• The Area

    Skiing & Snowboarding at Wolf Creek

    Skiing & Snowboarding

    Wolf Creek Ski Area is a high alpine resort, elevation 10,300 feet at the base and 11,900 feet at the summit. The resort is known for its massive natural snowpack, "the most snow in Colorado" (nearly 500 inches); the majestic views; and uncrowded runs. For a truly unique experience, Wolf Creek Ski Area is unbeatable.

    Wolf Creek Ski Area - Phone: 970.264.5639

    Group snowmobiling in Rio Grande National Forest.

    Snowmobiling

    The South Fork Area boasts over 255 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails courtesy of our two snowmobile clubs, plus plenty of open meadows and steep hill climbs. The terrain begins at 8,500 feet and climbs to nearly 12,000 feet. Guide services and tours are available for families and adventurers alike.

    Mountain Skillz - South Fork, CO - Phone: 719.849.3146 
    Twin Pine Motorsports - South Fork, CO - Phone: 719.873.0166
    Third Generation Outfitters - Pagosa Springs, CO - Phone: 970.219.7523

    Great National Sand Dunes National Park in the morning

    Great Sand Dunes National Park & 

    Sand Dunes Swimming Pool (Hot Springs)

    Nestled in southern Colorado, America's tallest sand dunes rise over 750 feet against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The wind-shaped dunes glow beneath the backdrop of the majestic Colorado landscape. Enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, and even swimming in Medano Creek, which flows at the base of the dunes during spring and early summer.

    Enjoy a naturally hot artesian swimming pool kept between 98-100 degrees. The water is amazingly clear with no odors and no added chlorine. Sand Dunes Swimming Pool offers family fun, relaxation, and rejuvenation with striking views of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

    Great Sand Dunes National Park - Phone: 719. 378.6300
    Sand Dunes Recreation, LLC - Phone: 719.378.2807

    Silverthread Scenic Byway

    The Silverthread Scenic Byway is one of twenty-six scenic byways within the state. This 117-mile road (Highway 149) begins in South Fork and passes through Creede and Lake City before reaching Blue Mesa Reservoir outside of Gunnison. Vist the official web page of the byway to download the interactive free app and watch a short video that will provide you with a glimpse of what you and your family may see along your scenic drive.

    South Fork Visitor's Center - Phone: 719.873.5512
    Creede Visitor's Center - Phone: 719.658.2374
    Lake City Visitor's Center - Phone: 970.944.2527
    Gunnison Visitor's Center - Phone: 877.213.5357

    Entrance to the Underground Mining Museum in Willow Creek Canyon

    Underground Mining Museum

    One of Creede's most popular attractions, the Underground Mining Museum comprises a series of rooms and tunnels blasted into the cliff face of Willow Creek Canyon. Visitors receive a first-hand taste of the miners' subterranean experience. Self-guided CD tours are available anytime; guided tours are by appointment in the summer.

    Underground Mining Museum - Phone: 719.658.0811

    Colorado Gators In Lagoon

    Alligator Farm

    A unique experience for the whole family! View a variety of turtles, tortoises, gators, snakes, and lizards for a hands-on learning opportunity. View gator wrestling and meet alligators featured in many movies and tv commercials!

    Colorado Gators - Phone: 719.378.2612

    Historical photo of Fort Garland, part of the San Luis Valley Museum Association

    Rio Grande County Museum

    Rio Grande County Museum is part of the San Luis Valley Museum Association. The museum offers visitors a glimpse into the cultural and natural history of the area from the Indians and Hispanic settlers, the mountain men fur trappers and traders, to the later settlers who came in search of land, freedom, gold, and silver. The Rio Grande County Museum is a stimulating learning experience for visitors of all ages.

    Rio Grande County Museum - Phone: 719.657.2847

    Mesa Verde National Park

    Mesa Verde National Park

    Mesa Verde offers an unparalleled opportunity to see and experience a unique cultural and physical landscape. The archeological sites found in Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. The park offers visitors a spectacular look into the lives of the ancestral Pueblo people.

    Mesa Verde National Park - Phone: 970.529.4465

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison State Park

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison State Park

    No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Activities include backpacking, experienced climbing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and wildlife viewing.

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison - Phone: 970.641.2337

    Rio Grande Club in South Fork Colorado at dusk

    Golf / Dining

    The Rio Grande Club is now under new ownership and management.  RGVR is excited about this transition of ownership to the Freeman Group.  Stay tuned for important developments and projects already underway.

    The Rio Grande Club is nationally acclaimed and named among Golf Digest Magazine's "Top 10 best, new upscale public golf course facilities in America for 2003." Located at the base of the breathtaking Wolf Creek Pass in South Fork, Colorado, the Rio Grande Club is a resort/private club featuring a majestic, 18-hole championship golf course.

    The Rio Grande Club - South Fork, CO - Phone: 719.873.1995

    Hovenweep National Monument

    Hovenweep National Monument

    Hovenweep National Monument protects six prehistoric, Puebloan-era villages spread over a twenty-mile expanse of mesa tops and canyons along the Utah-Colorado border. Hovenweep is noted for its solitude and undeveloped natural character.

    Hovenweep National Monument - Phone: 970.562.4282

    Tent camping in Rio Grande National Forest

    Camping

    There are ten National Forest campgrounds and numerous privately owned RV parks/campgrounds in the area. Some campgrounds are accepting reservations online; check the links below for more information.

    Rio Grande National Forest - Phone: 719.852.5941
    Camp Colorado - Visit Website for information on privately owned RV Parks and campgrounds in the area and sign up to receive your complimentary activity guide.

    Bull Elk in Rio Grande National Forest

    Hunting

    Some of the best game hunting in the state is found in the San Luis Valley. Big game includes elk, deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, and bear. Guides and outfitters are available to give you a real Rocky Mountain experience!

    Hiking & Mountain Biking

    The mountains surrounding South Fork, Colorado, offer twelve recommended trails with a variety of terrain and distances, or you can take a leisurely stroll down the thousands of miles of forest service roads. A complete mile-post guidebook of the entire Silver Thread Scenic Byway, which is 75 miles long, and its points of interest is available at the South Fork Visitor's Center for $1.00.

    South Fork Visitor's Center - Phone: 800.571.0811
    Creede Visitor's Center - Phone: 719.658.2374

    Wheeler Geologic Monument; a popular off-road destination

    Four-Wheeling (Jeep's, ATV's, Dirtbikes)

    Surrounded by 2 million acres of National Forest, service roads and trails offer endless miles to wander down. Whether you're an adventurer or just want to take a scenic drive, the Rio Grande National Forest has something to offer everyone. Rentals and guided tours are available.  

    Popular 4-Wheeling Roads/Information - South Fork Visitor's Center: 800.571.0881 | Del Norte Forest Service: 719.657.3321
    Mountain Skillz - South Fork, CO - Phone: 719.849.3146 
    Twin Pine Motorsports - South Fork, CO - Phone: 719.873.0166
    Creede Visitor's Center - Creede, CO - Phone: 719.659.2374
    Big Country Fun - Creede, CO - Phone:719.423.0777

    Creede Repertory Theatre live production of Swiss Family Robinson

    Creede Repertory Theatre

    Named one of the "Ten great places to see the lights way off Broadway" by USA Today, the Creede Repertory Theatre is a must see! Enjoy a night of great theatre and fun with shows throughout the summer and fall season.

    Creede Repertory Theatre - Phone: 719.658.2540

    White water rafting on the Rio Grande River

    Rafting

    Rafting is a fun, family-oriented activity, and the Rio Grande River provides a scenic rafting experience. Raft rentals and guided tours are available locally!

    Mountain Man Rafting - Located in South Fork off Hwy 160 - Phone: 719.873.1977

    Big fish on the Rio Grande River

    Fishing

    Over 30 miles of the Rio Grande River is designated as "Gold Medal" fishing. Thirteen lakes and a multitude of creeks and streams are available within twenty miles of South Fork. There are many angling guides available to teach you the tips and tricks of Rocky Mountain fishing.

     Local Chamber of Commerce offices can aid greatly in providing information about the area and activities. Below is a list of the offices in the San Luis Valley region: 


    • Creede Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 800.327.2102 | Visit Website

    • Lake City Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 800.569.1874 | Visit Website

    • Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 800.252.2204 | Visit Website

    • Del Norte Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 888.616.4638 | Visit Website

    • Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 800.562.7085 | Visit Website

    • Alamosa Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 800.258.7597 | Visit Website

    • South Fork Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 800.571.0881 | Visit Website

    • The Colorado Vacation Directory | Visit Website

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