Underground Mining Museum

One of Creede's most popular attractions, the Underground Mining Museum comprises a series of rooms and tunnels blasted into the cliff face of Willow Creek Canyon. Visitors receive a first-hand taste of the miners' subterranean experience. Self-guided CD tours are available anytime; guided tours are by appointment in the summer.

Underground Mining Museum - Phone: 719.658.0811 | Visit Website

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Hiking & Mountain Biking

The mountains surrounding South Fork, Colorado, offer twelve recommended trails with a variety of terrain and distances, or you can take a leisurely stroll down the thousands of miles of forest service roads. A complete mile-post guidebook of the entire Silver Thread Scenic Byway, which is 75 miles long, and its points of interest is available at the South Fork Visitor's Center for $1.00.

South Fork Visitor's Center - Phone: 800.571.0811 | Visit Website

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Rio Grande County Museum

The museum offers visitors a glimpse into the cultural and natural history of the area from the Indians and Hispanic settlers, the mountain men fur trappers and traders, to the later settlers who came in search of land, freedom, gold and silver. The Rio Grande County Museum is a stimulating learning experience for visitors of all ages.

Rio Grande County Museum - Phone: 719.657.2847 | Visit Website

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Alligator Farm

A unique experience for the whole family! View a variety of turtles, tortoises, gators, snakes, and lizards for a hands-on learning opportunity. View gator wrestling and meet alligators featured in many movies and tv commercials!

Colorado Gators - Phone: 719.378.2612 | Visit Website

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Sand Dunes Swimming Pool (Hot Springs)

Enjoy a naturally hot artesian swimming pool kept between 98-100 degrees. The water is amazingly clear with no odors and no added chlorine. Sand Dunes Swimming Pool offers family fun, relaxation, and rejuvenation with striking views of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Sand Dunes Recreation, LLC - Phone: 719.378.2807 | Visit Website

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Points of Interest in the San Luis Valley

The San Luis Valley offers bountiful places to visit and natural wonders to see. Consider visiting these favorites on your next visit: Summitville, Platoro, Bachelor Loop, Pfieffers Grave, Penetinte Canyon, Elephant Rocks, Natural Arch, Wheeler Geological Area, Wagon Tracks, Stations of the Cross, Pikes Stockade, Oldest Church in Colorado, and the Fort Garland Museum.

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San Luis Lakes State Park

A Wet and Wild Place! The combination of wetlands, lakes and, dry valley floor environments provides a fantastic wildlife viewing and recreation area. Fishing, water skiing, motor boating, sailing, windsurfing, and swimming continue to be popular activities.

San Luis Lakes State Park - Phone: 719.378.2020 | Visit Website

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

Nestled in southern Colorado, America's tallest sand dunes rise over 750 feet against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The wind-shaped dunes glow beneath the backdrop of the majestic Colorado landscape. Enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, and even swimming in Medano Creek, which flows at the base of the dunes during spring and early summer.

Great Sand Dunes National Park - Phone: 719. 378.6300 | Visit Website

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison State Park

No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Activities include backpacking, experienced climbing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and wildlife viewing.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison - Phone: 970.641.2337 | Visit Website

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Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument protects six prehistoric, Puebloan-era villages spread over a twenty-mile expanse of mesa tops and canyons along the Utah-Colorado border. Hovenweep is noted for its solitude and undeveloped natural character.

Hovenweep National Monument - Phone: 970.562.4282 | Visit Website

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Curecanti National RecreationArea

Three reservoirs form the heart of Curecanti National Recreation Area. Panoramic mesas; fjord-like reservoirs; and deep, steep and narrow canyons abound. Activities include boating, camping, fishing, hunting, kayaking, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, swimming, and whitewater rafting.

Curecanti National Recreation Area - Phone: 970.641.2337 | Visit Website

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Ridgeway State Park

Outstanding scenery, ultra-modern facilities, full-service marina, and magnificent campgrounds beckon visitors to Ridgeway State Park. Enjoy boating, camping, hiking, fishing, and studying nature in one of the most beautiful areas in Colorado.

Ridgeway State Park - Phone: 970.626.5822 | Visit Website

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde offers an unparalleled opportunity to see and experience a unique cultural and physical landscape. The archeological sites found in Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. The park offers visitors a spectacular look into the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people.

Mesa Verde National Park - Phone: 970.529.4465 | Visit Website

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Over 30 miles of the Rio Grande River is designated as "Gold Medal" fishing. Thirteen lakes and a multitude of creeks and streams are available within twenty miles of South Fork. There are many angling guides available to teach you the tips and tricks of Rocky Mountain fishing.

Rio Grande Angler - Located in downtown Creede - Phone: 719.658.2955 | Visit Website
Wolf Creek Angler - Located in South Fork - Phone: 844.746.3474 | Visit Website

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Four-Wheeling (Jeep's, ATV's,Dirtbikes)

Surrounded by 2 million acres of National Forest, service roads and trails offer endless miles to wander down. Whether you're an adventurer or just want to take a scenic drive, the Rio Grande National Forest has something to offer everyone. Rentals and guided tours available.  Twin Pine Motorsports is a great place to rent.

Popular4-wheeling roads / information - Visit Website - South Fork Visitor's Center: 800.571.0881 | Del Norte Forest Service: 719.657.3321 

Twin Pine Motorsports - South Fork, CO - Phone: 719.873.0166 | Visit Website 

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Rafting is a fun, family-oriented activity, and the Rio Grande River provides a scenic rafting experience. Raft rentals and guided tours are available locally!

Mountain Man Rafting - Located in South Fork off Hwy 160 - Phone: 719.873.1977 | Visit Website

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Golf / Dining

The Rio Grande Club is now under new ownership and management.  RGVR is excited about this transition of ownership to the Edge Golf Group.  Stay tuned for important developments and projects already underway.

The Rio Grande Club is nationally acclaimed and named among Golf Digest Magazine's "Top 10 best, new upscale public golf course facilities in America for 2003." Located at the base of the breathtaking Wolf Creek Pass in South Fork, Colorado, the Rio Grande Club is a resort/private club featuring a majestic, 18-hole championship golf course.

The Rio Grande Club - Phone: 719.873.1995 | Visit Website

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Some of the best game hunting in the state are found in the San Luis Valley. Big game includes elk, deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, and bear. Guides and outfitters are available to give you a real Rocky Mountain experience!

Mountain Trails Outfitters - Phone: 888.452.3870

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There are ten National Forest campgrounds and numerous privately owned RV parks/campgrounds in the area. Some campgrounds are accepting reservations online; check the links below for more information.

Rio Grande National Forest - Phone: 719.852.5941 | Visit Website

Camp Colorado - Visit Website for information on privately owned RV Parks and campgrounds in the area and sign up to receive your complimentary activity guide.

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Creede Repertory Theatre

Named one of the "Ten great places to see the lights way off Broadway" by USA Today, the Creede Repertory Theatre is a must see! Enjoy a night of great theatre and fun with shows throughout the summer and fall season.

Stop by the Creede Repertory Theatre and ask about their "New Theatre" location.  A truly awesome experience in a new location to be opened soon.

Creede Repertory Theatre - Phone: 719.658.2540 | Visit Website

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Skiing & Snowboarding

Wolf Creek Ski Area is a high alpine resort, elevation 10,300 feet at the base and 11,900 feet at the summit. The resort is known for its massive natural snowpack, usually the highest annual snowfall in Colorado (nearly 500 inches); the majestic views; and uncrowded runs. For a truly unique experience, Wolf Creek Ski Area is unbeatable.

Wolf Creek Ski Area - Phone: 970.264.5639 | Visit Website 

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The South Fork Area boasts over 255 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails courtesy of our two snowmobile clubs, plus plenty of open meadows and steep hill climbs. Terrain starts at 8,500 feet and climbs to nearly 12,000 feet. Guide services and tours are available for families and adventurers alike.  Twin Pine Motorsports can help you out with snowmobile rentals.

Twin Pine Motorsports - South Fork, CO - Phone: 719.873.0166 | Visit Website

Third Generation Outfitters - Pagosa Springs, CO - Phone: 970.219.7523 | Visit Website

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Local Chamber of Commerce offices can aid greatly in providing information about the area and activities. Below is a list of the offices in the San Luis Valley region:

  • Creede Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 800.327.2102 | Visit Website

  • Lake City Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 800.569.1874 | Visit Website

  • Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 800.252.2204 | Visit Website

  • Del Norte Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 888.616.4638 | Visit Website

  • Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 800.562.7085 | Visit Website

  • Alamosa Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 800.258.7597 | Visit Website

  • South Fork Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 800.571.0881 | Visit Website

  • The Colorado Vacation Directory | Visit Website

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