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Silver Thread Byway: South Fork, Creede & Lake City

Silver Thread Byway: South Fork, Creede & Lake City
5 days
Opportunities to survey untamed wilderness, uncover mining history and pursue some of the state’s most iconic outdoor activities — including hiking, rafting and fly-fishing — make a cruise along the Silver Thread Byway a must.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places:

 Become a member and donate to Hinsdale County Historical Society or volunteer with the Lake Fork Valley Conservancy.

Insider's Tip

The Reel Deal:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Day 1
Activity

Mountain Man Rafting

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Mountain Man offers guided and custom whitewater rafting trips on the Rio Grande River near Creede, South Fork and Lake City, Colorado. Mountain Man is still the ONLY guided rafting company on... Read More

Lunch

Ramon's Mexican Restaurant

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Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant serves delicious food for an authentic taste of Mexico! Come experience our fresh-prepared burritos, fajitas, tacos, burgers and more specialties! Read More
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Twin Pine Motor Sports, Inc.

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Twin Pine Motor Sports is ready for the summer season in beautiful South Fork, Colorado!  We have all the new and exciting Arctic Cat ATVS and Side-by-sides in stock.  We also have our rental... Read More

Dinner

Rio Grande Club and Resort

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Southern Colorado's premier golf and fly-fishing destination resort. The culinary experience at the Rio Grande Club & Resort is paralleled by its awe-inspiring surroundings. 

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Wolf Creek Anglers

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We are your catch and release guiding connection for Southwestern CO, specializing in the Rio Grande, San Juan River, private and other surrounding waters. Our local guides are experts on these... Read More

Lodging

Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River

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Award-winning inn, riverside setting. 5 luxurious guest rooms: pvt. bath, sat. TV/DVD, microwave, fridge, WIFI, coffee, robes.  Honeymoon suite: candelabra fireplace, spa tub.  Outdoor hot tub,... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Cafe Ole

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Fresh-baked pastries and light breakfast, sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch.

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Activity

Wheeler Geologic Area

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One of the most astounding geologic sites in Colorado, the area is accessed by hiking a 7-mile trail or driving a 14-mile 4WD road.  The 640 acre area is filled with ghostly spires and flowing... Read More

Lunch

Arp's

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Domestic and international comfort food. Full bar. Dine in. Take out. Catering. Eat at Arp's! Read More
Activity

Hike Weminuche Trail

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The Weminuche trail is 5.5 miles long. It begins at 30 Mile Campground and ends at Weminuche Pass/San Juan National Forest Trail 564. The trail is well defined and easy to follow.

Recommended Duration: 4 hours

Dinner

Antlers Rio Grande Lodge & Riverside Restaurant

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An old-fashioned American vacation destination with modern riverside cabins, rooms, RVs, private fishing and riverside dining. Read More
Activity

North and South Clear Creek Falls

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This Overlook facility is situated as a stop on the Silverthread Scenic Byway right along State Hiway 149. It offers a new restroom, picnic tables, ample paved parking for even larger vehicles, trails to the overlook, safety railings, and interpretive signs. Open year around but usually snowed in between December and April. It is not plowed after heavy snows seal it down, but becomes a snowmobile trail stop.
Lodging

Antlers Rio Grande Lodge & Riverside Restaurant

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An old-fashioned American vacation destination with modern riverside cabins, rooms, RVs, private fishing and riverside dining. Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Lake City Bakery

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The Bakery sits in the San Juan Mountains. We are going on our 29th summer It's in a small town with beautiful views. Everything is baked fresh everyday. Read More
Activity

The Sportsman Outdoors & Fly Shop

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Everything for the fly fishing trip of a lifetime-experienced guides and custom planning for beginner to advanced anglers! Half-, full-, and multi-day trips. We cover lots of water–from the... Read More

Insider's Tip

Kayak Lake San Cristobol: Get rentals and tips on where to go from the friendly folks at Sportsman Outdoors before heading out!
Lunch

Climb Elevated Eatery

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Comfort food and creative cocktails served with attentive, friendly service.

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Activity

Hike Williams Creek

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Quick, short hike or not-so-quick long hike — Williams Creek is one of those something-for-everyone trails for hikers and horseback riders alike. For those with limited time, a trek of about 1.5 miles to a talus slope provides a great, micro-escape into the magical San Juans of Hinsdale County.
Dinner

Packer Saloon & Cannibal Grill

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Serving food from 11am to 9pm every day. A very relaxing and fun place! Come join us!

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Activity

Lake City Ghost Tour

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During the Summer months several tours are held to educate the public on the history of our community. All are walking tours and begin at the Museum. All tours are individually unique and of... Read More
Lodging

Matterhorn Motel

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Excellent online reviews. Open 365 days a year! Located in the downtown National Historic District, off the main Hiway tucked up against the mountain. Quiet, squeaky clean, renovated historic... Read More

Day 4
Breakfast

Sportsman's BBQ Station & Backyard

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The Sportsman’s BBQ Station and the Backyard offers great Texas BBQ 
as well as have the only outdoor live music event venue dubbed The Backyard, 
in Lake City, Colorado. Stop by for some live... Read More
Activity

Hike Powderhorn Lakes Trail

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This trail leads to both Lower and Upper Powderhorn Lakes. The trail climbs through a Spruce forest to a large meadow at 11,700 ft. The meadow contains a wide variety of wild flowers and, from the northern rim, offers good views to the north.
Lunch

Bruno's Restaurant and Grill

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Determined, hard-working, creative cooks and friendly waiting staff, we all welcome you every moment when you feel hungry!

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Activity

Lake City Auto and Sports Center

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Come play in our Rocky Mountain paradise! We rent snowmobiles, ATVs and Jeeps.

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Insider's Tip

Rent an ATV at Lake City Auto Sports Center: Get directions from the crew and head to Schafer Gulch/Hurricane Basin for stunning San Juan mountain vistas.
Dinner

Alpine Moose Lodge

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The Alpine Moose Lodge is located above the town of Lake City, Colorado, boasting the best views and has easy access to all its amenities including shopping, recreation activities and more! This... Read More
Activity

Mountaineer Theatre

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Over the years our theatre has been a staple to our family, the members to the Lake City, and everyone passing through. We continue to provide memories and entertainment for locals and visitors who... Read More
Lodging

Pleasant View Resort

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Modern Mountain Housekeeping Cabins. Magnificent scenery, fishing, 14ers, trails and a small Victorian town. Queen beds, kitchens, cable TV/WiFi, kids playground, Jeep/ATV rentals.

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Day 5
Activity

Visit Deer Lakes

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Most visitors to this campground come for great fishing in a beautiful location. Hikers, backpackers and equestrians will enjoy the trails of the La Garita and Powderhorn Wilderness Areas located southeast and northeast (respectively) of this site.
Lunch

Lake City Cafe

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Our menu is a mix of Southern Style. We have a little something for everyone. Read More
Activity

Hinsdale County Museum

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The Hinsdale County Historical Society was established in October 1973 and opened its first museum in the Finley Block in July 1975. The building seen here was leased at that time, but... Read More

Dinner

Poker Alice Pizza

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We are a restaurant in the summer resort town of Lake City. We are only open from June through September.

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Activity

Stargaze at Big Blue Campground

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A real jewel of a secluded campground overlooking a picturesque valley adjacent to the Uncompahgre Wilderness.
Lodging

Pleasant View Resort

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Modern Mountain Housekeeping Cabins. Magnificent scenery, fishing, 14ers, trails and a small Victorian town. Queen beds, kitchens, cable TV/WiFi, kids playground, Jeep/ATV rentals.

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