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We invite you to spend your Colorado mountain vacation at the Arbor House Inn, a beautiful country bed and breakfast located in South Fork. Originally a stopping point on the stagecoach line, South Fork, Colorado developed as a service and support community for the local timber and mining operations. Now it is a growing recreation center and tourist area with abundant vacation opportunities in every season.

Rafting on the Rio GrandeSummertime activities include river rafting, fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, ATV and jeep tours. The South Fork area is a fly-fishing vacation paradise with 47 tributaries of the Rio Grande River close by, encompassing 500 miles of stream to fish. In addition, there are 13 beautiful lakes to choose from.

Rio Grande Whitewater Rafting »

Creede Repertory Theatreˆ Creede Repertory Theatre, the oldest repertory theatre in Colorado.

Clear Creek Falls above CreedeFor ultimate convenience, guests can step off the Arbor House deck and fish in the South Fork of the Rio Grande! And for the golfing fans, test your skills at South Fork's beautiful and challenging Rio Grande Club golf course. One of the summer highlights is dinner out and an evening at the nearby Creede Repertory Theatre.

Rio Grande Golf Course






ˆ Clear Creek Falls above Creede and golfing the Rio Grande Golf Course.

Durango & Silverton RailroadDay-trip options include the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Alamosa / Monte Vista Wildlife Refuges, Wheeler Geological Monument, various old mining towns, museums and lectures, the Indian ruins at Mesa Verde National Park and the Cumbres & Toltec or the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railways.

ˆ Durango & Silverton Railroad | photo by Yvonne Lashmett

Freshly fallen snow brings excitement and joy to winter activity enthusiasts. Snowmobile fans and cross-country skiers will delight in the miles and miles of groomed trails available in the area. Snowboarders and downhill skiers can experience a day of winter wonder at Wolf Creek Ski Area, known for the most snowfall in Colorado and just 20 minutes up the pass. The excellent snow at Wolf Creek Ski Area and the luxury accommodations at the Arbor House Inn is definitely a match made in winter heaven!

Skiing at Wolf Creek

ˆ Wolf Creek Ski Resort, known to receive the most snow in Colorado.

Whether your passion is skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, golfing or all of the above, the Arbor House Inn is the perfect location for your Colorado vacation!



Links to area attractions and activities

8200 Mountain Sports – Adventure sports rentals including skis, boards, bikes, rafts, Jeeps and more.  

Alamosa / Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge – Tour the Alamosa NWR where natural river bottom wetlands and the Rio Grande River provide habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors.

Alpine Loop Scenic Byway – This beautiful 4-wheel-drive backcountry byway traverses 65 miles of the rugged heart of the spectacular San Juan Mountains. – Event & Portrait Photography. Professional photographer specializing in weddings,events, family portraits and senior portraits. With over five years in the industry, and a history of shooting weddings in Vail, Breckenridge, Denver and Southern CaliforniaAshography Event & Portrait Photography is our exclusive wedding photographer at the Arbor House Inn.

The Colorado –Extensive information on cabins, lodges, campgrounds, country bed & breakfast inns, and fun things to do in Colorado.

Colorado Division of Water Resources (Rio Grande) – Water conditions in the Rio Grande water district.

Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) – Valuable information on hunting, fishing, and wildlife happenings & festivals around the state of Colorado.

Cottonwood Cove – Jeep rentals, horseback riding. 

Underground Mining Museum – Experience the rich history of Creede’s silver-mining glory days in an underground mine and follow a self-guided car tour of old mine sites.

Creede Repertory Theatre – Enjoy live theatrical productions from June through September in the spectacular setting of Creede, Colorado.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad – See the beautiful San Juan Mountains along the Colorado-New Mexico border from an authentic narrow gauge train.

Denver and Rio Grande Railway Historical Railway – Spectacular scenic rail excursions along the Rio Grande River departing twice daily from South Fork from late May to early October.

Doc’s Outdoor Sports – Ski, snowboard, snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals. Fishing, camping, hunting and hiking supplies. 

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad – Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the old west took over a century ago.

Far Dog Restaurant – Creede’s newest restaurant featuring freshly prepared entrees and delicious desserts. Great spot for dinner before the Creede Repertory Theatre performance. – Choose from more than 675 caches hidden within a 100-mile radius of the South Fork and Creede areas. Bring along your GPS unit and go on a geocaching treasure hunt in the amazingly beautiful surroundings of the Colorado Rockies.

Great Sand Dunes National Park – Visit this treasure of visual, geologic, and biological surprises - a high mountain valley holding the tallest sand dunes in North America that is flanked by some of the highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains.

Heavenly Touch Salon – Full-service salon. 719-657-2755.

Mesa Verde National Park – Experience the largest archaeological preserve in the United States featuring cliff dwellings and artifacts of the Ancestral Puebloan people.

Mountain Man Tours – Guided outdoor adventures on the Rio Grande Headwaters in Creede, Colorado.

Pagosa Hot Springs – Relax in the naturally hot, therapeutic mineral waters of the free-form hot springs pools overlooking the San Juan River.

Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant – Great Mexican food just across the road from the Arbor House Inn. Start with the margaritas, leave room for the flan!

Rio Grande Club Golf Course – Experience golf at 8500 feet in the beauty and relaxed pace of this hidden oasis in the San Juan Mountains above the tranquil flow of the Rio Grande River.

Rio Grande Country –  Information on attractions and activities in South Fork and the surrounding area.

Rio Grande County Museum – Check out interesting exhibits, lectures, and museum-related activities of Rio Grande County in Del Norte, Colorado.

Rio Grande National Forest – 1.86 million acres located in southwestern Colorado, is one of the true undiscovered jewels of the entire state.

Rocky Mountain Bike & Ski – Ski and snowboard rentals along with ice skates, sleds, snowshoes, cross-country skis. Bike and raft rentals, parts and service.

San Juan Snowcat – San Juan Snowcat will transport you into the truly epic, magnificent and beautiful powder terrain that can only be found in the “Lost" San Juan Mountains.  San Juan Snowcat truly offers the adventure of a lifetime. 

Silver Thread Interpretive Center – From South Fork, Colorado, begin the historic Silver Thread National Scenic Byway, a spectacular route that follows the winding Rio Grande to its headwaters in the San Juan Mountains.

Silverthread Scenic Byway – A 135-mile journey on Hwy. 149 from South Fork to Gunnision via the old mining towns of Creede and Lake City showcasing the scenic beauty of pristine national forest and wilderness areas.

South Fork Anglers – South Fork Anglers (SFA) is proud to offer year-round world class guided Float and Wade fly fishing trips in southern Colorado.

South Fork Chamber of Commerce – South Fork, Colorado.

South Fork Music Association/Rhythms on the Rio – Staging live music concerts to benefit music education for San Luis Valley students. Events include the Summer Sunday Concert Series at the South Fork Visitor Center and Rhythms on the Rio music festival held annually in August on the banks of the Rio Grande River.

Twin Pines Motor Sports – Jeep, ATV, UTV, snowmobile parts and service.  Professionally maintained rental fleet.

Wheeler Geological Monument – Incredibly picturesque example of geological pinnacles and spires in the La Garita Wilderness. A trip to get there, but worth it.

Windsor Hotel Restaurant – Upscale dining in the newly renovated historic Windsor Hotel and restaurant in Del Norte. Excellent choice for a celebration dinner after a wedding at Arbor House Inn.

Wolf Creek Anglers – Southern Colorado's premier fly fishing shop and guide service.

Wolf Creek Jeep – Daily and weekly top-of-the-line Jeep rentals.

Wolf Creek Mountain Folk – Choose from a variety of mountain adventures including guided horseback rides, guided nature walks, carriage rides, sleigh rides, or campfire dinners.

Wolf Creek Snowmobile Tours – Offering the newest snowmobile fleet in Southern Colorado for the best and most exciting riding in the Wolf Creek Ski Area.  Adventure (beginner) and Advanced (experienced) Tours available.

Wolf Creek Ski Area – Enjoy a fantastic day of skiing at one of Colorado's oldest and finest alpine ski resorts whose trademark is "the most snow in Colorado!"


Links to area videos

• Video of South Fork on

• Video of Rio Grande Country and the San Luis Valley from the Rio Grande County Tourism Board.


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Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River
PO Box 995 | 31358 US Highway 160 | South Fork, CO 81154
Phone: 719.873.5012
Innkeepers: Keith and Laurie Bratton