Down Valley (Illium, Sawpit, Fall Creek, Placerville)

Down Valley (Illium, Sawpit, Fall Creek, Placerville)

Where the river whispers and the seasons offer endless delight.

Welcome to Down Valley
(Illium, Sawpit, Fall Creek, Placerville)

Nestled within the breathtaking San Miguel River Valley, Down Valley is often referred to as the "Banana Belt" of the region, thanks to its lower elevation which gives the area shorter winters and lingering summers. This unique geographical charm allows for a life that is in tune with nature's rhythms. The San Miguel River weaves its way through the heart of the valley, creating a stunning river corridor that beckons explorers and peace-seekers alike. In these communities, every day is a new invitation to experience the beauty and vitality of the outdoors, where the picturesque landscape stretches out to welcome you home.

What to Love

  • Down Valley Park: Baseball, soccer, fishing, trails, and more
  • River activities: Fishing, fly fishing, rafting
  • Only 10-20 minutes to Telluride

Local Lifestyle

The lifestyle resonates with the natural beauty surrounding the area. The San Miguel River is more than just a scenic treasure; it's a playground for fishing enthusiasts, rafters, and those looking to connect with nature. Fly fishing is an art form here, and the beautiful red rock canyon adds to the visual splendor of the experience. A strong sense of community characterizes Down Valley, where locals share a bond with the land and each other. Just a short drive to Telluride, the area offers a perfect blend of serenity and accessibility, encapsulating the true essence of Colorado living.

Dining and Entertainment

Head over to Sawpit Mercantile to indulge in the finest barbecue while also enjoying the convenience of gas and liquor services all in one place. But that's not all! The quaint town of Placerville is home to M&M Mercantile, a charming grocery store offering a delightful variety of food options. Whether you're stocking up for a weekend getaway or grabbing a bite on the go, M&M Mercantile has you covered.
The blend of adventurous activities and local charm in Down Valley makes it an irresistible destination. With options that appeal to both the adrenaline junkie and the gourmet aficionado, there's never a dull moment here.

Things to Do

For thrill-seekers, Telluride Moto is the place to be. Offering adventurous activities, motorcycle tours, and training sessions, this hotspot is an adventurer’s delight. 
Down Valley Park is a bustling hub of activities for all ages. With facilities for baseball, soccer, fishing, winter hockey, and a playground, it's a haven for sports enthusiasts and families alike. Trails winding through the park invite you to explore on foot, offering a glimpse of the area's natural beauty.
Rafting on the San Miguel River is another thrilling experience to be had Down Valley. The river's rhythmic flow and picturesque surroundings create a perfect setting for both seasoned rafters and those new to the sport. Whether you're navigating the rapids or calmly floating along, the river offers an adventure unlike any other.

Around Down Valley (Illium, Sawpit, Fall Creek, Placerville), CO

There's plenty to do around Down Valley (Illium, Sawpit, Fall Creek, Placerville), including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Walking Score
Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Sawpit Mercantile, Blue Jay at The Bivvi Telluride, and Baker Ranch.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$$ 3.29 miles 13 reviews 4.1/5 stars
Dining 1.97 miles 1 review 2/5 stars
Active 3.75 miles 2 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.14 miles 2 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.71 miles 2 reviews 4.5/5 stars

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