We love to drive and explore areas where we’re staying. Currently, we’re at San Luis Lakes so we went to Creede and Lake City, CO. Both are really beautiful places filled with mountains, rivers, mines, forests, and incredible scenery.
The town of Creede is located near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
The headwaters of the Rio Grande River. These waters eventually flow into the Gulf of Mexico!
Known for its rich silver mines, Creede was a boomtown with more than 10,000 people during the 1800’s. Now it has just under 300 residents, giving it that small town feel.
Staying on CO 149 and traveling further west, we made it to a town called Lake City. Lake City lies at the southern end of the Colorado Mineral Belt, putting it right in a rich deposit of silver and gold. The deposit was only moderately productive so by 1905 the mining era was over. With its many outdoor recreational opportunities, tourism is Lake City’s main industry today. Fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, mountain biking and horseback riding are just a few things to do here. The mines are also interesting to check out too!
Lake City was one of my Mom’s favorite places. Now we know why!
Interestingly enough, about 800 years ago, a slow-moving landslide called an earthflow moved down into the valley. The result was a dam, creating beautiful Lake San Cristobal that sits just outside Lake City.
Lake San Cristobal, Lake City Colorado
Behind us is the where the earthflow began. By the way, it’s STILL MOVING!
The mines in this area are interesting. You can walk around and through them.
We had a great day exploring these two little towns. The slow-paced lifestyle here was refreshing. A return visit is a must.