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Another Day in Paradise...
All visitors agree.  Hiking or biking, fishing, hunting, jeeping, rafting, horseback riding, snowboarding or sledding you can find it all here.  Nestled among the enchanting San Juan mountains, Lake City offers extraordinary people, great times, and mountains of memories.  Discover Colorado's hidden treasure  and enjoy our savory dining, our cozy lodging, and our distinctive shopping.  Five 14ers and twenty-six 13ers of beauty to explore.  Mine Tours, Museum and Ghost Towns to visit.  Stay a while and you'll agree.... Another Day in Paradise!

Alpine Loop

The Alpine Loop

The Alpine Loop was a natural for this recognition and was one of the BLM's first Backcountry Byways. This 65-mile route between Lake City, Silverton and Ouray was first built by miners in the late 1800's for mule wagons hauling equipment and ore across the Mountains. Today you can follow their tracks.

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Scenic Byways

Scenic Byways

Lake City serves as the launching point for both the Alpine Loop and Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byways,  In addition to their state byway designations, the Alpine Loop is also a Bureau of Land Management National Backcountry Byway while the Silver Thread is a US Forest Service National Scenic Byway.  Lake City truly lies amidst splendor that is unparalleled nationwide.

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Backcountry Hiking

Back Country Hiking

Backcountry recreational opportunities abound within the Alpine Triangle and range from isolation in the most pristine settings to hiking along popular, developed trails.

The area boasts over 100 miles of trails maintained by the BLM or the Forest Service. More undeveloped trails provide access to remote parts of the backcountry where other visitors are seldom encountered.

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Camping

Camping

The communities of Ouray, Lake City and Silverton all have privately-owned campgrounds. Most of them provide full services, including wastewater dump stations. Several developed sites are also available on public lands and National Forests.

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Fishing

Fishing

Lakes and streams within the Alpine Triangle provide excellent fishing. Three major drainages, the Lake Fork of the Gunnison, Henson Creek, and the headwaters of the Rio Grande have brook, rainbow and cutthroat trout. The Animas River, from its headwaters to Needleton, does not support a viable fishery although some tributaries, such as Cunningham Gulch, do.

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Cross Country Skiing

Other Activities

Winter recreation is increasingly popular in the Alpine Triangle. Visitors usually stay in the local communities and seek recreational opportunities on the public lands. With its 80 miles of groomed trails, Lake City has become a hub for snowmobile enthusiasts. The Silverton area offers mountaineering and winter survival training, along with cross-country skiing. Ouray is famous for its hot springs pool and ice climbing opportunities.

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