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Lake City—with its collection of lacy gingerbread-trim houses and other Victorian buildings—has one of the largest National Historic Districts in Colorado. Lake City is a quaint little town and a point of departure for superb hiking and fishing in the Gunnison National Forest. A geological phenomenon known as the Slumgullion Earthflow occurred some 700 years ago, when a mountainside sloughed
off into the valley, blocking the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River and creating Lake San Cristobal, the state’s second-largest natural lake. There’s a scenic overlook along Highway 149, just south of town, with a sign explaining how this happened.
The northern escarpment of Mesa Verde to the south and the volcanic blisters of La Plata Mountains to the west dominate the views around sprawling...
Creede, a flash-in-the-pan silver town, was known in its heyday as Colorado’s rowdiest mining camp. When silver was discovered here in 1889...