Historic Creede, Colorado

Written by on July 11, 2013 in CO Cities, Dining, Lodging - Comments Off on Historic Creede, Colorado

In 1889, Nicholas Creede set out on a prospecting journey through the San Juan Mountains. The nearby areas of Ouray, Telluride and Silverton had already yielded millions of dollars in precious metals, so Creede set out to find his own fortune. He got lucky and found an extensive vein of silver in Campbell Mountain above Willow Creek Canyon. When word got out, thousands flocked overnight to the town of Creede.

During its hayday, Creede shipped out over a millions dollars of ore every month — one of the richest silver producing areas in the country. When Congress repealed the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890 and the bottom fell out of the price of silver, Creede became a ghost town almost overnight.

Today, Creede has revived to delight travelers with it authentic mining town atmosphere. Main Street is graced by centuries old buildings and a fun, friendly atmosphere. The summer weather is spectacular, sitting as it does at 8,852 feet in the San Juan Mountains. The peak soar above the valley floor and the blue summer skies providing a shocking contract to the rugged peaks.

There are literally dozens of things to do in this historic town.

Arts & Culture
If you love history, then the Historical Museum & Library, the Creede Historical Society and the Underground Mining Museum are great stops.

If you love theatre, then the Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) is for you. In 2007, the National Theatre Conference award CRT the Outstanding Theatre Award for achievement by a non-profit American theatre. In 2010, Creede was also awarded the Governor’s Arts Award for the town’s collective efforts to use to arts to enhance the cultural and economic vitality of the town. That means there are plenty of art galleries, workshops, special events and programs to enjoy throughout the summer months.

The summer months also bring a wealth of music to Creede during the summer concert series. In addition, some of the taverns and restaurants feature live music from local musicians.
San Cristobal Lake
Outdoor Adventure
Creede is located in Mineral Country, Colorado, 96% of which is protected national forest — Rio Grande and The San Juan National Forest. The La Garita and Weminuche Wilderness Areas make up the rest. In short, getting outdoors in Creede is easy. There’s fishing, hiking, biking, rafting, camping, jeep and ATV trails, golfing, horseback riding, rock hounding, hunting, wildlife watching — and in the winter months, try ice skating, sledding, tubing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

If you would rather experience the scenery from your vehicle, then the Silver Thread Scenic Byway links Creede, Lake City and South Fork via Highway 148. The name refers to the rich veins of silver that lured miners to the area, but also to the route, which threads its way through spectacular river canyons and over the continental divide. There are breathtaking views, amazing overlooks, stunning waterfalls, fantastic geology, old mining town and much more along the route.

Lodging, Dining and Shopping
Creede offers an amazing array of place to stay, including hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, lodges and guest ranches. If you are hungry, Creede offers everything from fine dining to casual fare. The shopping is pretty spectacular here as well, with many artists being drawn to the area. Looking for beads and yarn shops, next to high end galleries, marketplaces and boutiques.

Other attractions in the area include:
Wheeler Geologic Area
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument
Curecanti National Recreation Area
Silver Jack Reservoir

For more information, go to www.Creede.com or call the Creede Chamber of Commerce at 719-658-2374.

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