Wolf Creek Ski Area, located 34 miles South of Del Norte, Wolf Creek’s nine lifts service incredibly beautiful terrain, over 1,600 acres.
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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is located 6 miles south of Monte Vista on Highway 15. This artificially created wetlands on 14,084 acres is intensively managed to provide habitat for sandhill and whooping cranes, ducks, geese, ibis, herons, egrets, rough-legged hawks, and many other birds. The refuge features a 2.5 mile self-guided vehicle tour, restrooms and parking. Call (719) 589-4021 for information or visit
Movie Manor Motel, located in Monte Vista, is the world's only drive-in movie theatre and motel in one. Visitors can sit in the comfort of their hotel room and watch the drive-in movie. This unique establishment is located 2 miles west of Monte Vista. Call (719) 852-5921 or visit www.coloradovacation.motel.movie.com to make a reservation.
Monte Vista Crane Festival provides bird watchers a close look at the amazing cranes that pass through the valley every spring and fall. Guided tours, seminars, educational booths, and workshops feature every aspect of these and other magnificent birds. Call (719) 852-3552.
Natural Arch near Del Norte. The area has many rolling hills covered with pinon, juniper,
and tall monolithic rock formations favored by technical rock climbers. Here you can see bighorn sheep, deer, antelope, golden eagles, raptors and songbirds all summer. To find the Natural Arch, drive north of Del Norte on Highway 112 and turn left on the first road past the Rio Grande bridge. Then take Forest Road 660 to Old Woman's Creek. Finally turn left onto Forest Road 569 and drive 1.5 miles to the Natural Arch.
Rio Grande County Museum in Del Norte is one of the best in the valley with plenty of artifacts and information about early San Luis Valley life. Learn about water and agricultural history as well as cultural.
Call (719) 657-2847 for information about special programs.
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Silver Thread Scenic Byway which takes you through the towns of Creede and Lake City and along the Lake Fork of the Gunnison and Rio Grande Rivers and the Continental Divide. The name of the Byway refers to the areas' history of silver mining which peaked in the late 1880's. Although it was once a toll road and stage route for miners, Colorado Highway 149 is fully paved and takes you over 75 miles of the most beautiful scenery in Colorado. The Byway's visitor center is located at the junction of Highways 149 & 160. Call 800-571-0881 for more information.
Logger's Day Festival is held July 14 - 16, 2017 in South Fork and features several archery, logging, and axe throwing competitions as well as arts, crafts, and food booths.
Transportation of the West Museum, located at 916 First Avenue in Monte Vista, features items from horse & buggy days, turn of the century railroads, farming, sports and many photographs. Open year-round. 719-852-8864
Monte Vista Country Club in Monte Vista, is a 75 year old 9-hole course nestled in the heart of town. Call 719-852-4906 to make a tee time, or go to for more information.
Rio Grande Club in South Fork, although primarily a private course, is open to the public subject to availability. Call 719-873-1997 to make a tee time, or go to for more information.