2022 Creede & Mineral County Visitors Guide

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Check Out our new insert: An Insider’s Guide to navigating the places, paces and people of Creede


HELLO TRAVELERS Hello! And welcome to Creede; “The Last Great Place!” This year’s guide includes our new Insider's Guide! We are excited to share some insider information with the aim of making your visit more memorable. We are glad to have you as our guest and encourage you to join us on “Creede Time”. You’re not the only one that gets that fishing bug, wink wink. Visit a museum, dine in one of our delicious restaurants, fish the Rio Grande, catch a live performance of Creede Repertory Theater, shop, enjoy the solitude of Rio Grande National Forest, enjoy the fall colors along the Silver Thread National Scenic Byway, marvel at the night sky, and take your Million Dollar Shot! However you spend your time, we are confident you will LOVE your time in Creede! This year our beloved Highway 149 is being resurfaced. We ask you to be sure to pack your patience as you may encounter some road work this summer. Thank you in advance!

Swing by the Visitors Center to say, “Howdy!” And check out our Town Model of North Creede from 1892 when silver mining was at its peak. Enjoy your vacation; relax, unwind, reconnect with your family, and make vivid happy memories of your time in Creede! Safe Travels and Have Fun!! Kathleen Murphy, Executive Director

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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. ©2022 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.

Front Cover Photos: Winter at Wagon Wheel Gap by Ed Knight • Biking in the Rio Grande National Forest by John McEvoy • Fall Colors on Hwy 149 by John McEvoy • Creede Repertory Theatre Back Cover: San Luis Peak by Nathaniel Anderson. This Page: Creede Night Sky by TN Taddeucci


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.

Into the Back Country

Stoney Pass? Alpine Loop? Bristo Head Mountain? 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 or Snowshoe Lodge rents ATVs and/or UTVs. Looking for a guided adventure? Check out Mountain Skillz! Have a blast in the back country!

Tailored to fit your schedule, each of these activities will fill a full or half day!

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 Street 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. If you’re hiking with younger kids, head back the way you came. Otherwise descend the “over” side, through pine trees and along the mountainside - there are a few steep drop-offs that require attentive hiking. Keep right at two forks to come down into East Willow and North Creede. 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!


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 southwest. Creede was awarded the Governor’s Award for Best Arts Town in Colorado in 2010. Wander leisurely through Abbey Lane Gallery, C. Waters Gallery, Loverings, Quiller Gallery, and The Studios at Bristol! Above Right: Creede Donkey Dash by B4 Studio Left: View of Creede from the Up & Over by B4 Studio Below: Creede Repertory Theatre’s “Ruth Theatre” and performance of “Mildred” courtesy of CRT

A Day for Live Theatre

Mines & Memories Downstream Gas & Mercantile Loverings / JThompson Gallery Wild Beaver Emporium Creede Olive Oil Company Kentucky Belle Market San Juan Sports Rio Grande Angler Ooh La Spa Wander Off Broadway Ramble House The Holy Moses Tomkins Hardware Creede Visitors Center The Blue Yak Salon & Boutique Creede Trading Company Abbey Lane Gallery Elk County

Enjoy a delicious sandwich from Big Doug's BBQ 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 repertory line-up of 10+ shows this season, you are sure to find something compelling!

Night Life In Creede

Start with a fantastic meal at Arp’s at the Creede Hotel. Following dinner, you might catch a live performance of Creede Repertory Theatre’s latenight comedy improv show – Boomtown! Then go around the corner to the Tommyknocker for varied live music offerings and late night hops and spirits. Creede & Mineral County Visitor Guide



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! Grab a waterbottle and a pastry to go from the Bristol Head Bakery, and head out. It can be strenuous hike, but well worth it!

Stargazing in Creede

Nine out of ten people say the best place for stargazing in Mineral County is to just look up! High elevation, low humidity and lack of light pollution create the perfect conditions for viewing the Milky Way, witnessing a meteor shower, or night-hiking by the light of the full moon.

Grab dinner to go from Miner's, and take a gorgeous drive up Pool Table Road toward Hansen’s Mill: from Creede, travel 7.3 miles east out of town on HWY 149 towards South Fork. Turn left onto Pool Table Road/FR600. Find the perfect spot to spend the evening gazing at the Milky Way: exceptionally bright in our dark skies.

Forest Road 523 for 10 miles and you will come right to the Love Lake parking lot. Enjoy some of the biggest views of our glorious night sky.

The Bachelor Loop Historic Tour is the 17-mile drive through a historic mining district above Creede. The tour takes you across mine locations from the 1890s and abandoned ghost towns that once rivaled Creede in size. Several stopping points present sparkly lights in the valley below, mirrored by the stars above. For a completely dark experience, Love Lake is a small, majestic lake surrounded by mountain scenery. From Creede, travel 7 miles west on Hwy 149 towards Lake City. Turn left and travel southwest on

A Day of Water Falls

Fall Color Car Tours

Our golden hues of fall are most pleasing to the eye; be sure to pack your camera! Five of our favorite places to enjoy the fall colors:

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!

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Left: Inspiration Point View of East Willow by Bob Seago. Above, Top: Night Sky by Wendy Naugle Above: Horseback Riding at Freemon’s Ranch. Middle, Top: Fall Colors on the Historic Bachelor Loop by Ed Knight Middle, Middle: Phoenix Park Waterfall by Steve Hall Right, Middle: North Clear Creek Falls by B4 Studio


Check out the most photographed waterfall in Colorado! North Clear Creek Falls is stunning, and accessible to all just off of Hwy 149; but don’t forget about its smaller sibling, South Clear 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 south on 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.

Start your hike at the Phoenix Park Trailhead or Jeep/ATV and go 2 miles up to the old miner’s cabin. The trail leads you to one 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 and leash your dog! Head to town for some people-watching and a delicious burger or hot dog from The Best Little Dog House on Main Street!

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 and a cute little shop! 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, including CBD products. Mel will surely have some of her famous Ooh La Scrubs whipped up!


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 a cold one at Sunnyside Bar @ San Juan Sports!

Hike a 14er: San Luis Peak

The prominent 14,022-foot (4273.8 m) fourteener is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) north of Creede. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 7h 25 min to complete. This is a popular trail for hiking and 10

other nature trips, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day. The trail is open year-round, but the best times to visit are June through September.

Lake City for a Day

Take a drive to Lake City along the Silver Thread National Byway. Make sure to check out Lake San Cristobal when heading in. It’s the second largest body of water in Colorado. Swing by local shops for delicious treats. 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.

Find Your Million Dollar Shot by Reframing Photography

When you visit the area, it’s tempting to snap photos of everything you see, but we’re asking you to take a minute and pause. Take a moment to consider: do I really need 25 shots to get the perfect pose, the ideal crop, the magical light? Why is it important to take so many photos of the same thing?

In the rush to take so many photos, are you missing the beauty of the moment?

Top, Left: Single Track Mountain Biking by John Goss Top:San Luis Peak by Nathaniel Anderson Middle: Winter Night Creede by Michael Frascella

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We Invite You to Enter our

Shutter Speed Limit Zones: where

we’re asking you to put the camera down and examine the world through your eyes, not a viewfinder. Focus on quality, not quantity, to create your single million dollar shot!

Filter Free Zones: where places are

magnificent just the way they are. Don’t ruin the authentic beauty of the shot (or the joy of the moment) with manipulating layers, filters, overlays or animations.

Photo Preserve: where we work to-

gether to ensure our photography practices leave no trace.

Learn more: colorado.com/region/mystic-san-luis-valley/ million-dollar-shot 11

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

Pick up a Guidebook at the Visitor Center!

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

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 (particularly stunning with fall colors!). 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! 14

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

• Most of the property along the route is

private. Please respect the posted signs and do not trespass or wander beyond fences.

• Remember, the car driving UP the hill has the right-of-way

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Twenty miles (30 minutes) outside of Creede, turn left off of Hwy 149 onto FS Rd 520 and make the drive to the Rio Grande Reservoir, particularly beautiful in September. 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.


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). www.creede.com

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

Be sure to wear a life jacket - that water can be COLD! Before you head out, stop at Coffee on the Fly for a delicious hot drink! After a full day of rafting, grab dinner at Pizzeria 8852 on Main Street!

Fishing on the Rio Grande

Spend the day on a guided fishing trip with the Ramble House, Rio Grande Angler, or Rio Epic! Our local shops are stocked with expertise, licenses (Ramble House), and all the gear you’ll need! The local Forest Service Office has maps showing public access areas along the river for wade 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! 15

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 2½ miles 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 on the Tommyknocker Tavern’s deck with a cold drink and delicious BBQ. We rec-


ommend their Molly S, a sweet-and-spicy sandwich named after another of the mines you might spy on your hike!

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 and info.

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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!


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 offering family-style dining and/or catering. We recommend 8852 Events for planning services, Little Elaine Photography, and Bristol Head Bakery. Visit creede.com for more!

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Paintings and Prints by Stephen Quiller w Capturing the Spirit of the San Juans Clay, Bronze, Glass, Basket and Wood Forms; Gemstone and Horsehair Jewelry, all by Colorado Artists

“Early December, View from my Studio”

40” x 28”

SUMMER SEASON — OPEN DAILY PO Box 160 w 110 Main Street w Creede, Colorado 81130 w 719.658.2741




ilver thread


south fork creede lake city gunnison Drive the Silver Thread Byway

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.

Jeep on the Bachelor Loop by B4 Studio • North Clear Creek Falls • Michael Underwood of Lake City, CO

This scenic and historic drive is one of Colorado’s hidden gems. Connecting four 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.

EV Charging St ations all Along the By way


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AMERICA’S BYWAYS www.creede.com

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


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A Few of our Favorite Events Along the Byway Creede Pond Hockey Tournament (Jan 14-15, 2023) This annual tournament is a huge hit, bringing the locals out to stand around bonfires and cheer on teams. Lake City’s Winter Whiteout (mid-January through February) Each weekend features a fun activity: participate in ski and snowshoe races, the annual Ice Climbing Festival, a Brew-Ski, an ice golf furthest drive tournament, and an ice fishing derby.

Creede Donkey Dash (June 11) Burro racing is a sport begun by some of Colorado’s 19th-century miners. In Creede’s version, competitors run 10-miles leading (or chasing) their pack burro, beginning and ending on Main Street. Open the public, burros for rent. South Fork’s Kid’s Fishing Clinic (June 18) Celebrate Father’s Day weekend at Tucker Ponds. The Division of Wildlife is on-hand to give lessons to little anglers; each child receives a free rod & reel combo set with registration. Above, Top: Lake San Cristobol & 14ers by Bob Seago • Left: Fishing by B4 Studio; South Fork by John McEvoy • Above: Ice Climbing and Brewski courtesy of Lake City Marketing Committee

Silver Thread Studio Tour (Aug 13) A self-guided “behind the scenes” tour of studios, art demos, and galleries along the Byway. CreedeArtsCouncil.com Cruisin’ the Canyon Fall Colors Car Show and & Arts (Sept 16-18) The Car Show is an autumn event that inspires car fanatics to motor along the beautiful Silver Thread Byway and enjoy the fall landscapes. Also check out the Steamroller Printmaking event. Lake City Uncorked Wine & Music Festival (Sept 17) Good wine, good friends, good music! Creede’s Chocolate Festival (Nov 25-26) No need to bother with the busy holiday crowds in the city when you can shop locally and enjoy sweet treats. Winterfest in South Fork (early December) Arts and crafts vendors provide last minute shopping; sleigh rides, bonfires, skating, hot cocoa and roasted marshmallows; Santa and his elves visit with the kids; and more. 24

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Happy Trails

Pick up Hiking Brochures at Visitor Center for details on trails below

Our Favorite Short Hikes

Our Favorite Day Hikes

½ Hour to 3-Hour Hikes

4 to 6-Hour Hikes

‘Up and Over’ - Up & Back or Up &

Our Favorite All Day & Overnight Hikes

Fern Creek Trail to Little Ruby Lake

Around (3mi); significant climb to top; Trailhead is across from gas station. See page 6 for more info

/ 815 - Up & Back (3.7 mi one-way). Witness forest fire regrowth enroute to high mountain lakes. 17½ mi from Creede.

South Clear Creek Falls @ Silver Thread Campground / 899 - Down &

Inspiration Point / 789 - Up & Back (3.5 mi one-way) Get an early start! Beautiful views of town and amazing vistas of the Rio Grande valley. Trailhead is across from gas station. See page 8 for more info

Back (¼ mi); Well-maintained trail down to a dramatic waterfall. 23 mi from Creede

Hobbit Trail - Up & Back; moderate elevation gain. Trail begins at stop #6 of Bachelor Loop. Views of E Willow and old mining structures. 2½ mi from Creede. Deep Creek Trail / 806 - Up & Back; gradual climb up. The trail follows Deep Creek up its canyon. Views and wildflowers! Trailhead 3mi from Creede. Miner’s Creek Trail / 803 - Up & Back; slight climb for first mile. Scenery, shade and solitude. Trailhead 6mi from Creede

Shallow Creek Trail / 897 - Up &

Back; relatively flat; wanders through willows along creek with footbridges. 5½ mi from Creede.

Ivy Creek Trail / 805 - Up & Back;

gradual climb; Restroom at trailhead; Shade and solitude. 16 mi from Creede. Go to Colorado Trail Explorer App for trail details

Seepage Creek / 509 - Up & Back (2.5 miles one way) Pastoral setting along what was Seepage Lake. 11mi from Creede. Spring Creek Pass to Snow Mesa / 787/813 - Up & Back (2.5 miles one way) 360-degree expansive views, including the Rio Grande Pyramid. 33mi from Creede Phoenix Park / 502.1A - Up & Back (2.5 miles one way) Aspen Forest hike to a waterfall. 3½mi from Creede. See page 9 for more info

Deep Creek Trail / 806 - Up & Back or Loop onto Lime Creek Rd (arrange drop-off or pickup). Creekside, views and wildflowers! Trailhead 3mi from Creede.

Wheeler Geologic Site via East Bellows Trail / 790 - Full Day or Multi

Day - Up & Back (about 7 mi one-way) Wilderness, beautiful views and unique geologic features. 18mi from Creede.

San Luis Peak / 882 to 465/813 to

465.5A - Full Day - Up & Back (11 mi round-trip to top of peak) Summit a Colorado 14er! 9mi from Creede. See pg 10 for more info

Ivy Creek Trail / 805 - Multi-Day - Up & Back (9 miles to Goose Lake). Authentic Rocky Mountain hiking experience to the remote backcountry. 16mi from Creede. Squaw Creek, Continental Divide and Weminuche Trail Loops

/ 818 - Multi-Day - Up & Back or Loop (20-30 miles) Hiking deep within the vast expanse of Colorado’s Weminuche Wilderness brings you to the Rio Grande Pyramid. 30-40mi from Creede.

The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) and Colorado Trail / 813/465 - Full Day or Multi-Day. Near Creede, The CDT and Colorado Trail run together. Learn more at https://www.fs.usda.gov/

Stay the Trail • Leave no Trace • Pack it in, pack it out, bring water and a jacket, tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back. More tips at creede.com

Our Favorite Motorized Use Trails Difficulty


Length : One Way

Starting Elevation

Fern Creek Trail / 815

Easy - Diff.


foot: 15, OHV 4.7




mtrcycl/eBike/ ATV under 50”

Lost Trail Creek / 821


Light to Mod.





mtrcycl/eBike/ ATV under 50”

Bachelor Road / 504






Bear Town / 506

Mod. - Diff.







Bristol Head Peak / 532















Regan Lake / 521








Stony Pass / 520


Extra Heavy







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Provided courtesy of Rio Grande National Forest.

Pool Table/Wheeler / 600

Ending Elevation Elevation Gain


Campgrounds (single/double)


No. of Sites

Bristol Head / South Clear Creek






Ivy Creek






Lost Trail






Restroom, NO WATER, Fire Grate, Fishing

Marshall Park






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

North Clear Creek






Restroom, Water, Fire Grate, Fishing







Restroom, Water, Fire Grate, Fishing, Handicap, Right off Hwy 149

Rio Grande






Restroom, NO WATER, Fire Grate, Fishing






Restroom, Water, Fire Grate, Fishing

Road Canyon Rsvr






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

Silver Thread / South Clear Creek Falls






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






River Hill

Thirty Mile

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, fs.usda.gov/riogrande or 719-657-3321. 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). 9 OUT OF EVERY 10 WILDFIRES ARE CAUSED BY HUMANS PLEASE BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE THIS SUMMER! PLEASE! A single spark or

ember can set off a wildfire, destroying the homes of people, pets, and wildlife, and producing severe smoke pollution that can cause breathing problems.

PLEASE! If you ride an ATV or

motorbike, or use a generator, be sure a proper spark arrester is on the exhaust outlet.

PLEASE! If you use a campfire, extinguish it fully before you go to sleep

or leave your campsite. It should be cold to the touch. An easy way to put out your campfire is by making a “campfire soup” using DIRT, WATER, and a MIXING TOOL. Just add dirt and water to your campfire, stirring frequently to create a soup. Stop stirring when the “soup” feels cold to your hand.

PLEASE! Do not take “your fireworks” to the forest. Fireworks are illegal to use on the public lands.


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Happy Camper Tips

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Camp at previously used dispersed camping sites. Camp at least 200 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 or Visitor Center. 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. All hay must be certified weed free.

The Leave No Trace 7 Principles • Plan Ahead and Prepare • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces • Dispose of Waste Properly • Leave What You Find • Minimize Campfire Impacts • Respect Wildlife • Be Considerate of Other Visitors © 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org.



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Winter Recreation Map


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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 town. Browse our shopping/dining/lodging resources throughout the guide and see who is open year-round!



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Trails for all categories of riders are plentiful in Mineral County. Join the Snow Country Explorers Club, go on a guided adventure with Lake City Auto & Sports, or take a workshop 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. Check avalanche conditions first (avalanche.state.co.us), then go have a blast in the snow!


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!

Sledding & Tubing

Great hills can be found inside Creede city limits and throughout Mineral County. A few favorite spots include Sunnyside off the Bachelor Loop, the top of Spring Creek Pass, or around the intersection of Lime & Ivy Creeks. If you’ve come unprepared, check for sleds at Tomkins Hardware. This is an adventure to be enjoyed by all ages! Top Left: Main St by Jeffrey Beall, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0 Kids • Top Right: Snowmobiling by Marlenee Photography, courtesy MountainSkillz.com • Bottom Left: Skiing at Wolf Creek Ski Area • Bottom Right: Sledding Near Creede by B4 Studio • Opposite Page: Snowy Creede by San Juan Sports


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

Above: Elk outside of Creede by Ken Wyley


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! Check avalanche conditions at avalanche.state.co.us

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 made-from-scratch chocolate specialties created by local Chamber Members. Spend an afternoon strolling through town enjoying chocolate and dining at our local restaurants. Enjoy Black Friday Sales!

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 and Downstream Gas & Mercantile have fantastic food selections for packing a lunch or grilling at the lake! www.creede.com

Ice Skating and Hockey on the Silver Ice Park

The Silver Ice Park makes up one of Creede’s premier outdoor wintertime recreational facilities. The park boasts two skating ponds, a warming hut and skate shack complete with equipment free for public use, and lights for nighttime skating. Weather permitting ponds are available for use December February. Skate at your own risk, and HAVE FUN. Every January, over Martin Luther King Jr weekend, the park hosts a one-of-a-kind tournament. A chilly breeze, warm bonfire, and afternoon cocktail make the Golden Pick Tommyknocker Pond Hockey Tournament one of the most loved winter events. Observers enjoy the unique rock formations while watching local Creede folk battle out-of-town teams for the puck, and yearly bragging rights! Learn more from the non-profit that organizes the event: Tommyknocker & KipsGrill For Creede Athletics at creedepondhockey.wordpress.com


Make Your Mark Photo by Wild At Heart Ltd

Volunteering While You’re Here! Headwaters Alliance

Creede Parks & Rec

Mineral County


719-658-2729 recreation@creedetownhall.com

Fairgrounds Association


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


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 regular schedule! There are also many opportunities to help with our annual events: run the Art Auction or set up the Iron Chef competition for the Taste of Creede; run a water station along Donkey Dash or Mountain Run courses; help with registration or ticket sales on Labor Day Weekend, run a timer during the Gravity Derby, and MORE!

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-andcrafts! 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!


Creede Rep Theatre

Creede Arts Council

Various Organizations www.creede.com


719-658-0312 creedeartscouncil.com

Take a look at our Calendar of Events; 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! 42

Creede Early Learning Center

Headwaters Alliance is the local environmental organization working to cultivate a sustainable environmental and economic future for the headwaters of the Rio Grande and all our downstream neighbors through community engagement, restoration, education and innovation. We launched the Comprehensive Willow Creek Watershed Planning Project in 2020, and offer the Annual Willow Creek Science Camp for kids ages 5-9; an Annual RunOff RunOff Marathon, Half Marathon and 6k; Dark Sky programming and more! We love volunteers! Please email us if you would like to help with monthly water quality sampling (training provided!), restoration and revegetation work on the lower Willow Creek floodplain, or helping with the RunOff RunOff race. Come be part of the awesome community of people working to preserve the Creede we all love!

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 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 and pickleball court, a weight room/cardio area, as well as a small studio room used for spin and pound classes. The Recreation Department offers various sports, classes, and summer camps for 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 Creede Chute Out Rodeo Series, the Labor Day Weekend Ranch Rodeo, supports the County 4H Program, 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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FOMCES fomces.com

The Friends of Mineral County Emergency Services raises money for equipment and training for Mineral County Search & Rescue, Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services. Join us for fundraising events. Schedule on pg 52.

Silver thread


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Silver Thread Byway Council

www.silverthreadbyway.com Mission: To promote the Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byway and enable the public to enjoy and protect all the inherent qualities that make their experiences as memorable as the Byway itself. For the summer of 2022, come in for a game of skill to win a Michael Underwood's photo from page 23.

Upper Rio Grande Nordic Club 719-658-2602 Grooms cross-country ski trails, and sponsors events and activities. The club has permits for six groomed and ungroomed trails all around the Creede area and offers skiing in much of Mineral County’s beautiful backcountry.

Yellow toadflax

Photo contains Musk thistle

How YOU Can Help • • • •

REMOVE plants, animals & mud from boots, gear, pets and vehicles. CLEAN your gear before entering & leaving recreation sites. STAY on designated roads & trails. USE CERTIFIED or LOCAL firewood & hay.

Contact Us Mineral County Noxious Weed Department 1201 N. Main St. Creede, CO 81130 406-531-1092 noxiousweeds@mincocolo.com

Canada Thistle

Oxeye daisy

Lake Fork Valley Concervancy

Creede Elks Lodge BPOE #506 719-658-2661

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.

Spotted knapweed

970-944-5382 www.lfvc.org

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.

Mission: To facilitate long term environmental sustainability in the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River Valley through education and stewardship efforts that foster land conservation, ecosystem health, and community resiliency. Supports the Alpine 50k Bike race and the Slumgullion Earth & Sky Center, an International Dark Sky Park, interpretive campground, and education center.

Snowcountry Explorers Snowmobile Club 719-658-2221

The club grooms approximately 85 miles of trails in the Rio Grande National Forest. Trailheads are near Creede and provide access to trails for all experience levels. 44

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May 27 Creede Farmer’s Market May 28 CRT Opens Steel Magnolias May 28 National Small Prints Show opens

Taste of Creede photos by B4 Studio; Painting by Suzanne Reed Fine

May 28-29 Taste of Creede, A Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Dining

June 4, 2022

Memorial Day Weekend May 28-29, 2022

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

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 6.6k (fun fact - 6k is the distance that many people around the world have to travel to get water). New and improved route starts at the beautiful Soward Ranch, and will keep the race off the Hwy! A party with food, beer, and music follows at the ballfield. www.runoffrunoff.com

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 traditionally produces 7-8 shows in rotation on two stages—the Mainstage Theatre and CRT’s black box space, the Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre.

May 28-30 Outside Circle Ranch Roping w/ daily live music, vendors, kids activities at Fairgrounds May 29 CRT Opens Always…Patsy Cline May 30 Memorial Day Ceremony at Basham Park

Wander among the 25+ artists on Main Street as they bring to life their latest works. Be sure to watch the Silver Chef competition, which pits local chefs against one another in a cook-off to create a winning dish. Each chef is provided with surprise ingredients, and has 45 minutes to prepare an offering meant to delight the judges. The winning entry earns bragging rights for the ensuing year. Thank you to sponsors Shamrock Foods and Monte Vista Co-Op. On Sunday, head north on Main Street after lunch for the annual Quick Draw event. Artists begin with a blank canvas and have one hour to complete a oneof-a-kind work. Afterward, these pieces are offered in the annual art auction. The Mineral County Fairgrounds will host a 3-day “Outside Circle Show” Ranch Roping event with vendors and live music. The Creede Elks host a Memorial Day Ceremony in Basham Park on Monday. Artist Demonstrations • Live Music Silver Chef Cooking Competition • Art Auction Children’s Activities • Ranch Rodeo


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Donkey Dash by Kellie Eibling, Main Street Donkey Dash by B4 Studio, and Independence Day Fireworks by Bob Seago


June 3, 10, 17, 24 Creede Farmer’s Market June 4 Runoff Runoff June 5 Live Music @ Basham Park June 11 Donkey Dash Burro Race

June 11, 2022

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 race abides by these rules, and starts and ends on Main Street. Mini Donkey races, music, and other festivities make cheering at the finish line an all-day affair!

June 18 CRT Opens Native Gardens

July 2-4, 2022

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 Farmer’s Market • Rodeo

August 27-28, 2022

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 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. Festivalgoers set up tents and lawn chairs on the expanse of grass, backed by the San Juan Mountain range, and just a short distance from the Headwaters of the mighty Rio Grande.

Creede Rock & Mineral Show August 5-7, 2022

Over forty exhibitors show and sell a fascinating array of gems, geodes, fossils, silver ore, turquoise nuggets, Australian opals, beads, jewelry, and stone carvings. All types of rock and mineral specimens from around the world will intrigue viewers, buyers, collectors, and rockhounds of all ages.

August 13, 2022

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 19 Live Music @ Basham Park June 22, 29 ChuteOut Bull Riding/Rodeo June 24 Mountain Shoot Out Photo Show Opening June 25 CRT Opens Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood July 1, 4, 8, 15, 22, 29 Creede Farmer’s Market July 1,8,15,22,29 CRT’s Boomtown! July 1 CRT Opens Pants on Fire July 2-4 July 4th Festival & Parade • Fireworks • Elks Lodge Dance • Days of ’92 Mining Events • CO State Mining Championship July 3, 10, 31 Live Music @ Basham Park July 4, 13, 20, 27 ChuteOut Bull Riding/Rodeo July 7, 8, 9 CRT ‘The KID Show’: Music Box July 9-15 Creede Woodcarvers Rendezvous July 13-14 Ladies Aid Rummage Sale


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Events July 23 CRT Opens The Royale July 24 FOMCES Golf Tournament at Rio Grande Club August TBD Pickle Ball Tournament

Labor Day Weekend

August 5, 12, 19, 26 Creede Farmer’s Market August 5 CRT Gala ‘Better Together’


Mountain Run

September 16-18, 2022

50k - 22 Mile - 12 Mile - 2 Mile


Salsa Fiesta Downtown Creede • Saturday • 11am - 4pm Taste Salsas from Creede businesses & vote for your favorite! Limited # of Tickets • Available at Basham Park

The Car Show is an autumn event that inspires car fanatics to motor along the beautiful Silver Thread Byway 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 classic music, and vote on their favorite car. Venture up to the Steamroller Printmaking event hosted by the Creede Arts Council (you cant miss the giant Steamroller printing plates designed by dozens of artists). The day ends with a Rod Run to the famous North Clear Creek Falls and a burger at Freemon’s, and a finale show at the Creede Repertory Theatre. 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!

August 12,19,26 CRT’s Boomtown! August 13 Creede Gravity Derby & Silver Thread Studio Tour August 14 Live Music @ Basham Park August 27-28 Headwaters Music Festival September 2,9 CRT’s Boomtown!

September 2-5 Labor Day Weekend • Salsa Fiesta • ATV Rodeo • Creede Mountain Run

Saturday • Basham Park

Outdoor Movie : The Princes Bride Friday Night, Dark • Ball Field

September 4 & 18 Live Music @ Basham Park

At Restaurants, Bars and around town

September 16-18 Cruisin’ the Canyon Fall Colors Car Show September 17 Steamroller Print Making CRT final shows of season


Creede Repertory Theatre 50

August 6 Snowshoe Shuffle

September 2, 9, 16, 23 Creede Farmer’s Market

Children’s Carnival

Live M Music

August 5-7 Rock & Mineral Show

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31st Annual


Festival Nov 25-26, 2022

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. You be the judge! ick lden P Th e Go

Events November 25-26 Annual Chocolate Festival Creede’s Black Friday Sales December 31 New Year’s Eve Celebrations Jan 14-15, 2023 Golden Pick Tommyknocker Pond Hockey Tournament February 17-19, 2023 Winter Cabin Fever Daze Visit www.creede.com for up-to-date event info

Jan 14-15, 2023

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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Shopping Guide

Open Year-Round

Open Year-Round

San Juan Sports

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

San Juan T-Shirt Co

103 W 2nd St • 719-658-2359 sanjuansports.com

The Holy Moses

121 N Main St • 719-658-2848

The Studios at Bristol

39542 Hwy 149 • 719-658-0121 www.kathykillip.com 127 N Main St • 719-658-2240 ww3.truevalue.com/tomkins


Alamosa Home

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

Antlers Rio Grande Lodge

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

Cottonwood Cove Lodge

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

Creede Olive Oil

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


Tomkins Hardware & Lumber

C. Waters Gallery

110 S Main St • 719-223-9984


Underground Mining Museum

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


Wander Off Broadway

129 N Main St • 719-658-0368

Wild Beaver Mountain Man Emporium

243 S Main St • 719-588-9541 X www.mountainmanemporium.com


Wild Mountain Jewelry

247 S Main St • 719-588-9541

Lovering’s 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

504 Last Chance Mine Rd, Creede

Mines & Memories

708 S Main St • 719-658-2370

Monte Vista Coop

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


Ooh La Spa & Boutique

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


Quiller Gallery

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

Rainbow Grocery

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

Ramble House

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

Rio Grande Angler

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

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


719-658-0182 • edknightphoto.com

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

& Janet R Thompson Studio

& Coffee on the Fly


719-238-7959 • lastchancemine.com

Abbey Lane Gallery

131 N Main St • 719-658-2736

Blue Creek Lodge

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

Creede Trading Post

11 S Main St • 719-658-0925

Elk Country Boutique

102 N Main St • 719-658-2210

The Blue Yak Salon & Boutique

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






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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.



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



Casa Kokopelli

2 bed, 1½ bath home. Relaxing living room with kiva fireplace, full kitchen, king bed w/ luxury linens. Full-size washer & dryer. Ample Parking



Cottonwood Cove

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 jeep rentals.


Creede Hotel • thecreedehotel.com

The Creede Hotel and Restaurant. A small intimate inn with four historic guest rooms in the original 1892 building on Main Street.

Creede Snowshoe Lodge

Located in town with ample parking. All rooms are ground-level, nonsmoking, and pet free. Easy access to town’s ATV/OHV route. Free WIFI. Coin Laundry. Rental Shower 9 am - 6 pm.


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. Ask about pets.

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!



Freemon’s Guest Ranch

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



Headwaters Inn @ Rio Grande Enter-

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


Modern cabin sits on one acre and opens up to your own national forest playground. Just 10 minutes from Creede. 2bed/2bath; sleeps 7


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.



Little Squaw Resort

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.



Mountain Views RV Resort

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.



Oleo Ranch • Co Rd 17, Lake City

Seven individual log cabins ranging from 2-4 bedrooms. Hiking, private fishing, horseback riding. Stables available for guests. Along the Silver Thread Byway towards Lake City, approximately 35 miles from Creede



120 N Main St, Creede • 719-658-2608

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 prises • 24263 Hwy 149, Creede • 719588-4709 • riograndeenterprises.com

Hummingbird Hideaway Cabin 426 Hummingbird Ln, Creede www.airbnb.com/rooms/48770271

Last Chance Mine


504 Last Chance Mine Rd, Creede 719-658-1059 • lastchancemine.com 11401 USFS Rd 520, Creede 719-658-2434 • littlesquawresort.com 539 Airport Rd, Creede • 719-658-2710 mountainviewsrv.com 210-545-2181 • oleoranch.com

970-944-2526 | 238 S. Gunnison; POB 340 Lake City, CO 81235


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Broken Arrow Ranch

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

Hiker Shuttles



702 S Main St, Creede • 254-717-0777

Name-Brand Gear & Accessories



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

Incredible scenery of Colorado


Situated on the banks of the Rio Grande River across from the National Forest. Modern cabins and motel style rooms right on the water and an RV park with full hook ups (pets allowed in RVs only).

Broken Arrow Vacation Rentals

Watercraft rentals on Lake San Cristobal


Antlers Lodge

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

Guided Fly Fishing Trips


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.

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

The Sportsman has been open and operating since 1955. It is rich in history and holds the original feel of old-time fly fishing with growing trends in the fly fishing industry.


4UR Ranch

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

Come enjoy “A Peak Experience” at The Sportsman!


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Quality Inn & Suites

719-873-5600 • www.choicehotels.com/ colorado/south-fork/comfort-suites-hotels

Located in the center of South Fork. Deluxe King & Queen Rooms & Suites, Indoor Pool & Hot Tub, Complimentary Deluxe Breakfast, Fitness Center, Business Center, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, WiFi, Air Cond.


RC Guest Ranch • rcguestranch.com 37531 Hwy 149, Creede • 719-658-2253

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.

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.

Soward Ranch

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

705 S Main St, Creede • 719-658-2900 rinconrealestate.com 1001 USFS Rd 520, Creede 719-658-2214 • sanjuanranch.com 6164 Middle Creek Rd, Creede 719-658-2295 • sowardranch.com






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.


Yund Enterprises

bighousered@msn.com • 719-850-1896

Short-term and long-term rental properties in Creede, Colorado.



Private Cabins located near the Rio Grande Reservoir, on the edge of the Weminuche Wilderness. Cabins are surrounded by nature, beauty, and 12901 FS 520, Creede • 30mileresort.com wildlife. Weekly rentals from June 1 - Sept 30

19082 Hwy 149, Creede • 719-658-2413




Thirty Mile Resort • 817-776-1017 Wason Ranch • wasonranch.com








Lodging Guide

Contact the Visitor Center at www.creede.com or 719-658-2374 for more options



NON CHAMBER MEMBERS Blue Creek Lodge 11682 Hwy 149, South Fork • 719-6582479 • bluecreeklodgecreede.com

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


Cascada Cabins • 981 La Garita St., Creede

Floor plans includes full kitchen, private bedroom, twin bunks & futon in seating area with TV. Wifi. Dogs accepted.


Creede Mountain Huts Creede • 505-615-3332

High-Altitude, off-grid backcountry glampping at Lime Creek Yurt and Fisher Mountain Hut in Rio Grande National Forest. Winter access is 5 mile ski/snowshoe.


Four Seasons Lodge • 719-657-1140 30362 US-160, South Fork

Newly renovated! Wi-Fi. Outdoor grill area.



Rainbow Lodge 30359 Hwy 160, South Fork • 719-8735174 • rainbowlodgesouthfork.com

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!



• Contact Creede Snowshoe Lodge



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

6 mi





Excellent indoor & outdoor dining on the banks of the Rio Grande. Signature items include specialty soups, Filet Mignon, Oven-roasted Rack of Lamb, Gourmet Salmon... Reservations Recommended.


719-658-2423 • antlerslodge.com

Big Doug’s BBQ

600 S. Main St, Creede • 713-899-7067

Bristol Head Bakery

600 S Main St, Creede • 918-944-0282 brandon@bristolheadbakery.com

Coffee on the Fly Cottonwood Cove Lodge

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

6 blocks



6 blocks




9 mi


Cup Cake Girls • 719-398-1010

39284 Hwy 149, Creede 719-658-2954 • freemonsranch.com

Kip’s Grill • kipsgrill.com

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


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

MJ’s Café

18 mi


4 blocks



Downtown B/L/D

9 blocks

Pizzeria 8852 • 105 N Main St , Creede Downtown L / D


www.Pizzeria8852.com • 719-658-1233

Rio Grande Club

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

The Creede Hotel and Restaurant

120 N Main St, Creede • Open May-Sept 719-658-2608 • thecreedehotel.com





22 mi






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

X Beautiful and Delicious CupCakes to order


Serving 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! ATM on site.


The Mac Mine

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

Tommyknocker Tavern & BBQ Bistro • 107 Wall St, Creede


Mac & cheese food truck. Open 7 days a week. Made-to-order




Café’ Ole 103 N Main St, Creede • 719-658-2880



Creede Cravings & Catering 243 ½ S. Main Street


Liquid Ambitions Liquor 21315 HWY 149 • 719-658-2337

11 blocks


Square Peg Brewerks 123 N Main St Creede



The Best Little Dog House 206 S. Main Street • 658-3000




719-658-0138 tommyknockertavern.com

Coffee & Treats


Outdoor Dining

On-site Lodging

Open Year-round

Adult Beverages

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner



X breakfast burritos, tater tot bowls, Mac & Cheese w/ choice of

toppings, sliders, sides and fried pies. Outdoor seating, WiFi.


Delicious sandwiches, soups, and our famous BBQ Ribs served in historic Creede building. Back patio & deck with views of cliffs. Serving locally brewed beers. Lots of live music.


Fresh Baja-style tacos, handmade salsa, cold beer and fresh juice margaritas! Great patio, live music.


Creede’s hometown place to meet friends and neighbors for


X breakfast or lunch. Coffee and bakery goodies. Excellent food, courteous service and reasonable prices.



Serving mexican food and sandwiches.


Large selection of beer, wine and spirits. Soda and ice Craft Brewery; allows guests to bring in food


Burgers, fries, sausages, soft serve and sno cones

Contact the Creede Visitor Center at 719-658-2374 or visit www.creede.com for additional dining options!

Join us for some Southern hospitality, featuring Southern-


Bakery offering made-from-scratch pastries, cookies, cakes, and desserts. Special orders and dessert catering available.

X Providing great coffee and community all year round. WiFi



801 La Garita, Creede • 719-658-0340




Freemon’s General Store

Great central Texas BBQ. Everything is cooked fresh, daily. Open 11-Sold Out. Plates, by the pound, 4 Sides; 4 Sandwiches; Baked Potatoes.


Distance from Downtown

Coffee & Treats


Outdoor Dining

On-site Lodging

Open Year-round

Adult Beverages

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Distance from Downtown

Dining Guide

X fried chicken tenders, catfish filets, fried shrimp, and all the fixings, along with Texas sweet tea.






Historic Main St building serving pizza made w/ hand tossed dough and fresh ingredients. Balcony seating. New ownership and a new bar serving beer, wine, margaritas, and cocktails. Enjoy happy hour at the Big River Grille or dinner at the Timbers Dining Room. Menu offers old-world tradition, all natural ingredients, and progressive American culinary inspiration.



Dine with the locals where fresh made Chicken Fried Steaks, Chicken strips, and homemade Green Chile are a constant.


Arp’s at The Creede Hotel features American comfort food with daily international specials. Enjoy fine dining under our large tented patio. Check the website for our event calendar.

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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

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


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Member & Advertiser Directory

See pages 54, 57, 59, 60 & 61 for Shopping/Lodging/Dining • See page 62 for Churches and Places of Worship

Museums/History Creede Historical Society

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

Last Chance Mine

504 Last Chance Mine Rd, Creede 719-238-7959 • lastchancemine.com

Underground Mining Museum

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

Realtors/Land Sales 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


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

705 S Main St, Creede • 719-658-2900

Navajo Development

719-850-8443 • navdev@me.com

Ooh La Spa & Boutique

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

Health and Wellness Schools

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

Frazier Outfitting & Cabins at Lost Trail

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

Longridge Outfitters

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

Mineral County Fairgrounds

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

Mountain Skillz

719-849-3168 • mountainskillz.com

Revolution Rail Co

888-738-0123 • www.revrail.com 0097 Ponderosa Dr, South Fork

Rio Grande Anglers

13 S. Main Street, Creede 719-658-2955 • riograndeangler.com

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

Rio Epic Outfitters

rioepic.com • 970-259-0484

Snow Country Explorers

719-658-2221 • kukuk@fone.net

The Sportsman Outdoors Lake City • 970-944-2526 www.lakecitysportsman.com & Fly Shop

Creede • 719-658-2090 creedeearlylearningcenter.com

Creede School District

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

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

8852 Events, LLC

8852eventsllc.com • 580-309-1123

Mineral County

Alamosa Home

alamosahome.com • 719-852-3531

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

Charles Powers Attorney at Law


Lake City - Hinsdale County Chamber

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

South Fork Chamber of Commerce



Creede Property Manage- 719-463-3131 creedepropmgnt@gmail.com ment, LLC Host Merchant Services

Pagosa Springs • 970-946-8642 np@mussers.co

Kentucky Belle Market

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


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

Monte Vista Co-Op

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

OCD Farms

719-849-0135 • ocdfarms@gmail.com

alpineeagles.com • 970-852-4600 Main St, Creede • 719-658-2540

Ed Knight Photo

Creede • edknightphoto.com

Silver Thread Quilt Guild

silverthreadsguild.com Creede • 719-588-6412

28 Silverthread Lane, South Fork

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

Banking/Loans Community Banks of Colorado

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

Del Norte Bank

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

South Fork • 719-873-5545

Rio Grande Silver


Silver World Newspaper

970-944-2575 • lakecitysilverworld.com

SLV Rural Electric Cooperative & Ciello

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

104 S Main St, Creede • 719-658-2661

Area Chambers, Visitor Centers, Local Government Offices

Rainbow Grocery & Express rainbowgroceryandsportinggoods.com

Little Elaine Photography littleelainephotography.com

Creede Elks Lodge #506

Creede • 719-937-8978

Creede Ladies Aid Society creedeladiesaidsociety.org Creede Farmers and Local creedefarmersmarket.com Artisan Market Creede Mining Heritage

Sunny Side Chapel sunnysidechapel.com

Day’s of ‘92

Creede • geawyley@hotmail.com

Friends of Mineral Co. Emergency Services 64

City of Creede


Alpine Eagles Media

Lake City Auto & Sports

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

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

Michelle Meals Marketing, LLC


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

Creede Guide & Outfitters at Ramble House

Silver Thread Public Health

719-480-5006 • 1201 N. Main St. Creede • slvnoxiousweeds.org

Creede Arts Council

866-982-7333 • creedeatv.com

970-944-5382 • www.lfvc.org

Mineral County Noxious Weed Department

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

Creede ATV

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

Hwy 160, PagosaSprgs • 970-731-4081 wildernessjourneyspagosa.com

madams@c4hco.com • 720-527-8052


Lake Fork Valley Concervancy

Whitmore Computer & Consulting Services

Wilderness Journeys Pagosa

Connect for Health CO

Creede Woodcarvers


720-587-9650 1wecleanemrite@gmail.com

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

719-658-2480 • 117 E 7th St, Creede

Creede Parks & Rec

Headwaters Music Festival

We Clean ‘em Rite

MDS Waste & Recycle

Other Local Non Profits

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


Creede • 719-658-2602

Downstream Gas & Mercantile


Headwaters Alliance

Upper RG Nordic Club

Creede Repertory Theatre creederep.org

Creede Early Learning Center


Elk Country Jeep Rentals

Please visit www.creede.com for a full business directory

www.fomces.com Creede & Mineral County Visitor Guide

Community Committed, Agriculturally Driven. 719-852-5181 w w w . m v c o o p . c o m @mvcoop www.creede.com

Monte Vis ta C oop P ro p a n e. F u e l . Oi l 1901 E Hwy 160 Monte Vista, Colorado


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.



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For Any Emergency Dial 911

Mineral County Sheriff Call 911 • 1201 N. Main St., Creede 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, mid-May to mid-Sept Open Tuesday-Saturday, mid-Sept to mid-May

Area Visitor Guides Area Maps • Guidebooks • Free WiFi Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byway Large scale model of 1892 North Creede

www.creede.com #visitcreede

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904 S. Main St. • PO Box 580 Creede, CO 81130