Colorado Scenic Byways Map
Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway
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.
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.
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.
Places to Stay & Fun Things to Do
Unwind in our quiet village in Lake City; a low-key, comfortable, alpine destination. Log cabins 1- and 2- bedrooms, modern kitchenettes. On top of the Rockies: fishing, hiking, jeeping, horseback riding. WI-FI.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Activities & Information
Gunnison, Colorado includes: Almont, Blue Mesa Lake, Ohio City, Parlin, Pitkin, Sargents, Sapinero, Taylor Park, Waunita Hot Springs
Lake City, Colorado includes: Powderhorn