There is so much to do in Rio Grande County, CO and the surrounding areas. For instance, Monte Vista has recreational opportunities that range from a 9-hole municipal golf course to hunting and fishing along the Rio Grande River. The city has a variety of organized activities for youth and adults which include softball, volleyball, various tournaments, and special interest classes – most of these activities are accommodated by the Ski Hi Park, which also is the home of a 180-foot water slide.
Monte Vista’s Ski Hi Rodeo is Colorado’s oldest pro rodeo. It is held in late July and is preceded by a parade, dances, and a concert which kicks off a weekend of high-kicking broncs, raging bulls, and flying lariats. The event is also known for its famous barbecue dinners.
Although South Fork was originally developed as a community for the lumber business, it has evolved into a tourist Mecca. Hunters can pursue their quarry of deer or game birds along the Rio Grande. The Rio Grande River is also know for excellent fishing with over 47 tributaries and rafting is enjoyed in its headwaters. Other water sports and activities occur on any of 13 lakes within 20 minutes of town.
Throughout the area, summer brings hikers, biker, river rafters, and horseback riders out in full force. Winter provides ample opportunities for ice fishing, snowmobiling, downhill and cross-country skiing. The Wolf Creek Ski Area has five active lifts for skiers. Although other ski resorts may be better known, it is Wolf Creek that gets the most snow in Colorado.
Del Norte, CO is a great family destination which offers many outdoor recreational opportunities, dining, and lodging. Shoppers will enjoy shopping in quaint gift shops, art galleries, and antique stores which were once turn-of-the-century structures. All over town are historical landmarks to explore. Penitente Canyon is just north of town which offers world-class rock climbing. The Arch of La Garita in the Canyon is a spectacular arch rock formation – a must see.