Summer Continues Into September

September; Who Said The Summer Fun Had To End?

For most folks, Labor Day Weekend signals the end of summer. This is not the case here in southwest Colorado. With an event every weekend between South Fork and Creede, there are plenty of reasons to get out and enjoy the fall colors and have some fun (psst, the fishing is still prime this time of the year).

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Let’s start with Labor Day. Creede hosts a myriad of activities sure to entertain all. The Balloon Festival kicks off the weekend of fun with balloon glows, tailgate parties, and balloon launches. Creede Mining Heritage, Inc. hosts this event and all proceeds benefit the restoration of the Sunnyside Chapel (psst, when the renovation is complete, this will be an ideal location for a mountain wedding). Saturday morning is for those that want to test their endurance by participating in the Creede Mountain Run. With three distances to choose from (2, 12, or 22 miles) there is a distance for that runner in your group. The Creede Mountain Run provides a unique opportunity to take in the views of the city along with the historical mining structures which put Creede on the map. The fun continues on Saturday with the Annual Salsa Fiesta; a Creede Labor Day tradition. Local businesses compete for the best salsa, and YOU get to be the judge. Tickets are limited, so contact the Creede Visitor’s Center today to purchase your tickets. Additionally, Creede Repertory Theatre has multiple live theatrical productions throughout the day (and weekend for that matter). Sunday Funday kicks off with Gravity Derby down Main Street, Creede. This is fun to watch and participate in. The rules are simple: your entry must be gravity powered, steer, and brake. The visitor’s center will assist you with the registration process for those wanting to participate. The fun concludes Monday with the ATV Rodeo at the Creede/Mineral County Events Complex. The ATV Rodeo is another unique event in Creede to either watch or participate in. With multiple dining options in Creede, from BBQ to tacos to pizza to fine dining on the Rio Grande River, Creede is THUH place to be Labor Day weekend. Contact US today and let us help you get your Labor Day vacation underway.

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(photo courtesy Kathleen Murphy)

Do you enjoy looking at classic cars? If the answer is yes, then you need to be in Creede for the Crusin the Canyon Fall Color Truck, Motorcycle &Car Show. The antique vehicles arrive Friday and will be lined up on Main Street Saturday morning and afternoon with an award ceremony Saturday at three. Following the award ceremony, the “hot rods” ride up the Silverthread Scenic Byway to Freeman’s General Store. Freeman’s is not only home to one of the best burgers you’ll ever have, their porch is a great place to take in the “parade” and snap some photos.

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(photo courtesy Wolf Creek Anglers)

Are you getting antsy to wet your line one last time before the snow flies? The trouts of the gold medal waters of the Rio Grande are getting antsy too. Let our friends at Wolf Creek Anglers in South Fork take you on a guided float or wade trip before the season comes to an end. We also have stay and play packages available.

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(photo courtesy Kathleen Murphy)

The South Fork Colorfest is the perfect opportunity to take in and enjoy the fall colors of southwest Colorado. A drive along the Silverthread Scenic Byway will provide you with numerous photo opportunities. Be sure to download the free app before you go so you don’t miss out on points of interest along the way. Keep your eyes peeled; you never know when you’ll see a moose, deer, elk, or big horned sheep.

Contact us today to book your stay for one of the fun weekends in September. Our luxury accommodations are perfect for large groups and for those looking for a romantic getaway. Let our Home Concierge Services assist you in planning the perfect fall color getaway.

Upcoming Events

September 1-4, Labor Day Weekend Celebration, Creede

September 15-17, Crusin’ the Canyon Car Show, Creede

September 17-20, South Fork Colorfest, South Fork

November 23-24, Chocolate Festival, Creede

Father's Day Fun. Happy Birthday, Creede!

Quasquicentennial: the anniversary of 125 years. This year, Creede, Colorado will be celebrating their quasquicentennial on June 13, 2017. In honor of this mammoth milestone, the town will be celebrating all week long, from June 10th through June 19th. To kick of the festivities on June 10th there will be the inaugural Creede Donkey Dash, a ten mile burro race through the historic Creede Mining District. Creede is the place to be on Saturday, June 10th.

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Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, why not treat the special man to a float trip on the Rio Grande with Wolf Creek Anglers? The Rio Grande is one of eleven Gold Medal Fishery locations in Colorado, this means BIG trout. Mid-June is the best time of year to catch the salmon fly hatch. Wolf Creek Anglers is THE catch and release guide service for the South Fork Area.

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Fly Fishing the Rio Grande with Wolf Creek Anglers, South Fork, Colorado

Another treat for dad would be a round of golf at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork. While he’s off fishing and playing golf, why not treat yourself to an afternoon at Creede Repertory Theatre? You could catch a matinee either day. Creede is a friendly and safe town, that if the kiddos didn’t want to sit through a musical, they would be safe roaming the shops of Main Street and they could check-in during the fifteen minute intermission. 

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Have you decided how you and the family are going to celebrate America’s Birthday in July? Between festivities in South Fork and Creede, there will be much for the family to take part in and enjoy our great nation’s 241st birthday. Start your vacation with a visit to the South Fork Rodeo: Rock the Rio Grande. Did you know that the very first rodeo occurred here in Colorado? South Fork will also have a morning parade, fish fry, bbq, and fireworks in celebration of our nation’s independence; all on July 3rd. The following day, head north along the Silverthread Scenic Byway to Creede and celebrate our country’s birthday with them. Creede hosts the State’s Mining Competition in the Basham Park Arena. Other events during the day include the parade, a large vendor area, and fireworks, which in years past have been fired off the cliff overlooking town.


Forth of July Fireworks, Creede, CO

Our townhomes are perfect for large groups. All of our vacation rentals feature full kitchens, soaking tubs, and three bathrooms. When you stay with us you’ll experience all the luxury of a hotel with the comforts of home. Put our Home Concierge Services to use and let us assist you in planning your family’s vacation to southwestern Colorado. Contact us today to book your reservation for your summer vacation in the Colorado Rockies.

Upcoming Events

May 26th-May 28th Taste of Creede, National Small Print Show

June 10th Creede Donkey Dash

June 13th Creede’s 125th Birthday

June 17th Run Off, Run Off

June 18th Father’s Day

June 17th-June 18th Mineral County Fair

July 1st Rockin the Rio Grande

July 3rd Independence Day Celebrations in South Fork and Creede

July 4th Days of ’92 , evening fireworks

Quintessential Colorado Vacation

Welcome to Colorado, home of the Rockies, where we have 300 days of sunshine. Colorado is the perfect vacation destination for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors, unplug and recharge, take in the arts, visit breweries, take in the history of the west, and so much more.

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Stony Pass and wildflowers, near Creede, Colorado

Three and half hours from Colorado Springs nestled among the San Juan Mountains of the Rocky Mountains sits the town of South Fork, Gateway to the Silverthread Scenic Byway. The Silverthread Scenic Byway is one of twenty-six in the state, and travels through three of Colorado’s most beautiful towns; South Fork, Creede, and Lake City. All three of these towns provide opportunities for hiking, trout fishing, and are affordable.

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Rio Grande Club and Resort, South Fork, Colorado

Start your vacation in South Fork with a round or two of golf at the Rio Grande Club and Resort. Golf Digest rated the Rio Grande Club as one of the top fifteen mountain courses in the nation! Take a guided rafting trip down the Rio Grande with Mountain Man Rafting at 8200’ Sports. At Rachael’s Food Truck you and the kiddos can play putt-putt while you wait for your locally sourced meal. Wolf Creek Angler will help you with all your fly fishing needs-we LOVE to fish the Rio Grande.

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Gold Medel Fishing on the Rio Grande with Wolf Creek Angler, South Fork, Colorado

Travel up the Silverthread twenty miles to Creede. The highway follows the Rio Grande through a breathtaking canyon. Keep your eyes open for bighorn sheep, our state animal.

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Main Street, Creede, Colorado

When you get to Creede, you’ll notice that the locals are friendly; they all wave. Creede is home to the Creede Repertory Theatre, one of the top ten places to see Broadway-caliber productions off of Broadway. Main Street is full of shops for all. From the rock shop at Rare Things to fudge at the Trading Post, everyone will be happy. History Buffs will enjoy the Creede Museum and the Underground Mining Museum. Be sure to give yourself two hours to enjoy the Bachelor Loop Tour. Wheeler Geologic Monument, the state’s first monument, can be accessed via foot or ATV. If hiking a fourteener (mountains over 14000’) is your thing, San Luis Peak can be done in a day.

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Wheeler Geologic Area, near Creede, Colorado

Continue on up the Silverthread to Lake City, the home of Alfred Packer. In Lake City, you may rent an ATV and drive over to Engineer Pass for a unique way to enjoy the backcountry.

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Engineer Pass, Lake City, Colorado

Blue Mesa Reservoir is the end of the Silverthread. The reservoir is full of various fish from trout to pike to salmon to catfish. Travel along US 50 back to the Springs. In a few days, you will experience the sunshine, fresh air, the out-of-doors, arts, shopping, and family bonding. You’ll understand why we live here and you’ll be sure to come back.

Contact us today to book your stay with Rio Grande Vacation Rentals. Let our Home Concierge Services help you plan the vacation you have been needing.




May 26-29, 2017, Taste of Creede

June 10, 2017, Creede’s 125th Birthday Kick-Off Party/Burro Race

June 20-24, 2017, Mineral County Fair

Stay & Play Fishing Packages

Take a guided fly fishing float trip down the Rio Grande!

4 Person Full Day Float + One Night Townhome Stay     $306 per person
4 Person Full Day Float + Two Nights Townhome Stay    $356 per person
6 Person Full Day Float + Two Nights Townhome Stay    $326 per person
8 Person Full Day Float + Two Nights Townhome Stay    $301 per person

*Additional Trip Days/Nights may be added to any package.

Add the note "FISHING PACKAGE" to the "Special Requests or Questions" field!


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Learn the Art of Fly Fishing with Experienced Guides!

rainbow trout in handOur clients have access to the best waters - private & public - that Southern Colorado has to offer, including the Rio Grande, San Juan, and many creeks, streams and lakes. We specialize in teaching people to fly fish. You will learn to read water, identify hatches, use the proper knots, and CATCH fish on a fly rod. We set you up for a lifetime of fly fishing! Advanced anglers need not worry: our knowledge of the waters in the area are the best around. Specialty species fly fishing is a passion of our staff - we provide opportunities to catch some of the more unique varieties.

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Local's tip: Take an extra day to enjoy The Rio Grande Club Golf Course. This 18-hole Championship Course is nestled among the gold medal fishing waters of the Rio Grande!


Love Is In The Air








LittleElaine 1E1A5617With February coming to a close, love is still in the air. There has been a growing trend with couples getting married to escape to far off romantic and exotic destinations. This provides the opportunity for their friends and families to make a vacation of the wedding, rather than a quick weekend where friends and family have little to no time to spend with the bride and groom. Wedding Photo Credit: Little Elaine Photography




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Our mountain oasis is the perfect destination for those wanting to show their wedding guests an unforgettable time. Summer, fall, winter, spring, the San Juan Mountains are full of opportunities waiting to be discovered by you and your wedding guests. From golfing along the Rio Grande River, scenic drives along the Silverthread Scenic Byway (one of 22 in the state), the Creede Repertory Theatre, fishing countless creeks and the “Mighty Rio”, to relaxing and taking in the colors and views, fun times await you and your wedding guests.



16 2d vacation rentalRio Grande Vacation Rentals has partnered with countless local businesses to help you plan your dream wedding in the mountains. Whether you are looking to have a small gathering of close friends and family to a large soiree, a casual reception to a formal reception, we are here to help. Call us today and let’s get the conversation started! Consulting fees may be applied.





Upcoming Creede, CO and South Fork, CO Events:

May 27 & 28, Taste of Creede and Creede Arts Council's National Small Print Show

June 9 & 10, South Fork Farmer's Market

June 10-18, Creede's 125th Birthday Celebration Week

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