What to See and Do
Hiking and Biking
Alpine Gulch Trail
The Alpine Gulch Trail is a challenging out-and-back trek that rewards hikers with incredible views of the San Juan Mountains and several waterfalls. Expect to encounter patches of rocky areas with steep grades and muddy conditions on some sections of the path. The trail is also perfect for viewing wildlife such as elk and deer, and your dog can join you on the trail.
Length: 9.3 miles
Fishing & Boating
Lake Fork of the Gunnison River gives anglers a chance to fish some of the most abundant Gold Medal waters in Colorado. Catches that are common during peak season include brown and rainbow trout while fall offers waders and shoreline casters opportunities to hook kokanee salmon. The nearest launch for motorized boating is located at Lake Fork Marina at the west end of the Blue Mesa Reservoir 45 miles north of Lake City. Along with a boat launch, the marina features a store, a tackle shop, gas and boat rentals.
God's Crag is a popular area near Lake City that's known for its sport climbing routes. Of the 26 routes, there is only one traditional climb, Barnacle Bill, which is a challenging ascent that follows a broken crack to a gnarly overhang. More routes worth checking out include Jedi Mind Tricks, Sterling Coach, and Black Velvet.
Lake Fork of the Gunnison is a haven for a variety of mammal species, including mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, and bighorn sheep. Moose also populate the area, though they are scarcer due to their small numbers, which is around 3,000 statewide. Smaller animals, such as pika, snowshoe hares, mountain cottontails, and marmots, are frequently seen scurrying through the underbrush on the banks of the river. If you look to the skies, you'll likely spot ospreys and kestrels soaring above along with stellar jays. The lynx is another common inhabitant. However, sightings are rare. Black bears have been seen as well.
Picnicking is permitted at the Lake Fork of the Gunnison, though trash should be removed, and the area should be left as you found it. Organized picnic areas are available at the Beaver Creek Picnic Area at the Blue Mesa Reservoir if you plan to fish or boat near that location.
Good trails for OHV riding are available at the Henson Creek and Cinnamon Pass staging areas. From these locations, you can explore over 30 miles of mountainous terrain with breathtaking views of the surrounding areas. If you want to check out some historical sights, the Cinnamon Pass trail provides access to Carson Ghost Town from Wager Gulch, which features the ruins of an old gold mine along the way.