Destination guide

Anything goes in Lake City – except stoplights

It’s a town with no stoplights, and it also happens to be the only town in Hinsdale County. Needless to say, Lake City is a historic town uniquely its own—and that alone is reason enough to book a Lake City vacation rental. But you’ll find so much more to appreciate in this area that was designated a National Historic District in the 1970s. Today, it’s home to everything from a stunning lake (of course!) to scenic trails to stunning wildlife. Even the byways here are attractive!

Things to do

Scary good fun in old-timey Lake City

The Hinsdale County Museum offers more than just fascinating history exhibits. You can go on a virtual train ride of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, go on a ghost tour, and witness live performances. Lake City was once a core mining town, a history that is explored at the Hard Tack Mine Tours & Museum. Lake City itself is steeped in deep history; the Historic District features beautifully preserved churches, log cabins, and other structures dating from the 1870s.

Activities

Coming around the mountain (and into the wine bar)

In a valley of the San Juan Mountains, Lake City is certainly ideally situated for outdoor adventures. You can set up camp one of the many area grounds, or enjoy a picnic lunch. Fancy a night out? Nightlife options here are chic, with wine bars, steakhouses, and old-timey saloons in the mix. If you want to learn your way around town, book a guided tour with Lake City Mountain Tours—you’ll be humbled by the mesmerizing mountain views and birds soaring overhead. A stroll through town is equally rewarding, even if you’re just marveling at the charming tree-lined streets or the venerable buildings.

Weather

Snow chance you'll miss the snowfall in Lake City

Did someone say snow? At least 80 inches of the white stuff falls annually, so this is the place to be for a fun snowball fight. If you can escape the coziness of your Lake City vacation rental, you can revel in the gorgeous sunshine—even on the coldest of days, it casts a brilliant glow over freshly packed snow. It does get cold beyond compare in Lake City, with January lows dipping to the single digits. Summer tops out at around 72 degrees. In short, it’s always good to have a light jacket or coat on hand.

Natural features

Wildin' out over the wildflowers of Lake City

Wildflowers add dazzling color to the San Juan mountain slopes—there are over 150 different species in the area alone. Waterfalls abound throughout Lake City, too, the most spectacular of which can be found in North Clear Creek Falls. Lake San Cristobal, the second largest lake in Colorado, is a great spot to watch for elk, moose, beavers, and other types of wildlife. You can also park at the marshy Red Mountain Gulch Day Use Area and take in the sunset—don’t be surprised if you spot a moose in the brush.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Lake City

Fly into Telluride, CO (TEX-Telluride Regional), the closest airport, located 33.1 mi (53.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Gunnison, CO (GUC-Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional), which is 41.9 mi (67.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Lake City?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 285 vacation rentals near Lake City. From 68 Cabins to 114 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Lake City?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake City:

  • Purgatory Resort: 165 vacation rentals
  • Telluride Ski Resort: 1,087 vacation rentals
  • Columbine Lake (Purgatory Lake Drive): 193 vacation rentals
  • Idlewild Estates: 16 vacation rentals
  • Solar Ranch: 18 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lake City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lake City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Uncompahgre Peak: 275 vacation rentals
  • Wetterhorn Peak: 950 vacation rentals
  • Hard Tack Mine: 194 vacation rentals
  • Ouray Hot Springs Pool: 1,381 vacation rentals
  • Ridgway Town Hall: 1,338 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Lake City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 68 Cabins in Lake City. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lake City include:

  • Houses: 114 rentals available
  • Cottages: 68 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 68 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lake City?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 10 vacation rentals with pool available in Lake City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.