Creede Underground Mining Museum, Mine Tours and Community Center


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Underground Mining Museum - Blasted Out of Solid Rock Cliff

This museum was blasted out of solid rock to give visitors the actual feeling of what it was like to mine underground in Colorado's mountains. The mining tour starts when mining started in Creede and follows to modern day.

MUSEUM: The Underground Mining Museum comprises a series of rooms and tunnels blasted into the cliff face of Willow Creek Canyon at the north edge of town. Visitors experience the miner's subterranean workplace through a series of demonstrations and exhibits in shafts created specifically for that purpose. From early silver mining techniques to recent technology, the museum is an important part of Colorado's "Western Americana." The exhibit hall features 22 mineral and artifact displays and is a fitting prelude to your guided tour by an experienced hard rock miners. In winter enjoy our self-guided CD tours.

OUTDOOR COVERED PICNIC AREA: Available to family before or after their visit, bring lunch and spend the day with us.

COMMUNITY CENTER: Weddings, Family Celebrations and Events: Our Community Center adjoins the Museum Cave and is a wonderful gathering place for large groups. The Creede Community Center is also underground and adjoins the Underground Mining Museum. It hosts several annual events: Woodcarver's Rendezvous in July, Creede Rock and Mineral Show in early August, and a Christmas Tree Walk in December. Every Monday night during the summer join the locals for Bingo. This is a fabulous location for your family celebration. AMENITIES: Full kitchen, restrooms, and audio/video equipment.

GIFT SHOP: Mineral and gemstones, mining and historic memorabilia, fun for the rock hound.

CREEDE UNDERGROUND MINING MUSEUM TOURS: Open year round, hours vary from summer to winter as listed below.

SUMMER HOURS: May 24 to September 22, from 9am to 5pm daily.

WINTER HOURS: September 23 to May 23, from 10am to 3pm Tuesday-Saturday.

LOCATION: The Creede Underground Mining Museum in southwest Colorado is along the Bachelor Loop Historic Driving Tour, less than 5 minutes north of Creede, just off the Silver Thread Scenic Byway (Highway 149) between South Fork and Lake City.

DRIVE TIMES: From Lake City drive 50 miles southeast and from South Fork drive 22 mile northwest along on Highway 149. From Grand Junction it's a 4 hour drive southeast. From Durango it's a 2-1/2 hour drive northeast. From Fort Collins expect a 5-1/2 hour drive and from Denver it's 4-1/2 hours both southwest. There are 3 suggested routes from Colorado Springs all taking about 4 hours to drive. Flagstaff Arizona is an eight hour drive and Albuquerque New Mexico is 4-1/2 hours away. While Amarillo Texas is about a 7 hour drive.

ADDRESS: #9 Forest Service Road 503, Creede CO 81130

PHONE: 719-658-0811- For Current Rates and Availability; To Make Your Reservations: mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.




  • Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate. Reunion. Weddings. Youth group with adult leaders.
  • Group Meeting Area: Indoor room and outdoor area.
  • Conference Center: Meeting room with tables and chairs can be set up class room style. Some A/V equipment available for seminars. Call for more details.
  • Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Indoor Meeting Room: 500
  • Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in COVERED Outdoor Picnic Area: 100
  • Your Host will Cater or Arrange Meals with Advance Arrangements: Yes
  • Your Host will Provide Wedding Planning Help: Yes


  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year

Primarily Year Round Activities

  • Museum: On site.
  • Public Rec Center: On site.

Primarily Summer Activities

  • Cave Tours: On site.
  • Mine Tours: On site.

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