Hikers in the Rio Grande National Forest

Almost 2 million acres of the Rio Grande National Forest surrounds the South Fork area, providing a mulitude of backpacking opportunities, including the Continental Divide Trail.


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Know Before You Go

  • Tell Someone:  Where you’re going  When you’ll be back
  • Maps - don’t rely on cell service. Either have them printed or downloaded.
  • Stick to the trails; Leave any gates the way you find them!
  • Buy a Search & Rescue Card ($3 online). The card helps reimburse local SAR team’s expenses for search and rescue missions
  • Check local fire conditions. After the forest fire in 2013 that ravaged our economy and our national forest, we take fire bans SERIOUSLY. If you do have a campfire, extinguish it fully!!!
  • Plan for cold nights, even in July! At high elevations, temperatures drop significantly once the sun goes down
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