The appeal of visiting South Fork is hardly evident in the low-slung stretch of buildings along US 160, 31 miles west of Monte Vista. But its position at the confluence of the South Fork and Rio Grande Rivers makes it an excellent base from which to fish the Gold Medal waters of the Rio Grande.
In ski season, South Fork is a more affordable lodging alternative than Pagosa Springs for skiers at Wolf Creek. Exceptional backcountry hiking in the Weminuche Wilderness of the Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado’s largest pristine area, is readily accessible from trailheads near South Fork. An abundance of nearby campgrounds also attracts vacationers who want to enjoy a forested mountain setting.