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Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway


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Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway near Almont, Blue Mesa Lake, Creede, Gunnison, Lake City, Ohio City, Parlin, Powderhorn, Sapinero, Sargents, South Fork, Taylor Park, Wagon Wheel Gap, Waunita Hot Springs

Creede boomed in 1890, sometimes adding up to 300 people a day. Abandoned when the silver prices dropped in 1893, the next years brought major floods and fires. The winters of this area were harsh, and in 1848, John C. Fremont lost 1/3 of his men. In the winter of 1873, Alfred Packer was the sole survivor to return from his exploration of the mountains, supposedly eating his companions. Between silver and cannibalism, the region of the Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway is rich in history.

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Beauty surrounds the region. The San Juan Mountains are visible from the byway, and the Wheeler Geologic National Area provides views of exquisite land formations. Be sure you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to travel to the Wheeler Area and be prepared to hike a few miles where the road ends. Also in the area is Coller State Wildlife Area. Here, Elk gather before migrating. Between 700-1,000 Elk have been spotted here at one time. Don't miss the North Clear Creek Waterfalls, known for being the most photographed site, or Spring Creek Pass, home of the great Continental Divide.

Wagon Wheel Gap is a site rich in history. Built in 1870, this was the first Stage Stop between South Fork and Lake City. However, the Ute Indians used the area long before for what they called "Little Medicine," or hot mineral waters. Today, these hot springs are resorts and privately owned.

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Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do. Between two wilderness areas and numerous fourteeners, camping, fishing, hiking, rafting, and biking are popular activities. The winter months provide ice fishing in the reservoirs, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling on mapped and maintained trails.

Location: Start traveling along Highway 149 in South Fork, and pass through Wagon Wheel Gap, Creede, Lake City, Powderhorn, and end your journey Where Highway 50 crosses over Highway 149.

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Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do

Alpine Village Cabins - On Top of The Rockies link to Colorado vacation
Unwind in our quiet village in Lake City; a low-key, comfortable, alpine destination. Log cabins 1- and 2- bedrooms, modern kitchenettes, WI-FI. On top of the Rockies: fishing, hiking, jeeping, horseback riding.
Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page Map showing location of Colorado vacation
PACKAGES: Romance Golf, Wedding. Near South Fork along the river with beautiful arbor, hot tub, and picnic area. Elegant Inn: full breakfast, themed bed-rooms, honeymoon whirlpool suite, on-site fishing.
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.
Last Chance Mine & Museum link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Near Historic Creede explore a 1891 Silver Camp and the Last Chance Mine! Spend a day: mineral and rock hunting, geo caching, taking an underground tour. Museum and Custom jewelry in historic cabin.
Matterhorn Motel link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Mountain-side motel rooms and cozy seasonal cabins, 1 block from Lake City's Historic District. Est in 1949, Matterhorn is SMOKE-FREE property. Free WI-FI. Reservations recommended - open year round.
South Fork Visitor Center link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Getaway to Colorado's Silver Thread Scenic Byway -- South Fork is famous for ATVing, fishing, rafting, hiking, hunting, biking, golf, wildlife, Jeeping, skiing, snowmobiling, and scenic historic driving tours.
Soward Ranch: Colorado Cattle Ranch - Guest Cabin - Fly-Fishing email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Guest-Cabin est 1932; a cattle ranch for 130 years. Exclusive fishing at Soward: fly-fishing streams and stocked ponds. Secluded, Colorado, cabins on 1200 acres in the upper Rio Grande Valley near Creede.

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Creede, Colorado

Gunnison, Colorado includes: Almont, Blue Mesa Lake, Ohio City, Parlin, Pitkin, Sargents, Sapinero, Taylor Park, Waunita Hot Springs

Lake City, Colorado includes: Powderhorn

South Fork Area, Colorado

Wagon Wheel Gap, Colorado

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