We spent a week in Creede recently, and the haze in the afternoon was so thick you could taste it as well as see it. Fortunately, as mentioned, the winds blow west to east, and the smoke will eventually clear out during the day.
We live in Pagosa Springs, CO, just west of Creede. The smoke is from the Little Sand Fire, just north of our home, that has grown to nearly 24,000 acres. As of this posting, the fire is 34% contained, and still going, although the smoke has decreased drastically. This picture is from about a week and a half ago, with our home on the left.
There are several large fires WEST of Creede near Pagosa, Durango and south of Mesa Verde, but the containment on these fires is growing quickly. By the time you arrive on July 20th I doubt there will be any problem with smoke and haze.
Do NOT let this stop you. Creede is a beautiful place with lots of history, the Rio Grande River, lots of hiking trails, and great fishing. If you're Johnny Depp, Creede is a great place to film your new movie, "The Lone Ranger". The film crew was there and a lot of them were in the RV park where we stayed.
Mountain Views At RiversEdge RV Resort & Park - Creede, Colorado
Don't miss the drive over Slumgullion Pass to Lake City - an absolutely gorgeous place! Along the way, there's a monument to Alferd Packer's five victims, who were consumed by Mr Packer after they were trapped by a blizzard many years ago. It's interesting to note that the University of Colorado named the student dining hall the "Alferd Packer Restaurant and Grill".
If you're interested in shopping, the stores and galleries in Creede are excellent. And, the Creede Repertory Theater is nationally known for their live performances in the historic Creede Hotel.
Creede Repertory Theatre, Creede, CO
Have fun - we're going back to Creede too!