South Fork is 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 Theread National Scenic Byway,
a spectacular route that follows the winding Rio Grande River 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. South Fork is your perfect "BASE CAMP" for a multitude of outdoor recreation and day trips to area sites.
• One of Colorado's newest towns, incorporated May 19, 1992
• Current city population of 600 with an area population of 1,200
• During the summer we reach a peak population of over 4,000 residents & tourists
• Located at the southwestern end of the San Luis Valley
• An elevation of 8,190 feet
• Summer temperatures 50/60 at night to 80/90 day
• Winter temperatures 40's during the day to below 0 at night
• Variable precipitation with an average of 15.8 inches/year and 80 inches of snow/year
• “The Most Snow In Colorado!” Most snow falls around the summit of Wolf Creek Ski Area (avg. 400"+/year.)