#COroadtrip: The entertaining small town of Creede

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CREEDE, Colo. -- The historic town of Creede is located in Colorado’s Mineral County. At 9,000 feet, its population hovers gently around 300 people.

While the population might be small, there's a ton of fun to be had in Creede, making it a great stop for our #COroadtrip.

Shopping and dining

Though Creede is known as a quiet mountain town during the winter months, in the summer it’s super busy. Creede’s downtown stretch is full of local businesses and diners. It’s a great place to do some shopping and to grab a bite to eat. For a rundown of Creede’s businesses, visit the town's local business webpage.

The Creede Repertory Theater

Few mountain towns are as entertaining as Creede, seeing as it's the home to the Creede Repertory Theater, which USA Today called one of the 10 great places to see lights way off Broadway.

The theater is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer. The theater was founded in 1966. During its summer season, the theater produces seven to 10 plays in rotation. According to its website, it also hosts musical events, concerts and other artistic shows.

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Local history

One of the coolest places to learn about Creede’s mining history is at the Underground Mining Museum. The museum features displays, old mining equipment and several unique stones and items discovered in Creede’s mountains.

Upcoming events

Creede Annual Fourth of July Street Festival
July 4

  • Parade - 10am
  • Children's Activities (ball park south of town, following the parade)
  • Street Vendors
  • Elks Beer Garden
  • Colo. State Mining Championship
  • CRT's Pants on Fire – 11:30 a.m. at The Ruth
  • CRT's Pants on Fire – 1:30 p.m. at The Ruth
  • Creede Chute Out! Special Show (URGEC)
  • CRT's Good On Paper – 6 p.m. at the Ruth
  • Fireworks (dark thirty from the west side hill above town)
  • Elks Lodge Annual Dance – 9 p.m.

July 5

  • Street Vendors
  • Elks Beer Garden
  • Colo. State Mining Championship
  • CRT Main Stage Tour- 11 a.m.
  • CRT's I Love St. Lucy Talk - 1 p.m. at The Ruth
  • CRT's I Love St. Lucy – 1:30 p.m. at The Ruth
  • CRT's Guys and Dolls – 7:30  p.m., Mainstage

Creede Chute Out!
July 8, 5:30 p.m., Mineral County Fairgrounds

Rodeo at its finest. Barrel racing, bull riding, children's games and more. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m. Food and drink vendors will be available.

Ladies Aid Bazaar Bake and Rummage Sale
July 16 (9 a.m.) to July 17 (4 p.m.), Creede Community Church

This event is run by the Ladies Aid of Creede. Visit their website for more information.

#COroadtrip

Anne and Kevin will be traveling traveling 800 Rocky Mountain miles this week, visiting some pretty gnarly small towns. Along the way they'll give their best recommendations and introduce you to some memorable characters.

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