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Summitville Jeep Ride Click HERE
On 8/1/17 we pulled up the jacks and drove 96 miles east on US160 to South Fork, CO. Where is South Fork, CO you might ask? I thought the same. South Fork is located on US160 at the confluence of the South Fork and Rio Grande Rivers. The elevation is 8209 feet and the estimated population in 2016 was 365 people. Small town to be sure. There are no traffic lights in South Fork and only one fuel station. Did I say small?
We found out that the campgrounds in the area are favorites of Texans, in particular, to escape the summer heat. I don't believe we ran the air conditioners during the entire week we stayed at Peacock Meadows Riverside RV Park. This RV park is relatively new (as of 2016) and as such, the landscaping leaves a lot to be desired. The nicest feature of this park is that the sites are nicely spaced. This was not true of many of the parks we saw in this area. Many of the residents stay for the entire summer.
Much to our surprise, in a very small town like this, we found 3 pickleball courts to play on. The group of about 20-25 people played regularly several mornings each week. It was great fun to "stretch our paddles" after not really playing any since leaving Casa Grande in April.
Creede Historical Museum.
Elk Country Jeep Rentals in South Fork. The full day rental actually turned out to be cheaper than renting an ATV or UTV.
To make better use of our Jeep's capabilities we decided to head up the mountain roads to Summitville. This was the site of huge gold mining operations. In 1873, gold veins were located at 11,500 feet on Smith Mountain. The mining town of Summitville was created for the mining operations. Operations continued into the 1990s when the company which currently ran the operations went bankrupt. The leaching of contaminants into the local waterways eventually caused this area to be turned into a "Superfund Site". The government eventually spent $155 million of public funds to clean up the site.
We only spent a week in South Fork, but we were pleasantly surprised to find a nice amount of things to do while there. Definitely a place to go if you'd like to get away from many of the "touristy" areas of CO. The air was cool and clean. We enjoyed ourselves!
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