Lake City used to be at the northern tip of the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, which in the past few years has been extended north to its intersection with U.S. 50 at Blue Mesa Reservoir. The Byway also travels 75 miles south to Southfork. Heading south from Lake City, the paved route (also called Highway 149) climbs over Slumgullion and Spring Creek, overlooks the headwaters of the Rio Grande, and then drops down into the lush Rio Grande Valley. Along the way, you'll see plenty of old gold and silver mining camps and spectacular North Clear Creek Falls.
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