Rio Grande National Forest….The top seven ways to reduce your blood pressure in Southern Colorado


Everyone knows that influence pays off when it comes to getting what you want. So we highly recommend that you spend time with people in high places.

ATV 1000 miles of roads Trails Rio Grande National Forest

Maybe you would just rather be the person in charge. All by yourself. So, if you want to go it alone, that’s an option too in Rio Grande National Forest.

Hike Mountain Bike Rio Grande National Forest

No arguments here. You’ll find plenty of trails for hiking, off-road vehicles of all types, mountain bikes, horseback riding and more where you won’t be in a crowd. Trail maps are available from the Rio Grande National Forest and at local visitor centers.


Flip it around. Be the influencer. Nothing like being a big fish in a small pond for taking all that unnecessary stress out of life.

Fly Fishing Rio Grande River Gold Medal Brown Rainbow Trout

Or, just catch the big fish.

Ahh Relax Fly Fishing Rio Grande River

The gold medal stretch on the Rio Grande between South Fork and Del Norte is known for having an especially high concentration of large fish. Best of all, these waters are comparatively undiscovered. Come late in the season and you will have the place to yourself. Learn more about this particular stretch of river at the Fish the Upper Rio website or by visiting the Colorado Fishing Guide.


Hang out with the guys.

Bull Elk Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

Or gals.

Elk Rio Grande National Forest Near South Fork CO

Enough said of you enjoy hunting wildlife with your camera. For those who prefer a more traditional hunting experience a la guns and blaze orange, be sure to visit Colorado State Wildlife and Parks to learn the ins and outs of obtaining a hunting license. You need to apply before April 7th. Check out units 76, 79, and 80.


Maybe you’re the type who likes to take a dip as a good way to relax.

Ride Horses into Rio Grande National Forest tons of beautiful trails to explore

You’ll find plenty of ranches that offer trail rides. But, if that’s not your speed, maybe this is:

Explore Wild Country ATV UTV areas Rio Grande National Forest

Be sure to check out the recreation trail map on Rio Grande Country’s web site for information about places to ride.


Some like to kick up their heels to let off steam.

Ski Hi Stampede Pro Rodeo Every July Monte Vista CO

The Annual Ski Hi Stampede, the oldest pro rodeo in Colorado will be held at Ski Hi Park in Monte Vista every July. In addition to the rodeo, enjoy great concerts and dances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Like that idea of getting out for a little dance? It’s not just for the birds. But they do give a good show!

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes migrate through the San Luis Valley in March and October. The 2015 Monte Vista Crane Festival
took place March 13 to 15; but, there’s always next year! Birders will find no shortage of birding opportunities
in the Valley all year round. Learn more by visiting the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Summer birding opportunities include chances to spot Wilson’s phalarope, Baird’s sandpiper, black swifts,
American avocets, black-necked stilts, peregrine falcons and golden eagles.


Link up.

Rio Grande Club Golf Resort South Fork CO

If you are looking for a golf course that will challenge you, offer outstanding scenery and give you a chance to
take a shot across the Rio Grande, then Rio Grande Club will be a fine place to test your game.

Any doubts? Take another look.

Rio Grande Club Golf Resort Mountain Photo

Convinced? It’s one of the prettiest courses around!


Do a drive by.

Most Beautiful Fall Color Drives South Fork CO Silver Thread Scenic Byway

On the Silver Thread Scenic Byway. You may need to talk your teenage son or daughter into driving so you can
kick back, relax and take in the views. On second thought, maybe that wouldn’t reduce your blood pressure.

Rich Fall Landscapes Rio Grande National Forest

Talk your spouse or a friend into driving instead. Plan your trip for fall when the aspen turn. Trees in the highest parts of Rio Grande Country will start turning in late August and the colors will continue to turn brilliant gold all the way down the mountain slopes through September. In October, bright gold cottonwoods along the Rio Grande are set against brilliant sunny blue skies. Nothing finer.

Spend your next vacation in Southern Colorado’s Rio Grande Country!

The bottom line: Rio Grande Country offers a great range of vacation activities and past times that are sure to help you unwind and lower your blood pressure. Come to Rio Grande Country to enjoy your outdoor passions. From putting back a few at a brew pub to climbing up a few in the mountains–from rock hopping on a mountain bike to hanging from a rock by a rope. There’s something for everyone.

Located just a few hours drive from the front range of Colorado, Rio Grande Country’s small towns–Monte Vista, Del Norte and South Fork–give you a break without breaking the bank. Considered by many one of the best vacation values in the state, it’s a great place to hang out with friends and family.

Get started planning your trip today!