Creede: Then & Now
Welcome to the historic town of Creede! Located at 8,825 feet in the heart of the Southern San Juan Mountains and the headwaters of the Rio Grande River, Creede is the county seat and only town in Mineral County. Creede began its ranching and tourism traditions as early as the 1870's. When Nicholas C. Creede hit silver in 1890, Creede began its boom town days. Once producing over $1 Million per month in ore, Creede's silver mining tradition continued until the mid 1980's when the price of silver dropped.
Today, in the spirit of the miners, people find their way to Creede to 'stake their claim', not for silver, but for a way of life. Nestled amongst 96% public lands and surrounded by numerous wilderness areas, Creede offers a quiet, slower paced life. The main street is pedestrian friendly and has a host of galleries, restaurants, specialty shops, museums, and the nationally-acclaimed Creede Repertory Theatre. A town now rich in mining history, community, culture, and recreation, Creede is a place like no other, a place to call home.