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2018 VISITORS GUIDE

Creede & Mineral County

THE LAST GREAT PLACE


A Unique New Neighborhood In Creede World Headquarters 114 North Main St. Creede, CO 719.658.0223 www.creedeamerica.com


HELLO TRAVELERS Welcome to Creede, Colorado!

Known by many as “The Last Great Place,” we can’t help but agree. In this guide you will find an abundance of resources to plan your time and enjoy this area to the fullest. From catching a show at the nationally recognized Creede Repertory Theatre, fishing along the headwaters of the Rio Grande River, to shopping/dining/enjoying live tunes throughout town, and much more. There is truly something for everyone in Creede. Peruse our 2018 calendar. There is a full year of events and we hope you can join us! We are celebrating the 30th year of Taste of Creede and the 10th year of the Cruisin’ the Canyon Fall Color Car Show, milestones for these fantastic events.

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Before you head off on your adventures, stop at the Visitor Center at 904 S Main St. and check out our Town Model of North Creede from back in 1892. Enjoy access to FREE WIFI and gather all necessary information on our area. Experience life here in Creede and have a blast!

Erin Yurkinas

Erin Yurkinas, Executive Director

Creede & Mineral County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

Published by the Creede & Mineral County Chamber of Commerce. PO Box 580 / 904 S. Main Street Creede, CO 81130 ∙ www.creede.com 719-658-2374 ∙ office@creede.com ∙ Design & Layout by B4 Studio, LLC. Printed by B&B Printers, Gunnison, Colorado. ©2018 Creede & Mineral County Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. This guide may not be reproduced in whole or in part without written approval from the publisher. The cost of this publication has been provided entirely by Creede & Mineral County Chamber of Commerce members and area advertisers. Lodging Tax Funds were not used.

Cover Photos: South Clear Creek Falls by Bob Seago Photography. Flyfishing at the 4UR Ranch. Creede Pond Hockey by B4 Studio, LLC. Cruisin’ the Canyon Car Show by B4 Studio, LLC. This Page: Overlooking Creede by Ed Knight Photography.

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VISIT CREEDE

Creede Art and Galleries In a Day

Spend a day in Creede’s galleries which exhibit the works of some of the finest artists in the state. Creede was awarded the Governors award for Best Arts Town in Colorado in 2010. Wander leisurely through Abbey Lane Gallery, C. Waters Gallery, Loverings, Quiller Gallery, Rare Things Gallery of Treasures, and The Studios at Bristol!

Known for its mining history, the area surrounding Creede is one of many mysteries and small surprises, sure to catch the attention of anyone wishing to experience something all their own. Tailored to fit your schedule, each of these activities will fill a full or half day!

Treat Yo’ Self!

Get pampered in Creede. Start a relaxing morning with a pastry and hot latte from Coffee On The Fly while you consider the wide variety of services available: The Blue Yak Salon offers hair colorings and cuts for both men and women, massages and a boutique shop and oh yea…cupcakes! Ooh La Spa & Boutique offers a full range of nail services in addition to facials, waxing, massages, haircuts and coloring, spray tanning, and a full retail shop. Mel will surely have some of her famous Ooh La Scrubs whipped up; be sure to get one!

Hike the ‘Up and Over’

The most well-known hike in the area can be hiked in either direction. The trailhead is across La Garita St from Downstream Gas & Mercantile (where you can pick up drinks and snacks for your hike!). Three quarters of a mile later and 800 feet up, you’ll reach the pinnacles that tower above Main Street. Find a rock and take a break while you look down on town and the valleys of the Creede Caldera. Descend the “over” side, through pine trees and along the mountainside. Keep left at two forks to come down into East Willow. From there, stroll less than a mile downhill back to town.

Walking and Shopping in Downtown Creede!

Stroll up and down our historic Main Street and explore the town of Creede. Venture into our wide-range of shops. From sporting goods to jewelry, gourmet shops, clothing and basic supplies, our eclectic offerings have something for everyone!

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Above: Commodore Mines on the Bachelor Loop Left: View of Creede from the Up & Over Right: Taste of Creede Festival of Fine Arts & Dining Photos by B4 Studio

Mines & Memories Downstream Gas & Mercantile Ooh La Spa Kentucky Belle Market Rare Things Gallery Of Treasures San Juan Sports Rio Grande Angler Creede Trading Company Elk County Creede Olive Oil Company The Blue Yak Salon & Boutique Ramble House Big River Music The Holy Moses Finding Gems Tomkins Hardware Off Broadway

Into the Back Country

Stoney Pass? Alpine Loop? Wheeler Geologic Area? Or any other of our hundreds of back country roads? Venture out in your 4x4 or ATV! There are lots of options for rentals. Cottonwood Cove or Elk Country Jeeps for jeep rentals; Creede ATV, Big Country Fun, Rio Grande Off-Road, or Snowshoe Lodge all rent ATVs and/or UTVs. Looking for a guided adventure? Check out Mountain Skillz! Have a blast in the back country!

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Hike Inspiration Point

In the summer – an early morning start is essential if you want to enjoy this hike. This trail offers beautiful views of town and amazing vistas of the Rio Grande valley. Make sure to acclimate to the altitude before setting off on this hike! Take plenty of snacks and water! It can be strenuous but well worth it! Before your hike, make reservations for dinner at 4UR Ranch. Enjoy a fabulous meal – you earned it!

Fall Fly-In Weekend

One of the best ways to see Creede and Mineral County is from the air, and the best time of year is during the Fall color explosion. You will have opportunities from about Labor Day through Octo-

ber. A great opportunity happens every year during the third week in September. Fly-in for a breakfast at the Mineral County Airport (jet fuel available). Then come into town for the festivities of Cruisin’ the Canyon Car Show. We have plenty of winter lodging options – stay the night!

Horseback Riding

Trails galore interlace the stunning San Juan’s around Creede and throughout Mineral County. What better way to spend a day than viewing it all from the back of a horse? The following offer guided horseback rides: Freemon’s Guest Ranch, Frazier Outfitters, and Cottonwood Cove. After a day of riding, head back to town and relax on the patio at Kip’s Grill with a delicious burger or baja tacos and live music!

Creek Falls, just a couple miles away. Park in the back of the Silver Thread Campground and find a 900 ft trail leading down to the falls. Continue down Highway 149 and visit the Studios at Bristol for beautiful artwork and handcrafted items. Next, enjoy a delicious burger and shake from Freemon’s Guest Ranch and General Store. Cash only!

Stargazing in Creede

Grab dinner to go from the Miner’s Restaurant, and take a gorgeous drive up Pool Table Road toward Hansen’s Mill. Find the perfect spot to spend the evening gazing at the Milky Way exceptionally bright in our dark skies.

Hike to Phoenix Park

Paddle Boarding

Yes, in Creede! Rent a paddle board from San Juan Sports and ask the knowledgeable staff where their favorite spots are. Spend some time on a pond, reservoir, or, for the adventurous, on the river. Head over to Pizzeria 8852 for pizza and a delicious salad!

Start your 2-mile hike at the Phoenix Park Trailhead or Jeep/ATV up to the old miner’s cabin. The trail leads you to another set of Creede’s famous waterfalls. Wildflowers will be bursting with color in the summer, and you may be lucky enough to spot a moose so don’t forget your camera! Head to town for some people-watching and a delicious burger or hot dog from The Best Little Dog House on Main Street!

A Day for a Matinee

Enjoy a delicious sandwich and soup from Cafe Ole for lunch. Then, head over to the Creede Repertory Theatre for a matinee! Our nationally-acclaimed theatre is one-of-a-kind and holds a special place in the history of our town. With a fantastic line-up for the 2018 season, you are sure to find something!

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Left: Inspiration Point View of East Willow by Bob Seago. Above, Top: Horseback Riding at Cottonwood Cove by Kacie Sparks. Above: Paddle boarding on Rio Grande by B4 Studio Middle, Top: Night Sky by Wendy Naugle Middle, Bottom: Phoenix Park Waterfall by Steve Hall Right, Top: North Clear Creek Falls by B4 Studio Right, Bottom: Creede Repertory Theatre

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Check out the most photographed waterfall in Colorado! North Clear Creek Falls is stunning, and accessible to all; but don’t forget about its smaller sibling, South Clear 9


Mountain Biking

Deep Creek Trail is a fantastic trail for mountain biking. After carrying your bike across a small bridge a couple miles into the trail, you’ll find yourself in a lush forest. In the late summer and early fall, take a few minutes to stop and collect wild raspberries! Be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for your adventure. After a day of riding, have dinner on the patio at Cascada Bar & Grill for a great Mexican meal!

Night Life In Creede

Start with a fantastic dinner at Arp’s. While enjoying dessert, consider your options: attend an evening performance of the 53rd season of the nationally recognized Creede Repertory Theatre; walk across the street to an intimate concert at Big River 10

Music; or go around the corner to the Tommyknocker for varied live music offerings and late night hops and spirits. On Saturdays from late June to mid-September, you might go to the Ruth Theatre for CRT’s late night improv show – Boomtown!

Fern Creek Trail

Spend the morning hiking Fern Creek Trail. The West Fork Fire Complex came frighteningly close to Creede a few years ago. This hike offer an opportunity to truly view the cycle of recovery. Hike among the burned standing trees and new ground growth. Purple fireweed is bursting in the summer months and creates a dramatic contrast to the surrounding landscape. This hike is one you won’t find elsewhere! The area can also be explored via ATV/ UTV. Creede & Mineral County Visitor Guide

Rockhounding in Mineral County

Mineral deposits made the Rocky Mountains famous! Native Americans used them; Explorers were enticed by the wealth they promised; prospectors were rewarded; and industries born. Settlements exploded with the boom and faded to memory when the US adopted the gold standard and the silver market crashed. Stop by the Visitor Center for rockhounding maps. Want a guided tour? Finding Gems at Aspen Inn will take you on a rockhounding adventure! After prospecting head back into Creede and enjoy BBQ under the shade at Big 6 BBQ! Top, Left: Single Track Mountain Biking by John Goss Top: After the Burn at Fern Creek by Bob Seago Middle: Winter Night Creede by Michael Frascella Right: Creede Donkey Dash on the Bachelor Loop by Bob Seago

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COLORADO SCENIC AND HISTORIC BYWAY

south fork creede lake city gunnison Drive the Silver Thread Byway

This scenic and historic drive is one of Colorado’s hidden gems. Connecting three counties and crossing the Continental Divide twice (at Spring Creek Pass and Slumgullion), it’s truly one of a kind. North Clear Creek Falls is right off the highway, and is one of the ‘most photographed waterfalls in Colorado.’ For good reason — it’s breathtaking! Enjoy shopping and dining in towns along the way. Do not forget your camera – you will have lots of photo-ops at scenic pull-outs and interpretive sites. Be sure to pick up a guidebook at the Visitor Center.

Follow the Silver Thread as it weaves in and out of towns full of remarkable stories, pulled from a rich history, alluring outdoor adventures, and stunning scenery.

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Pick up a Milepost Guidebook at the Visitor Center in South Fork, Creede or Lake City www.silverthreadbyway.com

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Pick up a Guidebook at the Visitor Center!

DRIVE THE HISTORIC BACHELOR LOOP This 17-mile self driving loop begins and ends in town and takes you 2000 feet above Creede. A journey into our mining past and an exploration of Creede’s scenic wonders, it has something for everyone. Drive past mines that were part of the 1890’s Silver Boom. Walk through the old Bachelor town site, once home to over 1500 people! Stop at Last Chance Mine and take an underground mine tour. Look for wildlife (especially moose!) at the Allen’s Crossing beaver ponds. Don’t forget your camera! Hungry now? Get some loaded mac-n-cheese and a fried pie from The Mac Mine back in town. Yum! 16

Top: Rio Grande Reservoir in the Fall by Gin Getz Above: Mountain Man Rafting on the Rio Grande

Spend the day at the Headwaters of the Rio Grande River Mine Building Above West Willow Creek by Bob Seago

Tips for Driving the Loop • Allow at least 1 hour for the tour. • The road has some narrow stretches and

steep grades that require caution; check road conditions during inclement weather.

• Two-wheel drive vehicles might consider

driving the tour starting south of town, in order to descend the steepest areas.

• Most of the property along the route is

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Twenty miles and 30 minutes outside of Creede, turn left off of Hwy 149 onto FS Rd 520 and make the drive to the Rio Grande Reservoir. Hike, fish, and picnic in this gorgeous area. Grab lunch supplies from the Kentucky Belle Market before heading out and finish the day with delicious ice cream from Freemon’s General Store.

Rafting

We have guided and rental options for rafting on the Rio Grande! For guided trips, check out Mountain Man Rafting (their shop is located in South Fork, but they offer trips starting in Creede). If you really know what you’re doing, call Cottonwww.creede.com

Top: Fly fishing at 4UR Ranch Above: American Basin Wildflowers by Bob Seago

wood Cove to rent a raft for a day. Be sure to wear a life jacket - that water can be COLD! Before you head out, stop at Aspen Inn for some delicious Turkish coffee! After a full day of rafting, Blue Creek Lodge is a favorite for dinner and pie!

Fishing on the Rio Grande

Spend the day on a guided fishing trip with the Ramble House or The Rio Grande Angler! Our local shops are stocked with expertise, licenses (Ramble House), and all gear you’ll need! The local Forest Service Office has maps showing public access areas along the river for wade fishing. After a day of fishing, make reservations to dine riverside at Antlers Lodge, where a delicious meal enjoyed with family or friends is the perfect end to a fun-filled fishing day! 17


Creede History & Museums In A Day

Start your day at the Visitor’s Center on the south end of Main Street. Check out the scale model of North Creede from 1892. Walk over to Mines & Memories with its extensive collection of artifacts and photographs from the old silver mines. Your next stop is the Creede Historical Museum, located at the old depot in Basham Park, where you can get to know our wild west past. Your final stop is the Underground Mining Museum and their excellent tours. It’s carved into the mountain, just up the canyon, north of downtown Creede!

Hike the Hobbit Trail

This hike is the favorite of many locals. Before you head to the trail – stop at the Kentucky Belle Market for drinks and snacks. This hike starts about a mile and a half north of town along the Bachelor Loop. The trail takes you to the top of Campbell Mountain and overlooks East Willow and a few old mining structures (including the Kentucky Belle mine!). Experienced hikers might opt to clamber down the last two hundred yards for a spectacular view of Creede. After your hike, kick back

...a spectacular display of Alpine wildflowers...

on the Tommyknocker Tavern’s deck with a cold drink, a fresh salad, and delicious BBQ. We recommend their Molly S, a sweetand-spicy sandwich named after another of the mines you might spy on your hike!

Lake City for a Day

Take a drive to Lake City along the Silver Thread Byway. Make sure to check out Lake San Cristobal when heading in. It’s the second largest body of water in Colorado. Jeep and ATV rentals are available from Lake City Auto & Sports. Rent one for a day and head to American Basin, known for its spectacular display of Alpine wildflowers. Note, the drive is difficult but gorgeous.

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Spend a Day at Wheeler

Hidden deep in National Forest its Wheeler Geologic Area, an area so strange, it is referred to as “The City of Gnomes,” “White Shrouded Ghosts,” and “Dante’s Lost Souls.” The journey in is approximately 20 miles round trip, with the final 1/4 mile hiking only.  Luckily, there are two trails to get there.  Both offer completely different experiences.  An experienced offroader will enjoy the challenges posed by the 7-mile long, sometimes muddy, often narrow, rough and rocky road (we recommend taking a Jeep or ATV). A hiker will appreciate the quiet solitude afforded by the shorter, 5-mile hiking trail. While the trek in can be difficult, what awaits the traveler are haunting

and virtually impenetrable badlands. A unique and natural phenomenon, Wheeler Geologic Area was born approximately 30 million years ago when the LaGarita Caldera exploded and sent volcanic ash into the atmosphere.  The ash settled in the LaGaritas and created a vista of sandstone-like spires, domes and pinnacles. Wheeler was Colorado’s first National Monument, but the designation was removed to decrease traffic and help preserve it’s fragile ecosystem. Please, treat this precious area with care! Wheeler is an all-day trip: pick up breakfast from MJ’s Cafe, pack plenty of snacks and bring your lunch. Some hike in and camp out at the trail head – make it an over night trip!

Wheeler Geological Area - all photos by B4 Studio

Shopping Guide Open Year-Round

8200 Sports

30923 HWY 160, South Fork 719-873-1977 • 8200sports.com

Abbey Lane Gallery

131 N Main St • 719-658-2736

Alamosa Home

630 Main St, Alamosa • 719-5862030 • alamosahome.com

Antlers Rio Grande Lodge

Mines & Memories

708 S Main St • 719-658-2370

Monte Vista Coop

1901 E Hwy 160, Monte Vista 719-852-5181 • mvcoop.com

Mountain Lighthouse & Gallery

23 Buck St, South Fork • 719-873- X 5810 • mountainlighthouse.com

26222 Hwy 149 • 719-658-2423 antlerslodge.com

Off Broadway

129 N Main St • 719-658-0368 offbroadwaycreede.com

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Artspaces by Angela

23550 Hwy 149 • 719-658-2787 artspacesbyangela.com

Ooh La Spa & Boutique

289 S Main St • 719-658-3070 oohlaspacreede.com

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Big River Music

117 N Main St • 719-658-2100 bigrivermusiccreede.com

Quiller Gallery

110 N Main St • 719-658-2741 quillergallery.com

Blue Creek Lodge

11682 Hwy 149 • 719-658-2479 bluecreeklodgecreede.com

Rainbow Lodge & Grocery

30359 Hwy 160, South Fork • 719- X 873-5174 • rainbowsouthfork.biz

Bob Seago Photography

bobseagophoto.com

Ramble House

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Cottonwood Cove Lodge

13046 Hwy 149, South Fork 719-658-2242 • cottonwoodcove.com

116 N Main St • 719-658-2482 creedeflyfishing.com

104 N Main St • 719-658-2443 creedeoliveoil.com

106 S Main St • 719-658-2376 rarethingsgallery.com

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Rare Things Gallery of Treasures Rio Grande Angler

Creede Trading Post

11 S Main St • 719-658-0925

13 S Main St • 719-658-2955 riograndeangler.com

CWaters Gallery

128 N Main St • 719-588-8484

San Juan Sports

102 S Main St • 719-658-2359 sanjuansports.com

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The Blue Yak Salon & Boutique

107 S Main St • 719-658-2500 theblueyaksalon.com

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The Holy Moses

121 N Main St • 719-658-2848

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The Studios at Bristol

39542 Hwy 149 • 719-658-2455 www.kathykillip.com

Tomkins Hardware & Lumber

127 N Main St • 719-658-2240 ww3.truevalue.com/tomkins

Underground Mining Museum

#9 FSRD 503 • 719-658-0811 X undergroundminingmuseum.com

Downstream Gas & Merc. 117 E 7th • 719-658-2480 Ed Knight Photo

719-658-0182 • edknightphoto.com

Finding Gems

123 N Main St • 719-658-0212 findinggemsshop.com

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Freemon’s General Store 39284 Hwy 149 • 719-658-2454 freemonsranch.com

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J Thompson Gallery

111 N Main St • 719-658-0880 jthompsongallery.com

Kentucky Belle Market

Second and Main • 719-658-2526 X kentuckybellemarket.com

Last Chance Mine

498 USFS 504 • 719-238-7959 lastchancemine.com

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Play Golf

Check out how far your drive goes at 8200 feet! The Rio Grande Club & Resort, in South Fork, has an award-winning golf course with a combination of sandstone outcroppings, pine and cottonwood groves, and a challenging shot over the Rio Grande! After a round, satisfy your appetite at the on-site restaurant. Follow up with a stop at Rainbow Grocery for fuel and a huge selection of fishing flies and fly-tying gear, fishing and hunting licenses, boots, clothing, and camping and outdoor gear. They even stock a variety of prospecting tools. Thar’s gold in them-thar hills!

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Get Married!

The area offers incredible mountain venues for your next intimate gathering or grand affair! Guest ranches, intimate churches, a regal golf course, or any one of our thousands of acres of public land could serve as the backdrop for the most important day of your life! For our size, Creede has a surprisingly large number of award-winning group lodging establishments and just as many quality restaurants that offer family-style dining and/or catering. Check www. creede.com for photographers, bakeries, florists, rentals, venues and more!

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Make Your Mark

Creede Visitor Center 904 S. Main St. • 719-658-2374 www.creede.com

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Headwaters Alliance 719-480-4342 headwatersalliance.com

Mission: to provide a safe, dependable, affordable and nurturing childcare facility for Creede and the surrounding communities. The CELC houses Mineral County’s Pre-K program, and is open 5 days a week in the summer. Volunteers who LOVE KIDS are always welcome to come from 9-10am or 3-5pm to read, play outside, and help with arts-&crafts! And if kids aren’t your thing, but you support Education, and love renovation projects, event planning or outdoor fix ups, the CELC is always seeking volunteers for various projects!

Headwaters Alliance cleans up historic mine sites in Creede, Colorado through community outreach, stakeholder engagement, and collaborative partnerships with industrial, federal, and state agencies. The organization sponsors the Runoff Runoff Marathon, Half-Marathon & 6K Run and the Headwaters Mountain Bike Race. They welcome volunteers to help put these on!

Events

Creede Rep Theatre

Creede Arts Council

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The Visitor Center welcomes volunteers year-round! We love having both newcomers and old-timers who have time to spare and knowledge to share! Volunteer in the Visitor Center for a single afternoon, or get on our schedule! There are also many opportunities to help with our annual events, including Taste of Creede, the Donkey Dash, Labor Day weekend festivities, and more!

Take a look at our Calendar of Events (see pages 42-49); many of the events require the help of volunteers! The Donkey Dash, Music Festival, and Mountain Run are a few that come to mind...Often, a free pass, T-shirt or other ‘swag’ is handed out! 26

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Volunteering While You’re Here!

CRT relies on more than 1000 hours of volunteer time each year. As a volunteer, you have a chance to work closely with CRT company members, meet other volunteers, and earn free tickets! Opportunities include ushering during a performance or assisting with event preparations.

Creede Parks & Rec

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Fairgrounds Association

Creede Parks and Recreation operates on a daily basis out of the Virginia Christensen Multi Use Facility. The facility is available to all, and has an indoor basketball court, a weight room/cardio area, as well as a small studio room used for spin classes. The Recreation Department offers various sports, classes, and summer camps for children of all ages, and is always looking for volunteers! We have opportunities for those who want to volunteer once, or those who want to make a regular commitment.

719-658-2376 upperriogrande.org Mission: To provide outstanding recreational, educational, cultural, and entertainment programming in harmony with the interests of the community while collaborating with regional partners. The MCFA puts on 7 Rodeos, an OHV Bingo Run, an ATV Rodeo, the County Fair, and more. Volunteers for any of these events are welcome!!

Creede Historical Society creedehistoricalsociety.com The Creede Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of the history of Creede and Mineral County. The Museum is housed in the Historic Depot and boasts a wonderful collection of memorabilia from the area. Do you LOVE HISTORY? Volunteers help run the museum during open hours (knowledge of area not required), help with digital archiving of area photos, and help put on events.

Mission: to promote the arts and humanities in our community through education, exhibition and performance, and to foster local artistic talent. The CAC sponsors multiple programs and events throughout the year, and is always looking for volunteers! Creede & Mineral County Visitor Guide

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Make Your Mark Volunteering While You’re Here!

Ladies Aid Society 719-937-8978 creedeladiesaidsociety.org

Established in 1899, the Ladies Aid Society is the oldest community service organization in Creede. Through the hearts and hands of our volunteers, we carry on the tradition handed to us to reach out to our neighbors when hardships arise.

Creede Elks Lodge

Creede Community Foundation

BPOE #506 719-658-2661

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A Creede tradition for more than 100 years. The Elks serve the community with various events, including a Mother’s Day breakfast and Memorial Day Ceremony. They participate in the highway clean up and give out scholarships. The Elks host Bingo every Monday, June - Sept, 7 p.m. at the Community Center.

The mission of the CCF is to bring economic sustainability, development and opportunity to the Creede/Mineral County community. Housed at the Collaborative, a Creede center for nonprofits started by CCF, volunteers are always welcome for events and daily projects.

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Happy Trails Difficulty

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Length : One Way

Starting Elevation

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8800

9400

600

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10,000

10,750

250

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Deep Creek Trail / 806

Mod. - Diff.

Mod.

9

8900

10900

2000

foot/horse

Farmers Creek Trail / 801

Moderate

Light - Mod.

9

8800

11300

2500

foot/horse

Heart Lake Trail / 823

Moderate

Light - Mod.

1.9

10400

11600

1200

foot/horse

Difficult

Light

3.5

8900

11200

2300

foot/horse

Ivy Creek Trail / 805

Easy - Mod.

Mod.

8.1

9200

11800

2600

foot/horse

Miners Creek Trail / 803

Moderate

Mod.

7

9000

11500

2500

foot/horse

Shallow Creek Trail / 897

Moderate

Light - Mod.

2.25

8738

9625

887

foot/horse

Squaw Creek Trail / 814

Easy

Mod. - Heavy

9.9

9400

10800

1400

foot/horse

Texas Creek Trail / 816

Most Diff.

Light - Mod.

12.9

9040

11640

2600

foot/horse

Ute Creek Trail / 819

Easy

Heavy

12.1

9600

11800

2200

foot/horse

Weminuche Crk Trail / 818

Easy

Mod. - Heavy

5.5

9400

10600

1200

foot/horse

West Pole Crk Trail / 918

Moderate

Very light

3.5

11200

12600

1400

foot/horse

Fern Creek Trail / 815

Easy - Diff.

Heavy

foot: 15, OHV 4.7

9200

9800

600

mtrcycl/ATV under 50”

Lost Trail Creek / 821

Moderate

Light to Mod.

11

9750

12350

2600

mtrcycl/ATV under 50”

Bachelor Road / 504

Easy

Heavy

17

8852

10600

Bear Town / 506

Mod. - Diff.

Heavy

5.9

10500

12100

1600

jeep

Bristol Head Peak / 532

Moderate

Mod.

15.1

10030

12706

2676

jeep

Difficult

Heavy

13.7

10800

11040

200

jeep

Regan Lake / 521

Easy

Heavy

4.8

9530

10080

550

jeep

Stony Pass / 520

Moderate

Extra Heavy

14.6

9600

12588

2988

jeep

Up & Over Hobbit Trail

Inspiration Point / 789

Pool Table/Wheeler / 600

Ending Elevation Elevation Gain

Usage

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Provided courtesy of Rio Grande National Forest.

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Campgrounds (single/double)

Fee

No. of Sites

Bristol Head / South Clear Creek

$16

15

No

9500

22.6

Ivy Creek

FREE

4

No

9500

16

Lost Trail

FREE

7

No

9500

38.2

Restroom, NO WATER, Fire Grate, Fishing

Marshall Park

$18/36

16

Yes

8800

6.2

Restroom, NO WATER, Fishing, Easy Access to Hwy 149

North Clear Creek

$16/32

21

No

9900

24.5

Restroom, Water, Fire Grate, Fishing

Palisade

$18

12

No

8300

12.1

Restroom, Water, Fire Grate, Fishing, Handicap Accessible Easy Access off Hwy 149

Rio Grande

FREE

7

No

9300

8.4

Restroom, NO WATER, Fire Grate, Fishing

$18/36

20

Yes

9200

29.6

Restroom, Water, Fire Grate, Fishing

FREE

6

No

9300

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Restroom, Water, Fire Ring, Fishing, Wakes Not Allowed, Trolling Motors OK

Silver Thread / South Clear Creek Falls

$18/36

10

No

9500

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Restroom, Water, Fire Grate, Scenic, Trailhead, Fishing

Thirty Mile

$18/36

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Yes

9300

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River Hill Road Canyon Rsvr

Reservation Elev. Miles from Req’d? (feet) Creede

Amenities Restroom, Water, Fire Grate, Scenic, Trailhead, Fishing Restroom, NO WATER, Fire Grate, Trailhead, Fishing

Restroom, Water, Fire Grate, Trailhead, Fishing, Handicap Access.

Our public lands are managed by the Rio Grande National Forest Service & San Luis Valley Bureau of Land Management, 719-657-3321 or fs.usda. gov/riogrande. To make a reservation at Marshall Park, River Hill or Thirty- Mile visit recreation. gov or call 877-444-6777. PLEASE NOTE: Most campgrounds are CLOSED after Labor Day; some allow limited use (no water or trash service).

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Happy Camper Tips

• Camp at previously used dispersed camping sites. • Camp at least 150 feet from water sources. • Camping is limited to 14 days in a 30 day period. • Dogs must be on a leash. • All vehicles must stay within 300 feet of a designated road. • Motorized travel is allowed only on authorized roads & trails (obtain a motor vehicle use map from any office).

• Pack out all of your trash and dispose of it properly. • Dig a pit for your toilet needs at least 200 feet from water and cover the pit before you leave.

• Always dump sewage from trailers and motor homes at designated dump stations, not on the ground.

• Please do not leave camp areas unattended and check with the local Forest Service office for current fire restrictions.

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Events Called “one of the state’s top theatre companies” by The Denver Post, the Creede Repertory Theater inspires Creede visitors and residents with the best of contemporary and classic theater from May through September. One of only a handful of true repertory theatres still in existence, CRT produces 7-10 plays in rotation on two stages—the Mainstage Theatre and CRT’s new black box space, the Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre.

May 26-27, 2018

The Taste of Creede Festival showcases local art and cuisine on Main Street. This annual event was envisioned by local artist Steven Quiller. The Taste of Creede Festival will delight visitors with inspired local art and great food.

May 2-4 San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference The Ruth May 5 Willow Creek Reclamation Committee 20th Anniversary Celebration & Willow Creek Day Commemoration May 13 Mother’s Day Breakfast - Elks Lodge #506

Silver Chef Cooking Competition

May 21 Historical Society Summer Program Series - Creede Community Church

Live Theatre • Children’s Activities Artist’s Quick Draw • ART Auction

May 25 Creede Repertory Theatre Opens their 53rd Season with Barefoot in the Park

Artist Demonstrations • Live Music National Small Print Show Opening

May 26 National Small Print Show Opening at CRT May 26-29 Taste of Creede, A Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Dining May 28 Memorial Day Ceremony Basham Park June 8 CRT Opening Night Celebration and Poster Unveiling, Opening of Oz

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Creede Donkey Dash and Independence Day Fireworks by Bob Seago

June 9, 2018

Burro racing is a great sport begun by some of Colorado’s 19th-century miners. Those hardy characters used burros to carry mining tools and supplies through the Rocky Mountains as they prospected for gold, silver, and other valuable ores. Legend has it that two miners found gold in the same location, and raced each other back to town to be the first to stake a claim. Neither could ride their animal because of its heavy load, therefore a basic rule of burro racing was established: no riders! Creede’s Donkey Dash abides by these rules, and starts and ends

Events June 9 Donkey Dash Burro Race Runoff Runoff June 10 Creede Gravity Derby

on Main Street, looping up the historic Bachelor Loop and down the winding West Willow Creek 4x4 road for about 10 miles! Mini Donkey races, live music, and other festivities make cheering at the finish line an all day affair!

June 10, 2018

Join the annual free-style soapbox derby down Main Street! The race features multiple heats from all age groups. Only 3 rules: rides must steer, brake and stop! (well, and no motors or pedal power - let gravity do the work!)

June 17 OHV Bingo Run June 20 & 27 ChuteOut Bull Riding/Rodeo

June 9, 2018

This marathon follows the headwaters of the Rio Grande and ranges 8,000-9,000 feet in elevation. It includes a half marathon, full marathon, and 6k (fun fact - 6k is the distance that many people around the world have to travel to get water). A party with food beer, and music follows at the ballfield. www.runoffrunoff.com

July 3-4, 2018

It’s only fitting that Creede’s largest festival of the year centers around preserving the history of mining. July 4th Street Festival & Parade Fireworks • Elks Lodge Dance

Days of ’92 Mining Events

CO State Mining Championship

June 21 Historical Society Summer Program Series: David Smith Creede Comm. Church June 23 CRT Opens Boomtown June 24 Mining through Poetry, Stories and Song - Ruth Theatre June 29 CRT Opens 9 to 5 June 29 Mountain Shoot Out  Photo Show Opening July 3-4 July 4th Street Festival & Parade • Fireworks • Elks Lodge Dance • Days of ’92 Mining Events • CO State Mining Championship July 4,11,18,25 ChuteOut Bull Riding/Rodeo July 7-13 Creede Woodcarvers Rendezvous July 12-14 CRT The Kids Show July 19 Historical Society Summer Program Series: Dr Howard Creede Community Church Visit www.creede.com for up-to-date event info

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Labor Day

Weekend

Salsa Fiesta Saturday, Sept 1st

Downtown Creede • 11am - 4pm

Taste Salsas from Creede businesses & vote for your favorite! Limited # of Tickets • Available at Visitor Center

July 20 - 22 Creede Sculpture Show July 27 CRT Opens Holmes

Aug 31-Sept 3, 2018

August 1 ChuteOut Bull Riding/Rodeo August 3 CRT’s Fundraising Gala at the Rio Grande Club

August 25-26, 2018

Catch a tune in Creede! Each August, the Headwater’s Music Festival brings bands to town for the weekend, along with a variety of unique local dining experiences and vendor booths. The Headwater’s stage is erected on the Ball Field, set against a backdrop of Creede’s quaint downtown and soaring rock cliffs. Festival-goers set up tents and lawn chairs on the expanse of grass, backed by the San Juans Mountain range, and just a short distance from the Headwaters of the mighty Rio Grande. www.headwatersmusicfestival.com

Events

August 3-5 Rock & Mineral Show Snowshoe Shuffle

August 25, 2018 In 2017, the Headwaters Alliance hosted the very first Headwaters Mountain Bike Race, which traversed the entire 18 miles of the Bachelor Loop. This year, we are making some changes to the route, which will still have breathtaking views of the Eastern San Juans. www.headwatersalliance.com

August 11 Silver Thread Studio Tour

Balloon Festival Labor Day Weekend

Children’s Carnival

Balloon Rides

Fri • Sat • Sun Mornings - 7am

Basham Park • Sat, Sept 1st

Bouncer • Carnival Games

Balloon Glow

& Pancake Breakfast • Saturday 6am

Outdoor Movie • 8:30pm “The Neverending Story”

August 17 CRT Opens Guadalupe

Mountain Run

August 18 Upper Rio Grande Tour of Homes

22 Mile - 12 Mile - 2 Mile

Saturday, Sept 1st

9:00 a.m.

REGISTR ATION CLOSES AT

August 16 Historical Society Summer Program Series: Sandy Wagner - Creede Community Church

8:45

August 24-25 Headwaters New Play Festival

ATV RODEO Mineral County Fairgrounds Labor Day • Noon Registration 10am

August 25-26 Headwaters Music Festival August 25 Headwaters Mntn Bike Race August 31-Sep 3 Labor Day Weekend • Salsa Fiesta • Balloon Festival • ATV Rodeo • Creede Mountain Run

FALL COLOR TRUCK, MOTORCYCLE & CAR SHOW

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The Car Show is an Autumn event that inspires car fanatics to motor along the beautiful Upper Rio Grande and enjoy the fall landscapes. Final destination: Creede, where Main Street is lined with a kaleidoscope of colors and the public is welcome to stroll through the vintage vehicles, enjoy the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s music, and vote on their favorite car. The day ends with a Rod Run to the famous North Clear Creek Falls and a burger at Freemon’s. Finish the weekend with Sunday morning breakfast and Fly-In at the Airport. Dozens of planes come in and out of the valley, putting on quite the show! www.creede.com

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Events Festival Nov 23-24, 2018 Step away from the mundane and enter into a world of decadent chocolate while shopping for holiday gifts in local shops. No need to bother with the busy holiday crowds in larger cities when you can shop and enjoy sweet treats while you’re at it. Each participating business vies for bragging rights for the next year, as they share their own unique talent in the craft of making the perfect chocolate treat. ick lden P Th e Go

November 23-24 Thanksgiving Chocolate Festival December 31 Elks New Year’s Eve Dance Jan 19-20 Golden Pick Tommyknocker Pond Hockey Tournament Feb 15-17 Cabin Fever Daze

Visit www.creede.com for up-to-date event info

Jan 19-20, 2019

A chilly breeze, a warm bonfire, and an afternoon cocktail make the Pond Hockey tournament one of the most loved winter events in town. The event draws amateur teams from all over the United States, some from as far as Dallas and Detroit. The tournament is held at The Silver Ice Park, situated beneath the famous Creede cliffs. Observers enjoy the view while watching teams battle for the puck and yearly bragging rights.

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The town of Creede hosts its wild weekend of eccentric mountain fun! Events usually include night skating and bonfires, curling competitions, art gallery openings, live improve theatre, and more.

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creede elks lodge #5o6 A Proud

Creede TradiTion

Since

June 22 nd, 1899

Creede elk lks s sponsor drug awareness hoop shoot soccer shoot after prom party + award scholarships to qualified creede high school graduates

“as long as there are veterans, elks will never forget.�

Creede elks maintain the Creede elks veterans MeMorial Park +

Creede elks volunteer in M any CoMMunity aCtivities Photo: Bob Seago

Lodge every 2nd and 4th tuesday at 7pm Bingo every monday at 7pm June-august One link in the chain of 2,000+ Elks Lodges nationwide. Newly renovated building available for special events. for more information, please contact henry hosselkus, secretary at hhosselkus@centurylink.net

Main Street, Creede / 719-658-2526 Ron & Kay Fief, Proprietors

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Winter Wonder A unique place to spend the winter, Creede offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, celebrations, days-upon-days of sunshine, and select moments of solitude. Crowds are non-existent this time of year and the forest is wrapped in a snowy quiet. Take a minute to reflect on yourself, your family, your life. Creede truly offers the perfect opportunity to get a taste of that good, old-fashioned Colorado experience.

Winter Shopping/Dining/Lodging

Creede is alive and operating during the winter months! We do slow down a bit, but it is an excellent time to come and enjoy Creede, Colorado. Browse through our shopping/dining/lodging resources throughout the guide and see who is open year-round!

Snowmobiling

Trails for all categories of riders are plentiful in Mineral County. Join the Snow Country Explorers Club or take an adventure with trained guides from the crew at Mountain Skillz. Mineral County’s vast expanse of National Forest and state recreation areas support more than 85 miles of groomed trails. Trails connect Creede, Lake City, and South Fork. This area of Colorado is known to have what many consider perfect riding conditions. Have a blast in the snow! 52

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A Day at Wolf Creek

Something most people don’t know; Wolf Creek Ski Area has the most natural snow in all of Colorado. Skiing is affordable, and the terrain varies from gentle beginner slopes to the steep and deep. Spend a day at Wolf Creek – it is only 45 minutes from Creede and the drive is gorgeous. Enjoy the Hawaiian Ono Burger while you dine at the lodge. A perfect winter day!

Ice Fishing

Mineral County’s lakes and reservoirs provide excellent winter fishing. Ice fishing is a favorite winter pastime for the locals. Stop at the Ramble House for expert advice on ice fishing. The Kentucky Belle Market has a fantastic food selection for packing a lunch or grilling at the lake! Top Left: Kids Sledding Near Creede by B4 Studio • Top Right: Snowmobiling by Mountain Skillz Bottom Left: Snowboarding at Wolf Creek Ski Area • Bottom Right: Curling at Silver Ice Park in Creede by Bob Seago • Opposite Page: Snowy Creede by San Juan Sports

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Above: Pond Hockey by B4 Studio • Opposite Page: Snowshoing at Grandma’s Meadow by Bob Seago

Searching for the UNEXPECTED... Cross-County & Backcountry Skiing & Snowshoeing Above: Big Horn Sheep in Creede by Bob Seago

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All are popular winter activities in Mineral County. The soft swoosh of skis cutting a trail across snow-covered meadows on a sunny day opens unlimited backcountry territory to enthusiasts and beginners alike. Mineral County offers many miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiers! Make the trip into town to rent gear from San Juan Sports and get updated info on where you should head out!

Wildlife Viewing

Fall and winter are exceptional times of the year to observe wildlife. Mornings and evenings offer the best chance for spotting an animal. While passing Wason Ranch, you may see a large herd of elk. Truly a captivating experience, these herds can sometimes number in the hundreds. Continuing along Hwy 149, keep an eye out along the river for a chance to see an American Bald Eagle. Once you reach Pool Table Road look for the herd of Big Horn Sheep usually grazing near the road. Be sure to bring your camera! Creede & Mineral County Visitor Guide

Annual Creede Chocolate Festival

The Creede Chocolate Festival is an annual twoday event beginning the Friday & Saturday after Thanksgiving. Experience a mellow paced Creede during the month of November. This event showcases luscious samples of chocolate specialties created by local business owners and individuals. Spend an afternoon strolling through town enjoying chocolate and dining at our local restaurants. Enjoy Black Friday Sales!

Visit Creede for Cabin Fever Daze!

President’s Day Weekend is a fun-filled weekend in Creede! Start the morning with the Creede Curling Tournament and cheer the teams on. Wander up and down Main St to see the ice sculpting contest, attend a documentary film fest and lecture, listen to live music, and end the evening with CRT’s improv show, Boomtown! Truly, there is something for everyone this weekend! www.creede.com

Ice Skating and Hockey on the Silver Park Ponds

Every January, during Martin Luther King Jr weekend, we have a one of a kind tournament. A chilly breeze, a warm bonfire, and an afternoon cocktail make the Creede Pond Hockey tournament one of the most loved winter events in town. Called “The Golden Pick,” it is sponsored by Tommyknocker Tavern and Kip’s Grill for Creede Athletics. The Pond Hockey tournament draws amateur teams from all over the United States. Some have traveled from as far as Dallas, Detroit and Albuquerque. The tournament is held on the frozen Willow Creek drainage ponds below the famous Creede cliffs. From the stands, observers can enjoy the unique rock formations while watching local Creede folk battle out-of-town teams for the puck, and yearly bragging rights!

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Worship Services Baptist Church of Creede

719-658-2312 • La Garita St. • creedebaptistchurch.org Sunday: 9:45am - Bible Study • 11am - Worship 6pm - Bible Study Wednesday: 6pm - Dinner • 7pm - Bible Study

Creede Community Church

719-658-2209 • Main St. and Fourth St. creedecommunitychurch.org Sunday: 8am - Service • 11am - Service & Sunday School

Church of Christ

719-658-2300 • Airport Rd., Creede Sunday: 10am - Sunday School • 11am - Service 6pm - Service (Summer) Wednesday: 7pm - Bible study

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 719-852-2673 • Main St. and Third St. Saturday: 4pm - Service

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 719-658-2394 • Main St. and Fifth St. Sunday: 1:30pm - Service

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Antlers Lodge

Situated on the banks of the Rio Grande River across from the National Forest. Rustic but modern cabins and motel style rooms right on the water and an RV park with full hook ups.

Aspen Inn At Finding Gems

Beautifully decorated Historic Inn on Main St. across from the Creede Repertory Theatre. Offering gem hikes, ice cream and gifts.

Blessings Inn • 466 S Main, Creede

Blessings Inn B&B is non-smoking and has 3 rooms with queen beds and private baths, WIFI, flat screen TV’s. Delicious full breakfast included.

26222 Hwy 149, Creede 719-658-2423 • antlerslodge.com 123 N Main St, Creede • 719-658-0212 719-658-0215 • blessingsinncreede.com

Blue Creek Lodge

11682 Hwy 149, South Fork • 719-6582479 • bluecreeklodgecreede.com

Broken Arrow Ranch

103 N Main St, Creede • 719-658-2533 brokenarrowcreede.com

Broken Arrow Vacation Rentals

103 N Main St, Creede • 719-658-2533 brokenarrowcreede.com

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Blue Creek Lodge offers the utmost in fine vacationing. Cabins and rooms with private baths, RV Park, restaurant, and gift shop.

X X

Come enjoy breathtaking mountain views only 11 miles from Creede, near prime fishing and hiking destinations. Offering 7 RV sites (30 amp, water/sewer) and 10 Cabins.

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Year-Round rentals include a wide variety of properties, including riverfront, centrally located, romantic, spacious, and winter access.

X X X

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Casa Kokopelli

Relaxing living room with kiva fireplace, full kitchen, king bed with luxury X X X linens. Full-size washer & dryer.

X X

Club At The Cliffs

Sitting beneath magnificent cliffs along the flume at the north end of town, two remodeled historic cabins offer a glimpse into Creede’s past. Comfortable, private lodging with breakfast basics included.

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Cottonwood Cove

13046 Hwy 149, South Fork 719-658-2242 • cottonwoodcove.com

On the Gold Medal Rio Grande, and operating since 1944, we are a family oriented guest ranch with 1 to 3 bedroom cabins, RV sites, full service restaurant, gift shop, horse rides and rafting.

Creede Hotel • 719-658-2608

A small, intimate inn, with four restored guest rooms, in the original

Creede Mountain Huts

Offering the best of both worlds: In-Town Cabin just blocks from the heart of Creede; the Fisher Mountain Hut with phenomenal views and unparalleled solitude; or the Lime Creek Yurt, just 20 minutes from town.

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Creede Snowshoe Lodge

Located in town, superbly clean, TV, kitchenettes, and handicap units. The historic ‘miner’s cabin’ available for bed and breakfast. Laundry facilities/ rental showers available, pets accepted, free WIFI.

X X X X X

Dragonfly Flats

Luxury living accommodations on Main St. - Victorian masterpiece with 4 separate flats that can be rented separately or together. Relax on the porch swing, rockers or bistro tables and fire-pit area.

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Cabins At Lost Trail

High country adventure on horseback! Drop camps, hunting, progressive camping, pack & guide services, day trips, or any combo! Lodging offerings include Private Cabins/Homes - Wifi Available - Pets Welcome!

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Freemon’s Ranch

Located near the breathtaking Bristol Head. Horseback rides (June - Oct) Cabins (May - Nov) Store & restaurant (May - Oct) • freemonsranch.com

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House On Old Mill Road

The perfect vacation option for the family. Two bedrooms and an extra bed in the living room, this home can sleep six comfortably! Fully furnished kitchen, W/D, towels, bed linens, cable TV, and WiFi.

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202 E 8th (Hwy 149), Creede 719-658-2315 • creedesnowshoe.com 493 S Main St, Creede • 210-861-8882 dragonflyflatscreede.com 18100 USFS Road 520, Creede 719-588-3386 • cabinsatlosttrail.com 39284 Hwy 149, Creede • 719-658-2454 602 Old Mill Rd, Creede • 888-305-1233 thehouseonoldmillroad.net

Last Chance Mine

504 Last Chance Mine Rd, Creede 719-658-1059 • lastchancemine.com www.creede.com

The Last Chance Mine on Bachelor Loop allows you to experience 1890’s living, rock and mineral collecting, and stay on-site. Three guest cabins.

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120 N Main St, Creede • creedehotel.com historic 1892 building on Main Street. Creede • 720-878-3799 creedemountainhuts.com

TENT SITES

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Our cabins sleep six, have full kitchen, and WiFi. On-site restaurant.

206 Cliff St, Creede • 719-658-2415 clubatcliffs.com

RV SITES

VAC. HOMES

INDIV CABINS

BED & BRKFST

HOTEL/LODGE

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Cascada Cabins • 981 La Garita St.,

702 S Main St, Creede • 254-717-0777

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Creede • 719.658.1033 • cascadagrill.com Located in walking distance of all the Main Street attractions.

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Lodging Guide

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Oleo Ranch

Six individual log cabins ranging from 2-4 bedrooms. Hiking, fishing, horseback riding. Along the Silver Thread Byway towards Lake City, approximately 35 miles from Creede

Rainbow Lodge & Grocery

Enjoy a touch of Colorado rustic living in our cabins. Our cabins are perfect for family fun getaways, outdoor adventurers, hunting & fishing enthusiasts and more!

RC Guest Ranch • rcguestranch.com

Historic guest ranch established in 1882 with 9 modern cabins offering True Western hospitality in a magnificent mountain setting.

Rincon Vacation Rentals

Experience the advantage of Rincon Real Estate! We offer local homes for vacation rental. Go online for details on the Spring Creek Cabin, the Main Street Cabin, the Quaint Cabin in Creede, and more.

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Cozy cabins are available as your base camp for high mountain adventures! Plenty of room for all the family here!! Cottage Rentals.

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Rio Grande Vacation Rentals

Luxury Lodging at affordable rates in Creede & South Fork, offering the perfect year-round vacation base camp. We also offer golf, fishing, and rafting packages, live theatre tickets, and more!

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San Juan Ranch

Thirty cabins with 1-4 bedrooms. Located in a beautiful valley, surrounded by towering peaks, excellent lake & stream fishing, seasonal hunting, as well as hiking and backpacking. Reservations.

Soprano Suite

Brand new luxury apartment right in the heart of Creede’s thriving art district on Main St. A stone’s throw from the Creede Repertory Theatre, galleries and shopping.

Soward Ranch

Centennial cattle ranch and resort. Ten clean, modern cabins, scattered over 1200 acres, allowing privacy and personal experience of magnificent country. Exclusive lake, river & stream fishing.

Rio Grande Enterprises

24263 Hwy 149, Creede • 719-658-0374 riograndeenterprises.com Creede, South Fork • 877-873-5776 riograndevacationrentals.com 1001 USFS Rd 520, Creede 719-658-2214 • sanjuanranch.com 117 N Main St, Creede • 719-658-2100 airbnb.com/rooms/17125729 6164 Middle Creek Rd, Creede 719-658-2295 • sowardranch.com

Sweet Creede Cabin 105 E 3rd Street

sweetcreedecabin.com • 303.565.6787

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Wason Ranch

Historic Ranch/Scenic Views. Excellent fishing on 4 miles of private river. Ranch House and three-bedroom riverside cottages with fireplaces/satellite TV. Reservations required.

White Bear Company

The Black Canoe Cabin Retreat. Enjoy your stay in Creede at this new house perched above town - spectacular views & serenity, yet only a five minute walk to Main Street. VRBO.COM, #360577

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Windsock Acres

Boutique Cabins set in the heart of Creede. Nationally recognized architecture, a rich and uniquely Western history, and the intricate, impeccable X beauty of the cabins combine to make your stay unforgettable.

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19082 Hwy 149, Creede 719-658-2413 • wasonranch.com 401 Capital Ave, Creede • 719-658-0392 113 W 5th St, Creede 719-347-1290 • windsockacres.com

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ALL INCLUSIVE RANCHES 4UR Ranch

The 4UR Ranch is one of the most outstanding guest ranches in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. We offer a horsemanship program, fly fishing, natural hot springs, and excellent food and wine selections.

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Broadacres Ranch

The perfect place for anglers or non-anglers alike! Relax in the crisp mountain air on spacious porches with magnificent vistas. The beautiful Lodge provides a bar, fireplace, sitting areas, and reading den.

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(3 night min stay) • One Goose Creek Rd, Creede • 719-658-2202 • 4urranch.com

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TENT SITES

RV SITES

VAC. HOMES

Daily and monthly rentals, with fully equipped and spacious lots. Laundry facilities, stocked trout pond, private fly fishing access on the Rio Grande River. 5W rating from Woodall’s. Cabins available.

705 S Main St, Creede • 719-658-2900 rinconrealestate.com

(888)305-1233 | thehouseonoldmillroad.com

INDIV CABINS

Mountain Views RV Resort

37531 Hwy 149, Creede • 719-658-2253

incredible views • walking distance to everything

HOTEL/LODGE

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30359 Hwy 160, South Fork • 719-8735174 • rainbowlodgessouthfork.com

full kitchen, laundry, wifi & tv • no pets, no smoking

BED & BRKFST

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Co Rd 17, Lake City 281-728-0267 • oleoranch.com

local family-owned • newly remodeled & clean • sleeps up to 6

IN-TOWN

Seasonal lodging. Modern cabins nestled among spruce and aspen groves at the confluence of Little Squaw Creek and the mighty Rio Grande. Reservations necessary. Weekly Rentals Only. Pet fee.

539 Airport Rd, Creede • 719-658-2710 mountainviewsrv.com

the house on old mill road

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Little Squaw Resort

11401 USFS Rd 520, Creede 719-658-2434 • littlesquawresort.com

creede vacation home

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Antler’s Riverside Restaurant & Lodge • 26222 Hwy 149, Creede

719-658-2423 • antlerslodge.com

Arp’s

112 N Main St, Creede 719-658-2777 • eatatarps.com

10 mi

6 mi

Downtown

B/D

L/D

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Finding Gems • findinggemsshop.com Downtown 123 N Main St, Creede • 719-658-0212

Coffee & Treats

Entertainment

Outdoor Dining

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Open Year-round

Adult Beverages

4UR Ranch

One Goose Creek Rd, Creede 719-658-2202 • 4urranch.com

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Dining Guide

Distance from Downtown

••• Now serving breakfast ••• tuesday through Sunday! •••

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Rich in history and tradition, 4UR Ranch has been welcoming families for over 120 years. Though a private resort, you are invited to dine with us by reservation.

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Excellent dining on the banks of the Rio Grande. Choose between our heated riverside deck or our beautiful aspen wood dining room. Signature items include Lobster Bisque, Filet Mignon, Oven-roasted Rack of Lamb, Ponzu Glazed Salmon...

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Domestic and International comfort food. Chicken and waffles, Cajun Gumbo, Mediterranean, Indian, etc. Comfortable dining room. Full bar. Eat in. Take out. Catering. Grab & Go.

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Ice cream. Shakes. Floats. And the (in)famous COFFEE

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X SHAKE. Turkish coffees and teas.

Blue Creek Lodge & Restaurant

11682 Hwy 149, South Fork • 719-6582479 • bluecreeklodgecreede.com

Café’ Ole

103 N Main St, Creede • 719-658-2880

Cascada

981 La Garita St., Creede 719-658-1033 • cascadagrill.com

Cottonwood Cove Lodge

13046 Hwy 149, South Fork 719-658-2242 • cottonwoodcove.com

Creede Hotel • 120 N Main St

719-658-2608 • creedehotel.com

Freemon’s Guest Ranch & General Store • 39284 Hwy 149, Creede

719-658-2454 • freemonsranch.com

Kip’s Grill • kipsgrill.com

Fifth & Main St, Creede • 719-658-0220

10 mi

L/D

Downtown

B/L

X

Offers the utmost in fine vacationing. Enjoy our delicious home-cooked food. Hamburgers, chili, chicken friend steak, and the best homemade pie ever. Reservations recommended for large groups.

X

Creede’s hometown place to meet friends and neighbors for breakfast or lunch. Coffee and bakery goodies. Excellent food, courteous service and reasonable prices.

X

A wide selection of traditional and specialty Mexican dishes

10 blocks B / L / D X

9 mi Downtown

X

B/L/D X L/D

18 mi

L/D

4 blocks

L/D

X

X

X

X and some American standards, too. Plenty of atmosphere, whether dining indoors or out.

X

X

X

Exceptional and unique cuisine. Join us for dinner before a play, or just a night out.

X

Located on Clear Creek, this general store and restaurant serves some of the best old-fashioned burgers anywhere! Dine inside or outside and enjoy the amazing view of Bristol. Follow up with hand dipped ice cream!

X

X

Fresh Baja-style tacos, handmade salsa, cold beer and fresh juice margaritas! Great patio, live music, and “Sky Bar”…highest in Creede.

X

The Mac Mine

111 Wall St, Creede • 719-580-9959 Facebook: The Mac Mine Creede

MJ’s Café

801 La Garita, Creede • 719-658-0340

Miners

115 N Main St, Creede • 719-223-9200 minerscreede8852.com

Downtown B / L / D

9 blocks

X

Downtown B / L / D

X

X

X

X

X

Tommyknocker Tavern & BBQ Bistro • 107 Wall St, Creede

719-658-0138 tommyknockertavern.com

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www.creede.com

22 mi

Downtown

B/L/D X

L/D

X

Mac and cheese food truck. Open 7 days a week, Breakfast, Lunch and early Dinner. Made-to-order breakfast burritos, tater tot bowls, Mac and Cheese with your choice of toppings, sliders, sides and fried pies. Outdoor seating, free WiFi. Dine with the locals at MJ’s Café, where the fresh made Chicken Fried Steaks, Chicken strips, and homemade Green Chile are a constant.

X

Join us for some Southern hospitality, featuring Southernfried chicken tenders, catfish filets, fried shrimp, and all the fixings, along with Texas sweet tea.

X

X

Enjoy happy hour at the Big River Grille and dinner at the Timbers Dining Room. The menu offers old-world tradition, all natural ingredients, and progressive American culinary inspiration to satisfy a wide array of palates.

X

Serving great food in the casual setting of a historic Creede building with a spacious back patio & deck. Delicious sandwiches, fresh salads, and our famous BBQ Ribs. Serving locally brewed beers. Lots of live music. Family friendly.

Rio Grande Club

0285 Rio Grande Club Trail, South Fork 719-873-1995 • www.rgcresort.com

A family resort with cabins, RV sites, restaurant, horses, rafts, jeep rentals and gift store. Casual, family style restaurant serves American cuisine and hand dipped ice cream.

X

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X

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Member & Advertiser Directory See pages 21, 59,61, & 63 for Shopping/Lodging/Dining

Museums/History

Auto

Creede Historical Society

Main St, Creede • 719-658-2004 creedehistoricalsociety.com

John Roberts Motor Works

2121 HWY 50, Gunnison • 970-6410920 • johnrobertsmotorworks.com

Last Chance Mine

498 USFS 504 Creede • 719-238-7959 lastchancemine.com

Lake City Auto & Sports

809 N Hwy 149, Lake City 970-944-2311 • lakecityauto.com

Underground Mining Museum

#9 FS Rd 503, Creede • 719-658-0811 undergroundminingmuseum.com

Rio Grande Enterprises

24263 Hwy 149, Creede • 719-6580374 • riograndeent@yahoo.com

Realtors

Recreation

Beau Meyer Realty

203 W Frontage Rd, South Fork 719-873-5257 • beaumeyer.com

Broken Arrow Ranch & Land Co

103 N Main St, Creede • 719-6582533 • brokenarrowcreede.com

Rincon Real Estate

705 S Main St, Creede • 719-658-2900 • rinconrealestate.com

Realtors of Central Colorado

145 Sabeta Ave, Poncha Springs • 719539-3381 • http://rocc.realtor

Team Murphy Realty

29199 W Hwy 160, South Fork • 970944-5050 • teammurphyrealty.com

Building

Please visit www.creede.com for a full business directory Other Local Non Profits Creede Arts Council

103 N Main St, Creede • 719-6580312 • creedeartscouncil.com

Creede Community Foundation

creedecommunityfoundation.org • 201 N La Garita

Creede Elks Lodge BPOE #506

104 S Main St, Creede • 719-658-2661

Creede • 719-937-8978 Creede Ladies Aid Society creedeladiesaidsociety.org

South Fork Visitor Center 719-873-5512 • southfork.org

Silver Thread Public Health

802 Rio Grande Ave • 719-658-2416 silverthreadpublichealth.org

City of Creede

headwatersalliance.com

Attorney/Law Services

Creede Woodcarvers

creedewoodcarvers.com

Big Country Fun

493 S Main St, Creede • 719-423-0777 bigcountryrental.com

Elk County Jeep Rentals

664 Aspen Dr, South Fork • 719-8730275 • elkcountyjeeprentals.com

Headwaters Alliance

Expedition Endeavors

Creede • 720-880-7600 bfn@expeditionendeavors.com

Creede • 719-658-0888 dawhitmore@outlook.com

Longridge Outfitters

39284 Hwy 149, Creede • 719-6582454 • longridgeoutfitters.com

Whitmore Computer & Consulting Services Harding Dental Group

Creede Guide & Outfitters

116 N Main St, Creede • 970-4031987 • creedeflyfishing.com

138 Ponderosa Dr, South Fork • 719873-5846 • jameshardingdds.com

Community Banks of Colorado

29889 US Hwy 160, South Fork 719-873-5562 • cobnks.com

KSLV KYDN Radio

109 Adams St, Monte Vista 719-852-3581 • kslvradio.com

Del Norte Bank

106 S Main St, Creede • 719-658-0126 truelocalbank.com

004 El Dorado Ln, South Fork 719-588-1380 •

Services/Supplies

Snow County Explorers

719-658-2221 • kukuk@fone.net

Freer Construction

Creede • 970-764-8196 frankgfreer@gmail.com

Creede • 719-658-2602

MDS Waste & Recycle

103 N Main St, Creede • 719-6583060 • mdswasteandrecycle.com

MadLSon Corp

0832 W Hwy 149, South Fork 719-873-5417 • madlson.com

Upper Rio Grande Nordic Club

18100 USFS Rd, Creede • 719-5883386 • ddavis@frazieroutfitting.com

Rio Grande Silver

719-658-1080

Mann Construction

112 E 6th St, Creede • 719-480-2790 rjfordmann@gmail.com

Frazier Outfitting & Cabins at Lost Trail Mineral County Fairgrounds

Airport Rd NE, Creede • 719-658-2376 upperriogrande.org

Mineral County Miner and Valley Publishing

Monte Vista • 719-852-3531 mineralcountyminer.com

Rio Grande Club and Resort

0285 Rio Grande Club Tr. South Fork 719-873-1995 • rgcresort.com

Monte Vista Co-Op

1901 E Hwy 160, Monte Vista 719-852-5181 • mvcoop.com

Mountain Skillz

719-849-3168 • mountainskillz.com

Mountain Man Rafting

30923 W Hwy 160, South Fork • 719873-0188 • mountainmanrafting.com

107 N Main St, Creede • 719-6582500 • theblueyaksalon.com

Turning Aspens Massage 152 Klondike Rd, Creede 719-480-2845 • turningaspens.com & Zero Balancing

Schools Creede Early Learning Center

Creede • 719-658-2090 creedeearlylearningcenter.com

Creede School District

450 Corsair Drive, Creede 719-658-2220 • www.creedek12.net

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29803 W Hwy 160, South Fork 719-873-5556 • southforkcolorado.org

1780 S Pennsylvania St, Denver (303) 953-3600 • coloradohealth.org

La Garita Mountain Nursery

The Blue Yak Salon & Boutique

1201 N Main St, Creede • 719-6582331 • mineralcountycolorado.com

CO Health Foundation

silverthreadsguild.com

289 S Main St, Creede • 719-658-3070 • oohlaspacreede.com

Mineral County

408 La Garita Av, Creede • 719-6582729 • recreation@creedetownhall.com

Silver Thread Quilt Guild

Ooh La Spa

800 N Gunnison Ave, Lake City 970-944-2527 • lakecity.com

Creede Parks & Rec

114 N Main St, Creede • 719-6580223 • creedeamerica.com

Health and Wellness

Lake City - Hinsdale County Chamber

South Fork Chamber of Commerce

Creede America Group

719-850-8443 • navdev@me.com

Area Chambers, Visitor Center/ County Offices/City Offices

Creede • 719-850-2173

310 Bluff St Lake City • 970-944-2581 www.bluesprucelc.com

Navajo Development

46 Elm St, South Fork • 719-873-2024 twinpinestorage.com

Creede Mining Heritage

Blue Spruce Building

Cooley & Sons Excavating 4469 N CR 108 Mosca • 719-378-2352 • cooleyandsons@gmail.com Inc

Twin Pine Storage

Photographers/Arts Main St, Creede • 719-658-2540

Creede Repertory Theatre creederep.org Bob Seago Photography

Creede • bobseagophoto.com

Ed Knight Photo

Creede • edknightphoto.com Creede • 719-588-6412

Little Elaine Photography littleelainephotography.com Lindsey Leavell

Creede • lindseyleavell.com

Creede & Mineral County Visitor Guide

28 Silverthread Lane, South Fork

Charles Powers Attorney at Law

2223 N Main St, Creede 719-658-2415 • colorado.gov/creede

www.charlespowerslaw.com

Banking/Loans

100 E Victory Way, Craig

Mountain West Insurance 719-852-5142 • mtnwest.com Names & Numbers

namesandnumbers.com

Nationwide Payment Solutions

Pagosa Springs • 970-731-2585 nationwidepaymentsolutions.com

O & V Printing

342 Santa Fe Ave, Alamosa 719-589-9228 • oandvprinting.com

S.T.A.R

www.strategictechaero.com South Fork • 719-873-5545

Rainbow Lodge & Grocery rainbowgroceryandsportinggoods.com RoShamBo Marketing and Creative

144 N Main St, Gunnison go-roshambo.com

SLV Rural Electric Cooperative

3625 W Hwy 160, Monte Vista 719-852-6630 • slvrec.com

www.creede.com

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You Should Know

Distance to Creede

How will I be affected by the altitude?

Creede’s elevation is 8,852 feet above sea level, and everyone reacts differently to the altitude. Even if you are in top physical condition, the altitude can affect your body and you can easily develop acute mountain sickness, commonly known as “altitude sickness.” Check with your personal physician before traveling to any high-altitude destination, and take these steps to lessen or prevent the effects of the altitude: • Drink at least three quarts of water a day. • Avoid overdoing it the first few days you are at high altitude. • Get medical attention immediately if these symptoms occur: headache, fatigue, poor coordination or shortness of breath.

MILES

AIRPORT

Wolf Creek Ski Area

40

No

Pagosa Springs

64

No

Alamosa

69

Yes

Gunnison

105

Yes

Durango

124

Yes

Pueblo

190

Yes

Four Corners Monument

208

No

Colorado Springs

233

Yes

Denver

256

Yes

Albuquerque, NM

268

Yes

Important Numbers

Creede Fall by Brandon Jennings

For Any Emergency Dial 911 Mineral County Sheriff 719-658-2600 • 1201 N. Main St., Creede Regular Hours: Mon-Fri. 8am - Midnight 24/7 Dispatch Medical Center 719-658-0929 • 802 Rio Grande Ave., Creede Regular Hours: Mon-Fri. 8:30am-5pm Public Health 719-658-2416 • 802 Rio Grande Ave., Creede Regular Hours: Mon-Fri. 8am-4pm, Closed 12-1pm Mineral County Fire Department 719-658-2211 • 24/7 Dispatch City of Creede 719-658-2276 • 2223 N. Main St., Creede Regular Hours: Mon-Fri. 8am-4pm Mineral County Ambulance 719-658-2600 • 24/7 Dispatch

Creede Visitor Center 904 S. Main St. • 719-658-2374 Open 7 days a week Area Visitor Guides Area Maps • Guidebooks • Free WiFi Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byway New! Large scale model of 1892 North Creede

www.creede.com #visitcreede /VisitCreede visitcreede 66

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904 S. Main St. • PO Box 580 Creede, CO 81130 www.creede.com 719-658-2374

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