Getting Here

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Getting Here

We understand that planning a trip takes time and requires plenty of information. We do our best to provide you with all the accurate information you need about the Lake City area.

Have questions? Call the Lake City Visitor Center at 970- 944 2527 for additional information.

Little Blue Canyon Project

Project paused for winter. No Road Closures on US 50 at Little Blue Creek Canyon until March 2022. The Little Blue Canyon Project will affect travelers headed from Montrose to Lake City on Highway 50. Motorists should plan in advance, and expect long wait times during the queue for the Monday-Friday single-lane openings, alternating traffic operations in the morning, midday, and evening. And full roadway closures reduced speed limits and narrowed roads. Significant delays are anticipated. See full details at

​Traffic schedule and timeline are subject to change.

How to Get Here


Lake City is located in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, about 55 miles south of Gunnison on State Highway 149, and 74 miles north of South Fork. State Highway 149, also known as the Silver Thread Byway, is open year-round. This road is plowed daily in the winter from 5 AM – 7 PM.


The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) offers car rentals and is served by American Airlines, United, and United Express (more airline services are available in the winter months).

The Montrose Regional Airport (MHT), about a two-hour drive away, offers car rentals and is served by Continental Airlines, American Airlines, and United Express.

Driving Tips

These are commonly asked questions about driving in our area.

What do I need to know about driving over Slumgullion Pass with my trailer or RV?

A common problem for drivers coming over Slumgullion Pass is overheating brakes. To avoid this problem, use a lower gear. After reaching the summit of Slumgullion Pass, start out going slowly downhill. If the car starts gaining too much speed, simply shift into the next lowest gear, repeating this process as often as necessary. Contrary to popular belief, this practice will not hurt a transmission. For those with standard transmission cars, remember that the gear used going uphill is likely the same gear that will be used going downhill. A general tip for everyone is to not rush going over Slumgullion. Take it slow and enjoy the drive.

How do I know if my car will make it around the Alpine Loop?

A portion Alpine Loop is a four-wheel drive only road and high clearance is recommended. Two wheel drive cars can make it to Sherman and to Capitol City, but it is recommended that these cars and drivers do not travel past these points.

What items should I keep in my car while driving in the mountains?

A tow strap, a spare tire with plenty of air, warm clothing, bottled water, oil, antifreeze, a shovel, a flashlight with batteries, and a jack are all recommended items to keep in a car.

How can high altitude affect my car?

High altitude does not generally affect a car except that tire pressure will be slightly higher. It is recommended that before making the trek to Lake City, a car’s oil, antifreeze and other necessary fluids be checked. However, some ATVs and dirt bikes will need some changes. For more information, call one of Lake City’s mechanics, listed in the business directory.