Bachelor Loop is a 17-mile drive through Creede Colorado’s historic mining district. The town was established in 1892 after silver deposits were discovered at various locations throughout the canyon, though the earliest claims to sites were made as far back as 1883. The subsequent mining boom caused the population of Creede to swell to over 10,000 before a sharp drop in silver prices the following year triggered closures. A majority of the town’s population departed the region.
Mining eventually ground to a halt in 1930, before reopening again in 1934. Mineral exploration in the region has continued on and off throughout the years.
Today, many of Creede’s old mining structures still stand, and can be discovered beneath the shadowed cliffs of the basaltic canyon along the loop. There are 16 interpretive pullouts marked by numbered posts along the road. The loop carries visitors up through a majestic old bristlecone forest and concludes at the old townsite of Bachelor.
Know Before You Go
Drive north on Main Street and turn onto Forest Road 503. This route will take you up to East Willow Creek and Equity Mine, and the start of the loop. High-clearance, low-geared vehicles are recommended. During the winter months, please check road conditions in advance by calling the Creede and Mineral County Visitor Center. It is recommended that visitors allow at least one hour to complete the tour.