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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 Web page link icon
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. Pets Welcome. WiFi.
Cottonwood Cove Guest Ranch: Cabins, RV Park, Jeeps, Horse Rides, Rafting, Fishing, Restaurant and Gift Shop Email link icon Reservation link icon Photos on page icon
Vacation along Silver Thread Scenic Byway (Hwy 149) between Creede and South Fork. Guest ranch mountain cabins: kitchens, fireplaces. RV sites: full hookup, pull-thru. Jeep Rentals, Horse Rides Here!
Fun Valley Family Resort: Cabins, RV Park, Campground Web page link icon
Since 1959 families have been coming to Fun Valley for a safe place to experience nature. South Fork is deep in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. Our resort offers cabins, RV park sites and campground tenting.
G&M Cabins - Downtown Lake City Web page link icon
Fully equipped G&M mountain cabins have kitchens and screened porches. Stay in Lake City, CO. Walk to downtown shops, restaurants, river fishing. Visit ghost towns on top of the world, 4WD Alpine Loop.
Soward Ranch: Colorado Cattle Ranch - Guest Cabin - Fly-Fishing Email link icon Web page link icon Photos on page icon
Guest-Cabin est 1932. A cattle ranch for 133 years. Exclusive fishing at Soward: fly-fishing streams and stocked ponds. Secluded Colorado cabins on 1,200 acres in the upper Rio Grande Valley near Creede.
Wagon Wheel Cabins - Your Home On The Road Photos on page icon
Mountain rustic meets simple modern when you vacation at Wagon Wheel Cabins: WiFi, DirecTV, ATV trailer parking, comfortable beds. In Lake City, walking distance to everything. Non-smoking. Pet friendly.

More Activities & Information

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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