• Bachelor Loop Historic Tour - Creede

    mines 0004This 17-mile driving tour loops through Creede’s historic silver mining district and ghost towns. The tour’s first interpretive stop is just north of Creede in Willow Creek Canyon at the juncture of East and West Willow creeks. A passenger car can traverse the graded gravel road to the Equity Mine and then return to Creede via Bachelor Road (FS Road 504) and the old town site of Bachelor.

    Guidebooks, keyed to numbered markers along the loop, are available at the ...

  • Jeep / 4x4 / ATV

     MG 7731A trip to Colorado wouldn’t be complete without a  four-wheel-drive adventure! The Rio Grande National Forest offers something for everyone, from scenic, leisurely trips along the back roads, to technical trips that might leave your jeep with a new scratch or dent!

    ATV Trails:  

    Looking for adventure, but less work than hiking and mountain biking? Try any of the trails designated for motorized

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  • Our Favorite Forks in the Road

    bs WheelerIMG 3066-editWheeler Geologic Area - A mysterious ghost city

    The Wheeler Geologic Area resembles a mysterious ghost city, with spires and minarets that seem to float like a cloud above the surrounding mountains.

    Silver-Threaders---beautiful-rock-formationThe formations are contained in a tiny 60-acre section

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  • Penitente Canyon & La Garita Arch

    Penitente-Canyon-Climber-unknown-photographerExperience the Power of Place

    Grab breakfast in town before heading east towards the San Luis Valley. To take the “scenic route” east, turn off at the Ute Bluff Lodge onto CR 19, cross the mighty Rio Grande and follow the paved/dirt CR 15 as it snakes along the river, through scenic ranches and farmland for about fifteen miles. Consider  a detour at the sign for Colonel Pfeiffer’s Grave, and

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  • Wheeler Geological Area

    The Wheeler Geologic Area is one of the most fascinating geological features in the San Juan Mountains, located 2- miles east of Creede on the south side of the San Luis Peaks, or 24 miles from South Fork on Pool Table road.  The geologic formations are contained in a tiny 60-acre section of the Rio Grande National Forest.  In this area a mound of volcanic ash has eroded into a landscape that is so bizarre it seems to belong on another planet.

    Wheeler Geologic Area resembles a mysterious ghost city, with spires and minarets that seem to float like a cloud above the

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Local Outdoor Clubs

The Silverthreaders and Powderbusters are diverse groups of locals, part-timers, and visitors that enjoy ATV riding, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, fishing, hunting, skiing and motorcycling. Their many organized activities aim to preserve the multi-use of our magnificent outdoors and impart responsible recreation use. They organize weekly outings for hiking (3x’s per week), ATV/4x4 rides, snowmobile and snowshoeing.

Main Website: silverthreaders.org 
Photos/Blog: silverthreaders.blogspot.com  

Ask for a copy of thier recreation map from the Visitor Center

Consult local sources concerning directions and trail conditions before going out. Never enter the backcountry alone and always leave detailed information with someone.