Welcome to the mountainous middle of nowhere. Creede is an unanticipated beauty, the only incorporated city in Mineral County, which joins neighboring Hinsdale County as one of Colorado’s least-populated counties: each has fewer than 900 people. Mineral County dug its wealth from the ground: underfoot are huge reserves of silver, lead and zinc. From 1988 all the silver mines here ceased operation and became tourist attractions. Today you can tour the rugged mining landscape north of town where tremendous mills cling to spectacular cliffs. Below the vertical-walled mouth of Willow Creek Canyon, narrow Creede Ave is a mix of galleries and shops in historic buildings.
For scenic beauty, the surroundings are difficult to beat. Untrammeled trails into the immense surrounding wilderness areas provide beauty and solitude, as well as access to unique sights like the bizarre volcanic spires and pinnacles of the Wheeler Geologic Area.