South Fork evolved into a community to service the mining and lumber industries in the late 1800’s. The historic Silver Thread Byway begins in South Fork and meanders through the mountains linking Creede and Lake City. The byway follows portions of the old Barlow and Sanderson stage and railroad route where signs of the past miners, explorers and early settlers can still be found.
Today South Fork is the base of a rapidly expanding outdoor recreation and naturalist paradise. South Fork is located in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains at an altitude of 8200 feet and at the confluence of the Rio Grande and its south fork. This paradise includes volcanic formations, geologic wonders, high alpine lakes, meadows of wild flowers and fall colors to captivate the most experienced traveler.
This unique area is the best kept secret for summer and winter outdoor fun. Imagine mountain biking through the shade of an ancient evergreen forest to stop and overlook and admire the alpine lake below. Fish the gold medal waters of the Rio Grande and hike to the top of a mountain peak. In the fall the Rio Grande National Forest abounds with trophy deer and elk just waiting to be discovered by hunters.
If you want a more localized activity try golfing at the top rated Rio Grande Club Golf Course. Imagine hitting the ball and watching it sail forever through the clear crisp mountain air. Family activities abound in South Fork throughout the summer and fall. Rodeos, street dances, fireworks, arts and crafts fairs and farmers markets are but a few events that culminate with the annual Logger Day’s Festival. Watch and feel the excitement as competitors use old time skills to chop and saw their way to be crowned “King of the Woods.”
As fall arrives, the breathtaking aspens change their colors to gold, orange and red. The final hurrah before the winter blanket of snow heralds the fun of skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiles.
South Fork: Small Town. World Class Adventure.