Celebrate Lake City: April 9th

Lake City DIRT and the Chamber of Commerce invite you to the annual Celebrate Lake City extravaganza!  Join friends and neighbors celebrating accomplishments of local governments and nonprofit organizations on April 9th at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s event will be held at the Arts Center hosted by emcee Philip Virden.  A complimentary meal of Chicken Divan, Sausage/Lentil/Rice Bake and Veggie Baked Pasta will be provided with a cash bar and free desserts. 

Below is the 2019 Flyer and Program.  You can pick up flyers to display throughout the community at the Chamber of Commerce, beginning Tuesday, March 12th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Don’t forget to nominate organization, business, and citizen of the year at the Chamber of Commerce (more information coming soon)!  Call DIRT at 970-596-9071 or the Chamber at 970-944-2527 with any questions.   

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National Spotlight for Ice Climbs

The National Main Street Center featured Lake City in their Community Spotlight this month!

It's just you and the ice at the Lake City Ice Wall. This big beautiful blue ice covered wall boasts 10-15 routes and is located just a block away from historic Lake City, Colorado. Read more about ice climbing in this Main Street Community

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Photo credit: Benjamin Hake

Lake City Climbing by Jamie Turrentine 

Photo Credit Jamie Turrentine


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Highlights Include:

January 26:  Lake San Cristobal Pond Hockey

February 2:  Dual Slalom Ski Race

February 9:  Lake City Ice Climbing Festival

February 10:  Snowshoe Race

February 16:  Lake City Ice Fishing Derby

February 23:  Platinum Paddle Pond Hockey Tourney

February 23: Lake San Cristobal Brew-ski

March 2: Matt Milski Memorial Ski Race

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Rose Lime Kiln

rose lime kiln webThe Hinsdale County Historical Society (thanks to Shawna Shidler and Grant Houston) wrote a grant to purchase the Rose Lime Kiln property above Capitol City.  We have received notice of grant award!  This grant will be matched with funds from the Bureau of Land Management (thanks, Liz Francisco!) to purchase the private property as a heritage tourism site.  The Rose Lime Kiln and Henson Creek Chimney is surrounded by BLM land and plans will be made for further interpretation and stabilization on this iconic site.    Yay!!  Another legacy project for generations to come :)

Special thanks to Tim Stroh, Korbin Pugh, and Michael Owen at the State Historic Fund for your work in our region!

West of 105 names Lake City Top 12

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Lake City is number 5 on this list of "alternative" mountain towns to visit this winter.

"Millions of visitors and residents hit the slopes in Colorado throughout the #winter, but if you're looking for a break from #ski towns this season, or just want to discover somewhere new, we rounded up a dozen alternative options. Whether they are nestled at the base of a mountain or right in them, these are some of our favorite places to get away from it all this winter."

12 'Alternative' Colorado Mountain Towns to Visit This Winter

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Christmas Trees, Open Houses and Christmas in Lake City!

Happy holidays from the Chamber and DIRT! 

The 2018 Old-Fashioned Holiday Calendar (jam-packed with fun events for all) is available on-line or paper copies can be picked up around town or at the Visitor’s Center. 

Christmas Trees available for sale at the Lake Fork Valley Conservancy’s land donated by the Moseley family – December 1st and December 9th from 11 to 2 pm (plus hot chocolate!) or call Camille Richard at 970-944-5382.

Tuesday night is TRIVIA NIGHT at the Lake City Brewery beginning at 6 pm.

Thursday night enjoy Open Houses at Public Health, the Town of Lake City’s offices, Community Banks of Colorado, and the John Wagner Public Library.  Childcare provided at the Armory. 

Friday night is Linda Downs scarf class at the Arts Center (sign up today).

Saturday is Christmas in Lake City – cookie and little tree auction, treats in businesses, Santa at Tis the Season, holiday crafts for kids, weenie roast and Reindeer Games and a Fruit Cake Toss in the park, a light parade, the Town Tree Lighting, followed by a sing-along – check out the full schedule. 

Thirty businesses are participating in the Missing Mistletoe program – pick up your punch cards at businesses or more copies are available at the Visitor Center.  Return completed cards to be entered in two drawings for baskets of local goodies. 


Funding for the 2018 calendar comes from business sponsorships and the Hinsdale County Lodging Tax funds awarded to the Main Street program.  Lake City DIRT is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to preserving and enhancing Lake City’s historic and commercial district.  More information about our Main Street program can be found at www.lakecitydirt.com