Bachelor Loop Interpretive Tour

Area Status: Open
Bachelor Loop area above Creede by Kim Decker, Rio Grande NF.

This 17-mile self-guided driving tour loops through Creede’s historic silver mining district and ghost towns. The tour’s first interpretive stop is just north of Creede in Willow Creek Canyon at the juncture of East and West Willow creeks. A high clearance vehicle with low gears can traverse the graded gravel road uphill to the Equity Mine and then return to Creede via Bachelor Road (FS Road 504) and the old town site of Bachelor. There are 14 interpretive pullouts along the scenic route. The Creede Underground Mining Museum is adjacent to the tour route at the north end of Creede.  Stop by the Creede Forest Service Information office at 304 South Main Street for a guide handout to the attraction stations. There is information available online Bachelor Historic Tour. Another option for vehicles that cannot climb steeper grades is to travel the loop in reverse and brake carefully down the steeper parts.  Please call 719-658-2374 for current information on this attraction and the road conditions.  

At a Glance

Operational Hours: This self guided tour loop is open night and day, year around except when heavy winter snows make the road impassible.  Most years it may be snowed in from November 15 through May 15.
Fees: No fee. Donations are appreciated for interpretation materials.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: June - September
Busiest Season: July/August
Restrictions: High Clearance,  Low Geared Vehicles Recommended. Gravel road is quite steep traveling up West Willow Creek to Nelson Creek and Allens Crossing.
Closest Towns: Creede, CO
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Creede Chamber of Commerce
Information Center:
  • Divide Ranger District: 719-658-2556
  • Creede & Mineral County Visitor Center & Chamber of Commerce:  719-658-2374

General Information

Directions: From downtown Creede, travel north on Main Street until it turns into Forest Road 503. Follow 503 up West Willow Creek all the way to the Equity Mine. To complete the loop return to town on Forest Road 504 through the Bachelor Town Site.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Viewing Scenery

Excellent views of Creede from above and looking up the Rio Grande River Valley.  Be on the lookout for mule deer and the occasional moose.

Interpretive Areas

Interpretive stops offer views of the historic mining structures and explain clearly what you are looking at.

Scenic Driving

This scenic drive gives you great views up the West Willow Canyon and after you get on top, you can look down on Creede and see all the way up the Rio Grande River Valley toward the Continental Divide.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Current Conditions


  Area/Length : 
17 miles

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  Elevation : 
9000 - 10600