Keeping Up With South Fork

By Tori Peglar ,

Hiking Bonita Pass to Silver Pass in the Rio Grande National Forest. 

Photo by Bob Seago courtesy of South Park, Colo.

Don’t let this sleepy town tucked into the folds of the mountains fool you. Its small size is counteracted by the extraordinary amount of energy its 350 year-round residents generate through outdoor recreation.

You may catch sight of the Silver Threads hiking group, who seem to get outdoors as often as they get out of bed.

Fish in the legendary waters of the Rio Grande River that meets the South Fork in town or try fly-fishing with a local guide.

Photo by Ryan Graber courtesy of South Fork Visitor Center

Hike or bike part of the Continental Divide Trail. Golf at the Rio Grande Golf Course, a difficult mountain course.

Explore the Weminuche Wilderness just two miles from town. It’s one of the wildest places in the state. In 1979 the last Colorado grizzly was killed here, 27 years after they were thought to be extinct in the state.

For more information:
South Fork Visitor Center
(719) 873-5512
28 Silverthread Ln., at the junction of Hwy. 160 and Hwy. 149
southfork.org