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North Clear Creek Falls

Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters)

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General Description

Clear Creek Falls
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Clear Creek Falls
This site is located 27 miles west of Creede on Forest Development Road 510. It is a fenced observation point with open grass vegetation and no trees. There is a very picturesque view of North Clear Creek Falls from an open meadow on the rim of the gorge which forms the falls. These majestic waterfalls have an overlook, restrooms, walking trails and parking.

Directions from Creede: Travel west on Colorado Highway 149 for approximately 26.5 miles, to the intersection of Colorado Highway 149 and Forest Road #510, then approximately 0.5 mile southwest on Forest road #510.

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Observation site Call for Current Fee Day use only - no camping allo

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Report: Colo.native reads The Charlotte Observer Travel June 26, 2005 and finds Top 10 waterfalls in America - No. 8 is yours! Check out www.americas bestonline.net Wish to go there this summer! Cheers

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs North Clear Creek Falls
ICON Viewing Scenery Picturesque view of North Clear Creek Falls

Related Activities
Bristol View Campground - Campground is located 22.6 miles west of Creede on Forest Road #510. 16 Campgrounds with fishing and trail access.

Crystal Lake Road 532a - This is a short (2.5 miles) scenic primitive road that leads to Crystal Lake. This five-acre lake usually provides fair to good catches of rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout.

North Clear Creek Road 510 Scenic Drive - This scenic mountain drive is on a gravel road which provides access to South Clear Creek Campground, North Clear Creek Campground and North Clear Creek Falls Overlook.

North Long Ridge Primitive Road - This is a short, 3.8 mile easy jeep road, which primarily provides fishing access to Clear Creek via two short spur roads located along it.

Road Canyon Campground - This campground usually has vacancy when other upriver campgrounds are full. The area is open, with no screening or trees, and it is not screened from Rio Grande Reservoir Road.

Sawmill Gulch Trail (Divide Ranger District) - The main attraction of this trail is the access to Crystal Lake. Good camping areas are generally not available until reaching the McKenzie Park area approximately 3.3 miles from the Miners Creek Road.

Silver Thread Campground - This facility is located adjacent to Highway 149. The area is mostly open and grassy with little screening or trees. CO Highway loops around the campground on three sides, with no screening from the campground.

Silver Thread National Scenic Byway - This scenic highway passes through Creede and the Upper Rio Grande Valley and contains some of the most magnificent scenery and colorful history in the Sate of Colorado.

Texas Creek Trail - The Texas Creek Trail is lightly used and provides access to the popular Ruby Lake area and Trout Lake. From Big Ruby Lake either this trail or Red Lakes Trail (#889) will provide access to Red Lakes and Trout Lake.

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Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Divide Ranger Station, 13308 West US Highway 160, P.O. Box 40 , Del Norte, CO, 81132, Phone: 719-657-3321, TTY: 719-657-6038


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