South Fork provides visitors with an abundance of all-season activities including Biking, Bird Watching,
Fishing, Four-Wheeling, Golfing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hunting, Ice Climbing, Ice Fishing, Rafting,
Sightseeing, Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, and more!
Thousands of miles of forest service access roads are always available for riding, or try any of the 12 trails in the area. The trails and roads range from beginner to advanced terrain.
You are sure to find all the fishing you can handle with over 30 miles of the Rio Grande River designated as "Gold Medal", and more than 13 lakes and a multitude of streams available within 20 minutes of town. Winter also offers ice fishing on several lakes in the area.
Four-Wheeling (Jeeps, ATV's, Dirtbikes)
Surrounded by 2 million acres of National Forest, there are endless miles of forest service roads and trails to explore. Please consult a current forest service map for open roads and trails. Free area trail maps are available in the office.
There are several golf courses here in the valley including the The Rio Grande Club with an 18 hole championship course, driving range, putting green, pro shop, and fitness center.
From the open valley floor to the surrounding mountain tops, we have a variety of terrain, scenery and ability levels available on more than 20 trails in the area. For more specific trail information please contact South Fork, Del Norte, or Monte Vista for descriptions and maps.
Get up close & personal with the beauty & rugged nature of the land from the back of a horse. Options include hourly, daily & overnight specialty trips.
Elk, deer, moose, and bear are just some of the big game that can be hunted in the beautiful mountains. Starting in August, you can take a chance with your bow and arrow or try one of the rifle seasons starting in October. Small game such as water fowl foxes, and rabbits can be hunted through out the year. Many game units are readily accessible for Rio Grande County including 76, 79 and 80. For local outfitters and guide services please contact one of our local visitor centers.
A relatively new sport to the area, many enjoy climbing on waterfalls in the area as well as ice walls that form on the rocks located on Wolf Creek pass.
Choose either a gentle, smooth ride on slow moving waters, or the excitement of white water, all of which can be found along the Rio Grande River. No matter what you pick, you are insured breath taking views.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Downhill skiers & snowboarders will find plenty of powder at Wolf Creek Ski Area with over 1,600 acres of the "Most Snow in Colorado". Here you will find terrain for both beginners and experienced riders, with 5 lifts and 50 trails, plus plenty of backcountry and tree skiing for the more adventurous. Nordic skiers will find tracks at the ski area, plus over 100 miles of groomed cross-country trails.
Whether you rent or bring your own machine, you will find over 255 miles of groomed and marked snowmobile trails courtesy of our two snowmobile clubs, plus plenty of open meadows and steep hill climbs, for both beginners and advanced riders. Guide services are available in the area. Other winter activities include: Snowshoeing, Sleigh rides, Sledding, and Snowcat tours.