Population: 386 (2010) : Elevation: 8,209 ft : Annual Precip. Average 11″

The Town of South Fork was built around the junction of the famous Rio Grande River and its south fork. In the center of town, Why 160 and Hwy 149 meet and begin the historic Silver Thread National Scenic Byway. This is a spectacular route that follows the winding Rio Grande to its headwaters in the San Juan Mountains.

Initially developed as a community to service lumbering and mining, the town is now the center of a rapidly growing area making it your perfect base camp for a multitude of outdoor recreation and day trips to area points of interest. In the winter months, enjoy activities such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing in the surrounding wilderness or just up the road is beautiful Wolf Creek Ski Area which boasts, “The most snow in Colorado.” During the warmer months, a multitude of trails and scenic nature invite locals and tourists alike outdoors to enjoy hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing and photo taking. For those who do not hear the call of the wild, downtown South Fork offers a shopping and dining experience that can not be found in the big city.


1. Fish: Rio Grande River
2. Golf: At The Rio Grande Club
3. Hike: Big Meadows Reservoir Trail
4. Mountain Bike: The Area Trails
5. Find: Beautiful Mountain Wildflowers
6. Attend: Rhythms on the Rio
7. Shop: Unique Boutiques and Sporting Gear
8. Dine: Bistro, BBQ and American Cafe’s
9. Hike: To the Largest Tree in the Rio Grande N.F.
10. Drive: Silver Thread Scenic Byway