Walk a short distance for an excellent view of a natural lake formed by the Slumgullion Earthflow.  This birds-eye view allows you to see sediment from the slide along the sides of the lake. Lake San Cristobal was named after a poem written by Lord Tennyson in which he described a beautiful lake in Scotland called “Cristobal.”

Hall Realty Lake San Cristobal
Lake San Cristobal courtesy Hall Realty

ChrisKraft Lake San Cristobal
Lake San Cristobal courtesy Chris Kraft


Credits and Acknowledgments

The research, writing and production of this interpretive booklet were made possible by grants from the following generous organizations: Federal Highway Administration Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), colorado Historical Society, Western Colorado Interpretive Association (WCIA), Hinsdale County Lodging Tax Panel, Lake City Chamber of Commerce, the Creede and Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, the Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway Council, and the Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Action Coordination Team. Special thanks to Grant Houston of the Hinsdale County Historical Society, Lynna Jackson of Creede, Nancy Houston, and the authors, Laurene Farley and Sandy Thompson of the U.S. Forest Service, Gunnison, Colorado. Layout and design update by B4 Studio, Creede.