Southwest Colorado Sights

Silver Thread Scenic Byway

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

Published 11/18/2015

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Lake City used to be at the northern tip of the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, which in the past few years has been extended north to its intersection with U.S. 50 at Blue Mesa Reservoir, for a total of 117 miles. From Lake City, the byway (also called Highway 149) travels south 75 miles to Southfork, climbing over Slumgullion and Spring Creek passes. The route then overlooks the headwaters of the Rio Grande before dropping into the lush Rio Grande Valley. Along the way, you'll see plenty of old gold- and silver-mining camps and spectacular North Clear Creek Falls.

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, Colorado, USA

Published 11/18/2015


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