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Popular amenities for South Fork vacation rentals

Stay near South Fork's top sights

Ramon's Mexican Restaurant12 locals recommend
Mountain Pizza & Taproom5 locals recommend
Two Rivers BBQ7 locals recommend
The Old Firehouse5 locals recommend
Rio Grande Club & Resort7 locals recommend
South Fork Malt Shoppe4 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in South Fork

  • Total rentals

    160 properties

  • Total number of reviews

    3.2K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    110 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    90 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    20 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    80 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to South Fork

Welcome to South Fork

Tiny South Fork is surrounded by scenic wonders. This remote mountain town resides on the mighty Rio Grande River, whose nearly 1,900 miles stretch from the Colorado Rockies to the Gulf of Mexico, and is nestled in the vast expanse of the Rio Grande National Forest. It is the gateway community for the Continental Divide Trail, a rugged 3,100-mile passage that links Canada and Mexico and crosses five states. If you prefer to drive, South Fork sits on the 117-mile Silver Thread Historic Byway. The loop connects the town to nearby historic towns, winds through mesas and canyons, rises above glorious river vistas, and runs through verdant forests.

In the summer, South Fork is a hub for outdoor recreation of all kinds, including hiking, rafting, horseback riding, fishing, and mountain biking. In the winter it's a secluded base for visitors to Wolf Creek Ski Area, who flock here to play in the more than 430 inches of snow that typically blanket its slopes every year. A former timber town, South Fork’s streets are lined with outdoors outfitters and eateries serving up hearty fare to fuel your hike or ski run.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in South Fork

Summer is high season in South Fork, and the small town’s numbers swell with visitors who come to enjoy all the outdoor activities the area has to offer. The weather is warm and sunny, although mountain evenings can still be crisp, and summer thunderstorms are common. In July South Fork celebrates Logger Days with arts and crafts vendors, live music, and axe throwing and chainsaw carving competitions. In the fall, crowds and temperatures drop and the surrounding forests are dotted with brilliant autumn leaves. In winter, visitors make their way up the mountain to enjoy the fresh snow, and in spring, the melt allows local waterfalls to put on a spectacular show.

Top things to do in South Fork

Rio Grande National Forest

Encompassing 1.83 million acres, the wild and pristine Rio Grande National Forest is so much more than trees — although the trees are spectacular. The park is home to high desert, mountain peaks soaring more than 14,000 feet into the sky, volcanic rock formations, and alpine lakes. Although a grizzly bear hasn’t been seen here since 1979, evidence suggests this vast wilderness may be the last place these magnificent animals live in Colorado.

Creede Underground Mining Museum

Hop on the Silver Thread Scenic Byway and visit nearby Creede and its unique museum, a recreation of an underground mine that opened in the 1990s. The 600-foot subterranean space includes exhibitions on mining, antique excavation equipment, and a community center with a fully stocked bar.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Drive just an hour east to marvel at the astoundingly diverse landscapes to be found here. Against a backdrop of alpine peaks, vast sand dunes — some as tall as 750 feet — rise from the ground, crisscrossed by flowing streams. For a truly unique experience, plan ahead and buy or rent a sandboard at a local retailer (they aren’t available at the park) and go surfing on the dunes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in South Fork?

    South Fork, Colorado, experiences a mountain climate with a cool summer and a snowy winter. Summer temperatures reach around 72°F (22°C), perfect for outdoor activities, while winter temperatures can drop as low as 10°F (-12°C), creating a snowy haven for winter sports enthusiasts.

  • What are some of the best things to do in South Fork?

    Guests often enjoy exploring the Rio Grande National Forest, rafting down the Rio Grande River, hiking on nearby trails, or skiing at the Wolf Creek Ski Area. In-town activities include shopping at local boutiques and visiting the South Fork Visitors Center.

  • What is the best time of year to visit South Fork?

    Summer (June to August) is a popular time to visit South Fork, with events like the Logger Days Festival in June. Many also visit during winter (December to February) for winter sports at Wolf Creek Ski Area.

  • What are the best places to stay in South Fork?

    Popular areas to stay in South Fork include the central town area for close proximity to local amenities, or the Rio Grande River area for a tranquil stay amidst nature. Staying near the Wolf Creek Ski Area is also popular during the winter.

  • What are the best places to visit in South Fork?

    Popular places to visit in South Fork include the Rio Grande National Forest, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Bridge, and the Wolf Creek Ski Area. The South Fork Visitor Center is also a great place to learn more about the area.

  • What are some hiking trails in South Fork?

    South Fork has several scenic hiking trails including Big Meadows Reservoir Trail, Silver Thread Loop, and the Fourmile Trail. For a more challenging hike, guests often explore the Continental Divide Trail.

  • What are some family activities to do in South Fork?

    Families can enjoy a variety of activities in South Fork such as rafting on the Rio Grande River, exploring the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Bridge, or visiting the South Fork Wildlife Area. Winter brings opportunities for family-friendly skiing and snowboarding at the Wolf Creek Ski Area.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in South Fork?

    Day trips from South Fork could include exploring the Rio Grande National Forest, skiing at Wolf Creek Ski Area, or visiting the historical sites in nearby Creede. Another popular day trip is the scenic drive along Silver Thread Scenic Byway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in South Fork?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 80 vacation rentals in South Fork featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in South Fork?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in South Fork. Choose from more than 90 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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