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The Wildflowers & Stars Glow in Lake City

The Wildflowers & Stars Glow in Lake City
3 days

Travel deep into the great outdoors in Lake City, the lower 48's most remote town. Hike the San Juan Mountains, fish high alpine lakes, and catch a show after a great meal. It's all in a summer's day in Lake City.

Sustainability Activity

Lake City DIRT:

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. 

Insider's Tip

Want to Hit Hinsdale County's Backcountry Roads?:

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.

Day 1
Activity

Hinsdale County Museum

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The Hinsdale County Historical Society was established in October 1973 and opened its first museum in the Finley Block in July 1975. The building seen here was leased at that time, but... Read More

Lunch

Climb Elevated Eatery

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Elevated comfort food and craft cocktails served with attentive, friendly service.

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Activity

Lake San Cristobal

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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.
Dinner

American Elk Grill & Inn

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It is our goal to offer you exceptional food, service, and rentals to ensure that your stay with us will make for remarkable memories. Read More
Activity

Mountaineer Theatre

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Over the years our theatre has been a staple to our family, the members to the Lake City, and everyone passing through. We continue to provide memories and entertainment for locals and visitors who... Read More
Lodging

North Face Lodge

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The North Face Lodge is recently remodled and each room is decorated according to local mountain themes. We are located on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River.  All rooms have a cover porch and... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Confluence

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Shop for bikes and ice-climbing gear rentals and sales. Enjoy a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. Read More
Activity

Alpine Loop - Scenic and Historic Byway

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Crosses the remote, rugged heart of the San Juan Mountains. Read More
Lunch

Lake City Cafe

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Our menu is a mix of Southern Style. We have a little something for everyone. Read More
Activity

Continue the Alpine Loop

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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.
Dinner

Packer Saloon & Cannibal Grill

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Serving food from 11am to 9pm every day. A very relaxing and fun place! Come join us!

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Activity

Lake City Arts

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Non profit arts center and theater serving the residents, guests and visitors to Lake City Colorado. Sponsor of Lake City Arts & Crafts Festival held annually on the third Tuesday of July. Read More
Lodging

G&M Cabins

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G&M Cabins is centrally located in downtown Lake City. Our cabins are completely furnished with kitchens, 1 or 2 bedrooms, private baths and cable TV. FREE WI-FI.  No smoking in cabins and no... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Lake City Bakery

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The Bakery sits in the San Juan Mountains. We are going on our 29th summer It's in a small town with beautiful views. Everything is baked fresh everyday. Read More
Activity

Go Fishing

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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.

Insider's Tip

The Reel Deal:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Lunch

Chillin' Internet Coffee Shop & Cafe

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Serving breakfast and lunch and homemade espresso drinks, smoothies, and frozen yogurt. Read More
Activity

Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum

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Hard Tack Mine Tours and Museum was born out of a desire to preserve the mining history of beautiful Lake City, Colorado and strives to bring that unique history of mining to life. Join us for... Read More

Dinner

Southern Vittles

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Good old southern cooking. Specializing in fried fish, shrimp and chicken; also added this year is more BBQ. Come check out our new menu items. Read More
Activity

Night Skies

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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.
Lodging

Alpine Moose Lodge

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The Alpine Moose Lodge is located above the town of Lake City, Colorado, boasting the best views and has easy access to all its amenities including shopping, recreation activities and more! This... Read More