Surrounded by the Gunnison National Forest is Lake San Cristobal. Formed some 700+ years ago when the first Slumgullion Earthflow came crashing down from above and blocked the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. The Earthflow is still moving but it isn’t affecting the lake any more. This view from the overlook is stunning……that and the thin air takes your breath away.
The road that accesses the lake from the Silver Thread Scenic Byway is also the beginning of the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway. This road heads west into the San Juans and crosses Cinnamon Pass to Silverton.