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Old 01-24-2020, 11:06 AM   #1
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Creede, Co help needed

I'm putting together a summer trip to CO which includes 5 full days in Creede and I've found little info by searching on here. I plan to stay Mountain View RV park and have the following things on the agenda: a day in Lake City, shop Creede, Last Chance Mine, Clear Creek Falls. We only go where our car will go (no extreme driving) so my question is, what else should we see and do in the area (75 miles). We will be coming from several days in Pagosa Springs and going to Buena Vista after Creede. Thanks for your help.
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Creede is very tiny. I'd suggest you rent a Jeep or get on a Jeep tour and take to the mountains. That is what's popular to do there. Enjoy!
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:25 PM   #3
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Go on over to Lake City. Although there is a tremendous amount of beetle kill trees it is still a beautiful drive.

Before you get into Lake City there is a cutoff to Deer Lake campgrounds. A nice side trip, probably 5 miles or so off the main road.
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Old 01-25-2020, 07:15 AM   #4
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drive the old mine loop above town, easily done in any toad, awesome stops at old mines and views of the valley. Tour the mine museum above town also! Go check out Antlers Rio Grand rv/cabins/ restaurant on the river, have a relaxing dinner outside on the river! Bring a fly rod and fish the Rio Grand! Better yet, stay at Antlers Rio Grand and walk home after dinner and catch a trout!
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We're planning to travel the Creede later this year too. We were also thinking about Cripple Creek, which is about 80 miles from Buena Vista.

Great info about the Antlers Rio Grande RV Park. I'll have to look into that for our trip too.
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From Lake City you can continue north down to and past Blue Mesa Lake to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There is a south side where the visitor's Center is and much more scenic north side. Get detailed directions at the visitor's Center.

Fishing can be good in Lake Fork Creek north of Lake City.

FYI, while driving in any of these areas be on the look out for wildlife, on or off the road. Lots of deer and elk and vehicles meet on the roads around there. I know. There's also mouse and black bears in that area.

In winter of 2018-2019 there were major avalanches in the Lake City area, destroying part of town. Some of the slides were over 100 ft thick across the roads and did not melt before this year's snow fall started accumulating. All of the main roads operating this past summer, but some back roads never did open in summer 2019.

Another fun option is ride the narrow gauge railroad between San Antontio, CO and Chama, NM over a beautiful pass.
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When you reserve a site at Mountain View know that there are two sides. One is the RV Park and the other the RV Resort. They are both nice, but the resort side is owned lots rented out. It offers larger sites with landscaping and usually concrete or paver pads. Many are pull in on a little creek.

They will usually ask if you want the RV Park or RV resort.
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Make sure you catch a performance at Creede Repertory Theater. A professional theater that USA Today says is “one of the top 10 places to see off broadway.” Right in downtown Creede.
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When you reserve a site at Mountain View know that there are two sides. One is the RV Park and the other the RV Resort. They are both nice, but the resort side is owned lots rented out. It offers larger sites with landscaping and usually concrete or paver pads. Many are pull in on a little creek.

They will usually ask if you want the RV Park or RV resort.
Would you happen to know what the rate difference is between the Park and the Resort? I am looking into staying a month. Their website shows the Park monthly rate, but not the Resort rates.
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I'm putting together a summer trip to CO which includes 5 full days in Creede and I've found little info by searching on here. I plan to stay Mountain View RV park and have the following things on the agenda: a day in Lake City, shop Creede, Last Chance Mine, Clear Creek Falls. We only go where our car will go (no extreme driving) so my question is, what else should we see and do in the area (75 miles). We will be coming from several days in Pagosa Springs and going to Buena Vista after Creede. Thanks for your help.
The Jeep suggestion is spot on.

When you arrive just start asking the Folks that come every year - there are many - they will more than fill your Plate for the 6 - short Days you are there.

You are in 4X4 Heaven - some of the most beautiful trail in the state - Fishing - Top Notch - Ouray and Telluride for great meals - Lake City and Silverton for some old Country Charm - Keep in mind you are on the Other side of the Mountain for Much that is in the San Juan's - .........

You might also look to see if you can find a week to spend in Ouray - It's that Good.

IMHO, there will not be a road or a drive that you will not remember ....

Best of Luck,

These links may help,

https://www.flickr.com/photos/michae...n/photostream/

https://www.pbase.com/sparker1/root%26view=tree

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f42/oura...it-442372.html
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I am going to Lake City in a month and renting a Jeep. I plan on driving west on 20 to Engineers Pass which is above tree line. I did this years ago and the route is easy enough for a newby Jeeper like myself to drive. You might consider doing the same. I will look into the roads around Creede.
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Crystal Lake & Hiking Tail is an area worth stopping.
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Make sure you check the county website before you travel. Some counties may still have county-owned roads closed to non-residents.
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Alpine Loop is open as of 5/27. All roads are open into San Juan County so travelers can go from Lake City into Silverton. Weather is beautiful here so come on and enjoy!
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