South Fork Area - Southwest Colorado

 

The South Fork Area is where the South Fork of the Rio Grande joins the main body of the Rio Grande. Situated at the western edge of the San Luis Valley, it is one of the biggest intermountain valleys in the world. Since the late 1880s until just recently, South Fork, at 8,250', has been a logging and lumbering community.

Colorado's upper Rio Grande from the Rio Grande Reservoir above Creede through Wagon Wheel Gap and South Fork to Del Norte is "a high-country angler's paradise...an undiscovered paradise," according to American Angler, the magazine of fly fishing and fly tying. The Rio Grande between South Fork and Del Norte has been designated Gold Medal trout water, which means it offers the greatest potential for trophy trout fishing success in Colorado.

The area, at the foot of Wolf Creek Pass with its deep-power ski resort, is near numerous, year-round recreational possibilities. Whether you hike it or drive it, the surrounding mountains have deer, elk, grouse, ptarmigan, bighorn sheep, snowshoe rabbits, and even an occasional bear, bobcat or cougar!

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Fort Collins, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
 

The South Fork area includes Del Norte, first inhabited by the Folsom Peoples 10,000 years ago. They were followed by the Anasazi, Pueblos, Kiowas, Navajos and Apaches, which led the way for a rich history of Spanish inhabitants. Today, mining, farming and ranching flourish and are the mainstays of the local economy. Del Norte is known for a moderate high desert climate. Downtown Del Norte includes the famous Historic Windsor Hotel as well as shopping and dining facilities.

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South Fork, CO, Colorado Vacation Directory
 

Travel a little way and visit the old mining town of Summitville. This is the home of the old Frenchman's Treasure tale. The story tells of 300 men coming from France who mined a mountain of gold, yet many died from natural disasters, Indian attacks, and possible Spanish attacks. The French hid the mountain of gold. Only one returned to France with the map leading to the location of the gold. Some believe it was found, yet others continue to hunt for it. Also travel the Silver Thread Scenic Byway beginning at South Fork, continuing through Wagon Wheel Gap and Creede, ending at Lake City.

South Fork is near: Del Norte, Pagosa Springs & Wagon Wheel Gap

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Premium South Fork Area Businesses

Denver & Rio Grande Railroad  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Travel back in time along the Railway from South Fork to Wagon Wheel Gap in Southwest Colorado in an open car named The Silver Streak. The historic route dates back to the gold and silver rush.

Groups and Reunions Attractions 


Doc's Outdoor Sports & Ski Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A full service ski shop and sporting goods store in South Fork, minutes to Wolf Creek Ski Area. Ski & snowboard rentals, fishing tackle, snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals. Fishing & Hunting licenses.

Fishing Hunting Downhill Skiing 


Holiday RV South Fork  link to Colorado vacation
On Hwy 160, east of South Fork. RVs: Fuzion by Keystone, Crossroads Cruisers, Wildwood Sandstorm by Forest River, Lifestyle by Old Carriage Inc and Ascend by Evergreen. Sales, Parts, Mobile RV Service.

RV Services, Sales and Information 


Riverbend Resort Cabins & RV Park  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between Wolf Creek Ski Area and South Fork; Close to Alamosa, Creede, Pagosa Springs. Cabins with fireplaces, decks overlooking private stocked river frontage. RV full hookups. Riverside tent sites.

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South Fork Visitor Center  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Getaway to Colorado's Silver Thread Scenic Byway -- South Fork is famous for ATVing, fishing, rafting, hiking, hunting, biking, golf, wildlife, Jeeping, skiing, snowmobiling, and scenic historic driving tours.

Fishing Horseback Riding ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals Attractions Hunting Snowmobiling Downhill Skiing 


Twin Pine Motor Sports, Inc: ATV & Snowmobile Sales, Service & Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Planning to spend time ATVing or snowmobiling in the Rio Grande National Forest! We are the only AUTHORIZED Arctic Cat dealer within 100 miles of South Fork with sales, parts, services and rentals.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 



Featured South Fork Area Businesses

Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Golf, romance & wedding packages. Near South Fork, in a beautiful riverside setting this elegant appointed B&B has 5 themed guest rooms, including a honeymoon suite with a jetted whirlpool tub.

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Chinook Lodge & Smokehouse  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
On the east edge of South Fork. Mountain Cabins are nostalgically attractive and cozy with a touch of elegance. Most are equipped with satellite TV, FREE WI-FI, kitchen, rock fireplace. Big 50amp RV sites.

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Cottonwood Cove Guest Ranch: Cabins, RV Park, Jeeps, Horse Rides  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A Family Vacation along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway (Highway 149) between Creede and South Fork in Wagon Wheel Gap. Mountain Cabins with kitchens and fireplaces. Full hookup, pull thru, RV sites.

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Denver & Rio Grande Railroad  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
Travel back in time along the Railway from South Fork to Wagon Wheel Gap in Southwest Colorado in an open car named The Silver Streak. The historic route dates back to the gold and silver rush.

Groups and Reunions Attractions 


Doc's Outdoor Sports & Ski Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A full service ski shop and sporting goods store in South Fork, minutes to Wolf Creek Ski Area. Ski & snowboard rentals, fishing tackle, snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals. Fishing & Hunting licenses.

Fishing Hunting Downhill Skiing 


Holiday RV South Fork  link to Colorado vacation
On Hwy 160, east of South Fork. RVs: Fuzion by Keystone, Crossroads Cruisers, Wildwood Sandstorm by Forest River, Lifestyle by Old Carriage Inc and Ascend by Evergreen. Sales, Parts, Mobile RV Service.

RV Services, Sales and Information 


Lazy Bear Cabins  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation
Discover Colorado's Rocky Mountains in South Fork: Lazy Bear Cabins, fishing, ATVing all near the Rio Grande River and Wolf Creek Ski Area. Modern 2-bedroom log vacation cabins, full kitchens. FREE WI-FI.

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Pinos Creek Hideaway, LLC  Photos available on Colorado vacation page New Colorado vacation business
In the mountains above Del Norte next to Pinos Creek fishing, a perfect home for winter and summer vacations. 40 minutes to Wolf Creek Ski Area. Trails for hiking, ATVing, snowmobiling start on-site.

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Riverbend Resort Cabins & RV Park  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between Wolf Creek Ski Area and South Fork; Close to Alamosa, Creede, Pagosa Springs. Cabins with fireplaces, decks overlooking private stocked river frontage. RV full hookups. Riverside tent sites.

cabins motels RV Parks and Resorts Pets Welcome Lodging by water Fishing Winter Lodging Downhill Skiing 


South Fork Campground & RV Resort  link to Colorado vacation
A traditional family campground east of South Fork along the Rio Grande River with fly-fishing: riverside RV sites, separate tent area, and a sleeping cabin. WI-FI in your RV. Stay for a night, week, or month!

Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts 


South Fork Lodge, Cabins & RV Park  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between South Fork and Creede on Highway 149. Cabins are open all year with Satellite TV, Free WI-FI and pets welcome. Spacious SEASONAL full hookup RV sites. Laundry on-site. Discounted ski tickets.

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South Fork Visitor Center  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Getaway to Colorado's Silver Thread Scenic Byway -- South Fork is famous for ATVing, fishing, rafting, hiking, hunting, biking, golf, wildlife, Jeeping, skiing, snowmobiling, and scenic historic driving tours.

Fishing Horseback Riding ATVing and Offroading Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals Attractions Hunting Snowmobiling Downhill Skiing 


Twin Pine Motor Sports, Inc: ATV & Snowmobile Sales, Service & Rentals  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Planning to spend time ATVing or snowmobiling in the Rio Grande National Forest! We are the only AUTHORIZED Arctic Cat dealer within 100 miles of South Fork with sales, parts, services and rentals.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 


Ute Bluff Lodge, Cabins & RV Park  link to Colorado vacation
Bordered by Rio Grande National Forest, close to South Fork. 1-3 bedroom log cabins, nicely remodeled lodge rooms and full hookup RV sites. Selective Pet Friendly Accommodations and in the RV park. WI-FI.

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Woods & River RV Park & Campground  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In Del Norte between South Fork and Alamosa. Friendly and quiet, BIG RIGS welcome - full hookup sites are 50 feet pull-thrus with room for double slideouts. Trout Fishing on the Rio Grande River right here!

Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts ATVing and Offroading 



RV Sales, Service & Rentals

Holiday RV South Fork  link to Colorado vacation
On Hwy 160, east of South Fork. RVs: Fuzion by Keystone, Crossroads Cruisers, Wildwood Sandstorm by Forest River, Lifestyle by Old Carriage Inc and Ascend by Evergreen. Sales, Parts, Mobile RV Service.

RV Services, Sales and Information 



For more travel information contact:

South Fork Area Activities and Maps

Scenic Byways:
Silver Thread Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Fishing:
Rio Grande Area Fishing Map -UPDATED-

Rafting & Kayaking:
Rio Grande River Rafting

Jeep & 4WD:
South Fork Jeeping & ATV Trails

Ski Areas & Resorts:
Wolf Creek Ski Area

Snowmobiling:
Rio Grande Area Snowmobile Trails -UPDATED-

Local Area Maps:
Lake City, Creede, South Fork Area Map


 
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