Pick your passion, an activity for every season awaits outside your door. From endless hiking, biking and horseback riding trails to a championship 18 hole golf course, enjoy sensational summer in South Fork. Delight in winter any way you like – ski or ride iconic Wolf Creek ski area or strap on snowshoes or Nordic skis to enjoy the back country.
Ski Wolf Creek
Powder seekers look no further. Wolf Creek ski area, just 15 minutes away, is known to have “The Most Snow in Colorado”. With an annual snowfall of 480 inches per year and terrain to delight all experience levels from beginner to extreme, Wolf Creek is the foremost Rocky Mountain Ski Destination. Ask our on site host about discount lift ticket packages offered to River Crest Guests. Visit our local ski and snowboard rental facility located across the street from RiverCrest Cabins for all your Nordic rental needs
Endless & Epic. Winter Awaits.
Sensational Summer Playground.
Gold Medal Waters
Float or Fly, our back yard is a fisherman’s dream. The upper Rio Grande area offers some of the best fishing in Colorado! South Fork boasts the longest stretch of Gold metal waters in the entire state. An abundance of rivers, creeks, lakes and reservoirs provide year-round opportunities for the avid fisherman. With over 80 lakes in the area, 13 of which are within 20 minutes of stepping out your front door.
Visit 8200 Mountain Sports for your fly fishing needs and guided tours 8200sports.com
Take a float trip on the headwaters of the Rio Grande River as it flows past South Fork. Enjoy a family friendly float down a serene stretch of the river or kick your adrenaline up a notch with sections of Class II-V rapids on the Arkansas River. A day on the water won’t disappoint.
Hit The Trails!
No matter if you’re on two feet or two wheels – mountain biking and hiking abound in the Rio Grande National Forest and are filled with terrain to suit any ability level. In December 2015, South Fork was named the first designated Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community in Colorado. Widely considered one of the greatest long-distance trails in the world, the majestic San Juan mountains epic vistas are the perfect place to connect with nature
Mountain Biking: www.southfork.org/mtn-bike
Hit the links at the Rio Grand Golf Club & Resort! Our mountain style 18 hole golf course winds through sandstone outcroppings, dramatic elevations, aspen and cottonwood groves amongst panoramic views of the San Luis Valley.
From the quintessential guys trip to the family expedition, hunting in the South Fork area provides an ideal opportunity to explore the surrounding national forest on ATV or horseback. Local guides and supply stores offer tips and information about licensing and location.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
~ 1 hour from South Fork | Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve protects the tallest dunes in North America... and a whole lot more. The park and preserve contain ecosystems ranging from wetlands to forest to tundra—each supporting specially adapted plant, animal and insect life. Make the most of your visit by experiencing this diversity!
Pagosa Hot Springs
~1 hour from South Fork | Head over picturesque Wolf Creek Pass and spend a day pampering your senses at the famed Pagosa Hot Springs. Soak in the therapeutic 23 mineral pools or treat yourself to a spa treatment before exploring the charming town of Pagosa Springs.
Wheeler Geological Area
~ 20 minutes from South Fork | Visit the most fascinating geological area in the San Juan Mountains, the Wheeler Geological Area resembles a mysterious ghost city, with spires and minarets that seem to float like a cloud about the surrounding mountains and evergreens of the national forest. This unique geological phenomenon originated as part of the violent volcanic history of the San Juan Mountains.