Day Trips & Scenic Byways
Silverthread Scenic Byway
A 75-mile drive that takes your from South Fork, through Creede, and over Slumgullion Pass to Lake City. Scenic beauty, natural wonders, and interesting historical points make this a fascinating drive for the whole family.
Read a great article about the tour: http://www.encompassmag.com/2010/09/minitour.html
Contact South Fork Visitor Center at 1-800-571-0881 for a guidebook. Guidebooks cost $1.00 and have historical, scenic and wildlife information for your travels along this amazing route.
The Silver Thread Scenic Byway has been designated as a U.S. Forest Service National Scenic Byway and connects Creede, Lake City, and South Fork. Silver Thread gets its name not only from the rich veins of silver ore that lured many miners and settlers, but also from the route that weaves along spectacular river canyons and passes over the Continental Divide.
Immerse yourself into the amazing beauty of the San Juan Mountains as you travel this 75-mile route. This year-round highway courses through both the Rio Grande and Gunnison National Forests. Beautiful, breathtaking overlooks offer insight into geology and local history and provide many opportunities to enjoy spectacular views.
Wheeler Geological Monument
Wheeler is 640 acres of haunting landscape in the Rio Grande National Forest. The "jumbled mass of pinnacles and domes" is accessible via a 7-mile hike or a grueling 14-mile four wheel drive road. Your efforts are rewarded by views of a remarkable geologic formation of moderately coarse volcanic tuff eroded into many different shapes. Advice is to plan a whole day trip or even an overnight trip in order to travel into Wheeler, enjoy the formations, and then get back out. It is not a short, easy trip, but one that is certainly worth the effort!
Wolf Creek Pass
Beautiful drive year-round. Pass by (or visit!) Wolf Creek Ski Area, take the short hike up to Treasure Falls, and stop at any of the scenic overlooks! This scenic and historic pass was the inspiration for the CW McCall song, about a pair of truckers who drive an out-of-control Peterbilt down the steep pass!
Great Sand Dunes National Park:
The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more!
Old Cow Town Colorado
A unique western town located in the Colorado mountains. Complete with saloon and restaurant, hotel, rv park, dance hall, gift shop, museum, chapel, stables and more.
Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.