Lake City might call itself the most remote town in the lower 48 states of the United States, but that’s what makes it the perfect base camp for outdoor recreation adventures in Colorado. Here’s an overview of what Lake City has to offer.

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FYI Folks: the “most remote” designation came from National Geographic. Having driven the Alpine Loop more than 260 times as the Alpine Tanger, I can assure you that it is quite remote in many places. More than 90% of my patrol area had no telephone or radio coverage. Great country.


I love Colorado and this sounds like an amazing place, both for visitors and residents. But if you can drive to it, it certainly isn't that remote. Stehekin, Washington is a place that you can only get to by a 3 hour passenger only ferry or a 23 mile hike over the summit of the rugged North Cascades mountains,. And there is no cell phone service, no internet, or cable TV. Some homes have satellites, but that's about it.


I fully agree that Lake City is a great town and area, but most remote?

How about Point Roberts, WA which required driving 25k through Canada. During the pandemic, the border was closed.

One time when “you can’t get there from here” was almost literally true.


Whomever made this claim clearly has not spend much time in Montana or Oregon


Good article on Lake City. We lived there for 13 years and I was the Alpine Ranger for four years patrolling the Alpine Loop. This is fantastic country with wonderful views with lots of outdoor activities.

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