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Conejos Peak Ranger District- There are a number of interesting and scenic attractions in this district including: Blanca Peak, the Conejos River, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad and Platoro Reservoir.
Conejos River Canyon General Forest Area- The main focus of this area is a heavily utilized, scenic road, Forest Road 250, following the Conejos River from Platoro Reservoir to Antonito.
Divide Ranger District- The Divide Ranger District offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado.
La Garita Wilderness- The Gunnison and Rio Grande National Forests both claim parts of this large expanse of wilderness. The main attractions to the region are the Wheeler Geologic Area and 14,014-foot San Luis Peak.
Rio Grande National Forest- The 1,852,000 acre Rio Grande National Forest offers every visitor an area packed with recreation opportunities, incredible beauty and breathtaking adventure.
Saguache Ranger District- The Saguache Ranger District is the smallest district in the Rio Grande National Forest, but it is packed with numerous attractions and recreational opportunities.

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Silver Thread Scenic Byway
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Silver Thread Scenic Byway
Description - South Fork is located at the junction of the Rio Grande River and its south fork. Colorado's newest town, South Fork is located at the junction of the Rio Grande River and its south fork. Where Highway 160 and 149 meet in the center of town, you will find the beginning of Colorado's historic Silver Thread Scenic Byway.

Attractions - Colorado's newest town, South Fork is located at the junction of the
Rio Grande River and its south fork. Highways 160 and 149 meet in the center of town, where you will find the southern terminus of Colorado's historic Silver Thread Scenic Byway. This route follows the Rio Grande to its headwaters in the San Juan Mountains and goes through the mining towns of Creede and Lake City.

Initially developed as a community to service lumbering and mining, the town is now the center of a rapidly growing tourist and recreation area. For the fisherman, between the town of South Fork and the headwaters of the Rio Grande there are 47 tributaries with 500 miles of stream to fish. Within twenty minutes of town there are thirteen lakes accessible by car or short hikes. The town hosts the annual championship Rio Grande Raft Races in June.


The town's variety of accommodations, restaurants and shops provide the perfect base for day trips to narrow-gauge railways, museums, historic mining towns, repertory theater productions and wildlife viewing. Centrally located between the Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park, a visitor is only limited by their imagination and the length of time they can stay and enjoy South Fork.

This information is provided courtesy of the Rio Grande Tourism Board.

Recreation - Horseback riding, mountain biking, river rafting and hiking are popular summer activities. Winter brings ice fishing, downhill skiing at Wolf Creek Ski area ("Colorado's Most Snow") or snowmobiling and cross-country skiing along 165 miles of maintained trails.

This information is provided courtesy of the Rio Grande Tourism Board.

Climate - Mountainous terrain influences the climate visitors find in South Fork. Elevations range from 7,500 feet to over 14,000 feet at the top of several mountain peaks. In general, the climate at low elevations is cool and arid while the high country is cold and humid. Average precipitation varies from under eight inches at the 8,000 foot level to over 50 inches in some alpine areas. Snowfall varies significantly in the Forest. North Cochetopa Pass commonly receives two feet of snow in a year when Wolf Creek receives six to eight feet.

Summer is short and frost may occur anytime in high elevations. Annual temperature extremes range from 90 degrees in summer to 30 degrees below zero in winter. Rapid weather changes, with temperature changes of 40 degrees in periods as short as four to six hours, occur frequently.

Location - South Fork is located at the junction of the Rio Grande River and its south fork; Highways 160 and 149 meet in the center of town. The community is surrounded by the land of the Rio Grande National Forest.


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Filed By: Luke schrimsher (Jones, OK)
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Report: A co-worker invited my brother and i to go fishing at big meadows.We decided to go expecting to have an ok time.we arrived at night so we didn't know what to expect when the sun came up.We were speechlees at what we saw.It truly is God's country.We are going back Oct-2004 .The toughest part was leaving.

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Report: we visited this area 3 yrs. ago from texas . and of all of our travels this is the one place that we will continue coming back to year after year. it has taken our hearts. DONNA MEYERS LLANO, TEX


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Contact Information:
South Fork Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 12 , South Fork, CO, 81154, Phone: 719-873-5512

Rio Grande County - South Fork, Del Norte, Monte Vista, P.O. Box 577 , South Fork, CO, 81154, Phone: 800-571-0881 or 719-873-5512, Fax: 719-873-5693
, www.southfork.org

Additional Information:
Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.
San Luis Valley Area - Southern Colorado's beautiful San Luis Valley is one of the highest and largest valleys in the world. A million plus acres of public lands invite the outdoorsman to enjoy the true Rocky Mountain experience.
South Central Region - This region lies just east of the Continental Divide, from the middle of the state to the southern border of Colorado. It includes the upper Arkansas River Valley, the San Luis Valley and the Colorado Springs area.

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