Creede - Southwest Colorado


Isolated and picturesque, Creede, at 8,854', is in Mineral County where 95 percent of the land is national forest or wilderness. Prospector Nicholas Creede discovered silver here in 1889 and one of his mines, the Amethyst, produced $2 million one year. What attracted hundreds of miners also brought crooks: "Soapy" Smith opened the Orleans Club to separate miners from their riches. He was eventually banned from Creede which was also home to other famous westerners, including Calamity Jane and Bob Ford, the man who shot Jesse James in the back. Today, the old mining town atmosphere still exists in restaurants, shops and the Creede Repertory Theater. North Creede, Spar City, and Bachelor are all ghost towns located within 14 miles of Creede.

The Wheeler Geologic Area, 24 miles northeast, is a photographer's dream: unusual volcanic rock formations have earned it the name City of Gnomes.

Commadore Mine, Creede, Colorado Vacation Directory

From the Rio Grande Reservoir, 30 miles away, to Creede, people raft and fish for the plentiful German brown trout along the Rio Grande headwaters. Colorado's upper Rio Grande from the Rio Grande Reservoir above Creede through Wagon Wheel Gap and South Fork to Del Norte is "a high-country angler's undiscovered paradise," according to American Angler, the magazine of fly fishing and fly tying. The Bachelor Historic Loop, a 17-mile ride through the unique silver mining district and two ghost towns, and the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, which runs from South Fork through Creede northwest to Lake City, are two ways to enjoy the backcountry without crowds. Along the Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway, State Highway 149, are some of the most majestic valleys in all of Colorado - the distances between mountain peaks appears vast and mesmerizing.

Creede is near: Lake City & Wagon Wheel Gap

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Featured Creede Businesses

Continental Guest Ranch  email this Colorado cabin
Fishing on-site at the headwaters of the Rio Grande outside of Creede and near Continental Reservoir, this remote ranch has pioneer cabins for rent. Enjoy the areas hiking, horse, ATV, and Jeep trails.


Cottonwood Cove Guest Ranch: Cabins, RV Park, Jeeps, Horse Rides  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A Family Vacation along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway (Highway 149) between Creede and South Fork in Wagon Wheel Gap. Mountain Cabins with kitchens and fireplaces. Full hookup, pull thru, RV sites.

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RC Guest Ranch and Circle Divide Outfitters  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation
Family owned guest ranch near Creede, RC is true western hospitality! Furnished 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cabins. Circle Divide Outfitters Guided Trips: fishing, hunting, horseback riding into the National Forest.

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Rio Grande Enterprises  link to Colorado vacation
Deep in the San Juan Mountains, along the Rio Grande River, near Creede CO with 2-story cabins. Your base-camp is surrounded by National Forest: excellent fishing and trails. ATV rentals & service on-site.

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South Fork Lodge, Cabins & RV Park  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between South Fork and Creede on Highway 149. Cabins are open all year with Satellite TV, Free WI-FI and pets welcome. Spacious SEASONAL full hookup RV sites. Laundry on-site. Discounted ski tickets.

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Soward Ranch  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Guest-cabin business since 1932 on a Cattle ranch. Secluded, cabins scattered on 1200 acres. Private fishing in Soward Ponds. In the upper Rio Grande Valley, surrounded by mountains, 14 miles to Creede.

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Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop, The  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In Lake City, at the same location for 50+ years. A full service outdoor and gift store specializing in hiking tours, fishing guide services, Jeep tours, snowshoeing packages, equipment rentals, and trail maps.

Scenic Byways Fishing Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals Attractions Snowshoeing and nordic trails 

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Creede Activities and Maps

National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Slumgullion Earthflow

Scenic Byways:
Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway -UPDATED-

Hiking Trails:
The Colorado Trail

Creede Fishing Map -UPDATED-

Jeep & 4WD:
Creede Jeeping & ATV Trails

Lake City & Creede Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-

Local Area Maps:
Lake City, Creede, South Fork Area Map

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