• 6 Reasons to Spend Thanksgiving with Your Family in Creede, CO

    Six Reasons to Spend Thanksgiving with Your Family in Creede, CO

    1. Chocolate Festival-Meander the streets of Creede and sample homemade chocolate from the local businesses. This two-day festival of tasting is judged by you! The winner receives the bragging rights of having the best chocolate in town. Make sure to stop in the Kentucky Belle for some salty snacks; I like to make a necklace of mini pretzels. One pretzel between samples will do wonders for your pallet.

    2. Black Friday-Get a kick-start on your holiday shopping. In addition to sales during normal business hours, some stores open early and offer extra savings for a short period of time. The shops of Creede will have something for everyone on your list from horsehair jewelry at Rare Things to adventure gear at San Juan Sports and craft projects for the kiddos at Off Broadway. I recommend you pack an empty suitcase, so your treasures have a safe place to travel.

    3. Wolf Creek-Known for the “most snow in Colorado” with an average of over 400” of natural snow each year, Wolf Creek is the perfect ski area for families. In addition to the Wolf Pups Ski School, the mountain has an even amount of runs from beginner to expert; there are runs for everyone in the family.

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    4. The Views-Creede is nestled among the San Juan Mountains in Rio Grande National Forest. The city is located just off the Silver Thread Scenic Byway. On your way into Creede, you could see a variety of wildlife such as big horned sheep, deer, and elk just to name a few. You’ll enjoy your morning coffee in peace while taking in the view of snowcapped mountains. You’ll want to be sure to pack your camera.

    5. Slower Pace-You will not find a traffic light in Creede; just stop signs. With everything near, you’ll find yourself walking throughout this quaint town. You’ll notice that the locals wave as they pass you and say hello.

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    6. Reconnect with Your Family-Most of the businesses in Creede close at five. This provides you ample opportunity to make some quality memories with your family. Why not pack a board game or two for an impromptu game night or bring some conversation cards to get the ball rolling? There is nothing like a cool quiet evening sipping hot cocoa and getting to know your kids again. You’ll make memories that last a lifetime and you’ll be glad you spent Thanksgiving in Creede with your family.
  • Fall in Love with Our Colors

    While summer is in full swing, snow is theperfect time to start planning your fall getaway to the Colorado Rockies. Our yellow aspens, blue skies, green pines, and white fluffy clouds will make you want to stay.

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    When I first moved to Creede, winter was well underway. The aspen trees had long dropped their yellow leaves. The white limbs were there to tease meabout the visual I had missed out on. You see, growing up in the DC area, fall is full of vivid reds-I wanted to see some yellow! Upon spotting my first yellow leaf in mid-August, I was giddy; I’m going to see the aspens change, and all in my backyard! When the Aspen leaves were at their peak, I was mesmerized by their intense yellow colors. My roommate and I loaded up in his truck, dubbed “The Candy Striper”, and into the mountains of Creede, we ventured, accompanied by Lionel Richie’s Greatest Hits (a fifty-cent thrift store find and the only music “The Candy Striper” would play). The journey began with a drive up Miner’s Creek. It had just snowed so there were puddles left behind from where the snow had quickly melted. The reflection of the trees in the puddles motivated me to snap some photos. Upward we went and cut over to Rat Creek. Everywhere I looked there was yellow, green, blue, and white (from the clouds, not the snow). This fall will have been ten years since that epic adventure, and I often look back on those photos fondly. The memory of that day is one that will stay with me for eternity.

    This September, make sure to enjoy the colors for yourself. If you prefer to drive on paved roads, the Silver Thread Scenic Byway is the way to go. The 117-mile drive from South Fork to Gunnison will provide you with countless photos opportunities, especially as you’re crossing the Continental Divide. You’ll be able to capture the intense colors, and may even spot some wildlife; moose, big horned sheep, and deer are often spotted along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway.

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    Mark your calendars for September 15 for the annualCruisin’ the Canyon Car Show. Each year, Main Street Creede is lined with classic cars. From Main Street head north to the Underground Community Center and enjoy the hard work of the Creede Quilter’s Guild. These ladies work so hard they can only showcase their work every other year. Be sure to bring your wallet, there will be a quilt that you must have.

    Creede is the place to enjoy the fall in Colorful Colorado. Bring your camera and come to it see for yourself. The memories will last a lifetime.

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    Come and stay for the week! This year South Fork is putting together a ColorFest weekend September 22-23. Details are coming soon and will be updated on the South Fork Visitor’s Center web page. Contact us today to book your week-long stay and Fall in Love with our Colors.


    Our vacation rentals in South Fork, are a beautiful 20-minute drivealong one of Colorado's twenty-six scenic byways from Creede. Whether you stay in Creede or South Fork you'll be close to all the September action and amidst beautiful fall colors. Contact us TODAY to book your September getaway and Fall In Love with our Colors.   

    Upcoming Events

    August 3-5; Rock & Mineral Show; Creede, CO

    August 3-5; Rhythms on the Rio, South Fork, CO

    August 25-26; Headwaters Music Festival, Creede, CO

    August 31-September 3, Labor Day Celebration, Creede, CO

    September 14-16; Crusin' The Canyon Car Show, Creede, CO

  • 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

  • Happy Birthday, America!

    Celebrate Our Nation's Independence With Us in Southwestern Colorado!

    South Forkfireworks South Fork & Creede Colorado July 4th starts the celebration off with their town parade on July 3rd. From the banks of the Rio Grande River, you may watch your duck race it's way to the finish in the "Lucky Duck River Run". After the duck race, head on over to Rickle's Area for the 5th Annual Rock The Rio Grande Rodeo.The day concludes with fireworks.


    Creede Colorado July 4th ParadeJuly 3rd & 4th, head on up to Creede for the Day's of '92. This two-day event begins with a plane flying down the canyon signaling the start of the parade and is filled with vendors, a beer garden, and the state mining competition. Head on over to the Mineral County Fairgrounds for a special performance of the Creede Chute Out. This year's fireworks display, on July 4th, will be the largest display fired over Creede. You do not want to miss the Day's of '92.






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  • Last Minute Father's Day Ideas

    Father’s Day is JUST around the corner.

    The South Fork and Creede areas of southwestern Colorado boast numerous activities for the special man in your life to enjoy.

    6. IMGP1370The Rio Grande River through South Fork and Creede is one of a few rivers in the state with a Gold Medal Waters designation. In a nutshell, this means lots of trout. The Rio (as we love to call it) is sought after by seasoned and novice anglers for her abundance of trout. We have friends in both towns that would love to take you fishing. Contact Wolf Creek Anglers in South Fork or Rio Grande Anglers in Creede for all of your fishing needs. 

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    Perhaps golf is more up your alley. The Rio Grande Club and Resort, located along the Rio Grande River has eighteen holes with majestic views of the San Juan Mountains. Bonus, playing golf at 7500’ above sea level means you’ll ball will travel farther (bragging rights when you return home). Call the clubhouse today to book your tee time(s).

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    Riding ATV’s into the wilderness in gaining popularity in the area. Follow the 4x4 road up East Willow (USFS Road 502) to the Phoenix Falls trailhead. ATV’s are permitted most of the trail to the falls (and now in designated routes in the City of Creede). Another favorite 4x4 road in the area is to the Wheeler Geologic Area. These are both places that few visit and definitely worth checking out.



    Contact us today to book your stay.

    We’re happy to help you work out the logistics of your vacation and make additional suggestions for activities while you are on vacation.

    Don't wait; book your stay now for your fantastic and relaxing weekend getaway!

    Visit our website and chose the vacation rental that’s perfect for you.

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    Reserve Your Rental Today!

    Our Luxurious Rental Properties Offer:

    • Garages for Storage
    • Entertainment-Style Floor Plans
    • Gourmet Kitchens with Granite Countertops
    • Master Suites
    • Stone Fireplaces
    • Exquisite Views of the Rocky Mountains
    • Perfect for Families and Groups

    Book your stay with Rio Grande Vacation Rentals today.

    Give us a call at 877-873-5776 or visit us online at www.riograndevacationrentals.com.


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  • Mountain Lifestyle

    Mountain Lifestyle

    You’ve booked your Spring Break vacation, your skis are tuned, and you’re counting down the days till you are back in Colorado. You LOVE Colorado, you wish you could live in Colorado because of the abundance of outdoor fun; you thrive in the mountains. That mountain lifestyle is calling your name. We have good news for you; one of our vacation rentals in the River Club neighborhood, Texas Pride is for sale. That mountain lifestyle you dream about is calling your name. Will you answer?

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    May 13th is Mother’s Day. How will you be honoring the special lady? Why not treat her to a weekend retreat in the mountains? She and some friends could use a little R n R (and perhaps a spa day at Ooh La Spa). After all, doesn’t Mom deserve it for everything she does?

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    It’s not too early to start planning for your Memorial Day weekend. Creede will be buzzing with activity from the opening of the National Small Print Show, hosted by the Creede Arts Council, to the Annual Taste of Creede, the brainchild of legendary artist, Steve Quiller. Not only will you be able to glance at artists working on their masterpiece's on Main Street you’ll also be able to watch the Silver Chef Cook-Off. Each restaurant in town sends a representative to take part in an Iron-Chef type of competition. You’ll be glad you participated in the Taste of Creede.

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    Last year Creede celebrated its 125th birthday with a pack burro race through the historic mining district. The event was such a hit they will be hosting the Creede Donkey Dash again in early June. You do not want to miss this. The kiddos will have the opportunity to race baby burros on Main Street too! Be sure to check the Creede Visitor’s Center webpage for more details as they become available.

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    Our vacation rentals are perfect for families and groups. When you stay with us you’ll experience all the luxury of a hotel with the comforts of home, all the while enjoying that mountain lifestyle you love. Put our Home Concierge Services to use and let us assist you in planning your next vacation to southwestern Colorado. South Fork’s proximity to Wolf Creek Ski Area makes South Fork the ideal town to rest your head after a day on the slopes for that last minute fix. Additionally, South Fork is surrounded by Rio Grande National Forest for those wanting to explore the backcountry. A short drive up the Silverthread Scenic Byway is the town of Creede, which makes for a fun day trip. Contact us today to book your reservation for your mountain lifestyle vacation in the Colorado Rockies.

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    Upcoming Events

    March 9-11; Monte Vista Crane Festival; Monte Vista, Colorado

    March 31; South Fork Kite Festival, South Fork, Colorado

    May 25; Nation Small Print Show Opens, Creede, Colorado

    May 25-27; Taste of Creede, Creede, Colorado

    June 9; Creede Donkey Dash, Creede Colorado

    June 10; Gravity Derby, Creede, Colorado

    June 16; Kid’s Fishing Clinic, South Fork, Colorado

    June17-23; Salmon Fly Hatch Days, South Fork, Colorado

  • President’s Day Ski Specials In The Rockies! Book Now!

    “There’s snow. And then there’s Colorado Snow.” Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow; which means six more weeks of winter!

    The Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a snowy President’s Day Weekend!! The only place we can think of to celebrate is on the slopes of Wolf Creek, home of “The Most Snow In Colorado”.

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    Our luxury townhomes are located in South Fork, Colorado, a mere 20 miles east of Wolf Creek. With open floor plans and various sleeping configurations, our vacation rentals are perfect for families, large groups, or couples seeking a romantic getaway. All of our rentals feature entertainment-style kitchens, three bathrooms, and soaking tubs (after a hard day on the slopes, your legs will thank you). Contact us today to book your President’s Day Weekend Ski Vacation.

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    South Fork is the ideal location to stay when skiing at Wolf Creek. Not only is South Fork the closest town to the ski area, the town is family-friendly and extremely safe. With dining options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a grocery store intown, all of your meals will be easily covered. For those seeking the ultimate vacation, let our Home Concierge Service do the grocery shopping for you. We will even help coordinate catering for you. Imagine coming “home” after an epic day on the slopes to a hot meal waiting for you by one of the many talentedchefs in the area. Now THAT’S a vacation!

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    If a vacation in Creedeis more your style, be sure to visit for Cabin Fever Daze. With three full days ofevents, you’ll need a vacation from your vacation. Visit the Creede Community Foundation’s webpage for more details about the event. Our cabin rentals in Creede are close to the action and ideal for families and groups. Peruse the various cabin rentals in Creede to enjoy with your friends and families.

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    As you know, the San Luis Valley is home to countless unique features and events. March is no exception, with the Monte Vista Crane Festival. Each spring the San Luis Valley becomes inundated with various migratory birds, such as sandhill cranes, geese, and ducks. With the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountain range for a backdrop, bird lovers from all regions flock to Monte Vista for this unique event. Be sure to bring your camera because you’re going to want to document this marvelous event.

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    You may find links to other Events in the San Luis Valley, such as discount days at Wolf Creek, on our Home Page.
    With Spring Break on the horizon, be sure to consider a week skiing at Wolf Creek in the Colorado Rockies. Contact US today to book your stay and reserve your discounted lift tickets to Wolf Creek for Spring Break 2018. See ya on the slopes.

    Upcoming Events
    February 13; Fat Tuesday
    February 14; Valentine’s Day
    February 16-18; Cabin Fever Daze; Creede, Colorado
    March 9-11; Monte Vista Crane Festival; Monte Vista, Colorado


  • 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

  • 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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    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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    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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    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

  • The Area

     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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