Silver Thread Campground
This small single loop campground has 11 sites. 6 are gravel pull through sites and 5 are dead end gravel spurs. There is a beautiful waterfall within a few hundred feet that you can hike to easily from the south end of the campground. The campground elevation is 9,500 feet.
This campground, just off the side of Colorado State Highway 149, is well suited for overnight stays and picnics with many level pull-through camping sites. The area offers fishing in South Clear Creek and Brown Lakes. A short easy trail leads to the beauty of South Clear Creek Falls Aspen provides shade for some of the campground sites while spruce trees abound on the surrounding hillsides. This is bear country and you will be required to practice safe food storage techniques.
This facility is located adjacent to State Highway 149 for easy access to through travelers on the Silverthread Scenic Byway. It is located approximately ½ way between Creede, Colorado and Lake City Colorado. It has a fresh water system of centrally located spigots.
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At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Open Year-Round. May be inaccessible due to snow levels.|
|Operational Hours:||Campground is open year-round - unless deep snow bocks access. Open annually from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend with water and trash service and a fee. After Labor Day weekend there is no water or fee and trash must be packed out.|
|Rentals & Guides:||Usually a campground host resides in site 10 from Memorial Day until Labor Day to help guide and advise campers.|
|Area Amenities:||Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water|
|Fees:||$23/night for single unit, $28/night for sewer unit. $11/$14 for day use picnicing Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.|
|Permit Info:||10 campsites, including some double sites, near south Clear Creek Falls . Double sites can accomodate up to 2 RVs/ 16 people.|
|Best Season:||June through September|
|Restrictions:||There is a 14-day camping limit. Must have a Colorado fishing license to fish in nearby creeks and lakes.|
|Closest Towns:||Creede, Colorado|
|Restroom:||1 Vault Toilet|
|Operated By:||Concessionaire - Divide Ranger District, 719-657-3321|
|Information Center:||Click here for site descriptions. CALL 719-657-3321 or 719-658-2556 for real time information on weather and conditions.|
DIRECTIONS: From Creede, Colorado, take State Highway 149 south (toward Lake City) 23 miles to the campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground.
If coming from Lake City, take the same State Highway 149 south over Slumgullion Pass and Spring Creek Pass for 29 miles and turn left at the campground sign.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
A few sites can accommodate up to a 40 ft. unit.
Lake and Pond Fishing1 1/2 miles west to Browns Lakes State Wildlife Area on forest road 515
|Fish Species||Brook Trout|
|Fishing Method||flies, lures and bait where allowed|
River and Stream FishingTrout fishing on South Clear Creek
|Special Designations||Flies, lures \& bait where allowed|
|Fishing Mode||Brook Trout|
Day HikingShort hike from campground to view South Clear Creek Falls
|Difficulty Level:||Easy to Intermediate|
Backpacking#814 - Squaw Creek trail \& #818 Weminuche trail access Weminuche Wilderness \& Continental Divide Trail
|Elevation desc||#818-9,400' to 10,600'|
Big Game HuntingOpen during hunting season - see Colorado Division of Wildlife regulations. Unit 76
Viewing WildlifeWildlife viewing
|Species||deer, elk, moose and waterfowl|
|Special Feature||excellent moose habitat|
PicnickingRight along Hwy 149, Silver Thread Scenic Byway
Scenic DrivingSilver Thread Scenic Byway, highway 149. Improved forest roads (# 509, 510 \& 513) in area for sidetrips to North Clear Creek falls, Rito Hondo reservoir.
|Pavement Type for Parking||gravel|
Boating - Motorized1 1/2 miles west to Browns Lakes State Wildlife Area
Boating - Non-Motorized1 1/2 miles west to Browns Lakes State Wildlife Area