The historic mining town of Creede, winner of the 2010 “Best Art Town in Colorado” award, is less than a mile from the RV Resort. Dramatic rock cliffs over look a Main Street lined with excellent galleries, shops and restaurants. Creede is located on US Hwy 149 in the heart of the Silver Thread National Scenic Byway and offers several attractions including:
• Creede Repertory Theatre—Nationally-acclaimed for excellence in the arts.
• Creede Historical Museum—Located in central Creede; houses historical items, photographs and offers walking tours.
• Underground Mining Museum—Located in North Creede; an authentic re-creation of an underground mine.
• Bachelor Historic Loop—A 17-mile loop of Creede's silver mining district with scenic views of the La Garita Range and surrounding area.
• Wheeler Geologic Area—Unique rock formations in an extraordinary volcanic, geologic area.
Alamosa (82 miles)
Alamosa is located at the intersection of US Hwy 285 & 160 near the middle of the San Luis Valley. Farming abounds, mostly potatoes, livestock, hops, etc. The Great Sand Dunes National Monument, San Luis Lakes State Park and the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge are in the area. Alamosa is home to Adams State College.
Antonito is located on US Hwy 285, just 30 miles south of Alamosa. A major attraction in this area is the historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, which is a Registered National Historic Site. It is America's longest & highest antique narrow gauge railroad running through the San Juan Mountains between Antonito and Chama, NM. Antonito is also home to the oldest church in Colorado, Our Lady of the Guadalupe Parish Church, which is cared for and still serves the community.
Crestone (95 miles)
This eclectic collection of spiritual centers and retreats sits at the base of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains on the northern end of the San Luis Valley.
Del Norte (38 miles)
Located between Monte Vista and South Fork on US Hwy 160, Del Norte offers historical landmarks with quaint gift shops, art galleries and antique shops. Del Norte is home to the Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center. To the north is Penitente Canyon, offering world-class rock climbing, and the Arch of La Garita, a spectacular arch rock formation.
Fort Garland sits on the eastern edge of the San Luis Valley. The historic adobe built fort once occupied by Kit Carson is the area's most popular attraction.
Lake City (51 miles)
Lake City, located on the Silver Thread National Scenic Byway (US Hwy 149) northwest of Creede, is designated as a National Historic District. It is a picturesque frontier town surrounded by fourteeners, which has an annual Arts & Crafts Festival in July. Other attractions include a preserved ghost town in the area, Carson, Sherman & Animas Forks, and beautiful Lake San Cristobal, the second largest natural lake in Colorado.
The Jack Dempsey Museum, located in Manassa, Colorado on US Hwy 285, is housed in the legendary boxer's own home.
Monte Vista (51 miles)
Monte Vista is in the heart of the San Luis Valley between Alamosa and Del Norte on US Hwy 160. It is a hub for agriculture, social and cultural activity. Located six miles south of Monte Vista on Hwy 15 is the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. A driving tour and short trail offer visitors a large variety of waterfowl including sand hill cranes and the rare whooping crane.
San Luis (109 miles)
Built on a mesa in the center of Colorado's oldest town, San Luis, is the “Shrine of the Stations of the Cross,” a series of graphic meditations of the last hours of Christ's life sculptured by Huberto Maestas.
South Fork (21 miles)
Colorado's newest town is located at the junction of the Rio Grande and its south fork, where Colorado's Highway 160 & 149 meet. South Fork is at the beginning of the Silver Thread National Scenic Byway that continues to Creede and Lake City. Just to the west of South Fork is Wolf Creek Ski Area (the most snow in Colorado!) and scenic Wolf Creek Pass, elevation 10,850 feet.
The launching point for exploration of the northen end of the San Luis Valley. Visit Penitente Canyon for outdoor adventures and the newly built Old Cow Town for a Wild West experience.