Onroute

Creede - Colorado

:: HomeHotelGuideDestinations Vacation GuidesAdventures ::

:: Onroute > Destinations > Colorado ::

  What to See and Do | Where to Stay

Creede

This is one of the least "tourist-oriented" towns in Colorado, but don't let that deter you from visiting this wonderful little mining town, in a beautiful site in the remote Rio Grande River Valley, north of the town of South Fork. The San Juan Mountains provide a striking setting for Creede, which is situated in a side-canyon within the wide valley.

The first silver discovery in this area was made by Nicholas Creede, in 1889. Within weeks, several mines were opened, including the Holy Moses Mine (Creede exclaimed "holy Moses" when he first spotted silver). The town boomed to a population of 10,000. It was a rowdy, undisciplined place, attracting con men including the infamous Soapy Smith who later would be shot to death in Skagway Alaska, following more dirty tricks. Bat Masterton was the town marshal for a short time. Calamity Jane, Slanting Annie, and other "ladies" served the miners' passions. However, like all of the other mining camps of the age, Creede collapsed -- in fewer than five years -- and then four major fires pretty well wiped out the town.

What to See & Do

The disasters that befell the town in its first few years didn't stop Creede from rebuilding, and although the last mine -- the Homestead -- stopped operations, the town continues to exist, and is now a center for artists and writers, and for other independent spirits who stay here because of the beautiful scenery and the wilderness recreation which lies at their doorsteps -- in the Rio Grande National Forest and La Garita Wilderness. The Rio Grande provides some of the best fishing in this part of the state. A testament to that is the large number of guest ranches which are located along the river, just north of Creede. Other good fishing holes include the Road Canyon Reservoir -- 5 miles east of Creede -- and Ute Creek, west of the Rio Grande Reservoir.

The major summer attraction is in the old Creede Opera House: the Creede Repertory Theatre. Each year, the company stages a series of popular plays -- so popular that reservations are required for most evenings. For the playlist and reservations, write to the Creede Repertory Theatre, P.O. Box 269, Creede CO 81130, or call (719) 658-2540.

Those with four-wheel-drive or good clearance should plan to drive the East Willow Creek Loop, which leads from the end of the box canyon in Creede, through then original settlement (North Creede), past old mining works, to the scenic Willow Park area. The 7-mile loop ends by passing through the old townsite of Bachelor, where only a few foundations remain. The road returns to Creede, passing the old pioneer cemetery.

Where to Stay -- Hotel Guide

Reserve hotel rooms in Colorado

To search hotels, cruises,
and vacation packages around the world,

go to the Hotel Guide

Camping

Broadacres Travelin' Teepee, (719) 658-2291
This is a ranch and RV park with full hookups beside the Rio Grande. Located 5 miles west of Creede on Hwy. 149.

For details on nearby towns and attractions
Go to
Lake City, Durango,
Ouray, Silverton

 


Travel Resources

hotels/cars

Hotels
Condos & Suites
Car Rentals
Air Tickets
Vacation Packages
Cruises

Nearby Places

Lake City
Durango,
Ouray
Silverton

Destinations

Alaska
Alberta
Arizona
British Columbia
California
Colorado
Florida
Idaho
Montana
Nevada
New Mexico
Oregon
South Carolina
Texas
Utah
Washington
Wyoming
Yukon

Guides:

Las Vegas
San Francisco
Reno
Lake Tahoe
Key West
International Guides


Google
Search our Site

Web
www.onroute.com



Inside Onroute.com

Home | Destinations | HotelGuide | Car Rentals | Airline Tickets
Special Guides:
Las Vegas | San Francisco | Reno
Lake Tahoe | Key West


 

 

Onroute icon