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Silver Thread Scenic Byway runs along Highway 149, through Colorado’s historic mining and ranch land. The Creede and Lake City areas offer authentic views of their pastoral culture and history. Visitors have multiple activities to choose from, should they want to step out from their scenic drive. Be sure to catch the five snowy peaks over 14,000 feet – the same unforgiving area that lost explorer John C. Fremont a third of his men, and caused Alfred Packer to cannibalize his companions during two different fatal winter expeditions.

117 miles

Key Attractions

  • Gunnison and Rio Grande National Forests

  • La Garita, Wminuche, and Powderhorn Wilderness Areas

  • Old mining camps and structures – gold and silver mines, boomtowns

  • North Clear Creek Falls

  • Slumgullion earth slide

  • Uncompahgre Peak – with its shark-like fin

  • Five of Colorado’s mountains that are 14,000+ feet in elevation

  • Windy Point Overlook – overlooks all five “fourteeners”

  • Wheeler Geological Area

  • Creede Underground Mining Museum

  • Creede Repertory Theater – popular theater open May through September

  • Wolf Creek Ski Area

  • Dude ranches

  • Naturally hot springs


  • Located in southwestern Colorado

  • Starting at Blue Mesa Reservoir and Hwy 50, follow SR 149 south from that junction for 117 miles until the end of the byway at South Fork

  • There are amenities and camping along this byway

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