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“Beautiful and fascinating”
Review of Bachelor Loop

Bachelor Loop
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Creede
Certificate of Excellence
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful and fascinating”
Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

We made the loop drive in a PT Cruiser (and even drove partway around the East Willow Creek loop). Got a thumbs up from a Jeep driver, relieved to see us, because then he knew he could make it himself.

After going past the mining museum, be sure to stop and look at the billboard at the beginning of the loop. Notice that the very large rock outcropping in front of you is in one of the photos there, with multi-story buildings all around it, which have all since disintegrated into the rubble around the terraces, with bits of the timbers showing in places.

The next site, Commodore Mine, boggles the mind. Such massive structures and railway lines perched on these steep slopes makes one wonder at the determination it took to achieve this.

On the drive itself, the views are spectacular, with one mine ruin after another, and plenty of critters strolling near and across the roads. Though the loop is only 17 miles, if you're watching the sights at all, it will take an hour at the very least to complete (it took us more than 2). But a little more than halfway around, salvation! The signs for the "Last Chance Mine" announce Restrooms! Technically a nicely decorated outhouse, but very welcome nonetheless.

If you choose to make this short detour, you won't be sorry. Mink the dog will greet you, and Karen will make you feel like they were waiting just for you. She is very knowledgeable about the area mines, and all of the stones, ores and fossils they have on display for collectors or souvenir seekers. Step onto the deck for a breathtaking view of steep slopes, more mine buildings, and a waterfall far below.

As you get to site 12, the Bachelor Town Site, the San Luis valley opens up in front of you for a fantastic photo op. Don't miss it!

Definitely worth the drive up to Creede, and don't let the SUV's intimidate you. If our little car could do it with no trouble, so can yours.

Visited August 2014
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Breathtaking views ”
Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful winding drive through the mountains. Breath taking views of mountains , old mining camps , and streams. The road is gravel and not for the faint if heart. No guardrails!

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Memphis, Tennessee
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Gravel Road with View”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

Nothing too exciting here. Wide gravel road through the mountains around the town. I prefer something less traveled and few less folks. Never the less there are some mining ruins to view. If you have regular car or want something tame this is a good way to see a bit of history.

Visited July 2014
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Durango, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
199 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Creede Bachelor Loop”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

A beautiful mountain drive - rushing streams, wildlife, flora, fauna, many old mines...We were only able to go up a couple of miles because of the rough terrain...If a 4wd company provided safe vehicles and competent tour guides, we would love to be able to sign on and go all the way along the loop...

Visited July 2014
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Fantastic scenery”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

Just up the well-groomed dirt road where the self-guided tour begins, you see up close a spectacular 5-story mine on the side of the hill. Then there is much more. Each site is marked by a sign that corresponds with a $2 book that you can buy at the Mining Museum in Creede. It may be available at the Visitor's Center, as well. The road is fine for a passenger car. There is just one 23% incline that is a bit steep. As the lady in the Mining Museum said, "Just gun it!" We did and made it just fine. It is just 17 winding miles but we spent about 1.5 hours taking photos and reading the booklet as we went. A wonderful way to spend part of a brilliant , sunny morning. Be aware that clouds and rain are apt to appear in the afternoon in the mountains.

Visited July 2014
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