Consider donating to the Lake City Downtown Improvement & Revitalization Team (DIRT), which works with the town keeping Lake City's historic district as authentic as possible.
Because the county is so remote, it's always a good idea to check road conditions. Give the Chamber of Commerce a call at 970-944-2527 or check out Colorado.gov/HinsdaleCounty for updated information. The Visitor Center is also a place to go for a visitor guide and summer and winter trail maps.
When riding OHVs through the Alpine Loop, make sure you follow Colorado's off-roading motto of "Stay the Trail."
Take a short drive up to Lake San Cristobal for fishing or take a hike on the back side of the lake. Just a few miles farther up the road are a number of hiking opportunities, including Wheeler Creek. If you’re up to it, you can take the four-wheel drive trail up Wager Gulch to Carson City, a standing ghost town near the Continental Divide.
Continue your adventure on the Alpine Loop with a stop at American Basin, a high alpine basin surrounded by vertical cliffs and well known for its spectacular display of alpine wildflowers in mid-July to early August.
Summer is prime season for high-country streams and lakes surrounding Lake City. Check out Lake San Cristobal, Deer Lakes, Big Blue Creek, Cebolla Creek and more.
Gaze at some of the world's brightest stars at the Slumgullion Discovery Center, located three miles south of downtown Lake City along Hwy 149. In the process of becoming a designated International Dark Sky Park, this pocket of Lake City beckons you to bring a telescope and a camera. Nearby, you’ll also discover the site where well-known cannibal, Alfred Packer, is said to have murdered his companions.