Broadacres Ranch is a prime destination filled not only with natural wonders and activities, but also with history and an array of entertainment options.
The Silver Thread Highway
Colorado’s Silver Thread Scenic Byway weaves through one remarkable story after another — some historical, others more nature-based. Along the way, you’ll pass through two historic districts (Lake City and Creede) and tracts of land so remote you’ll feel as though you’re trekking through the wilds of the 1800s. Here are some of the big draws of the magnificent Silver Thread byway:
- Lake City
- Lake San Cristobal
- North Clear Creek Falls (Forest Road 510 on the left)
- Town of Creede
- South Fork
Creede & Mineral County
Creede and Mineral County area offer a tremendous diversity of activities. Mineral County, at 96% National Forest land, offers a wide range of fun. Elk, mule deer, big horn sheep, moose and mountain lions are some of the big game you will find. The 490,000-acre Weminuche Wilderness and Wheeler Geologic Area are just minutes from town. Surrounded by the Rio Grande National Forest, nestled in a mountain valley canyon, Creede also offers the spectacular “Pillars of Hercules” —volcanic cliff’s towering above Main Street. Downtown sits against these cliffs and provides a magnificent view of Snowshoe Mountain. There are about 500 residents normally but the town swells to around 2,000 during the summer months. The famous Rio Grande River finds its beginning in the area and offers fishing and rafting trips not to be matched. The mountain climate during the summer offers low humidity and lots of sunshine and cool evenings. Come and enjoy!
Creede was a silver mining boom town in Colorado during the 1890’s: At its peak there were 10,000 people in the area. The Creede mines were in continuous operation from 1890 until 1985. Along with the prospectors and miners came gamblers, saloonkeepers and ladies of the evening. Bob Ford, reputed slayer of Jesse James, opened a dance hall and saloon. Soapy Smith, owner of the Orleans Club, soon declared himself boss of Creede. Bat Masterson, of Dodge City and Wyatt Earp fame, operated another saloon for a Denver firm—the infamous Poker Alice was here. So if you venture into town you might want to stop by the Creede Historical Museum, or the Creede Underground Mining Museum, or take a scenic drive on Bachelor Loop to see mine remains.
There are many beautiful 4 x 4 routes in the surrounding Rio Grande National Forest. The La Garita Wilderness, Wheeler Geologic site and many of the old mines are just some of the places to visit. Wildflower and mushroom forays, rock climbing, and wildlife watching are all available just minutes away from the ranch. With prior notice, our staff can arrange a 4 x 4 or a horseback ride from one the local outfitters. There are several “fourteeners” close by, if you’re up for a challenging hike. This area is just what the outdoor enthusiast ordered.
Some of the finest golfing in Colorado is available at the Rio Grande Club in nearby South Fork. If you and your companions are interested, contact our staff to arrange a “Fish and Chip” golfing and fishing package.
Creede Repertory Theatre
The nationally recognized Creede Repertory Theatre puts on several fantastic plays each summer, ranging from comedies to mysteries to musicals. The CRT is the oldest repertory theatre in Colorado. With prior notice, our staff can arrange for Theater tickets for you.
Shops and Galleries
Creede has an array of shops and galleries. The nationally recognized Quiller Gallery is located here and features the work of famous artist Stephen Quiller. Rare Things is a great place to find eclectic and distinctive jewelry, sculpture and pottery. Other shops like the Holy Moses Gift Shop & Creede Trading Co provide excellent shopping for collectibles, gifts and artifacts.