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Chocolate festivals and car shows, canyons and culture, Creede has something for everyone. With a history replete with famous characters like "Soapy" Smith, an underworld king-pin, Bat Masterson, and Robert Ford, the killer of Jesse James, this charming small town near the headwaters of the Rio Grande in the San Juan Mountains offers both a myriad of outdoor adventures and civic amenities like boutique shopping, museums, galleries, and Basham Park.
Take in the sights along the Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byway, visit the past at the Underground Mining Museum, the Last Chance Mine, and the Creede Historical Museum at the old railroad depot. Feast your eyes as you drive the Bachelor Historic Loop Tour. Fish in nearby waterways. Stroll through history as you take the Historic Downtown Walking Tour.
Town events include "Taste of Creede," "Balloon Festival and Derby Race,""Creede Cabin Fever Daze," with curling and ice sculptures, and 4th of July celebrations.
Born from silver mining in Willow Creek Canyon in the late 1800's, Creede was named after the discoverer of the Holy Moses Mine, Nicholas C. Creede.