Getting Here

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Getting Here

We understand that planning a trip takes time and requires plenty of information. Learn more about traveling to Lake City below.

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

US 50 Closure between Gunnison and Montrose

A safety closure is in place for a bridge on US Highway 50 located west of Gunnison. See the most up-to-date information on detours and more from CDOT here.

Little Blue Canyon Project

The Little Blue Canyon Project will affect travelers headed from Montrose to Lake City on Highway 50. Motorists should plan in advance and expect wait times during the queue for the Monday-Friday single-lane openings. 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. See road conditions and status at


The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC), is about a one-hour drive away with car rentals available.

The Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ), is about a two-hour drive away with car rentals available.

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 not to rush going over Slumgullion Pass. Take it slow and enjoy the drive.

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.