Silver Thread Scenic Driving Tour

Length: 117 Miles

Driving Time: 3 hours

The Silver Thread Scenic Byway has been designated as a U.S. Forest Service National Scenic Byway and connects Creede, Lake City, and South Fork. Silver Thread gets its name not only from the rich veins of silver ore that lured many miners and settlers, but also from the route that weaves along spectacular river canyons and passes over the Continental Divide.

Immerse yourself into the amazing beauty of the San Juan Mountains as you travel this 75-mile route. This year-round highway courses through both the Rio Grande and Gunnison National Forests. Beautiful, breathtaking overlooks offer insight into geology and local history and provide many opportunities to enjoy spectacular views.

The Silver Thread offers a unique look back into the past with abandoned mining structures between Creede and Lake City as well as unparalleled natural beauty with North Clear Creek Falls and Uncompahgre Peak.

The byway was recently extended on the north end from Lake City to Blue Mesa Reservoir, at the intersection of US Highway 50 and State Highway 149. This new section provides access to a diversity of scenic wonders, historical landmarks, and extensive recreational opportunities for hiking, camping and fishing.

Information and Map adapted from CDOT