Gulch trailhead on CR 35 a beautiful and short stretch of rocky road begins. It meanders through aspen groves and along Cottonwood Creek, opening up just before the Cuba Gulch trailhead. Hill 71: A favorite spot of snowmobilers during the winter can also be accessed by ATVs via Sawmill Park. Nellie Creek: This short stretch of bumpy road just off CR 20 ends at the Uncompahgre trailhead after traveling past Nellie Creek’s two tier waterfall. Please note that the road does cross the creek twice and may not be accessible during high water. Round Top: A drive that is particularly spectacular in the fall, Round Top Road starts just after the Lake City Ski Hill, travels

through impressive aspen groves, and offers phenomenal views of Uncompahgre Peak. Schafer Gulch/Hurricane Basin: This beautiful basin has light to moderate traffic during the summer. The road is only wide enough for ATVs, but is also open to hikers and horses. The basin is home to the historic Golconda Boardinghouse as well as beautiful views and scenic vistas. Stony Pass: This is one of the lesser traveled passes of the Alpine Loop, but one that offers great views and plenty of photo opportunities. Stony Pass can be accessed from via FS 520 (Rio Grande Reservoir) and ends at Howardsville, just a few miles east of Silverton. Wager Gulch: Take a trip up Wager Gulch to one of the best preserved ghost towns in Colorado: Carson. The town site is well worth exploring, but please respect the site. Wager Gulch continues to the Continental Divide and offers access to the Heart Lake Trail.

OHV o n l y Cannibal Plateau: This ATV trail is just off Forest Service Road 788. The trail takes users up to its namesake, Cannibal Plateau. The plateau offers one of the best views of the Slumgullion Slide. The trail is also open to hikers and horses. Lost Trail (width restriction): Lost Trail picks up where Wager Gulch left off at the Continental Divide near Heart Lake. This trail does have a 56 inch width restriction. The trail ends at Lost Trail Campground by Rio Grande Reservoir.

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FEE

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WATER

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P ubl ic C a m p g r o un d s Campgrounds on the Silver Thread

Red Bridge

7 $5

Gate View

5 Free

The Gate

8 $5

Big Blue

11

Bristol Head

15 X $14

North Clear Creek

25 X

Silver Thread/South Clear Creek

11 X $14

Road Canyon

6

River Hill

20 X

Thirty Mile (Reservation Required)

35 X $16/32

Lost Trail

7 X Free

Located on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. Elevation 7800’. BLM. Located on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. Elevation 8000’. NPS. Trailers over 22’ not recommended. Located on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. Elevation 8000’. BLM. Located several miles off of Highway 149 at the entrance to the Uncompahgre Wilderness. Sites of short length. RVs and trailers are not recommended due to the rough, narrow road. Elevation 9800’. USFS. Located near North Clear Creek. Sites of 32’ length. Elevation 9500’. USFS. Located near North Clear Creek. Sites of 32’ length. Elevation 9900’. USFS. Located just off of Hwy 149 near South Clear Creek Falls. Sites of 30’ length. Elevation 9500’. USFS Located six miles west on FS Road 520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road). Elevation 9300’. USFS. Located on FS Road 520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road). Sites of 35’ length. Elevation 9200’. USFS. Located on FS Road 520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road) near Squaw Creek. Sites of 32’ length. Accessible. Elevation 9300’. USFS. Located sixteen miles west on FS Road 520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road). No large RVs or trailers. Elevation 9500’.

$14/28

Free $16/32

Campgrounds on the Alpine Loop

Wupperman

31 X X $15

Williams Creek

23 X X $14

Mill Creek

22 X X $7

Located at Lake San Cristobal on County Road 33. Dump Station for guests only. Campground Hosts. Elevation 9000’. Owned by Hinsdale County. Located on County Road 30, Cinnamon Pass Road. Sites of 20’ length. Elevation 9200’. USFS. Located on County Road 30, Cinnamon Pass Road. Elevation 9500’. BLM.

Campgrounds on Cathedral/Powderhorn Road (FS Road 788)

Deer Lakes

12 X X $12

Hidden Valley

3

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Spruce

9

D

Cebolla Creek

3 Free

Located on FS Rd. 788 near the top of Slumgullion Pass. Sites of 30’ length. One accessible site; one accessible toilet. Elevation 10,400’. USFS. Located on FS Road 788. Sites of short length. Tents only. Elevation 9700’. USFS. Located on FS Road 788. Sites of short length. Elevation 9300’. USFS. Located 6.5 miles from Powderhorn on FS Road 788. Sites of short length. Elevation 8355’. BLM.

Campgrounds in South Hinsdale - Piedra Area (access via Pagosa Springs)

Palisades Horse Only Campground

12 X X $20

Cimarrona

21 X X $18

Teal

16 X X $18

Located north of U.S. Highway 160 on Piedra Rd. (CR 600) at the end of Williams Creek Road just past the Cimarrona Campground on FSR 640. To check availability and reserve specific sites please check Palisades at
www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777. USFS. 2.3 miles north of Teal Campground on Forest Rd. 640. Sites of medium to long length. Elevation 8400’. USFS. Located a mile north of Williams Creek Campground along Forest Rd. 640, overlooking Williams Creek Reservoir. Sites of small to long length. Elevation 8300’. USFS.

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Sunshine Peak (14,001 feet)

Redcloud Peak (14,034 feet)

Handies Peak (14,048 feet)

hiking horseback biking motorized One of the benefits of being in the most remote county in the lower 48 with 96 percent public lands is that it takes only a few miles by foot or hoof and minutes by bicycle to leave civilization behind. Hinsdale County offers seemingly endless miles of trails, 21 public campgrounds, five fourteeners, and over 20 thirteeners. Hikers and backpackers have a vast amount of options in three National Forests, one BLM district, four national wilderness areas, and two wilderness study areas, all of which have several access points within miles of Lake City. Hinsdale County does not limit itself to just hikers. There are trails open to horses and mountain bikes in addition to hikers. Note: Trail maps are available at the Visitor Center and a number of local stores. Please remember to stay on marked trails and that mountain bikes are not allowed in wilderness areas.

Easy to Moderate Trails

Big Blue Creek  Length: 12 miles. Season of use: June through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; light hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 1,800 ft.  Powderhorn Lakes Length: 4 miles to Lower Powderhorn Lake; 4.5 miles to Upper Powderhorn Lake. Season of use: Mid-June through October. Amount of Use: light hiking, backpacking, and horse use. Total Elevation Gain: 660 ft. Powderhorn Park  Length: 6.3 miles to Robbers Roost. Season of use: Mid-June through October. Amount of Use: Light hiking and horse use, moderate during hunting season. Total Elevation Gain: 1,730 ft. Ski Hill to Lake Trail Length: 1.6 miles. Season of use: Mid-June through October. Amount of Use: Light hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 800 ft.

Weminuche Pass to Continental Divide Length: 4.5 miles. Season of use: Mid-June through October. Amount of Use: Light hiking and horse use, moderate during hunting season. Total Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft.

Moderate to Difficult Trails

American Basin to Handies Peak (14,048’) Length: From the Trailhead it is 1.3 miles to Sloan Lake; 1 mile further to Handies Peak. Add another .9 mile if you start walking from the Alpine Loop Turnoff. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Moderate hiking; moderate jeep/ATV traffic along the road to the trailhead. Total Elevation Gain: 2,448 ft.  Camp Trail   Length: 5 miles to the Continental Divide. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; moderate hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft. 

Canon Infierno  Length: 6 miles. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; light hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 1,780 ft.  Cataract Gulch  Length: 4.1 miles to the Continental Divide. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Moderate hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 2,570 ft.  Cooper Creek   Length: 3.7 miles to Cooper Lake. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Light hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 2,190 ft.  Cottonwood Creek  Length: 4.1 miles to switchback; trail continues for about 2 more miles. Season of use: June through October. Amount of Use: Light jeep/ATV traffic, light walking, mountain biking. Total Elevation Gain: 1,370 ft. to switchback; 3,000 ft. to Upper Snare Basin. Crystal Lake   Length: 4 miles to Crystal Lake. Season of use: July through October.

f o urt een ers Uncompahgre Peak (14,309 feet)

Trialheads: Nellie Creek Trailhead, 7.25 mi. roundtrip, Moderate, Uncompahgre Peak Quad; Matterhorn Creek Trailhead, 11 mi. roundtrip, Wetterhorn Peak/ Uncompahgre Peak Quad; Big Blue Trailhead, 20 mi. roundtrip, Sheep Mountain/Uncompahgre Peak Quad.

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Redcloud Peak (14,034 feet)

Trailhead: Silver Creek Trailhead, 9.4 mi. roundtrip, Moderate, Redcloud Peak Quad.

Sunshine Peak (14,001 feet)

Trailhead: Silver Creek Trailhead, 11.4 mi. roundtrip, Moderate, Redcloud Peak Quad.

Handies Peak (14,048 feet)

Trailhead: American Basin (Sloan Lake) Trailhead, 5.5 mi. roundtrip, Easy to Moderate; Grizzly Gulch Trailhead, 8 mi. roundtrip, Moderate, Handies Peak Quad.

Wetterhorn Peak (14,015 feet) Trailhead: Matterhorn Creek Trailhead, 7.5 mi. roundtrip, 2500 ft elevation gain, Moderate to Difficult, Wetterhorn Peak Quad.

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Wetterhorn Peak (14,015 feet)

Uncompahgre Peak (14,309 feet)

Amount of Use: Light horse use; light hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft.  Cuba Gulch  Length: 3.25 miles to the Continental Divide. Season of use: June through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; light hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 2,020 ft. Devil’s Creek  Length: 6.8 miles to Devil’s Lake. Season of use: Mid-June through October. Amount of Use: Light hiking/ horse use; moderate during hunting season. Total Elevation Gain: 3,520 ft.�� Independence Gulch Trail   Length: 2.25 miles to Little Elk Trail. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; light hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft.  Larson Lakes   Length: 4.75 miles. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; light hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft. Round Top Road  Length: 5 miles. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; light hiking, moderate jeep/ATV traffic. Total Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft. Waterdog Lake  Length: 3.8 miles to Waterdog Lake. Season of use: Mid-June through October. Amount of Use: Light

hiking, horseback, and mountain biking. Total Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft. 

Difficult Trails

Alpine Gulch  Length: 6 miles. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; moderate hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 3,480 ft.  Alpine Loop Length: 54 miles. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Heavy jeep/ATV traffic, light horse use, light hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft.  Cannibal Plateau Length: 3 miles to Meso Seco. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; light hiking; light ATV traffic. Total Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft. Grizzly Gulch to Handies Peak (14,048’)  Length: 4.2 miles to Handies Peak. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Moderate hiking; light horseback. Total Elevation Gain: 3,623 ft.  Matterhorn Basin to Wetterhorn Peak (14,015’)  Length: 3.5 miles. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; light to moderate hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 3,300 ft. Matterhorn Creek to Matterhorn Peak (13,590’) Length: 3.3 miles. Season of use:

Chuck Chetwin

Lake City, CO

July through October. Amount of Use: Light hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 2,790 ft. Nellie Creek to Uncompahgre Peak (14,309’)  Length: 3.75 miles. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; Moderate hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft. Silver Creek to Redcloud Peak (14,034’) & Sunshine Peak (14,001’)   Length: 5.7 miles to Sunshine Peak. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Moderate hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 3,609 ft. Stewart Creek to San Luis Peak (14,014’)  Length: 6 miles. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; light hiking. Total Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft.   Wager Gulch  Length: 3.4 miles to Carson town site; 4.8 miles to the Continental Divide. Season of use: July through October. Amount of Use: Moderate jeep/ ATV use, light hiking, mountain biking. Total Elevation Gain: 3,100 ft. Williams Creek  Length: 7.5 miles. Season of use: June through October. Amount of Use: Light horse use; light hiking Total Elevation Gain: 3,295 ft.

t h i rt een ers Wildhorse (13,266 feet)

Trailhead: American Flats Trailhead, 6 mi. roundtrip, Wetterhorn Peak Quad.

Half Peak (13,841 feet)

Trailhead: Cataract Gulch Trailhead, 7 mi. roundtrip, Pole Creek Mt. Quad.

White Cross Mountain (13,542 feet) Trailhead: Grizzly Gulch Trailhead, 7 mi. roundtrip, Redcloud Peak Quad.

Matterhorn Peak (13,590 feet)

Carson Peak (13,657 feet)

Coxcomb Peak (13,656 feet)

Bent Peak (13,393 feet)

Trailhead: Matterhorn Creek Trailhead, 6 mi. roundtrip, Moderate, Uncompahgre Peak Quad.

Trailhead: Matterhorn Creek Trailhead, 9 mi. roundtrip, Moderate, Wetterhorn Peak Quad.

Trailhead: Carson (Wager Gulch) Road - 3.5 mi. past Carson, 5 mi. roundtrip, Pole Creek Mt. Quad.

Trailhead: Carson (Wager Gulch) Road – 1 mi. past Carson, 2 mi. roundtrip, Finger Mesa Quad.

Mileage and elevation gains may not be exact. Difficulty ratings are subjective in nature and are directed toward hikers only.

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Fishing Scott Williams

Fishing in the Lake City area draws anglers back to its streams and lakes year after year as faithfully as brook trout are drawn to dry flies. Whether your passion is making a long-distance cast with a spinner in a mountain lake, teaching a child to catch his or her first trout with a worm and bobber, or sneaking up on rising fish with a fly rod, Lake City’s waters hold something special for you and your family. Before you head out to the water, be sure to pick up a Colorado fishing license and a free copy of current regulations, available at several locations in Lake City. All waters have daily bag limits, and some waters are restricted to the type of tackle used, slot limits, etc. Local tackle dealers are more than happy to help explain the regulations and to offer tips on where to fish and what to use.

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E asy A ccess F ishing Lake San Cristobal - Formed by the Slumgullion Earthflow over 700 years ago, Lake San Cristobal is now the second largest natural lake in Colorado. It is a great recreation area for anglers, boaters, and families. There are public campgrounds around the lake as well as a public boat launch. Deer Lakes - Near the top of Slumgullion Pass is the turnoff for Deer Lakes and a public campground. Deer Lakes is a great place for children to fish and is near numerous hiking trails. Henson Creek - Coming down from high in the San Juans, Henson Creek is a brushy mountain stream that can often yield great trout fishing. Henson follows County Road 20 down from Capitol City and joins the Lake Fork in Lake City. Lake Fork of the Gunnison River - With over 28 miles of public waters, the Lake Fork is a great place for those who want to fish but do not have the time to hike to a fishing spot. There are a number of places right along Highway 149 where you can fish 10 feet from your car. Rio Grande Reservoir - For access to this reservoir, travel south on Highway 149 to Forest Service Road 520. The reservoir is located 13 miles down Forest Service Road 520. Rio Grande Reservoir is stocked with fish in the summer months and is also open to boating. Continental Reservoir - This reservoir is located about halfway between Lake City and Creede off of Highway 149. To access it, travel south out of Lake City on Hwy 149 to Forest Service Road 513, which leads to Forest Service Road 513.1A. The reservoir is about 2 miles down this road. Fishing is great in this stocked lake and boats are allowed. Williams Creek Reservoir - Located in the south end of Hinsdale County, this reservoir is accessed from Highway 160 by Pagosa Springs. Turn off of Highway 160 onto Forest Service Road 631. After traveling 22 miles on this road, turn onto Forest Service Road 640. The reservoir is located just half a mile down Forest Service Road 640. Fall and late spring fishing is great in this reservoir, which is stocked with Kokanee salmon and trout. Boating is allowed and there is a large public campground near the reservoir.

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You can fish year round in the Lake City area, each season requires a distinct approach for the best chances of success.

The updated Lake City Fishing Guide provides great detailed information. You can pick-up one for free at the Visitor Center. You can also access online fishing maps at www.lakecity.com.

FALL (September-November): Fall is a perennial favorite season for many Lake City anglers. Changing colors of aspens and cottonwoods light up our waters with a golden glow, and the streams are usually low and clear. Brown trout move upstream to spawn on the Lake Fork and Cebolla Creeks, and are quite aggressive in the fall. They’ll chase streamers or lures that imitate small fish. Please take care not to wade through their redds (spawning beds) in order to protect their newly-laid eggs. In early fall on the smaller streams, using grasshopper flies in the fall can trigger explosive hits from fish hungry for a big bite.

SPRING (March-May): Spring fishing begins in the Lake City area when the ice leaves the Lake Fork of the Gunnison in March. The water is low and clear at ice-out, and the fish Free Fly Fishing Workshops & Licensing are still concentrated in their winter habitat, the deep pools. The trout aren’t Anglers of all skill levels will enjoy free fly fishing workshops hosted weekly by the interested in expending much energy Sportsman’s Outdoor & Fly Shop and Dan’s to chase lures, so fly fishers do best Fly Shop. Contact the stores for more using a variety of nymphs fished near information, see the business directory. You can also obtain a fishing license at the bottom. Spring runoff usually spoils either of these two retailers or online at stream fishing from mid-May through www.co.wildlifelicense.com/ mid-June. Lake San Cristobal thaws out in late April or early May, and veteran anglers know it’s the best time to fish for WINTER (December-February): Stream fishing giant 10- to 30-pound mackinaw (lake trout) is very limited to nonexistent in the Lake City that cruise near shore. Fishing with sucker area in the winter, as ice covers most of the meat on the bottom is a proven flowing water by late November. technique. Landing one of these Ice fishing on Lake San monsters could easily be your Cristobal, however, is popular fish of a lifetime! by those who either brave the elements outside or from the SUMMER (June-August): amazing comfort of a fishing hut Summer is prime season for the on the ice. Fishing with bait and high country streams and lakes jigging are common Lake San surrounding Lake City. It’s a Cristobal ice fishing tactics that great time to teach a child to result in many smaller lake trout fish in unintimidating waters being caught, and occasionally like Deer Lakes or Big Blue one too large to fit through the Creek. In both places, brook hole! trout are abundant, but not

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large. Skilled anglers seeking larger fish should try for the wild browns of Cebolla Creek and Henson Creek or the browns and rainbows of the Lake Fork of the Gunnison. Dry fly fishing is superb during the stonefly hatch in late June and into early July. Small spinners work well on these streams, too. High country lake fishing at Crystal, Cooper, Cataract and Powderhorn Lakes can be phenomenal at times, but they are also temperamental. Plan to fish a full day at these lakes in order to intersect their prime feeding periods. Lake San Cristobal fishing is often best in the summer from a boat, either by trolling spoons or casting spinners.

Lake City area fishing has remained outstanding for generations because many anglers “limit their kill” instead of “kill their limit.” Read the Colorado Division of Wildlife Fishing Regulations or The Lake City Fishing Guide to learn how to return a fish safely to the water. The latter publication is available at the Visitors’ Center, and also includes detailed descriptions of all area streams and lakes. Whatever season finds you in Lake City, there’s fishing to be enjoyed. Spend a day with rod and reel, and let the magic of our waters and their trout restore your soul.

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Night Skies

by Phil Virden

Lake City is well suited for great stargazing opportunities. On a clear night, one can marvel at the moon, planets, constellations, and other spectacular phenomena of our universe. Certainly, a good set of binoculars or telescope will enhance your “up close” viewing. One of the best astronomy activities in Lake City is absolutely free and requires nothing more than patience, the naked eye, and mostly clear sky conditions. That activity is watching for meteors. Although they last only seconds, meteors are always fun to watch as they streak across the sky. And, there are times a fireball (a very large meteor) may flash above. Here are some astronomical event dates you should mark on your calendar:

Jan 3/4 – Quadrantids meteor shower

May 22 – Mars at opposition

Jan 10 – New Moon

June 3 – Saturn at opposition

Jan 24 – Full Moon Feb 8 New Moon Feb 22 – Full Moon March 8 – Jupiter at opposition (good viewing) Mar 9 – New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Indonesia Mar 20 - Vernal Equinox (spring starts) Mar 23 – Full Moon Apr 7 – New Moon Apr 18 – Mercury low in the western sky at dusk Apr 22 – Full Moon Apr 22/23 – Lyrid meteor shower May 6 – New Moon/Eta Aquarid meteor shower May 9 – Mercury transits the Moon May 21 – Full “Blue” Moon

June 5 – New Moon June 20 – Full Moon & Summer Solstice July 4 – New Moon July 4 – NASA Spacecraft Juno scheduled to enter Jupiter’s orbit July 19 – Full Moon July 28/29 – Delta Aquarid meteor shower Aug 2 – New Moon Aug 11/12/13 – Perseid meteor shower Aug 18 – Full Moon Aug 27 – Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the west at dusk Sept 1 – New Moon Sept 16 – Full Moon Sep 22 – Autumnal equinox (beginning of fall) Oct 1 – New Moon Oct 7 – Draconoids meteor shower Oct 16 – First of three “Super” Full Moons Oct 21/22 – Orionid meteor shower Nov 4/5 – Taurid meteor shower Nov 14 – 2nd Super Full Moon Nov 17/18 – Leonid meteor shower Dec 13/14 – Geminid meteor shower Dec 21 – Winter solstice Dec 21/22 – Ursid meteor shower December 29 – New Moon Claeb Weaver

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Our Abundant Flora & Fauna

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Mountain Cottontail The mountain cottontail is a true rabbit. It is much smaller than jack rabbits. It does not change color in the winter. It has relatively short ears.

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Mule Deer Male deer or bucks have antlers that are shed every winter and new ones are grown each spring. Their antlers are unlike white-tailed deer because they are diverticular, that is dividing in two at each junction. Young fawns are spotted to give them camouflage from predators.

Rocky Mountain Elk Elk are much larger than deer. Males or bulls shed antlers each winter and regrow them in the spring. In the spring and summer the antlers are covered with a “velvet” or fuzzy covering. Females are known as cows. Young calves are spotted to protect them from predators.

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Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel This common little guy is the chunky feller begging at any area tourists stop with their lunch. He is an excellent beggar although it does not do him good because his system is not designed to eat human snacks. Notice he does not have a line going through his eye. That is the easy way to tell he is not a chipmunk.

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Beaver Beaver are large aquatic rodents that build dams in streams. They build caches to feed in the winter and lodges to live in. Lodges have underwater entrances. Beaver can also tunnel back into stream banks. They cut aspen and willow to build dams, construct lodges and to eat. Because of their habits of cutting trees and damming irrigation ditches beaver can earn a bad neighbor reputation but they contribute to a healthy environment by raising the water table and widening the riparian zone. Beaver have wide flat tails and “slap” the water when there is danger near.

Have you spotted seven or more of the animals, birds or wildflowers depicted on this page and the pages that follow? If you have, check them off and drop by the Visitor Center for one or more free bumper stickers. If you’ve captured your “finds” in a photograph, please show and share the when & where with us so we can spread the word! ce en

Wildlife at every turn

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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. From the lumbering moose to the tiny pika, from the bright Western Tanager to the “fisherman” Osprey – in-town and away-from-it-all “surprise” wildlife sightings are abundant. And, from the early-blooming Parry’s Primrose to Colorado’s native blue Columbine, area wildflowers provide brilliant strokes and subtle touches of color to alpine meadows, mountainsides, and valleys.

Moose Moose were introduced into this area in the winter of 1990-91. Since then the population has grown and spread out to a wide area. Moose are the largest member of the deer family. They browse on willows and aquatic plants so are usually found near water. Bulls have heavy palmate antlers that are shed each winter. Calves are reddish in color and have very long legs. Big Horn Sheep Males or rams have heavy horns that grow in a circular pattern throughout their life. You can tell the age of an animal by counting the heavy rings. Horns are never shed. Females or ewes have thinner horns that grow in a slight curve to the rear. Their young are called lambs. Sheep live in areas near rocky cliffs and that is what they use for escape routes. Marmot Marmots are also found near rocks and often have a den underneath rocks. They vary in color from tan (even some white ones) to dark brown. They are chunky with a big thick tail that rolls ponderously behind them.

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Our Abundant Flora & Fauna

Blooming Terrific Photographs by Edna Mason Sneezeweed Sneeze weed is a perennial sunflower type plant that grows in high country where there are deep soils. It is so named because it causes a respiratory illness in sheep. It is not toxic to them but causes them to sneeze so bad often die. Old Man of the Mountains This happy low growing sunflower of the high alpine areas has a very large flower for alpine plants, about 4 inches across. It always faces the sun and grows on windblown ridges. Also called wormwood. It is the little plant with the big head. Evening Primrose The Evening Primrose is a large white flower that grows near ground level. It blossoms in the evening and lasts overnight. The petals drop by mid-morning the next day. It frequently grows along roadsides in disturbed soils. Penstemon This genus has several different species in this area. Generally they are tall plants with long blue to purple or red tubular flowers. They grow in sagebrush country into the high country. The shorter Penstemon species grow in the alpine area while the taller ones are common in the lower, sagebrush areas. Sticky Purple Geranium This small relative of the cultivated geranium grows in many places near timberline. The leaves turn bright red in the fall.

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Old Man’s Whiskers Often called Prairie Smoke, this pinkish flower has many errant parts of sepals and leaves that uniquely resemble whiskers. It the summer after blooming the seeds have long feathery plumes. Bluebells Bluebells were so named because of the similarity to little bells that are blue. They often grow in large clumps in the high country especially in deeper soils where there is abundant moisture. American Basin and Animas Forks are typical location. Gentian The late season bloomer in wet soils sports a deep blue twisted flower. A close cousin is artic gentian which is a creamy white with lavender streaks in the flower. Kings Crown This deep-red, flat-topped flower grows in high elevation and resembles the crown of royalty. It is smaller and less showy that its counterpart the pink Queen’s Crown or Rose Crown. Sedum The common sedum plant is short plants with star- like yellow flowers sticking up around 4 inches. They are common in the lower areas around Lake City like on the ski hill. Tough little plants often grow on rocks or in very rock areas. Fireweed This bight magenta flower grows in clusters and is one of the first plants to regenerate after a fire. Magenta spikes spring up above the cluster and point skyward.

Elephants Head Look closely and this little plant! Bright magenta elephants cluster along one main stalk. Elephants, you say? Yes, the broad forehead is flanked by long ears on either side and a trunk reaches out to greet you. This bright plant grows in very wet areas at high altitude. American Basin has several samples as does the base of Engineer Pass. Columbine The native blue columbine is Colorado’s state flower. Yellow stamens are surrounded by white cupped petals and framed by graceful blue sepals which terminate in long spurs. It is an well recognized flower that is abundant in mountain valleys often growing in rocky areas. It flowers in July, earlier than a lot of other wildflowers. Larkspur There are several different varieties of this native wildflower. Short larkspur contains toxins that are poisonous to livestock depending on when it is grazed. Tall lark, at high altitude, does not cause problems with grazing animals. American Basin has abundant tall larkspur that moves into full bloom just as the columbines start to decline. Parry’s Primrose Parry’s Primrose is one of the earliest blooming and brightest flowers of high altitude in marshy areas. Its brilliant magenta color is not easily overlooked. Find it in very wet areas such as just below the top of Cinnamon Pass. Paintbrush This bright flower comes in yellow to orange to red colors and is found in the sagebrush country below Lake City and up in American Basin. One species of this is Wyoming’s state flower This aptly named plant is actually a parasite that grows on sagebrush roots.

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Feathered Friends

Photographs by Edna Mason

Mountain Chickadee Both the Mountain and the Black-capped Chickadee inhabit this area. Mountain chickadees have a black line through the face like a little bandit whereas the black-capped does not. Chickadees are fearless and are willing to take sunflower seeds out of your hand if you have a little patience and are quiet and still. Chickadees are “name-sayers” since one of their calls is “chick-a-dee-dee-dee” or “Fee-beebee”. Listen for them in the forest. Western Tanager The bright yellow and red bird with the black wings is the male western tanager. Looking almost out of place, it is the only neo-tropical bird that migrates to this area. The females are a dull yellow – likely Nature’s way of protecting the nest. The females spend a significant amount of time incubating and their drabber color is less obvious to predators. Black-headed Grosbeak Both black-headed and evening grosbeaks spend time around Lake City in the summer. An occasional redbreasted grosbeak will also show up. Grosbeaks are so named because of their heavy beak. The beak is a clue as to the diet of birds. Heavy beaks are typically used to crush seeds. American Goldfinch The small, lemon yellow male goldfinch is one of the few birds that molts, or changes feathers, twice a year. Often incorrectly called wild canaries, American goldfinch travel in small flocks and their unique call sounds a lot like po-ta-to chip. They are distinguished from other “wild canaries” (small yellow birds) by their black wings.

Osprey Know also as the fish eagle, osprey are almost always located near water. They make spectacular dives, feet first, for fish, sometimes going completely under the water. Some sources indicate fish, 2 pounds and larger, make up 98% of this bird’s diet. Mountain Bluebird Have you noticed the many bird boxes that are on the fences along the highways in this area? Bluebirds had almost disappeared from the area years earlier because of the lack of suitable nesting sites. Cavity nesters need trees with holes and firewood cutters had taken down most of the old dead trees. Because of the blue bird boxes, the mountain bluebird has returned to its habitat.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird This tiny bird migrates from Guatemala to this area annually. It is the common nesting hummer that spends the summer here. A female, banded in Colorado, was the oldest known hummingbird at 12 years of age. Easterners will often mistake this species for the ruby-throated that inhabits the eastern areas of the United States. Rufous Hummingbird This feisty, rust colored hummer often stops in Lake City on its return migration to south central Mexico and the gulf coast. This tiny bird goes to the Pacific Northwest (southern Alaska) to nest and raise its young. They migrate up the Pacific flyway, mostly through the California area. Rufous usually arrive in the Lake City area around the Fourth of July and move on by the first part of August. Males fiercely defend feeders from other hummers, including the broad-tails.

Rosy Finch Rosy finches are only found in the Rocky Mountains. This uniquely-adapted bird nests above timberline on the ground or in rocks. In winter, the large flocks will sometimes come to area bird feeders in the hundreds or even thousands. One rosy finch photographed in Lake City had been “banded” as an adult the winter before in Crested Butte. Junco Often called “snowbirds” by locals, juncos generally show up when autumn snows begin. They prefer eating on the ground to perching on a feeder. Unfortunately, this makes them very susceptible to domestic cats. Dusky Grouse Called blue grouse up until the last few years, this local grouse inhabits the spruce-fir forests in the west. The solitary male struts in the spring to attract females on traditional leks or breeding grounds. They are not the Gunnison Sage grouse – a threatened species that inhabits sagebrush areas closer to Gunnison. American Kestrel Kestrels are the smallest falcon and also the most common. Often seen perched on an electric wire, they are constantly watching for large insects, such as dragonflies, crickets and grasshoppers. They will also feed on small birds and some amphibians. Steller’s Jay The large, brilliant blue bird, with the topknot, or crest, common in the Lake City area is the noisy stellar jay. They are not Blue Jays, which are not found in the west. The Stellar is a close cousin to the camp robber or gray jay, but is a little more reserved.

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Useful Information H e lp K eep B e ar s W i l d Get in the habit of being bear-responsible. It’s like recycling — at first it’s a little extra effort, but soon it becomes a better way to live. And you can be proud you’re helping to make Colorado a better place for people and bears. • Don’t feed bears, and don’t put out food for other wildlife that attracts bears.  • Be responsible about trash and bird feeders. • Burn food off barbeque grills and clean after each use. • Keep all bear-accessible windows and doors closed and locked, including home, garage and vehicle doors. • Don’t leave food, trash, coolers, air fresheners or anything that smells in your vehicle.
 • Pick fruit before it ripens, and clean up fallen fruit. • Talk to your neighbors about doing their part to be bear-responsible.

I f Yo u S ee a Bear 
 If a bear comes near your home, do your best to chase it away. Yell, blow a whistle, clap your hands, and make other loud noises. But never approach or corner a bear. More information at www.wildlifestate.co.us/bears

Use Vehicles Resp onsibly Each area has rules that govern vehicle use. Learn and follow these rules for each area you visit. Stay on designated or existing routes and out of closed areas. Limit your driving in wet conditions to avoid road damage.

Keep Wildlife Wild Careless visitors can unknowingly disturb the many species of wildlife present on public lands. Do not feed the animals. Enjoy them from a distance. Move quietly through the woods, especially in stream-side areas.

Leave No Trace Remove all evidence of your visit so others will find these areas as beautiful as you do. Take care of public facilities. Leave wildflowers and other natural objects for others to enjoy. Do not deface or dismantle historic or archaeological sites.

Respect Private Proper ty It is your responsibility to know where you are. Be sure you have legal access to the places you want to enjoy.

Respect Other Visitors You share these lands with many others; make sure your fun is not ruining the experience for others around you. Minimize noise, keep pets under control, and drive safely on narrow roads and trails.

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Have a Safe Trip Changing weather and difficult terrain can pose hazards to the unprepared visitor. Be sure someone knows where you are going and when you plan to return. Be ready for changing conditions and stay within your capabilities.

We enjoy over 300 days of sunshine every year and a cool, dry climate. Summer daytime highs are typically in the 70s or low 80s F. Lows in the summer are in the 40s or upper 30s F. Temperatures at higher elevations are usually lower than in town. A jacket and/or sweater is recommended for your visit during the summer. View current weather readings and forecasts at www.lakecity.com under Plan Your Trip. Conditions can change quickly in the mountains, so be prepared for anything.

L i ght n i n g Thunderstorms are typical daily occurrences during the summer, especially during July and August. Locally, we refer to this as the “monsoon” or rainy season. Stay off of ridges and away from open ground to avoid lightning strikes. Longer hikes are best started very early in the morning so that you can be down off the mountain when the lightning starts.

The Su n It is essential to wear eye protection, a hat, and sunscreen when outdoors. The sun is many times more intense here than at sea level.

A lt i t u de Gains in altitude can affect anyone, especially when traveling above 7000 feet. Sometimes, the effects can include: headaches, breathlessness, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, inability to sleep, and swelling of the hands, face, or feet. Some ways to reduce your symptoms: avoid strenuous activity for the first day or two of your visit, drink extra water, and avoid alcohol. Check with your doctor before going to high altitude if you have a heart or lung condition. If your symptoms worsen go to lower elevation and consult a doctor immediately.

DRIVING SLUMGULLION PASS 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 heading towards Lake City, 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.

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Community Services

Hinsdale County

317 N. Henson St. Lake City, CO 81235 970-944-2225 www.hinsdalecountycolorado.us Hinsdale County provides law enforcement, treasurer, assessor, clerk, coroner, public health, veterans, land use, building, environmental, administrative, road maintenance, waste management, snow grooming and emergency services for the community. A three-member board of county commissioners meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Visitor, homeowner, and full-time resident questions, comments and suggestions are welcome.

Town of Lake City

230 N. Bluff St. Lake City, CO 81235 970-944-2333 www.townoflakecity.co The Town of Lake City protects, maintains and enhances our sense of community, historical heritage and mountain environment. Contact us for more information about historic preservation guidelines, building in Lake City, sign permits, water and sanitation service, parks, liquor licenses, bear-resistant trash cans, recreation programs, the Lake City Ski Hill, the Armory building, and more.

Hinsdale County Sheriff

311 N. Henson St. Lake City, CO 81235 970-944-2291 business hours; (911 – Emergencies Only) www.hinsdalecountysheriff.com The County Sheriff works in conjunction with emergency services, providing support and assistance. Jurisdiction includes the county and the town of Lake City. Duties include traffic issues, enforcement of ordinances, and keeping the peace. When someone is the victim of a crime, the Sheriff’s Office takes reports and complaints, and sees to it that due process is followed. Hinsdale County Search and Rescue operates out of and is under the direction of the Sheriff.

Lake City Area Medical Center

700 N. Henson St. Lake City, CO 81235 970-944-2331 (911 – Emergencies Only) This rural health care clinic is staffed by a full-time physician and offers urgent care, primary care, minor surgery, sonography, x-ray, flu shots and other vaccines, dental care, plus other services, including ambulance service. Hinsdale County EMS operates out of the medical center. Non-emergency phone number is 970-944-2806.

John Wagner Public Library

206 N. Silver Lake City, CO 81235 970-944-2615 We offer a large collection of books, books on CD, large print books, DVDs, periodicals, interlibrary loan services, 24 hour WiFi, 4 public access computers, fax and copy machines, meeting space, summer reading and literacy tutoring. Open hours- Mon-Fri 1-5 and Sat 10-1.

Lake City Community School

614 N Silver Street Lake City, CO 81235 970-944-2314 www.lakecityschool.org A dynamic preschool – 12th grade educational community that provides an individualized, challenging, lively, enriching, safe, respectful and caring learning environment. #1 District in the State of Colorado for academic performance since 2009, Accredited with Distinction by the Colorado Department of Education, eight year recipient of the John Irwin School of Excellence Award, and recognized as a Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reward School.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

300 W. New York Avenue Gunnison, CO 81230 970-641-7060 Local District Wildlife Manager – Lucas Martin

Bureau of Land Management 800 Gunnison Avenue Lake City, CO 81235 970-944-2344 or 970-642-4940

USDA National Forest Service 800 Gunnison Avenue Lake City, CO 81235 970-944-2500 or 970-641-0471

Silver Thread/Alpine Loop Interpretive & Information Center (Visitor Center) 800 Gunnison Avenue Lake City, CO 81235 970-944-2527

U. S. Post Office

903 N. Gunnison Avenue Lake City, CO 81235 970-944-2560

Lake City Fire Rescue For emergencies: call 911

Station is located at the corner of Henson and Second Streets. The fire department is a volunteer based organization responding to structural fires, vehicle accidents, ice & swift water rescues and wild land fire, just to mention a few. Operational part is financed by tax monies but fundraisers are held throughout the year to appreciate the volunteers with t-shirts and other items not covered by mill levy. Donations are appreciated to support the volunteers. Training meetings are held every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the fire station. If you would like to join the fire department or need information on how to make a donation please call the fire station at 970-944-2653.

Hinsdale County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) For emergencies: call 911

Hinsdale County EMS boasts well-trained and certified volunteer emergency medical technicians, a physician’s assistant, a medical doctor, and an ambulance made especially for operation at high altitude. If needed, EMS can call in Flight-For-Life – a helicopter ambulance service that will transport patients to trauma centers at other locations.

Hinsdale County Search & Rescue For emergencies: call 911

Hinsdale County Search & Rescue works in conjunction and under the direction of the Hinsdale County Sheriff. Its volunteers include Wilderness First Responders and other trained personnel who can use their considerable back country skills to locate, stabilize and transport injured people or conduct searches for missing individuals. A word to the wise – don’t forget to buy a hiker’s insurance card at the Visitor Center and always leave an itinerary with someone before you go out on an excursion. And no, your cell phone almost certainly will not work “out there.”

Colorado Road Conditions Hotline: 1-877-315-7623 Avalanche Conditions Hotline: 1-970-247-8187

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Bed & Breakfast All business listings were deemed accurate at the time this publication was printed. Some information is subject to change without notice. All listings are available online, updated regularly, and some online listings offer photo galleries of businesses.

Business Directory

Accommodations.........34 • Bed & Breakfast......34 • Cabins......................34 • Hostel.......................37 • Lodges & Motels.....37 • RV Parks & Private Campgrounds.........38 • Vacation Homes & Rentals..................38 • Yurts..........................41 Advertising.....................41 Art Galleries....................41 Automotive Services & Fuel..........................41 Banks...............................42 Bicycle Repairs, Supplies, Rentals & Sales.........................42 Building Equipment Rentals.........................42 Building Materials..........42 Candy Store...................43 Car Dealership...............43 Car Wash........................43 Child Care......................43 Churches........................43 Community or Non-profit Organizations.............43 Contractors....................44 Convenience Store.......45 Entertainment & Live Shows/Music...............45 Event Planning, Supplies & Catering..................45 Fire Department............46 Fly Fishing Outfitters & Guides.........................46 Government..................46

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Grocery Stores...............46 Health Care...................47 Horseback Riding Outfitters......................47 Hunting Outfitters..........47 Ice Cream Parlors..........48 Library.............................48 Liquor Stores...................48 Lawn Care.....................48 Miniature Golf................48 Movie Theater................48 Museums & Tours...........49 Newspaper....................49 Photographers...............49 Professional Artists.........49 Rafting Tours...................49 Real Estate.....................50 Recreation Tours, Rentals & Guides.....................50 • Scenic • 4WD • Hiking • Snowmobiling • Snowshoeing • Rock Climbing Recreation Rentals........51 • Jeep • ATV • Boats • Camping & Fishing Gear Restaurants....................52 Sandwiches....................53 Salons & Massage.........53 School.............................53 Shopping........................53 Shuttle Service...............55 Trash Pick Up..................55 Utilities/Propane............55

Inn at the Lake 970-944-2032 936-499-1323 600 CR 33 • PO Box 369 Lake City, CO 81235 www.innatthelake.org

Awaken to quiet, fresh Rocky Mountain morning air where every room has a stunning view of Lake San Cristobal and the mountains beyond. Enjoy a bountiful breakfast in the lodge, followed by heartwarming devotions where hosts, David & Rosie Whitelock, welcome you with open arms and loving hearts. 10 rooms. Rates: $135-165 Minimum Night Stay: 1 Credit Cards accepted. Non-smoking. No pets. Season: June-September.

Cabins Castle Lakes Campground & Cabins 970-944-2622 8201 County Rd 30 Lake City, CO 81235 www.castlelakes.com

Ten miles southwest of Lake City on the Alpine loop in a peaceful mountain valley. Cabins and RVs available to rent that are fully equipped, (pots, pans, dishes, silverware, towels and linens ). Two private pristine lakes for guest only fishing for a fee. (no state license required). On site general store, recreation room, movies, laundry facilities and jeep rentals. We are non-smoking and pet friendly with limitations. Wi-Fi hot spot at main lodge. Restrictions on # of OHVs and on size of OHV trailers. 12 units with a 3-5 night minimum stay. Reservations suggested. Rates range from $60-$250. Visa/MC accepted. Season is May 22-Oct. 1.

Cadwell Outfitters 970-641-0773 1582 County Rd. 52 Powderhorn, CO 81243 www.cadwelloutfitters.vpweb.com

Cadwell Outfitters provides modern cabins on the ranch which have indoor restrooms, kitchens with dishes and basic appliances. Many trails to hike and several creeks and ponds available to fish. For the person seeking quality time away from it all, you will find it in our area! We are located an hour from Gunnison and Lake City. For rates and details please call us. We also offer horseback riding and guided hunt trips - look for our other listings in this planner.

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Cabins Elkhorn Camper Cabins & RV Resort 970-944-2920 • 512-689-5110 713 N Bluff Street Lake City, CO 81235 www.elkhornrvresort.com Facebook.com/ElkhornRVResort Quiet, in-town location. Walk to historic downtown, shopping and dining. Six economical camper cabins, which sleep 4 to 5. Next to sparkling restrooms, showers, laundry. Bring your own linens. Each cabin has an outdoor grill, microwave, and refrigerator. Free wi-fi. Complimentary coffee every morning. Large community fire pit. 6 Cabin Units. Pets accepted. Rates: $56-69. Non-smoking. Wi-fi. Season: May 15 - Oct 1.

G&M Cabins 970-944-2282 866-204-6344 331 N Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO www.gmcabins.com Facebook.com/GMCabinsLakeCityCO

Completely furnished cabins, including kitchens. Walk to downtown shops and restaurants. 2 blocks from river. One or two bedrooms, private baths and cable TV, free WiFi. Outside grills, picnic tables and tree shaded sitting areas. All units are non-smoking and no pets. Deposits and multi-night stay are required for all reservations. Hunters and walk-ins welcome. 10 units. Rates: $100-165. Season: May-October Non-smoking. No pets.

Lakeview Property Management, Inc. 970-944-2401 PO Box 1117 Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakeview-inc.com Facebook.com/ LakeviewPropertyManagement We have vacation rentals of all kinds: cabins, condos & vacation homes! We have properties overlooking beautiful Lake San Cristobal as well as on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison. Some properties offer easy ATV access to the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway or in-town river front. The properties range from small and cozy to large vacation homes. Enjoy your vacation with us. 27 units. Minimum stay: 3-6 nights from mid-June to mid-Aug* Rates: $165-450. Season: May 15-Oct 15. Pets allowed in some units. *Shorter stays may be available but are subject to availability. Please call us to check!!

Pleasant View Resort 970-944-2262 910-265-1543 • 970-964-7827 549 S. Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.pleasantviewresort.net Facebook.com/PleasantViewResort pleasant000@centurytel.net Nine modern cabins with front porches and scenic views. Onsite playground. Offsite cabins are featured on our website. See additional listing for Anna’s Piece of Paradise and Silver Dream Cabin under Vacation Homes. Sit and relax after a day of enjoying magnificent scenery, fishing stream and lakes, shopping the historic downtown or four-wheeling on one of the many trails. Jeep rentals on site. Many guests enjoy a glimpse of Elk, Bighorn Sheep, and Moose in surrounding areas. Book online through our website. Proprietors: Jim and Nita Arnold. 11 Units. Rates: $130-170. Minimum stay: 3 nights. TV, Wi Fi. Credit Cards accepted. Limited pets allowed. Season: May 15 - Oct 15.

Vickers Ranch 970-944-2249 162 S Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 www.vickersranch.net Facebook.com/VickersRanch

Family run since 1929, Vickers continues to offer an excellent vacation destination. We have 2, 3 & 4 bedroom cabins, horseback riding, jeep rentals, and private lake & stream fishing. Free wi-fi. Recreation hall and activities for your whole family or your family reunion. The Lake Fork River runs through our ranch. Pet friendly. Units: 15. Pets allowed. Minimum stay: 3 nights. Rates: $165-365. Season: May 1-Oct 1. Pets allowed with fee.

Wagon Wheel Cabins 970-944-2264 817-457-8624 249 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.wagonwheelcabinslc.com

One & two bedroom, full housekeeping cabins. Most cabins have 3 rooms. Located across the street from the Sportsman and the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. Family owned and operated by Annette & Mark Moody. Walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants. 13 units. Min. stay: 3 nights. Kitchenettes. Nonsmoking. Visa/MC. TV. Internet. Rates: $87-150. Season: mid-May to mid-Nov

Jeff Meek

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Cabins continued Westwood Resort 970-944-2205 413 S. Gunnison Ave. Lake City, CO www.westwoodresortlc.com Historic post-war cabin court. Ten cabins ranging from studios to two bedrooms. All cabins come with fully equipped kitchens and include bedding and towels. Great location within easy walk to downtown, galleries, restaurants, parks, and shopping. We have Wi-fi and cable TV. Open June, July, August and September. 10 units. Pets Allowed. Non-smoking. Rates: $60-$130. Season: June - September.

M&M Vacation Rentals 970-944-1121 426 Gunnison Avenue Lake City, CO 81235 www.mmvacationrental.com

Stay with M&M Vacation Rentals at our in- town locations and log cabin designed for a mountain vacation experience. Sorry no pets or smoking. See our 2bed/2bath cabin just a mile south of town under Vacation Home Rentals. Call for availability and check our website for more details. Open year-round. Rental Units: studio, apartment, and cabin. Rates: $99-195. No pets. Non-smoking. Credit cards accepted.

Rocky Top Vacation Home Rentals 970-688-1879 • 970-944-2780 1425 N. Hwy 149 Lake City, CO www.rockytopvacationhomerentals.com rockytoplakecity@gmail.com We warmly welcome you as a guest at one of our 3 vacation homes on the out skirts of town yet within walking distance with mountain views. We have two 2 bedroom and 2 bath units (each sleeps 6), and 1 bedroom and bathroom cabin (sleeps 4). Immaculate, roomy, comfortable, kitchen, queen sleeper couch and a king bed in each bedroom. Seth and Aimee Withrow, owners. 3 units. No Pets. Non-smoking. 3 night minimum. Rates: Starts at $160-205/nt. Open year round.

Simply Colorado - Off the Grid Oleo Guest Ranch 281-728-0267 • 830-336-4370 Between Spring Creek and Slumgullion Pass outside of Lake City www.oleoranch.com Facebook.com - Search Oleo Ranch Nothing like Oleo Ranch in the area with log cabins set in a beautiful valley. Pet friendly, streams, fishing ponds, moose and elk viewing, hiking bring horses, NO generators allowed, ZERO technology, (No TV, cell, internet, game systems) which means you get an opportunity to completely relax and enjoy your family. Please see our website or Facebook for much more information and pictures.

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Town Square Cabins & Mini Mart 970-944-2236 • 877-944-2236 231 N Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.townsquarecabins.com 8 historic cabins built around 1940, arranged as a motorcourt. Cabins have kitchenettes, modern plumbing, cable TV, microwave, coffee makers and laundromat available. Mini-mart is on site with groceries, snacks, beer and wine coolers, outdoor supplies, ice cream, fuel and free 24 hour air. Located beside Town Park in downtown. Mountains, river, walking paths are all within walking distance. Walk-ins welcome. 8 units. Minimum stay: 2 nights. Rates: $80-99. Open: May-Dec Non-smoking. On-site laundry. Deposits and multi-night stay required for all reservations.

Backcountry Basecamp 970-403-6301 720 N Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitybasecamp.com

Four bedroom, four bath, lodge-style accommodations. Three rooms with private baths, one room with private bath directly across hall. Common kitchen and living areas. Rent rooms separately or rent the entire house; discounts for weekly rentals and off season. Wi-fi, DVD players & laundry facilities. Unit: 1, 4 rooms. No minimum stay requirement. Pets allowed. Open all year. Rates: $49-79/room.

Alpine Village 970-944-2266 631 N. Silver Street • Lake City, CO 81235 www.alpinevillagecolorado.com admin@ alpinevillagecolorado.com Facebook.com/Alpine-Village-Lake-City Rustic log cabins with modern conveniences, kitchenettes and sitting areas with sleeper sofas, and cable TV. Units: 11. Pets allowed. Non-smoking. Rates: $90-150 Season: June - Oct.

Cathedral Ranch Cabins 970-641-1784 2104 CR 52 • Powderhorn, CO cathedralranchcabins@gmail.com www.cathedralcabins.com The perfect mountain get-away offering 7 rustic cabins with full kitchens. Enjoy the beauty of the mountain trails, hiking, fishing, hunting, Jeep/ATV rides, etc. The Clubhouse is available for gathering and includes sitting area, fireplace, table games, charcoal grills, and picnic tables. Located one hour from Lake City or Gunnison. 7 units. 1 bed: $60 night. 2 bed: $80 night. 4 bed/2 bath: $120 night. Pets allowed. Season: mid-May to October.

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Lodges & Motels

Squire’s Riverfront Cabins

Matterhorn Mountain Motel & Cabins

970-944-7779 9901 County Rd 30 Lake City, CO 81235 www.squirescabins.com

970-944-2210 409 Bluff Street Lake City, CO 81235 www.matterhornmotel.com matterhornmotel@gmail.com www.facebook.com/ LCMatterhornMotel

Located 12 miles from town on the Alpine Loop offering easy ATV access to Loop and river access for fishing. Beautiful 2 or 3 bedroom cabins on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. Hike, fish, relax. May 15 - Oct 15. 3 day minimum, no pets. On-site private Chapel. Your hosts, Judy and James. Rates: $250-320 multi night discount beyond 6 nights. 2 units. Min stay: 3 nights. Rates: call. Season: May-Oct.

Welcoming Lake City visitors since 1949! Motel, cabins and condos. Updated, clean and comfortable accommodations. Located hillside in a quiet location one block from downtown historic district. Walk to shops, restaurants, museum, arts center, parks, trails. Profiled in “Best of Colorado” by John Fielder. King or queen beds, some units with kitchenettes. Hot tub. Non-smoking establishment, inside and out. Pre-approved dogs under 35 lbs. only. Reservations recommended. Voted “Business of the Year” in 2012.

Lake City Resort 970-944-2866 • 970-596-7183 307 S Gunnison Ave • Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecityresort.com Located on quiet south end of town close to everything. Pets allowed with fee. Military discounts offered for active and reserves. Very clean. Eight cottages and suites.

16 units. No minimum stay in motel except for holidays & special events. Cabins: 3 night minimum. Rates: $89-150. Open all year.

Open May 1 to Nov 15. Rates $69-119. Pets allowed. Non-smoking.

The North Face Lodge

Lake San Cristobal Lodge

970-944-5200 1223 N Highway 149 Lake City, CO 81235 www.thenorthfacelodge.com

970-964-8273 105 CR 33 • Lake City, CO 81235 lakesancristoballodge@yahoo.com • lakesancristoballodge.com Lake-front two unit lodge. Pet friendly, non-smoking, relaxing and invigorating rocky mountain get-away. Spacious deck/dock with boat anchoring. Each unit has full kitchen, queen bed, additional sleeping areas, cable TV, parking, gas-log fireplace, and gas grill. ATV access to Alpine Loop. 2 Units. Rates: $160/night each. (length of stay negotiable). Occupancy: Up to 4. Pet friendly. Non-smoking. Open year round.

Facebook.com/TheNorthFaceLodge

Experience lodging rooms that reflect those activities/events in the Lake City area that you enjoy. Spectacular mountain views, kitchenettes available, river views, “Lake City thematic” rooms. Remodeling in progress with new owners (previously lower units of Alpine Moose Lodge).

On The Lake 970-944-5229/956-772-8037 Picture on VRBO/3865591013

14 Units. Rates: $110-$130 No minimum stay. Mid May - mid Oct. Non-smoking. Pets OK.

Alpine Moose Lodge

Hostel

800-650-1221 970-944-2415 1221 N Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 www.alpinemooselodge.com

The Raven’s Rest Hostel 970-944-7119 207 Gunnison Ave • Lake City, CO 81235 www.theravensresthostel.com • theravensresthostel@gmail.com

Best view of the mountains. Easy motorcycle access. 9 lodge rooms recently upgraded to offer great comfort. Sleep and dine at the same location, enjoy a great meal at Bruno’s Grill or upscale Restaurant.

Budget accommodations for travelers, walkers, hikers, climbers, paddlers, cyclist, bikers, and skiers. Explore the San Juan’s then eat, sleep, and rejuvenate at The Raven’s Rest.

Units: 9 Rates: $100+. Open year round. Free WIFI and DirectTV. Some pets allowed call for details. No smoking.

12 bunks. Rates: $25 per bed. 5 campsites. No minimum stay. Year round. Pets allowed. Non-smoking.

Silver Spur Motel, Liquor, & Gift Shop

Jess Whiddon

970-944-2231 301 N Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.silverspurmotellc.com silspur@aol.com Downtown next to restaurants, shops and Town Park. 14 rooms, some with kitchenettes. Newly remodeled, new beds, and flat screen TVs. 1 and 2 bedrooms, all with Queen beds, some with Kings. 14 units. 1 night stay except during holidays and events. Rates: $79-109 Season: May to Oct 15. No pets. Non-smoking. Handicap accessible. Free Wi-fi. Non-smoking. No pets.

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RV Park & Private Campgrounds continued Castle Lakes Campground & Cabins 970-944-2622 8201 County Rd 30 Lake City, CO 81235 www.castlelakes.com

Peaceful forest setting with full hook-up, pop-up and tent sites in a wooded or community type setting. Great showers, restrooms and laundry facilities. Two private pristine lakes for guest only fishing for a fee. On-site general store, recreation room, and jeep rentals. We are pet friendly with limitations. Wi-Fi hot spot at main lodge. Restrictions on # of OHVs and on size of OHV trailers. Ten miles southwest of Lake City on the Alpine Loop. 45 RV sites with water, Electric 20/30/50, and sewer. 3 primitive tent sites. Rates range from $27-$35. Limited # of monthly sites available for a calendar month only, $625. Visa/MC accepted. Season is May 22 - Oct. 1.

Elkhorn RV Resort & Cabins 970-944-2920 • 512-689-5110 713 N Bluff Street Lake City, CO 81235 www.elkhornrvresort.com Facebook.com/ElkhornRVResort Quiet, in town location. Walk to historic downtown, shopping and dining. Full hook-up RV sites with 20/30/50 amp electric. Fantastic views and entertaining wildlife. ¼ mile away from Alpine loop, ATV-riding and public fishing. Free cable and wi-fi. Complimentary coffee every morning. Six camper cabins, grassy tent sites, community fire pit, sparkling showers and laundry. 23 RV sites. 8 tent sites. 6 cabins. Electric: 20/30/50. Water/sewer. Pets OK. Credit cards. Public showers $. Public laundry. TV hookups/cable. Wi-fi. RV Rates: $36-39. Long term rates. Season: May 15 - Oct 1.

Highlander RV Campground & Jeep Rental 970-944-2878 888-580-4636 1245 CR 30 Lake City, CO 81235 www.highlandercampground.com Located at the base of Hotchkiss Mountain just north of Lake San Cristobal, offering stunning views of Slumgullion Pass. On-site hiking trails and driveoff ATV access onto the Alpine Loop. Sites include full hook-ups, campfire ring, picnic table and free access to the pavilion. Propane, RV Supplies, Public Laundry and Jeep Rentals available for guests and non-guests. 26 RV sites. 4 tent sites. Electric: 20/30/50. Water/sewer. Pets OK. Showers, open to public, $. Public laundry. TV hookups/Cable. Free Wi-fi. Propane available. Rates: $36. Long term rates. Season: May 15- early Oct.

Henson Creek RV Park 970-944-2394 • www.hensoncreek.com 131 S Gunnison Ave • Lake City, CO 81235 Henson Creek RV Park is located at Henson Creek and Hwy 149 at Mile Marker 72. We have 28 RV sites with full hookups - cable and wi-fi. Nightly and monthly rates. Laundry, shower and public dump station. 28 RV sites. Electric: 30 amp. Water/sewer. Pets OK. Public showers. Public laundry. TV hookup. Wi-fi. Non-smoking. Cash & Checks only. Rates: $37+ Long term rates. Season: May 15-Oct 1

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River Fork RV Park 970-944-9519 • 936-707-5853 112 N Henson Street Lake City, CO 81235 jharbuck68@yahoo.com River Fork RV Park is a long time Lake City tradition for RV users, family friendly and located at the junction of Henson Creek and the Lake Fork River near historic downtown. We offer long and short term stays. Full bath house, washer/dryers, internet, and cable. Electric not included. 26 RV sites. Electric: 20/30/50 amp. Full hookups. Water/sewer. Pets OK. Smoking. Rates: $35+ Long term rates: $575 mth. Season: May 15-Oct 1

Woodlake Park 800-201-2694 • summer 970-944-2283 PO Box 400 • Lake City, CO 81235 www.woodlakeparkcolorado.com Friendly! Fun! Spacious sites! On river! Beautiful! Tents! Small rigs! Big rigs! Riverside Cabins! Laundromat open to public! Alpine Loop! Silver Thread! On South Colorado Highway 149 between mileposts 69 and 70. 53 RV sites. 3 Tent sites. 3 Cabins. Pets OK. TV hookups. Wi-fi. Rates: RV $38-50+, Cabin $120+ (2 day min). Season: June 1 - Sept 30. Non-smoking. Pets welcome.

Vacation Home Rentals Anna’s Piece of Paradise 970-944-2262 910-265-1543 • 970-964-7827 549 S. Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.pleasantviewresort.net Facebook.com/PleasantViewResort pleasant000@centurytel.net Anna’s is a gorgeous log home overlooking Laek San Critobalwith lots of provacy and pleasnty of room for the whole family. 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, large kitchen, and living area with fireplace. Wrap deck with outstanding views. Charcoal grill and fire-pit. Easy access to Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway. Ample trailer parking. Proprietors: Jim and Nita Arnold. 1 Unit. Rates: $325-375. Minimum stay: 6 nights. TV, Wi Fi. Credit Cards accepted. No pets. Season: June-September.

Castle Lakes Campground & Cabins 970-944-2622 8201 County Rd 30 Lake City, CO 81235 www.castlelakes.com

Peaceful forest setting with full hook-up, pop-up and tent sites in a wooded or community type setting. Great showers, restrooms and laundry facilities. Two private pristine lakes for guest only fishing for a fee. On-site general store, recreation room, and jeep rentals. We are pet friendly with limitations. Wi-Fi hot spot at main lodge. Restrictions on # of OHVs and on size of OHV trailers. Ten miles southwest of Lake City on the Alpine Loop. 45 RV sites with water, Electric 20/30/50, and sewer. 3 primitive tent sites. Rates range from $27-$35. Limited # of monthly sites available for a calendar month only, $625. Visa/MC accepted. Season is May 22 - Oct. 1.

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Vacation Home Rentals continued Falls River Home 970-944-8104 Lake City, CO 81235 www.hallrealty.net annette@hallrealty.net

Lodge offers beautiful mountain views and waterfront setting along the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. Nice, quiet, country feel yet located close to Lake City. Enjoy two large decks for viewing wildlife, private fishing and gorgeous waterfall. 3 bedrooms with 1 King bed, 1 Queen bed and bunk beds. 3 bathrooms, washer and dryer, and telephone. Cable/ satellite TV with VCR/DVD. Charcoal grill on the deck. To get more details go to http://www.hallrealty.net/vacation-rentals/falls-river-lodge/ 1 Unit. Sleeps: 8. Rates: $1950 a week for 6 nights up to 8 people. Minimum Stay: 6 nights. 3 night minimum during months of May, June & September. $100 Cleaning Fee

Green’s Mountain Getaway 281-251-1094 1322 Silver Road • Lake City, CO www.vrbo.com/291772 www.greensmountaingetaway.com

Custom-built log home which sleeps up to 12 people, spacious living and kitchen area, wrap around deck for view of the majestic San Juan Mountains. Beautifully furnished with 3 full baths, linens and cookware provided. Also includes washer/dryer, gas grill for outside cooking, close to town and plenty of room for parking. See website for availability and rates. Minimum: 6 nights. Sleeps: 12. Rates: $325 night. Open year round. Non-smoking. No pets.

Hall Realty, Inc. Vacation Rentals

Photo by Danielle Worthen

970-944-8104 480-332-2026 269 S. Gunnison Avenue P.O. Box 280 Lake City, CO 81235 www.hallrealty.net annette@hallrealty.net

Hall Realty Vacation Rentals is your source for the best vacation homes that Lake City has to offer. We look forward to having you and your family vacation with us in our beautiful town nestled in the San Juan Mountains. Most homes require a five night minimum. Sorry but we cannot accept credit cards or allow pets or smoking. Please check our website for vacation rental home details and availability.

Lakeview Property Management, Inc. 970-944-2401 PO Box 1117 Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakeview-inc.com Facebook.com/ LakeviewPropertyManagement We have vacation rentals of all kinds: cabins, condos & vacation homes! We have properties overlooking beautiful Lake San Cristobal as well as on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison. Some properties offer easy ATV access to the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway or in-town river front. The properties range from small and cozy to large vacation homes. Enjoy your vacation with us. 23 units. Minimum stay: 6 nights from mid-June to mid-Aug* Rates: $145-350. Season: May 15-Oct 1. *Shorter stays may be available but are subject to availability. Please call us to check!!

Magnificent Mountain View Cabin 858-335-8027 2494 Elk Rd Lake City, CO 81235 www.vrbo.com/386900 jensenmelanie01@gmail.com Experience a magnificent view of the San Juan Mountains and the rushing Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, grill and picnic on the wrap around deck, sleep in one of the three bedrooms or in the loft (beds for10), and enjoy the comforts of home with satellite TV, DVD/VCR, WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen, and laundry facilities. Enjoy a serene mountain atmosphere in a cabin resting on an acre of native flora and fauna. We welcome you! $300/night. Minimum stay: 5 nights. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, all on one floor. Open year around; 6 day stay in winter months. No smoking. Check website for availability.

Ox Yoke Cabin #11 918-625-3828 South of downtown just off Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235

Beautiful lawn leading to river’s edge to fish!! 2 bedroom remodeled cabin with 1 king, 1 queen, and a couch with a fold-out double bed, a cable tv, and an outdoor grill Rates: $995/week or $160/night, with a 3 day minimum. Non-smoking. Pets ok. Open late-June through September.

Steve Novacek

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Vacation Home Rentals continued Silver Dream Cabin

Mountain Memories - Ball Flats

970-944-2262 910-265-1543 • 970-964-7827 549 S. Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.pleasantviewresort.net Facebook.com/PleasantViewResort pleasant000@centurytel.net

936-203-7257 900 Hotchkiss Street Lake City, CO www.vrbo.com/427595

Silver Dream is located on quiet Silver Street just a short walk to historic downtown and walking trails. Newly remodeled with room for one large or two families. 2 private bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a loft with 4 single beds. Large full kitchen with all new appliances. Utility with washer/dryer. Proprietors: Jim and Nita Arnold. 1 Unit. Rates: $225-275. Minimum stay: 6 nights. TV, Wi Fi. Credit Cards accepted. No pets. Season: June-September.

A Rocky Mountain High Vacation Rental 515-707-5558 601 Water Street Lake City, CO 81235 musiccrt@aol.com 5 bedrooms that sleep up to 12 (3 Queen, 2 Full, 2 single beds), 3 bathrooms, 2 kitchens/dishwashers, 2 gas/1 charcoal grill, 2 living rooms, laundry room (washer/dryer), cable TV, WiFi, walk to downtown in 15 minutes, 150 ft walk to the river. No indoor smoking. $250-$350 per night, $1175-1950 per week, $4500-6000 month

M&M Vacation Rentals 970-944-1121 426 Gunnison Avenue Lake City, CO 81235 www.mmvacationrental.com

Roundtop Cabin is a large, secluded, 2 bedroom, 2 bath log cabin with complete kitchen, located just 1 mile south of town. Sleeps 6. One-car garage & laundry room. All the amenities: satellite TV, phone, beautiful views, and a large deck. Minimum stay: 2 nights. Credit cards accepted. Rates: $195+/night. No pets. Non-smoking.

Mountain Memories 936-203-7257 510 N. Henson St. Lake City, CO 81235 www.vrbo.com/302010

New riverfront log cabin in town with gourmet kitchen, spacious decks, gas grill, washer/dryer, and gazebo on the river. All linens, dishes, and cookware provided. Beautifully furnished with three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths (sleeps 8). Check website for availability. Check website for rates and availability. Open year round.

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Newly-remodeled mountainside cabin just 1 block from river with granite counters, new propane grill, updated bathrooms, washer/dryer, & outdoor seating for meals & relaxation. New linens & furniture with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths (sleeps 8). Check website for rates and availability. Open year round. No smoking. Well-behaved pets and owners welcome!

Slumgullion Vacation Rental 970-944-2623 401 N Gunnison Ave & Fourth St Lake City, CO 81235 larkin@slumgullionecotrade.com

A one bedroom apartment located in a historic home in the middle of down town Lake City. Full kitchen, walking distance to shopping, walking trails, hiking, fishing and parks.

Argenta Falls Cabin 817-929-8921 1216 County Rd 30 Lake City, CO 81235 www.argentafallscabin.com Nestled in spruce and aspen trees, this log home is perfect for your summer getaway. Relax on the back porch and listen to the roaring falls. 1 Unit. No Pets. Non-smoking. Sleeps up to 9. Rates: $1800/week or $250/ night. Open year round. 3 night minimum - Sept to May. 1 week minimum June to August.

Lake City Cabin 214-392-1575 1 County Road 33 Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitycabin.com 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. Covered porch and laundry facilities. Available by the week. Units: 1. Open May - November. Minimum stay: 1 week. Rates: $1,400 week. Non-smoking.

North Shore Townhome on Lake San Cristobal 918-341-9242 • 918-855-9708 213 County Rd. 33, Unit #8 Lake City, CO 81235 www.vrbo.com/277559 Welcome to Paradise! It’s all good!! Located on the lake and the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway, with views of the mountains, and recent updates throughout. Fully equipped kitchen and full size washer and dryer. Two bedrooms, each have a private bath. Upper and lower decks complete with furniture and new gas grill. Woodburning stove, cable TV with DVD, and wifi. 5 night minimum. May 1- Oct 1. $210 night + $75 cleaning fee. No pets. No smoking.

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Vacation Home Rentals continued Paradise Found

Art Galleries continued Russ Brown Gallery

847-272-9459 • Lake City, CO 81235 www.vrbo.com/104655 This new, two-story mountain home has a beautiful great room, wood stove & redwood deck. Close to everything, with great views.

970-944-5009 223 N Silver Street Lake City, CO 81235

Sleeps up to 6. Rates: $1155/week; $100 refundable deposit. Season: May-Sept.

Twin Peaks Rental 970-944-6459 summer • 254-722-1770 winter 409 N Gunnison Ave • Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitytwinpeaks.com Charming country-style home and guest cabin in downtown. House sleeps 10-12. Cabin sleeps 4-6. House: $195 per night for up to 6 people; $5 for each additional person. Cabin: $95 per night, 3 people. Laundry facilities. Units: 2. Non-smoking. Rates: $95-195. Minimum stay: 3 nights. Season: June-September.

Yurts Hinsdale Haute Route 970-944-2269 PO Box 771 Lake City, CO 81235 www.hinsdalehauteroute.org Backcountry hut system. Yurts are insulated and carpeted. Wood stove with firewood, fire starter and matches. Propane cook stove and lantern with propane, kitchen unit with sink, pots, pans, plates, bowls, cups, utensils for cooking and cleaning, soap and toilet paper provided. Outhouse. Bunks, cots, sleeping pads, tables and chairs. Winter availability at three yurts, one has year round availability.

The most unique art gallery and working studio in Colorado. Featuring the extraordinary art of Russ Brown who paints an amazing range of aircraft, cars, ships, Colorado landscapes and wildlife. Russ paints every day except Friday and the public is welcome to watch as he performs his magic with a brush and gives free art tips. All paintings are originals, commissions are available on a limited basis. Open year round.

Silver Street Fine Art 214-557-3242 219 Silver Street Lake City, CO 81235 sueann@silverstreetfineart.com www.silverstreetfineart.com

Silver Street Fine Art, opening June 25, 2016, is a gallery of original fine art, located in the heart of downtown Lake City, Colorado. Award winning artists are represented. Their art, eclectic in subject, is either in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, or pencil. Bronze pieces, one of a kind hand painted silks scarves and award winning gourds also available. The gallery is a working studio and visitors are invited to watch an artist at work. See website for listing of all artists represented in the gallery, specific dates of receptions and for participating visiting artists.

Facebook.com/LakeCityCO Frank B. Haring

Advertising Moe’s Maps 970-749-4935 • moe@moesmaps.net POB 4100 • Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 Producing Lake City’s Caricature Map for 21 years! This popular map depicts area businesses, activities and attractions in a colorful, informative and memorable way. Get your free, souvenir copy at any of the many businesses or other locations today!

Art Galleries Lake City Art Gallery 970-944-2860 918-625-3828 325 Silver Street (downtown) Lake City Open Monday thru Saturday, from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm

Featuring the work of local artist, Jane E. Jones, Watercolor Artist, plus original oil paintings and many other works of art

Automotive Services & Fuel Lake City Auto & Sports Center 970-944-2311 809 N Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecityauto.com

24 hour self-service station. Year round auto repair specializing in 4x4s. Cooper tires, Interstate batteries, trailers, and Jeeps for sale. Mechanic on duty 7 days a week. Over 30 years authorized Polaris snowmobile, ATV, SidexSide Ranger dealer, Skidoo snowmobiles, Can-am ATV dealer and SidexSide Commander dealer. We accept all major credit cards.

Visitor Information & Full Business Directory Online at www.lakecity.com

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Automotive Services & Fuel

Bicycle Repairs & Rentals

Sportsman’s Gas Station & Garage

The Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop

970-944-2525 summer 210-807-0440 • 210-439-9949 173 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.sportsmanstexaco.com

970-944-2526 238 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitysportsman.com info@lakecitysportsman.com facebook.com/The-SportsmanOutdoors-Fly-Shop

Full service garage and 24 hour pay at pump open year round. 41 years experience, large inventory of parts, friendly service. Mechanic on duty 6 days a week. We accept major credit cards. Also on site, Hutch’s famous BBQ and new menu items, Roxa’s Mexi-Q. See Sportsmans BBQ Station and Backyard under Restaurants and Entertainment.

Rene’s Garage, Inc. 970-944-3000 929 Ocean Wave Drive Lake City, CO 81235 www.renesgarage.com renesgarage.inc@centurytel.net Facebook.com/RenesGarage Full mechanical & electrical automotive and small engine repair. Friendly and knowledgeable service with 30+ years of experience. Computer diagnostics. A/C service, 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.

WE RENT BIKES for the whole family! Whether you’re looking to do some extreme trail riding or just want an easy way to get through town, we can fit any of your biking needs. Bike trailers and strollers are also available. Full-day, half-day and multi-day pricing is available. Helmets, parts, and bike sales also available. Don’t forget we have you covered with all types of gear like, fly rods, spin/bait rods, reels, waders, tents, sleeping bags/pads, backpacks, bicycles, stoves, lighting products, and other outdoor goods to help with your Lake City experience.

Lake City Bicycles 970-944-0405 • 972-765-3952 528 Pine Street • Lake City, CO 81235 lakecitybicycles@flash.net Repairs & tuning, tire/tube replacement, wheel truing, brakes, shifting, chains and more. Supplies & parts: tires, tubes, pumps, helmets, seats, baskets, and more. Sales of new and used bikes.

Building Equipment Rentals Blue Spruce Rentals

Need help planning your stay?

970-944-2581 310 N Bluff Street Lake City, CO 81235 www.bluesprucelc.com bsi@bluesprucelc.com Facebook.com/BlueSpruceLC

Call the Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce year round for friendly, personalized help with your Lake City visit.

970-944-2527

Banks Gunnison Savings and Loan 970-641-2177 970-641-2171 - Savings and Loans 303 N. Main Gunnison, CO 81230 www.gunnisonsl.com Gunnison Savings and Loan has over 105 year history of safety and financial strength. Our experienced loan staff understands the real estate market and our customers needs. We offer a variety of loans and banking services to meet your financial goals.

Community Banks of Colorado 970-944-2242 • 877-877-0385 231 Silver Street • Lake City, CO 81235 www.cobnks.com In an ideal world, banks wouldn’t just take care of business, they’d be in the business of taking care of people. That’s why Community Banks of Colorado is part of a movement to rebuild the community bank. We believe that banks that serve a community provide an accountable, straight-shooting and insightful alternative to big box banking-as-usual.

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Blue Spruce Rentals has equipment for contractors and homeowners. We rent generators, compactors, nailers, log splitter, lawn mowers, floor sander, shop vac, trash pump and many other items. See our website, www.bluesprucelc.com, for a complete listing.

Building Materials Blue Spruce Building Materials 970-944-2581 310 N Bluff Street Lake City, CO 81235 www.bluesprucelc.com bsi@bluesprucelc.com Facebook.com/BlueSpruceLC Hardware, building materials, kitchenware, RV supplies, paint, wrapping paper, even toys! We’re your friendly small town store with access to a big city inventory. Shipments arrive weekly. Our locally owned and operated business has been dedicated to serving you and the Lake City community since 1980. Open year round.

Visitor Center Open Year Round - Get Helpful Information by Calling 970-944-2527


Child Care

Candy Store Lake City Sweets

Wee Care Child Care Center

970-944-0331 221 Silver Street Lake City, CO 81235 Facebook.com/LakeCitySweets

970-944-0106 425 Henson St. • Lake City, CO 81235 Wee Care provides safe, affordable, high quality nurturing care in a stimulating environment for children who live in and visit Lake City, and in so doing supports families and benefits the community. Wee Care is the only state licensed child care center in Hinsdale County.

~Life is sweeter here~ Everything a mountain town candy shop should be…and then some. Take a step back to your childhood. Multiple flavors of taffy, homemade fudge, caramel apples, nostalgic chocolates, frozen yogurt, candy, roasted nuts, dried fruits and more.

Churches First Baptist Church 970-944-1952 401 N. Bluff Street • Lake City, CO 81235 www.fblakecity.org • chrisfblc@gmail.com

We look forward to satisfying your sweet tooth…one bite at a time! Located in historic downtown Lake City

Car Dealership

Summer Schedule: June -September, Sunday Worship Service 8:30 and 11 am, Bible Study 10 am. Rest of the Year Sunday Schedule: Bible Study, 9:30 am, Worship Service 10:30 am. Pastor Chris Stoker. Bible study for all ages. Follow us on Facebook. “Remember you can make it today with Jesus”

John Roberts Motor Works Company 970-641-0920 212 West Hwy 50 • Gunnison, CO 81230 www.johnrobertsmotorworks.com

Grace Fellowship 970-944-2732 805 Gunnison Avenue at the Alpine Gateway Center POB 15 • Lake City, CO 81235 www.gracelakecity.org

John Roberts Motor Works Company has been keeping our valley rolling for over 20 years. At John Roberts Motor Works Company, we treat the diverse needs of our customers with paramount concern. As an automotive dealership, we enjoy the challenge of meeting & exceeding this standard each and every time we interact with a customer.

You’re welcome at Grace Fellowship, a nondenominational church meeting at he Alpine Gateway Center. Sunday services include traditional and contemporary music, Communion, and Biblical preaching. 9:00am in the summer, 9:30am in the off-season.

Car Wash Squeeky Kleen Auto Wash 881 N. Main St. (Hwy. 135 Gunnison, CO 81230

St. James Episcopal Church 5th St & N Gunnison Ave • Lake City, CO 81235 www.saintjameslakecity.org Please join us for worship on Sundays at 5 pm with Reverends Ed Nettleton and Konrad Rock. Church open every day for prayer.

Gunnison’s premier car wash offering Laser automatic wash, 3 self-serve bays, vacuum & fragrance stations. Visit us in Gunnison for a better view of our beautiful Rocky Mountains from your car! Located across the hwy. from City Market.

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church 970-944-2581 • 970-641-0808 PO Box 162 / S Silver St • Lake City, CO 81235 www.gunnisoncatholic.org/StRose.html

Toy Wash

Built in 1877. St. Rose of Lima is located at Gunnison and Silver Streets, behind the Henson Creek RV Park. Masses in spring and summer on Saturdays at 4pm. Winter communion service only 10am Sunday. Call 970-641-0808 to confirm times.

N Hwy 149 • Lake City, CO 81235 2 bay heated water and self service car wash with foam brush. Vacuum cleaner and change machine. Located 1 mile north of town on Hwy 149.

Community or Non-profit Organizations Susan Farm-Heumann

Creede & Mineral County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center 719-658-2374 • www.creede.com 904 S. Main St. • Creede, CO 81130 The historic mining town of Creede lies within the majestic peaks of the San Juan Mountains. The frontier spirit of early settlers and rich mining heritage live on in this charming community today while being home to many unique art galleries and contemporary boutiques. A picturesque Main Street and unparalleled vistas make it a destination not to be missed.

Visitor Information & Full Business Directory Online at www.lakecity.com

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Community or Non-profit Organizations Lake City & Hinsdale County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

Lake City Continental Divide Snowmobile Club

970-944-2527 800 Gunnison Ave (POB 430) • Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecity.com • Facebook.com/LakeCityCO

The club maintains over 100 miles of multi-use trails along the Continental Divide. Trails lead to breathtaking views, North Clear Creek Falls, and great powder. Sponsor of annual balloon festival each February. Open year round.

Our goal is to promote tourism and economic development by assisting area businesses as well as serving as an information center. Lodging vacancy, event information, travel planning, and much more! Open year round.

Pioneer Jubilee Women’s Club

POB 591 • Lake City, CO 81235

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970-944-3478 (DIRT) Above the Miners & Merchants Bank (POB 973) Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitydirt.com • Facebook.com/LCDIRT

A Colorado Main Street program, Lake City DIRT provides marketing and promotional events in Historic Lake City, runs the community Youth Corps, works to revitalize our community through historic preservation and improvements, and hosts the Lake City Uncorked Wine &Music Festival.

Lake City Ice Climbs, Inc. PO Box 11 • Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecityicepark.com •conditions@lakecityicepark.com Lake City Ice Climbs, Inc. is a Colorado non-profit organization dedicated to providing a one-of-a-kind climbing experience at the Lake City Ice Park. We are a volunteer-based organization that relies on donations to keep the Lake City Ice Park going. The Lake City Ice Park is located, with permission, on public, Bureau of Land Management lands. Water for the park is generously provided by the Town of Lake City, Colorado.

Lake City Friends of the Bears POB 568 • Lake City, CO 81235 info@lakecityfriendsofthebears.org • www.lakecityfriendsofthebears.org

Facebook.com/LakeCityFriendsoftheBears We are dedicated to the reduction of human/bear conflicts in the Lake City area through education, community outreach and involvement, and bear deterrents. Join us every year on July 1st for Bear Day in the Park, a free family event.

Lake Fork Community Foundation PO Box 322 • Lake City, CO 81235 www.LakeForkCF.org • lfcf@LakeForkCF.org The Lake Fork Community Foundation is a 501(C)3 Private Operating Foundation which solicits and receives donations including funds undesignated or designated for specific organizations. Find out more at www.LakeForkCF.org

Lake Fork Valley Conservancy 970-209-5238 206 N. Silver St (above library) • POB 123 • Lake City, CO 81235 www.LFC.org • c.richard@lfvc.org Facebook.com/lakeforkvalleyconservancy Lake Fork Valley Conservancy mission is to facilitate long-term environmental and economic sustainability in the headwaters of the Colorado River Basin, focusing on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison and Cebolla Creek Valleys. We support and implement collaborative efforts that foster land conservation, ecosystems health and resilient communities.

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Community or Non-profit Organizations

Lake City, CO 81235 The Pioneer Jubilee Women’s Club is open to any woman over age 18 who lives in Lake City any part of the year. The main thrust of the club is to raise funds by various fundraising efforts which is returned to 501c3 entities in the community at the end of the year. The by- product of fundraising is working together to make new friends, have fun together and enjoy working together to make Lake City a better place to live, visit and play. Meeting time is the first Wednesday of each month during the summer months at 11:30 in the Anthony Gallery, 300 N Silver. All women are welcome to attend.

Contractors - Building A.B. Construction, Inc. 970-944-2230 • 940-497-6600 cell PO Box 281 Lake City, CO 81235 albrownlakecity@yahoo.com Talk to the locals. They will say Allen Brown, A.B. Construction Inc is the contractor for all your building needs. Building in Lake City and Hinsdale County since the 70’s. Fully skilled, equipped and insured. Custom frame, log, timber frame homes, additions, remodels and garages. Foundations, retaining walls, bridges and flatwork. Excellent reputation and references for going above and beyond.

Native Sun P.O. Box 956 Lake City, CO, 81235 Phone/Fax: 970-944-2495 www.nativesuninc.com Fully insured honest general contractor with over 40 years experience in all phases of construction. Builders of some of the finest custom homes in the area. Specialists in energy efficiency and solar, remodeling, repairs and historic preservation. Let us help you with your special project of any size with consulting/design and high quality construction.

Mountain Enterprises Construction, Inc. 970-901-2229 622 N Gunnison Ave • Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecityhomeforsale.com •bvheller@aol.com With 40 years experience, Bruce Vierheller is a respected general contractor and popular sub-contractor specializing in carpentry, concrete and drywall work. From design to move-in, from foundation to roof, Bruce has you covered. Ready to buy? Check out 622 Gunnison Ave, pictured here. Fully insured.

Silver River, Inc. 970-944-3004 1871 N. Hwy 149 • Lake City, CO 81235 General contractors. Custom homes, remodeling, basements, crawl space and waterproofing. Low-E insulation. All big and small projects welcome. We also do property management and maintenance. We are open all year.

Visitor Center Open Year Round - Get Helpful Information by Calling 970-944-2527


Convenience Store

Entertainment & Live Shows/Music

Town Square Cabins & Mini Mart 970-944-2236 • 877-944-2236 231 N Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.townsquarecabins.com Lake City’s only convenience store. Open at 7am everyday. We have everything you need to get your adventure started. We have plenty of snack foods, candy, energy bars to keep you fueled for the day. We also have tobacco, ice cream, grocery items, beer and wine coolers, ice firewood, regular and diesel fuel, free 24 hour air. Cabin rentals available and laundromat on site. Maps and local information too.

Need help planning your stay? Call the Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce year round for friendly, personalized help with your Lake City visit.

970-944-2527

Entertainment & Live Shows/Music Sportsman’s Backyard Amphitheater 970-944-2525 summer 210-807-0440 • 210-439-9949 173 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.sportsmanstexaco.com facebook.com/ SportsmansBBQBackyard The Backyard Amphitheater has been hosting concerts since 2008. Featuring artists such as Michael Martin Murphey, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, ATTW, Johnny Rodriguez, Moe Bandy, Colin Raye, Gene Watson, Dean Dillion, Chuck Pyle, and Michael Hearne. Located behind Sportsman’s BBQ Station. Find us, it’s worth it! Check out our website for concert events throughout the summer.

L.C.O.W.S: Lake City Old West Shooters 970-944-0282 •970-944-2260 PO Box 1093 • Lake City, CO 81235 lakecitylorax@yahoo.com Lake City Old West Shooters (LCOWS) is a group of individuals dedicated to bringing some of the Old West back to Lake City by reenacting, or creating and acting scenes from movies or events that have occurred throughout the West or local area.

Moseley Arts Center

Mary Stigall Theater & Anthony Gallery 970-944-2706 • Box Office: 970-944-2710 300 N Silver St • Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecityarts.org Offering a variety of music, theatrical productions, visual art exhibits, dances, youth programs and much more. Located at Third and Silver Street. Open 1-4 pm weekdays in the summer for ticket sales and free art exhibits in the gallery.

Event Planning & Catering Services The High Country Market 970-944-0161 130 Gunnison Ave (POB 465) Lake City, CO 81235 www.thehighcountrymarket.com info@thehighcountrymarket.com Facebook.com/ thehighcountrymarket Full catering services available for weddings, reunions, parties, business meetings, and special gatherings of any size. We can provide a custom menu that is perfect for your event and budget. Hot and chilled options are available, and we have beautiful appetizer platters and buffets to please every palate. We also offer take and bake entrees, salads, and a variety of desserts.

Sportsman’s Backyard Event Venue & Catering 970-944-2525 summer 210-807-0440 • 210-439-9949 173 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.sportsmanstexaco.com facebook.com/ SportsmansBBQBackyard Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a large formal event, the Backyard welcomes all sizes and styles of events and celebrations. The Backyard makes the perfect setting in the Colorado mountains for any outdoor gatherings including weddings, receptions, anniversaries, reunions, corporate events and more. The Backyard can accommodate up to 350 guests and is fully equipped to cater your event. Check out the catering menu. Table and chair rentals also available.

Lake City Armory 970-944-2332 PO Box 11 • Lake City, CO 81235 Wedding? Special Event? Outdoor Party? Rent the New Improved Lake City Armory for your Spring/Summer/Fall events. Refinished floor, new paint, large modern heated bathrooms with four stalls per side and a separate bathroom with shower, commercial kitchen, outdoor picnic entertainment area, multi-purpose rooms with beautiful outdoor views and direct access to outdoor are. Call Town Hall for rates and reservations: 970-944-2333

Lake City Stinger Band

Your Mountain Event

970-944-0377 • Lake City, CO 81235 billorie@centurylink.net • www.lakecityband.org Facebook.com/LakeCityStingerBand

310-940-2167 • 970-944-2409 PO Box 904 • Lake City, CO 81235 YourMountainEvent@yahoo.com •YourMountainEvent.com

Stinger Band, with volunteer musicians in the Lake City area, performs for Graduation, July 4th parade, Marches in the Park, and a large August concert including musicians from Colorado and surrounding states. Visiting musicians welcome. Practices are Tuesday evenings.

Offering event coordinating for any special occasion as well as special project management like estate organization, including categorizing personal effects, estate sales, or preparing for sale or rent. E-bay sales management, personal gardening and many other services available.

Visitor Information & Full Business Directory Online at www.lakecity.com

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Fly Fishing Outfitters & Guides cont.

Fire Department Lake City Fire Rescue 970-944-2653 • For emergencies: call 911 Corner Henson & 2nd St • Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecityfiredept.org The fire department is a volunteer based organization responding to structural fires, vehicle accidents, ice & swift water rescues and wild land fire, just to mention a few. Operational part is financed by tax monies but fundraisers are held throughout the year to appreciate the volunteers with t-shirts and other items not covered by mill levy. Donations are appreciated to support the volunteers. Training meetings are held every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the fire station. If you would like to join the fire department or need information on how to make a donation please call the fire station at 970-944-2653.

Fly Fishing Outfitters & Guides Dan’s Fly Shop 970-944-2281 723 N Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 dansflyshop@lakecity.net www.dansflyshop.com

Dan says, “A bad day on the stream is better than a good day in the office, ...but a good day on the stream -- nothing compares!” Consistent with 56 years of practice, we offer experienced, knowledgeable guides who “live” fishing, know the area, and are skilled at helping you have a terrific day. From selecting the fly and tying the knot to releasing that last catch of the day, they will help you learn the beautiful art of fly fishing.

The Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop 970-944-2526 238 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitysportsman.com info@lakecitysportsman.com facebook.com/The-SportsmanOutdoors-Fly-Shop We provide everything for the fly fishing trip of a lifetime --- experienced guides, custom planning, and Pro Shop. We give directions, fix lunch, and outfit you with waders, rods, reels, flies, and more. Walk/ wade and FLOAT trips for all levels are available, as well as a variety of schools, clinics, and instruction: beginners to advanced; special classes for women and children. Free weekly clinics offered in the summer. Advanced bookings encouraged, walk-ins welcomed.

Mineral Mountain Outfitters 970-641-2673 8568 County Road 50 Powerderhorn, CO 81243 mineralmountainoutfitters.com

Welcome to our piece of God’s country. Please join us on a horseback ride for sight-seeing, fly fishing, photography, or a fully outfitted overnight pack trip in the beautiful and majestic LaGarita of Powderhorn Wilderness area. For those preferring the comforts of home, accommodations are available at the ranch.

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Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting 970-641-1303 • 888-761-3474 130 County Rd 742 Almont, CO www.3riversresort.com email@3riversresort.com Facebook.com/Three-Rivers-Resort Willowfly Anglers, our fly fishing service, is the only Orvis endorsed outfitter in the area. We offer walk/wade and float trips for all levels. Try one of our private leases for the ultimate experience. We’ll meet you in Lake City or visit our full service shop in Almont, 10 miles north of Gunnison.

Need help planning your stay? Call the Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce year round for friendly, personalized help with your Lake City visit. Find information about where to stay, where to eat, and what to do.

970-944-2527 Government Hinsdale County 970-944-2225 317 N. Henson St. • Lake City, CO 81235 www.hinsdalecountycolorado.us Hinsdale County provides law enforcement, treasurer, assessor, clerk, coroner, public health, veterans, land use, building, environmental, administrative, road maintenance, waste management, snow grooming and emergency services for the community. A three-member board of county commissioners meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Visitor, homeowner, and full-time resident questions, comments and suggestions are welcome.

Town of Lake City 970-944-2333 230 N. Bluff St. • Lake City, CO 81235 www.townoflakecity.us The Town of Lake City protects, maintains and enhances our sense of community, historical heritage and mountain environment. Contact us for more information about historic preservation guidelines, building in Lake City, sign permits, water and sanitation service, parks, liquor licenses, bear-resistant trash cans, recreation programs, the Lake City Ski Hill, the Armory building, and more.

Grocery Stores The High Country Market 970-944-0161 130 Gunnison Ave (POB 465) Lake City, CO 81235 www.thehighcountrymarket.com info@thehighcountrymarket.com Facebook.com/ thehighcountrymarket Specializing in fresh produce and bread baked daily, The High Country Market offers a full line of groceries including dairy, meat, gourmet cheese, ice cream, non-GMO and gluten-free products, trail mix, and cook-out supplies - we have everything you need to put a delicious dinner on the table. We also offer made to order deli sandwiches, lettuce wraps, and salads.

Visitor Center Open Year Round - Get Helpful Information by Calling 970-944-2527


Grocery Stores continued Country Store Grocery 970-944-2387 916 N Hwy 149 • Lake City, CO 81235 Facebook.com/pages/The-Country-Store Serving Lake City year round since 1979, we offer the largest selection of groceries, specialty foods, drug and household items. We make sandwiches fresh for you, hand-cut our steaks and feature home-made sausage and farm-to-table Colorado produce. Keith, Nancy, Cara and Kayla - Proprietors

Health Care Lake City Area Medical Center 970-944-2331 700 N Henson St • Lake City, CO 81235 www.lcamc.org • lcamc@centurytel.net Lake City Area Medical Center provides comprehensive health care by a competent and caring staff. Primary care, urgent care, minor surgery, X-ray, sonogram, dental care, and more. Ambulance available 24/7. For emergencies, dial 911.

Horseback Riding Outfitters continued Mineral Mountain Outfitters 970-641-2673 8568 County Road 50 Powerderhorn, CO 81243 mineralmountainoutfitters.com

Welcome to our piece of God’s country. Please join us on a horseback ride for sight-seeing, fly fishing, photography, or a fully outfitted overnight pack trip in the beautiful and majestic LaGarita of Powderhorn Wilderness area. For those preferring the comforts of home, accommodations are available at the ranch.

Hunting Outfitters Cadwell Outfitters 970-641-0773 1582 County Rd. 52 Powderhorn, CO 81243 www.cadwelloutfitters.vpweb.com

Horseback Riding Outfitters Cadwell Outfitters 970-641-0773 1582 County Rd. 52 Powderhorn, CO 81243 www.cadwelloutfitters.vpweb.com

Our full service hunts are conducted from our lodge, located at 10,200 feet elevation. The camp cook will provide you a hearty, plentiful meal. Our guides are there for you, they are hard working and knowledgeable of the area and the animals in these areas. You will be provided with gentle, mountain raised horses, capable of carrying you to and from your hunting area. Non-guided hunts also available. License # 302

Vickers Ranch Come ride the La Garita and Powderhorn wilderness area of Hinsdale County with an experienced wrangler on gentle horses. Horseback rides available for full day, half day, and hourly rates into the wilderness areas. Cadwell Outfitters also offers overnight horse pack trips through the La Garita Wilderness area to rustic lodge. Enjoy fishing , hiking, photography, and western music on pack trips. Cadwell Ranch has been outfitting and ranching in Hinsdale County for over 50 years. License # 302.

Vickers Ranch 970-944-2249 162 S Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 www.vickersranch.net Facebook.com/VickersRanch

970-944-2249 162 S Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 www.vickersranch.net Facebook.com/VickersRanch

Our remote ranch has been in existence since the early 1900s when J.W Vickers first hunted the area to support his homestead. Now, in addition to hunting on our 1,500-acre ranch, we have permitted areas for the surrounding 1,000 acres of public land. This offers excellent hunting, as the habitat is conducive to to large herds of Elk and Mule Deer. Prime hunting areas on the ranch offer easy access for all ages, abilities, and physically challenged. Private access allows us to go in and out each day without any worry of beating someone else to an area. We offer fully guided rifle season hunts within this prime section of Colorado GMU 66. Our fully guided hunts are 5 days in length and we offer comfortable accommodations for your stay.

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Creative Keepsakes

Enjoy riding with an experienced outfitters and guides since 1950. 2 hour rides, breakfast rides, fishing trip rides. Fall guided outfitting for elk and deer. Reservations recommended.

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Ice Cream Parlor

Liquor Store

San Juan Soda Company

High Mountain Liquor

970-944-0500 227 N Silver St Lake City, CO 81235 www.sanjuansodacompany.com sanjuansoda@gmail.com

970-641-6304 901 N. Main St. Gunnison, CO 81230 www.facebook.com/HighMountainLiquor

Located in historic downtown Lake City across from the park. We serve authentic old-fashioned ice cream sodas, fountain drinks, thick malts and shakes, and generously-sized scooped cones. Also browse through our gift section featuring fine quality handcrafted gifts not often found elsewhere. Open May 1st to early Oct.

If you can’t find your favorite libation in beautiful Lake City, shop High Mountain Liquor in Gunnison, conveniently located across Hwy. 135 from City Market. Since the 1980’s, High Mountain Liquor has offered the largest selection of fine wine, port, champagne, liquor and beer including microbrews in the Gunnison Valley. Drive-thru and delivery service available and special orders are always WELCOME! Quality cigars. Wedding and special event packages. Voted “Best Liquor Store” since 2002 People’s Choice Awards. Gunnison “Business of the Year” in 2013 ~ Join us on FB

Library John Wagner Public Library

Elkhorn Liquors

970-944-2615 206 N Silver Street • Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitypubliclibrary.com We offer a large collection of books, books on CD, large print books, DVDs, periodicals, interlibrary loan services, 24/7 WiFi, public access computers, fax and copy machines, meeting space, 4th of July book sale, summer reading and literacy tutoring for ages 5-12. Open hours- Mon-Fri 1-5 and Sat 10-1.

Lawn Care W. Wade Beisner

970-944-2424 144 S. Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 elkhornliquors@centurytel.net The inviting atmosphere of this business makes it a pleasure to shop for your alcoholic beverages. New wine flavors each year, expanded Colorado micro-brew selections, and varying liquor and liqueur choices make the process of selecting your needs interesting. Get your party “bugling” with products from the Elkhorn Liquors on South Highway 149.

Miniature Golf

970-944-5008 PO Box 988 • Lake City, CO 81235

Alpine Mini Golf

Weekly lawn and landscape maintenance. Landscaping, trees, flower beds, tree work.

Laundromat

Photo by Jennifer Vinson

Lost Sock Laundromat

970-944-2300 630 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235

We are Lake City’s only golf course of any size featuring an 18 hole miniature golf course. Clubs and golf balls are included in the price of a game. Fun for the whole family!

808 Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235

Need help planning your stay?

Located behind the Visitor Center - clean and bright with 13 washers, 10 dryers, folding tables, soap dispenser, bill changer, and FREE WIFI!

Call the Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce year round for friendly, personalized help with your Lake City visit.

970-944-2527

It’s a dirty job but we try to make it as pleasant as possible! Open 7 days a week - 7am to 10pm in the summer.

Movie Theater Mountaineer Movie Theatre

Marty Priest

970-944-2298 970-944-2548 811 Gunnison Avenue Lake City, CO 81235 www.mountaineertheatre.com starmanlakecity@msn.com Facebook.com/ MountaineerMovieTheatre The Mountaineer is celebrating its 40th season showing current and classic films in a vintage cinema theatre. Check our schedule via the Silver World newspaper, our website, or on Facebook. Open May - September.

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Museums & Historic Tours

Professional Artists

Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum

Alpine Animal Art

970-944-2506 • 970-275-0247 County Rd 20 (Henson Creek) Lake City, CO 81235 www.hardtackmine.com

P.O. Box 568 Lake City, CO 81235 www.AlpineAnimalArt.com patrice@alpineanimalart.com Facebook.com/AlpineAnimalArtAAA

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. Open 7 days a week June - September; winters by appointment.

Sweety’s Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo Hosted by Karen Hurd, author of My Sweety

1220 Black Bear, Lake City Open June 15 to Sept 30, Monday - Saturday 10 - 4pm, hours can vary Lake City’s unique wildlife adventure, featuring over 250 animals hand painted on wood and rock. Zoo admission: $5/adults, $3/children 6 – 12, Under 6 – free Educational & Fun! • Gift Shop -featuring yard ornaments and pet rocks • Rock painting classes, Tuesday & Wednesday, 11am Adults and 1 pm Children, bring your own rock

Hinsdale County Museum 970-944-2050 • 970-944-2515 130 N Silver St • Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitymuseum.com Open Memorial Day through mid-September. We provide various walking tours, including Ghost, Historic District and Cemeteries, to educate the public on the history of our community. We also present special events and educational exhibits that are of interest to all ages. Kid friendly. Visit the museum for details.

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Patrice creates realistic, hand-drawn, custom pet portraits from your photo. Honor a beloved pet or your favorite wildlife photo. Visit the website gallery to view all her works and to order your treasured pet portrait.

Jane E. Jones Art Studio 970-944-2794 Dallas: 972-407-1566 At the Lake City Art Gallery 325 Silver Street • Lake City, CO 81235 www.janejonesart.com • janejonesart@yahoo.com Facebook.com/JaneElizabethJones Jane E. Jones is a versatile artist who works with watercolor, acrylics, and mixed media. She spends her summers in Lake City painting plein-air. Jane’s watercolors are both impressionistic and abstract, while her acrylics are nonrepresentational. Stop by Lake City Art Gallery to see Jane’s newest original Lake City scenes.

Facebook.com/LakeCityCO Twitter.com/LakeCityCO81235 Pinterest.com/LakeCity81235 Instagram.com/lakecityco/ Rafting Tours Scenic River Tours, Inc.

Silver World Newspaper 970-944-2515 231 N Silver St #2 • Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitysilverworld.com Official weekly news-journal of Lake City and Hinsdale County. Local happenings, photography, historical features. Print subscriptions are $35 in Hinsdale County and $45 elsewhere. Online subscriptions are $40, available on computers and all mobile devices.

Photographers From the High Country www.fromthehighcountry.com www.facebook.com/FromTheHighCountry Enjoy the scenery of the San Juans from the comfort of your home! Local photographer Craig Palmer captures his favorite scenes from his yearround wilderness adventures in the Lake City area. Craig offers prints in a wide variety of sizes and formats (in addition to books, calendars and other custom products) via his website and selected local retailers. Craig is available for hire (weddings, family portraits, location scouting and more) on a limited basis.

970-641-3131 703 W Tomichi Ave Gunnison, CO 81230 www.scenicrivertours.com info@scenicrivertours.com Facebook.com/Scenic-River-Tours-Inc Join us for a great day on the river! Exciting whitewater trips for the adventurous, to fun and easy scenic river trips, we’ve got rafting trip for everyone. Half day or full day adventures, inflatable kayaks, and fishing trips. We focus on fun and safety. We also have a retail shop with paddlesports equipment sales and rentals.

Three Rivers Resort & Outfitting 970-641-1303 • 888-761-3474 130 County Rd 742 Almont, CO www.3riversresort.com email@3riversresort.com Facebook.com/Three-Rivers-Resort Raft on the Lake Fork, Taylor or Gunnison Rivers. Choose scenic floats or whitewater fun. Try one of our unique dinner float trips from Almont to Garlic Mike’s restaurant in Gunnison. Fly fishing and kayak trips also available. See our listing under fly fishing. Restaurant and cabins also on site.

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Real Estate

Real Estate continued Vickers Ranch River Ranch

Hall Realty, Inc.

970-944-2249 162 S Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 www.vickersranch.net Facebook.com/VickersRanch

970-944-8100 269 S. Gunnison Avenue P.O. Box 280 Lake City, CO 81235 www.hallrealty.net info@hallrealty.net Photo by Danielle Worthen

Enjoy owning your own mountain getaway. The cabins are set amongst 67 acres with lots of room to play. Cabins are spaced allowing for expansion all along the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. Rentals allowed, HOA, private fishing, storage available, owner financing.

Professional, trusted and experienced since 1978. Hall Realty offers a complete variety of properties in and around the Lake City area. Whether you are searching for a home, ranch, business or parcels of vacant land, we can help make your dream of owning mountain property a reality. We also offer vacation rental homes.

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Royal Elk Realty

More than 9,800 Fans and growing!

970-944-7777 970-209-3352 220 N Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.royalelkrealty.com info@royalelkrealty.com

Everyone is sharing photographs, videos, and terrific information about experiences, events, adventures, and what’s happening NOW!

www.facebook.com/LakeCityCO “Helping make your Rocky Mountain dreams come true.” Professional Real Estate Services for Buyers and Sellers. Serving Lake City and Southwestern Colorado. 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, Dave Roberts. Year round resident since 1989.

Recreation Tours, Rentals & Guides Lake City Auto & Sports Center 970-944-2311 809 N Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecityauto.com

Team Murphy Realty, LLC 970-944-5050 201 N. Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.teammurphyrealty.com info@teammurphyrealty.com

Guided snowmobile tours and unguided snowmobiles and trailers for rent for over 30 years. Ride the divide with experienced guides. National Forest lands involved. Beginners welcome. Single and double passenger snowmobiles available; clothing and helmets included. Authorized Polaris and Skidoo snowmobile sales and service. We accept all major credit cards.

Photo by Allison Stewart Photography

Team Murphy Realty is a locally owned, family operated business that specializes in Southwest Colorado Real Estate. For those searching for the ideal mountain property, whether it be a prestigious Colorado Ranch, custom log cabin, or that perfect piece of mountain land to build your dream home, Team Murphy Realty’s years of experience and knowledge are a proven fit. Take the time to get to know our Team and see for yourself why we love what we do. Come “Experience the Difference”!

The Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop Lore LA

970-944-2526 238 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitysportsman.com info@lakecitysportsman.com facebook.com/The-SportsmanOutdoors-Fly-Shop Enjoy the San Juans in comfort and security with our 4WD scenic tours. The ONLY tour company based out of Lake City, The Sportsman provides comfortable vehicles and experienced drivers. They know the area and love sharing their knowledge. More than a drive, it’s a fun-filled high adventure! Half-day, full-day, and multi-day touring available. Trips include lunch; fees based on tour selected.

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Recreation Rentals: Boats and Gear

Recreation Rentals: Jeep & ATV

Dan’s Fly Shop

Castle Lakes Campground Jeep Rentals

970-944-2281 723 N Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 dansflyshop@lakecity.net www.dansflyshop.com

970-944-2622 8201 County Rd 30 Lake City, CO 81235 www.castlelakes.com

Need fishing equipment? Dan’s Fly Shop provides rental of fly rod and reel combinations, waders, vests, and nets. No extra charge for equipment on guided fishing trips. We will help with the selection of terminal tackle to equip you for your day of fishing and give information and directions to the best fishing locations. Free casting lessons weekly. Spin gear and information for boat trips on Blue Mesa and Lake San Cristobal available.

Rent a 2 or 4 door Jeep here! Experience the awe inspiring Alpine Loop National Back Country Byway. Climb Cinnamon & Engineer Passes, visit ghost towns along the way, or find that secluded fishing hole. Multiple day discounts available.

Highlander Jeep Rental & RV Campground

The Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop

970-944-2878 888-580-4636 1245 CR 30 Lake City, CO 81235 www.highlandercampground.com

970-944-2526 238 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitysportsman.com info@lakecitysportsman.com facebook.com/The-SportsmanOutdoors-Fly-Shop

Experience the best Colorado has to offer in the comfort of one of our 4-door late model hard or soft top Jeeps. Each Jeep seats 5. Discounts for multi (3+) day rentals. Jeeps are available for pick-up the evening before the day of the rental to allow you to go explore early!

Lake City Auto & Sports Center

WE RENT BOATS for the family and fisherman alike. A Pontoon boat, fishing boat, two person kayak, single kayaks, and canoes are available for reservation. Full-day, half-day and multi-day pricing is also available. Come in today and get outfitted with lifejackets, paddles, and the keys to the boats that are already on the water. Don’t forget we have all types of gear for rent including fly rods, spin/bait rods, reels, waders, tents, sleeping bags/pads, backpacks, bicycles, stoves, lighting products, and other outdoor goods to help with your Lake City experience.

970-944-2311 809 N Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecityauto.com

The Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop 24 hour self-service station. Year round auto repair specializing in 4x4s. Cooper tires, Interstate batteries, trailers, and Jeeps for sale. Mechanic on duty 7 days a week. Over 30 years authorized Polaris snowmobile, ATV, SidexSide Ranger dealer, Skidoo snowmobiles, Can-am ATV dealer and SidexSide Commander dealer. We accept all major credit cards.

970-944-2526 238 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitysportsman.com info@lakecitysportsman.com facebook.com/The-SportsmanOutdoors-Fly-Shop

Rocky Mountain Jeep Rental at Pleasant View Resort

Equipment rentals and sales for boating, camping, fly fishing, fishing, bicycling, snowshoeing and winter sports always available. Full-day, half-day, multi-day pricing. Our top-quality products are new or nearly-new to help you with your outdoor experience. Fly rods, spin/bait rods, reels, waders, tents, sleeping bags/pads, backpacks, bicycles, stoves, lighting products, boats, snowshoes, ice skates, back country skis, sleds, and even kids’ stuff.

970-944-2262 910-265-1543 • 970-964-7827 549 S. Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.pleasantviewresort.net Facebook.com/PleasantViewResort pleasant000@centurytel.net Amber Williams

Late model 2 & 4 door Colorado Mountain Edition Jeep Wranglers. Take an unforgettable trip over the Alpine Loop and neighboring vistas. Visit Colorado’s most spectacular sights: American Basin, Cinnamon & Engineer Pass, Animas Forks, Silverton, Carson & Whitmore Falls. Ghost towns and incredible views abound and our 4x4s will get you there. All of our Jeeps are automatic transmission, air conditioned, lifted and have upgraded mountain tires. Prompt, friendly service.

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Sportsman’s BBQ Station

970-944-ATVS (2887) 809 N Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 sanjuanadventures@lakecity.net

970-944-2525 summer 210-807-0440 • 210-439-9949 173 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.sportsmanstexaco.com facebook.com/ SportsmansBBQBackyard

Half and full-day unguided ATV rentals. Insurance, helmet, map and a “SPOT” satellite transmitter provided. Available 1 to 2 seat Polaris ATVs, Side X Side Razors/Crew Cabs. Maintained and serviced through the local certified Polaris ATV dealer.

Vickers Ranch 970-944-2249 162 S Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 www.vickersranch.net Facebook.com/VickersRanch

Late model 2 & 4 door Jeep Wranglers. Standard and automatic, daily and multi day rates. Competitive rates. Credit cards accepted.

Facebook.com/LakeCityCO Twitter.com/LakeCityCO81235 Instagram.com/lakecityco/ Restaurants Lake City Cafe 970-944-0301 300 Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitycafe.com restless300@icloud.com Facebook.com/LakeCityCafe

Lake City Cafe, a full service cafe with both family dining and bar area. We have a large outdoor dog friendly patio, weather permitting. We serve three meals a day - breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Restless Spirits Saloon 970-944-0300 300 Third St Lake City, CO 81235 www.restlessspiritssaloon.com info@restlessspiritssaloon.com Facebook.com/ RestlessSpiritsSaloon A full service bar, a playground for adults. Serving a large selection of beer, wine and spirits.

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On the outside we are a gas station, BUT on the inside you’ll find an awesome surprise—a very cool rustic cafe with a welcoming homey atmosphere. We specialize in Texas BBQ and new Mexi-Q (New Mexico meets Texas BBQ). To satisfy your curiosity come on in and enjoy our yummy breakfast, lunch and dinner. BBQ, burgers, and burritos! It does not get any better than that! Bikers welcome!

Bruno’s Restaurant & Grill 800-650-1221 970-944-2415 1221 N Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 www.alpinemooselodge.com Bruno’s Restaurant and Grill offer two types of dining experiences. Casual dining in the Grill featuring steaks, salmon, pasta, etc. Upscale summer dining in the Restaurant featuring aged beef, bison, lamb, seafood etc. Reservations are always recommended and appreciated. Your hosts: Frederika & Chef Bruno.

Chillin Internet Coffee Shop & Cafe 970-944-0287 205 N. Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 Facebook.com/ChillinInternetCafe Lake City’s best coffee shop, we use 100% Arabica coffee beans, (Fair trade). We make everything in-house and to order, our BLT’s will be the best you ever had! Gluten free items, salads, quiche, fresh made biscuits-ngravy, wraps, and live music out back in the summer! Eat, Drink, Chill!

CLIMB Elevated Eatery 970-944-5566 808 Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 climbelevatedeatery@gmail.com Facebook.com/ClimbElevatedEatery Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience , serving elevated homemade comfort food. Full bar and wine list offered in an upscale environment. We look forward to welcoming you. Located just behind the Visitor Center. Limited seating. Reservations appreciated.

Lake City Bakery 970-944-2613 922 N Hwy 149 Lake City, CO 81235 Celebrating over 29 years in Lake City. Finest baked goods in the Rockies. Breads, pastries, cookies, cakes and pies. Freshbaked breads daily, no preservatives! Special orders welcome for birthdays, anniversaries and parties. Have breakfast on the bakery deck. Steve, Stacy, Nicholas and Mallory Mikeska.

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Salon & Massage continued

Packer Saloon & Cannibal Grill

Ooh La Spa & Boutique

970-944-4144 310 N. Silver Street Lake City, CO 81235 cannibalgrill@gmail.com Facebook.com/Packer-Saloon-and-Cannibal-Grill Full service restaurant that is kid friendly. Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Open year-round. Enjoy our huge outdoor patio in the summer. Friendly people, good food & cold beer.

San Juan Delights 970-944-4449 925 Ocean Wave Drive Lake City, CO 81235 Facebook.com/SanJuanDelightsLakeCity San Juan Delights is the solution to lunch in Lake City. Try a fresh fruit smoothie or delicious vegetable juice. Take a box lunch on your adventures. Addicting sandwiches, mouth watering salads, and heavenly desserts will satisfy your desires. For a healthy and fresh option enjoy lunch in our garden or take it to go, to your favorite Lake City picnic spot.

Sandwiches The High Country Market 970-944-0161 130 Gunnison Ave (POB 465) Lake City, CO 81235 www.thehighcountrymarket.com info@thehighcountrymarket.com Facebook.com/ thehighcountrymarket Made to order deli sandwiches, lettuce wraps, and fresh garden salads. Our bread and cookies are baked daily. Our guacamole, pico de gallo, hummus, coleslaw, potato and pasta salads are all homemade and available by the pound. Party platters and catering available for special events. We also offer a full line of groceries and produce, gourmet cheese, meat, ice cream, and a wide variety of soy, organic, and gluten free products.

Salon & Massage Keep In Touch Massage & Salon 970-944-4101 184 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 coloradosummer@hotmail.com

Specializing In

719-658-3070 289 S. Main St • Creede, CO 81235 (POB 312) oohladayspa@gmail.com • www.oohlaspacreede.com Full service hair salon, manicures, pedicures, shellac/gel polish, massage, facials, lash extensions, spray tanning, super frecator treatment (removes minor skin irregularities) and full retail boutique.

A Cut Above the Arts 970-944-0465 302 Silver Street, Suite 201• Lake City, CO 81235

School Lake City Community School 970-944-2314 614 N Silver St • Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecityschool.org A dynamic preschool – 12th grade educational community that provides an individualized, challenging, lively, enriching, safe, respectful and caring learning environment. Accredited with Distinction by the Colorado Department of Education, eight year recipient of the John Irwin School of Excellence Award, and recognized as a Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reward School.

Shopping Blue Spruce Building Materials 970-944-2581 310 N Bluff Street Lake City, CO 81235 www.bluesprucelc.com bsi@bluesprucelc.com Facebook.com/BlueSpruceLC We are open year round! Come in for toys, hardware, greeting cards, paint, kitchenware, and many more items. You can even order what you want. Place your order on Tuesday and receive it by Thursday through our weekly hardware truck with NO freight charges. Our locally owned and operated business has been dedicated to serving you and the Lake City community since 1980.

Dan’s Fly Shop 970-944-2281 723 N Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 dansflyshop@lakecity.net www.dansflyshop.com

Men’s & Women’s Cuts• Hydrating Warm Lotion Massage Spa Pedicure & Manicure• Thai Body Touch Therapy Color Enhancement• Hot Pack Deep Tissue Massage Moisturizing High Altitude Skin Care• Herbal Aromatherapy Massage Questions - No problem - just ask. If we can’t do it - we’ll refer you out.

As Colorado’s oldest originally owned fly shops, the best just keeps getting better at Dan’s Fly Shop. In keeping with 56 years expertise, we offer quality custom-built rods of most recent innovation - from beginner equipment top-of-the-line Sage. We offer hand tied flies, expertly selected accessories, clothing, experienced guides, and extensive access to prime waters. Let us help select the ideal equipment for your anticipated fishing experiences and share a wealth of accumulated knowledge.

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Shopping continued The Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop 970-944-2526 238 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitysportsman.com info@lakecitysportsman.com facebook.com/The-SportsmanOutdoors-Fly-Shop Lake City’s premiere outdoor store since 1955! We specialize in clothing and equipment for all of your backcountry activities, including fly/ fishing, hiking, camping, biking, boating, snowshoeing, and more. Clothes and shoes for men, women, and children. We feature gifts, kids toys and even homemade fudge. Sales and rental of outdoor gear for every type of activity. Tours and trips for fly fishing, scenic 4x4 adventures, hiking, and snowshoeing. Even a fly fishing pro shop!

Slumgullion Gift Gallery 970-944-2623 401 N Gunnison Ave & Fourth St Lake City, CO 81235 larkin@slumgullionecotrade.com

Gail’s Clothing Deals 4 U 970-275-3122 131 2nd Street (Back Country Bldg) Lake City, CO 81235 Google - Gail’s Clothing Deals 4 U

We Love Lake City Logo Clothing, Yet Locals & Tourists Need “Normal” Clothing Too. Found Our Niche! Our Store Has Great Priced InfantAdult Clothing, Jewelry & Accessories As Well As Books, Cards & Gifts! 2 Inventories 2 View & 2 Ways 2 Serve U! Shop Retail Or Google Us!

The Flying Pig 970-944-4449 925 Ocean Wave Drive Lake City, CO 81235 www.thepigflys.com “The Flying Pig” offers a A collection of fun items for your home, as well as clothes for those that need to combine the functionality of the outdoors with style. Items originate everywhere from Lake City to around the World. Some items include rocks and fossils, jam and jelly, local pottery and textiles, and local artwork including photography by Craig Palmer of “From the High Country.”

Lake City Shirt Company

A cornucopia of gifts, from the whimsical to the sublime, awaits you in this historic, two story brick garage on Fourth Street. We feature unique treasures from home & abroad.

970-944-5004 307 N Silver St. Lake City, CO 81235

Timberline Craftsman 970-944-0500 225 N Silver St Lake City, CO 81235 www.sanjuansodacompany.com sanjuansoda@gmail.com Newly remodeled in the spring of 2015 the Timberline Craftsman now features many new lines of handmade gifts and accessories. Many of our new handcrafted items are made in Colorado. Located in historic downtown Lake City next door to the San Juan Soda Company and across the street from the town park.

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

Sage and Timber 970-596-9588 306 N. Silver St. Lake CityCO 81235 Sage & Timber is back! Located in historic downtown Lake City. We are carrying some new items and a lot of familiar lines. Stop by and see what we’ve got. You won’t be disappointed!

Ava Converse

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Utilities & Propane

Sweety’s Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo

Local Warming, Inc.

1220 Black Bear, Lake City Open June 15 to Sept 30, Monday - Saturday 10 - 4pm, hours can vary

970-944-1018 PO Box 128 Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitypropane.com info@lakecitypropane.com

Hosted by Karen Hurd, author of My Sweety

Lake City’s unique wildlife adventure, featuring over 250 animals hand painted on wood and rock. Zoo admission: $5/adults, $3/children 6 – 12, Under 6 – free Educational & Fun! • Gift Shop -featuring yard ornaments and pet rocks • Rock painting classes, Tuesday & Wednesday, 11am Adults and 1 pm Children, bring your own rock

The General Store 970-944-2513 252 S. Hwy 149 • Lake City, CO 81235 Located on Hwy 149, south of Henson Creek. Everything you need and something for everyone. We have practical gifts for all occasions, from hardware to office supply and of course clothes. Check us out!

World of Gem Creations 970-944-2722 • 620-575-5937 329 S Silver St • Lake City, CO 81235

Locally owned and operated by Odell and Josha Smith. We offer competitive pricing with professional, personalized 24/7/365 service emphasizing your safety as our highest priority. A few products and services: residential, commercial and RV propane delivery, new and refurbished tanks, remote tank monitoring, etc. Safe…Warm…Professional…Local…Service...

Gunnison County Electric Association, Inc. 970-641-3520 37250 W. Highway 50, POB 180 • Gunnison, CO 81230 www.gcea.coop Gunnison County Electric Association is a non-profit member-owned, cooperative, providing electricity to Lake City. Services include budget billing, online bill pay and reoccurring payments through Smart Hub, energy audits, energy efficiency rebates, and net metering. Members can support renewable energy by purchasing Green Power.GCEA provides student scholarships and members may contribute to the scholarship program by signing up for Operation Round-up.

Custom designs and gem cutting with multiple gemstones available; also including large array of Navajo jewelry plus exclusively designed pottery. Local and international rocks for sale, also myriad of antiques. Jewelry repairs on-site.

Shuttle Service

970-944-2526 238 S Gunnison Ave Lake City, CO 81235 www.lakecitysportsman.com info@lakecitysportsman.com facebook.com/The-SportsmanOutdoors-Fly-Shop The Sportsman offers ATV, vehicle, hiker, and equipment shuttles for anyone who needs a lift! We are permitted through the United States Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to perform these services in our area. Our drivers are knowledgeable, professional, bonded, and insured. For hikers, we can get you to trailheads and store your supplies. We’re pretty flexible about pick-up and dropoff locations, but call us so that we can help you determine routes and best approach. Shuttle fee is $40 per car load per hour from the time we leave our store until we arrive back at our store. We have big vehicles so that you and your group can fit in one vehicle. We can also store your supplies at our store, which is especially helpful for those on the Continental Divide and Colorado Trails. For ATV and vehicle shuttles and you’re on the Alpine Loop, we offer daily services from the entrance to Lake City on Henson Creek (downtown, CR 20 - near pump house) to the inlet at Lake San Cristobal (CR 30, next to bridge). Alpine Loop shuttles are $15 per machine. Other types of vehicle shuttles (not on the Alpine Loop) are $40 per trailer load per hour. Fees do not include driver gratuity (discretionary), but it averages about 15 percent.

Trash Service Utah’s Sanitation, Inc. 970-944-2453 POB 837 Lake City, CO 81235 “You Make It, We Take it.” Providing trash pickup service throughout Lake City, upper Lake Fork Valley, and Powderhorn. Residential pickup and commercial dumpster service. Reasonable rates, monthly or weekly pickup. Over 20 years of service to the community.

Wanted!

Adele Munson Jackson

The Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop

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Getting Here Lake City is located in southwestern Colorado, about halfway between Gunnison and Creede along Highway 149. The closest airports are the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC), about one hour away, and the Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ), about two hours away. Both airports offer connecting services to larger airports; both have car rentals available. Highway 149 is a well-maintained road that is open year round. Current road conditions for Colorado highways can be found online at www.cotrip.org or by calling the Colorado Road Conditions Hotline at 877-315-7623.

Visitor Information Center Lake City/Hinsdale County Chamber of Commerce Silver Thread & Alpine Loop Interpretive & Information Center 800 Gunnison Avenue Lake City, CO 81235 • 970-944-2527 www.lakecity.com • www.facebook.com/LakeCityCO

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From the High Country

Friendly, personalized help with your Lake City visit. Find information about where to stay, where to eat, and what to do. We have maps for trails and scenic drives, plus information about fishing, hiking, jeeping, boating, ATV and motorcycle riding, mountain biking, wildflowers, wildlife, historic sites, museums, guided tours, lessons and classes, artist workshops and galleries, special events, relocation information, and more. Located between the Alpine Gateway Plaza and the U.S. Post Office.


2016 Lake City and Hinsdale County Vacation Planner