Trip To Creede and Lake City, Colorado

21 & 22 June 2000



On the morning of 21 June 2000, Peggy and I left Red River and started a journey

to Creede and Lake City, Colorado. From Red River we went to Questa, NM and

turned north on Hwy 522. As we passed through Costilla, NM an entered Colorado

the highway changed to HWY 159. We passed through San Luis, oldest town in

Colorado, and proceeded on to Fort Garland. At Fort Garland we headed west on

Hwy 160 toward Alamosa, Colorado. On the North side of the road you can see some

of Colorado's highest mountains, mainly Blanca and Little Bear peaks.


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100- Blanca & Little Bear Peaks

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101-Mt Lindsey Peak on Right

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102-Blanca & Eling Wood Point



We continued on through Alamosa, Monte Vista, Del Norte, and South Fork.  At

South Fork we turned northeast on Hwy 149. When we arrived in Creede we parked

on Main Street and had lunch at a local deli. After lunch we wondered up and

down the street visiting all the shops.





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200-Creede, Colorado

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201- Downtown Creede

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205-Creede Main Street

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206-Creede Museum




Just off Main Street is the Creede Railroad Depot, which has been turned into a

museum. The railroad stopped running trains in the early 1950's. We toured the

museum, which turned out to be a typical small town museum.






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209-Museum Fire Truck

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210-Museum Bar

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211 -Museum Bar

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212-Museum Gaming Table



Being interested in the mining activities of the area we took the Bachelor

Historic Mining Tour. The tour route is 17 miles long and starts at the south

end of Creede and travels north through Creede, up West Willow Creek to the

Equity Mine. From there, the route turns back to the south and follows the

Bachelor Road back to the south end of town.





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213-Historic Mining Country

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214-Commodore Mine Water Line

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214-Commodore Mine

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215-Commodore Mine

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216-Commodore Ore House

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217-Commodore mine

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218-Commodore mine Ore Chutes

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219-Black Pith Area

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220-Weaver Town Site

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221-Amethyst Mine

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222-Last Chance Mine

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223-Midwest Mine

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224-Park Regent Mine

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225-Bull Dog Mountain

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226-Rio Grande Valley

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226-Windy Gulch Lookout





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231-Bull Dog Mine





Following the mining tour, we continued on Hwy 149 toward Lake City.  My nephew

Jim Pyeatt and his wife Cindy have a lot in Eagle Nest subdivision that is about

8 miles from Creede. We found the place and drove by and p--ed on their lot.  

Boy was that fun with all the neighbors watching.




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300-Eagle Nest Park

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301-Eagle Nest Landmark

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302-Jim & Cindy's Lot



The drive up Hwy 149 goes along the Rio Grande River. The view along the river

is spectacular.




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400-Rio Grande Sign

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401-Rio Grande Valley

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402-Rio Grande Valley

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403-Rio Grande Valley

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404-Rio Grande Valley

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405-Rio Grande Valley




The highway has been climbing in altitude and goes over Spring Creek Pass

(10,001 ft) and Slumgullion Pass (11,361 ft).  After passing over Slumgullion

Pass we came upon a lookout point called Windy Point. The view from Windy Point

was excellent. The San Juan Mountain range loomed in the foreground.




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500-Slumgullion Pass 11,361 Ft

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501-Windy Point

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502-Windy Point 1

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503-Red Mountain

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504-Red Mountain

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504-Windy Point Sign 2

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505-Matterhorn Area

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506-Matterhorn Area

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507-Matterhorn Area

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508-Matterhorn Area

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509-Matterhorn Area

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510-Windy Point Sign 3

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511-Slumgullion Slide Area

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512-Slumgullion Slide Area

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513-Slumgullion Slide Area

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514-Slumgullion Slide Area





From Windy Point, we drove into Lake City. A city tour was in order followed by

dinner and over night in a local motel.




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600-Lake City Area

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601-Lake City Area

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605-Lake City Park



On the morning of 22 June we departed Lake City and drove to Lake San Cristobal.

 This Lake was formed 700 years ago when a large portion of Slumgullion Mountain

gave way and slid down and blocked the Gunnison River.  The drive around the

lake was winding and narrow but beautiful.




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700-Lake San Cristobal

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701-Lake San Cristobal

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702-Lake San Cristobal

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703-Lake San Cristobal

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704-Lake San Cristobal

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705-Lake San Cristobal

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706-Lake San Cristobal

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707-Lake San Cristobal



We left the lake and started out drive back to Creede. On the way we stopped at

the Clear Creek overlook. This is at the headwaters of the Rio Grande and you

get a great view of a waterfall as the Rio Grande starts it way to the Gulf of




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800-North Clear Creek Falls





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805-Rio Grande Below Falls


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807-Bird Nests




On our way back to Red River we stopped in Alamosa to have lunch and shop for

groceries. At the City Market a 1933 Franklin was parked in front of the store.

It had been restored and looked like a new one.




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900-Alamosa City Market

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901-19933 Franklin

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902-1933 Franklin

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903-1933 Franklin



We arrived back in Red River before dark. We recommend this trip for anyone

interested in seeing beautiful mountain countryside.


We hope you enjoyed our trip,


                         Royce & Peggy Raven