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3  Charming Towns just Minutes Apart! Easy Driving Access to All Attractions and Outdoor Activities


South Fork invites you to come relax in our scenic mountain splendor! Located at the junction of the Rio Grande and it’s south fork, you will find the beginning of the historic Silver Thread Scenic Byway, a world-class 18 hole golf course, scenic railroad excursions, ATV trails, Lodging, Cabins, Great Restaurants and Unique Gift Shops. Come experience a Small Town with World Class Adventure!


As the gateway to the San Juan Mountains, Del Norte is the ideal location to start your Rocky Mountain Vacation. Steeped in a rich history, Del Norte is home to a Restored Historic Hotel & Restaurant, Rio Grande County Museum & Cultural Center, Lodging, RV Park, Main Street Shopping and Restaurants. Escape from the “fast lane” and come enjoy the unsurpassed year-round magic of Del Norte.


Spanish for mountain view, Monte Vista is a historic, lively city located in the heart of the San Luis Valley and is surrounded by some of Colorado’s magnificent 14,000′ peaks. Monte Vista is home of the famous Sandhill Crane Festival, Colorado’s Oldest Pro Rodeo, Drive-In Movie Theatre, Golf Course, Wildlife Refuge, Lodging, Restaurants and Unique Shops. You will find family fun here in Monte Vista!


There are plenty of reasons why!!

Just Imagine…a day in the San Luis Valley enjoying Colorado’s cool sunshine, where you can spend the morning taking photographs of waterfowl at the Wildlife Refuge or experience a Gator Farm or Bison Ranch, with an afternoon full of heart pounding hikes, 4 wheel drive trails, and river rafting. You aren’t done yet…Some of the best fishing in the world can be found here on the Rio Grande River, along with camping, horse back riding, bicycling, rock and ice climbing, hunting, skiing, and snowmobiling. Not to mention scenery that can’t be beat. Rio Grande Country is your perfect Base Camp for all these activities and much more. Wanting to improve your lifestyle? You will find a better quality of life in the Upper Rio Grande come here to live with adventure and work in peace and tranquility.


There is something for fun for every member of the family in Rio Grande Country. With fun outdoor activities, great shopping and fantastic lodging options it’s time to make some memories!

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With the stunning Rio Grande National Forest as your backdrop, you will enjoy fishing, hiking & biking, ATV trails, hunting, horseback riding, photography and so much more.

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Rio Grande County has preserved it’s historic past, come experience Native American petroglyphs and numerous historic sites that provide great year-round educational opportunities.

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Every change of the seasons brings a new excitement to Rio Grande Country. From Spring flowers, cool Summer sunshine, glorious Fall colors and pristine Winter Snow, you will find it all here!

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The most natural snow in all Colorado with crisp days and uncrowded open spaces make for excellent skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating and wildlife viewing.  The adventure starts here!

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Spring and Fall are great times to visit the area, with many discounts offered by lodges and RV Parks. In Winter, many places also offer great winter ski packages and discounts.  Come explore any time of year!

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Our Colorado Mountain paradise awaits with so many opportunities to explore Rio Grande Country like hiking trails, fishing, rafting, hunting, shopping and dining. Come discover one of Colorado’s best kept secrets!

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The River of Life Flows in Rio Grande Country!