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