Rio Grande HeadwatersLength: 117 miles
Driving time: 3-4 hours.
Open: All Year

Silver Thread Itinerary

The colorful old mining camps of the Silver Thread offer history, scenic beauty, and a heavy dose of authenticity. The heights around Creede and Lake City remain strewn with abandoned mining structures and rugged backcountry roads. Between the two towns, Highway 149 shadows the upper reaches of the Rio Grande River, serving up a bounty of natural wonders – sparkling North Clear Creek Falls, the Slumgullion Earth Slide, and the Uncompahgre Peak.

Main Towns: Creede, Lake City, South Fork

Features include:

  • Collier State Wildlife Area
  • Rio Grande National Forest
  • Wheeler Geologic Natural Area
  • Rio Grande River. Gunnison River
  • Lake San Christobel
  • North Clear Creek Falls

Wildlife: Bighorn sheep, elk, beaver, Golden Eagle, bear.