Welcome to South Fork
Located at the junction of the famous Rio Grande River and its south fork where highway 160 & 149 meet in the center of town, you will find the beginning of the historic Silver Thread National Scenic Byway, 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 tourist and recreation area, making us your perfect "BASE CAMP" for a multitude of outdoor recreation and day trips to area points of interest.
- One of Colorado's newest towns, incorporated May 19, 1992.
- Current city limit population of 600 with an area population of 1,200.
- During the summer we reach a peak population of over 4,000 residents and tourists.
- Located at the southwestern end of the San Luis Valley.
- An elevation of 8,190 feet.
- Summer climate can range from 50-60 at night to 80-90 during the day.
- Winter brings below zero temperatures, that can rise to the low 40's.
- Precipitation is variable with an average of 15.8 inches/year and 80 inches of snow/year. Most winter snow falls around the summit of Wolf Creek Pass and the Ski area with 400+ inches/year.
- Each year South Fork hosts many events; a Logging Competition & Craft Festival in July
We have many winter and summer activities that abound to include: Horseback Riding, Four Wheeling, Watchable Wildlife, Rafting, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Snowmobiling, Hunting, Hiking, Down Hill Skiing, Ice Fishing, Camping, Golf, Fishing, Scenic Drives, ATV's, Snowshoeing, Photography and more!
Surrounded by nearly 2 million acres of national forest, including both the San Juan & Rio Grande Forests. This bustling community also offers unique shops, galleries, outdoor equipment supplies and outfitters. Come let our breathtaking scenery and family oriented adventure captivate you.