Pitkin is your Rocky Mountain playground! There are hiking trails for all levels of adventurers. Elusive trout keep the fly-fishermen working hard in Quartz Creek. Pitkin is also a destination for Jeeping, Four wheeling, snowmobiling and ATVs of all kinds, all enjoyed without the crowds. If you are more into just looking at the view rather than being involved with the scenery, there are historic railroads, ghost towns, abandoned mines and remote mountain passes waiting for you to discover, in a part of Colorado long forgotten by time.


Roosevelt Mine

Just below Pitkin you can still see the remains of the Stamp Mill and Generator House for the Roosevelt Mine.  The hike up to the mine is easy, once you get away from the edge of the stream.  Still, there is so much to see on the hike up.

Fairview Peak 

The hike up to the hut on top of Fairview Peak is a good test for a flatlander. When you arrive at the top, you are over 13,000 feet elevation. You can see for many miles from the top. No wonder it made such a good spot for a fire lookout building.


Cross Country Skiing

All kinds of trails around Pitkin to ski on during the snow season. Check our map in the Lodge Office for the trails.


Snowmobiling on many of the same trails that you ATV on during the summer months is a real highlight. You can travel into the backcountry and see views and scenes very few people have been able to see.


With average snowfall amounts of around 100”, there is plenty of snow for snowshoeing. Maps for easy snowshoeing right around Pitkin are available in Lodge Office.

Downhill Skiing 

With both Crested Butte Ski area and Monarch Ski area within 55 miles of Pitkin, it is a short drive to two of Colorado’s best ski slopes. Come play and stay with us.

Back Country Lakes

If you want to get away from people and take in a little fishing out of Pitkin, head north from Ohio City up the Gold Creek Trail.  When you get to the end of the trail, there are a couple of different trails that go up into Wilderness Areas. Only horses and people on foot are allowed.  On one trail is Lower and Upper Lamphier Lakes and on the other trail is Mill Lake.  On good, clear, calm days, you can see rather large cutthroat trout swimming in the water.

Fishing/Fly Fishing

Gunnison River

Fly shops in Gunnison and Almont offer float trips down the Gunnison River from Almont to Gunnison.  

Taylor River

The most famous spot on the river is the “Hog Trough” that is right below the dam at Taylor Reservoir.  This very short section is known for some very hard to catch huge trout that feed on the small shrimp that come through the discharge of the dam. 

Mirror Lake

For a really amazing time, grab a fishing float tube and head out on this beautiful lake.  You may not catch very big fish here, but if they are biting you will probably catch a lot of fish.  


All kinds of National Forest land surround the Pitkin area.  Check with the Quartz Creek Lodge office for all the information you will need to hunt for deer and elk in some prime areas.



Within minutes of Pitkin are many water opportunities. See what adventures await you.


An Authentic Heritage

Pitkin, originally named Quartzville, was Colorado’s first mining camp West of the Continental Divide. The town was founded in early 1879 by Frank Curtiss, George P. Chiles and Wayne Scott. The town, which is situated on an alpine meadow one-mile-long and one quarter wide, was incorporated on August 11, 1879, when it was renamed Pitkin. Continuous discovery of mines in the vicinity brought Pitkin to life and sustained it for many years.  Mining brought out the railway, which led to the building of the historic Alpine Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering feats in railroad history in the United States. The first train pulled into town in 1882.  Though the population and mining isn’t booming anymore, the Quarts Creek Valley is still as idyllic and inspiring as it was over 100 years ago.