Creede and Mineral County located adjacent to the headwaters of the Rio Grande offer excellent rafting and kayaking opportunities in unparalleled natural surroundings. From rugged mountain streams to gentle floats of the Rio Grande, the fourth longest river in North America, the rafting and kayaking options range from Class II-IV to suit everyone!
Unit 76 is one of the most sought after units for big game in Colorado. This is a draw unit. The Ramble House sells over-the-counter licenses for the adjacent unit, 79. Be sure to read up on the hunting regulations on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife page.
Moose near Rio Grande Reservoir. Along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway (State Hwy 149), US Hwy 160, and many Forest Service roads that traverse Mineral County, plenty of opportunities exist for observing wildlife. Evenings and early mornings are the best times for sightings. Depending on the season, mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, moose and a host of other mammals and birds are abundant. Summer or winter, deer are a fairly common encounter while elk, moose, and bighorn sheep tend to migrate
Camping in Rio Grande National Forest is the ideal situation to take some time to yourself and unwind while enjoying nature and avoiding people. Ninety-five percent of Mineral County is public lands. You'll be sure to find your ideal camp spot, from a campground to an RV site, and even a dispersed camping location. Be sure to familiarize yourself
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
True to its name, Mineral County is a significant study area for ancient geologic activity. The formation of the La Garita and San Juan mountains began about 30 million years ago. Eruptions from massive volcanoes, like the Creede Caldera, were followed by
Trails galore interlace the countryside around Creede and throughout Mineral County. Public lands, which constitute 96% of the county, provide ample access to Forest Service trails, many of which carry multi-use designations (Descriptive brochures and maps of Forest Service trails and roads are available at the Creede Ranger Station on South Main Street).
The Continental Divide Trail and the Colorado Trail are two favorite high country
Stoney Pass? Alpine Loop? Wheeler Geologic Area? Or any other or our hundreds of back-country roads? Venture out in your 4x4 or ATV! There are many rental options; Cottonwood Cove or Elk Country Jeeps for jeep rentals, Creede ATV, Big Country Fun, Rio Grande Off-Road, and Snowshoe Lodge all rent ATVs and/or UTVs. Looking for a guided adventure? Check out Mountain Skillz! Have a blast in the back-country! Be sure to stop in the Visitors Center for your copy of the City of Creede OHV Route
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?
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Welcome to the San Luis Valley and the Rio Grande. The San Luis Valley is Colorado’s largest mountain valley and the Rio Grande has become one of the state’s best trout rivers. Some stretches are stocked with catchable-size rainbow trout and have an eight-fish daily bag limit while other stretches have special regulations where you can expect to catch lots of rainbows and browns, many in the 16” – 20” range
The best fishing usually runs
Creede & Mineral County Visitor Center & Chamber of Commerce
Open Tue-Sat 9am - 4pm, Lunch 1-2904 S. Main St., PO Box 580 Creede CO 81130Area Information Located North of Door. Free WiFi is always on!
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