• Hiking

    7607135764 4a252fb663 o There are miles and miles of trails that offer fun and adventure for the whole family. From 1/2-mile walks for the novice hiker to 5-mile treks that lead to other trails that go on and on into the wilderness… you will not only get a great workout, but will encounter spectacular mountain scenery

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  • Penitente Canyon & La Garita Arch

    Penitente-Canyon-Climber-unknown-photographerExperience the Power of Place

    Grab breakfast in town before heading east towards the San Luis Valley. To take the “scenic route” east, turn off at the Ute Bluff Lodge onto CR 19, cross the mighty Rio Grande and follow the paved/dirt CR 15 as it snakes along the river, through scenic ranches and farmland for about fifteen miles. Consider  a detour at the sign for Colonel Pfeiffer’s Grave, and

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  • South Fork is Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community

    Continental Divide Trail StopIn December of 2015, South Fork was named the first designated Continental Divide Trail Community in Colorado.  The Continental Divide Trail Coalition seeks to benefit communities along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT).  Launched in 2013, this program recognized communities for their part in promoting awareness of the CDT as an important national and local resource.
    Established by Congress, in 1978, the

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  • The Great Sand Dunes

    Photo by woodleywonderworks - http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/4937677686/A Sea of Sand

    Across the San Luis Valley and against the backdrop of rugged 14,000-foot peaks, the Great Sand Dunes provide a stunning sight to behold.  Over 30 square miles of dunes appear as a “sea of sand” against the

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  • Wheeler Geological Area

    The Wheeler Geologic Area is one of the most fascinating geological features in the San Juan Mountains, located 2- miles east of Creede on the south side of the San Luis Peaks, or 24 miles from South Fork on Pool Table road.  The geologic formations are contained in a tiny 60-acre section of the Rio Grande National Forest.  In this area a mound of volcanic ash has eroded into a landscape that is so bizarre it seems to belong on another planet.

    Wheeler Geologic Area resembles a mysterious ghost city, with spires and minarets that seem to float like a cloud above the

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  • Wolf Creek Pass to Pagosa Springs

    Mountain-31This day trip will take you on a dramatic adventure to the top of the world, on a hunt for lost treasure, and at last to an epic natural hot springs that will let you soak it all in…
    Head out of town on Highway 160, tuning your iPod to CW McCall’s humorous song “Wolf Creek Pass,” in which an out of control truck driver attempts to navigate the steep and winding road. When you reach the summit, just past the Wolf Creek Ski area, you will be on top of the Continental Divide.

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Local Outdoor Clubs

The Silverthreaders and Powderbusters are diverse groups of locals, part-timers, and visitors that enjoy ATV riding, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, fishing, hunting, skiing and motorcycling. Their many organized activities aim to preserve the multi-use of our magnificent outdoors and impart responsible recreation use. They organize weekly outings for hiking (3x’s per week), ATV/4x4 rides, snowmobile and snowshoeing.

Main Website: silverthreaders.org 
Photos/Blog: silverthreaders.blogspot.com  

Ask for a copy of thier recreation map from the Visitor Center

Consult local sources concerning directions and trail conditions before going out. Never enter the backcountry alone and always leave detailed information with someone.