Silver Thread Basecamp – Our Name Means Adventure

Our picturesque park sits at the beginning of Silver Thread Byway – a scenic drive of discovery that begins in South Fork and travels northerly toward Gunnison. This 117-mile stretch of byway boasts many 14,000+ foot summits, hot springs, waterfalls, wildlife, hiking trails, and a host of historically significant locations. So hop in your car and see the sights!

Experience the Silver Thread

South Fork Visitor Center

Start here to learn about the 2 million acres of national forest, natural wonders, waterfalls, and sand dunes that are coming up on your quest for adventure. Wow!

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Coller State Wildlife Area

A premier place for bird watching. See Vireos, Towhees, Song Sparrows, and many others. Bighorn sheep, as well as golden and bald eagles, can also be seen along this stretch of highway.

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Wheeler Geologic Area

Check out the striped cliffs, known as Palisades, on the east side of the river while on your way to see even more dramatic rock formations in the Wheeler Geologic Area. Hidden deep in the Rio Grande National Forest, the unusual volcanic landscape is so strange, it is often called ‘The City of Gnomes’.

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Museums in Creede

A silver-mining boom town in the 1880s, historic Creede offers restaurants, quaint shops, a tour of the Last Chance Silver Mine, and an Underground Mining Museum!

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Hiking in South Clear Creek Falls

Two Falls share the same name! One of the most impressive waterfalls in Colorado is only is only a half-mile round trip hike. Easy enough for kids and grownups. Learn more +

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Windy Point Scenic Overlook

Treat the family to a superb view of the majestic mountain peaks surrounding Lake City. Colorado has 54 mountain peaks higher than 14,000 feet, and five of them can be seen from this Overlook. Don’t miss it!

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Slumgullion Pass and Earthflow

Named for the many colors of root vegetables in a miner’s stew, the Slumgullion Earthflow is an 800-year-old, epically slow golden-colored mudslide that continues to shift the ground up to 21 feet a year, resulting in fir trees that grow at crazy angles.

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Blue Mesa Reservoir

Blue Mesa, near the college town of Gunnison, is the largest body of water in Colorado. Swim, sun yourself on the beaches, go boating, waterskiing, or fish for salmon.

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More Adventures Near South Fork

Twin Pines Motorsports

Rent or buy ATVs, electric bikes, and Ski-Doos! Roar around the wilderness in style!

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Rio Grande Golf Course & Club

A 72-Par, Championship 18-hole layout offers one-of-a-kind opportunities for all ages and abilities. Restaurant and Pro Shop too!

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Revolution Rail Biking in Colorado

Pedal power alongside the Rio Grande. See spectacular scenery. You’ll never forget this ride!

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Mountain Man Rafting

Half day river trips on the Upper Rio Grande are fun for the whole family. Rock climbing tours too!

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Elk Heart Outfitters

Horseback trail rides in nearby Pagosa Springs – home of the world’s deepest hot springs. A real Colorado adventure!

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Three Barrel Brewing Co

Enjoy handcrafted brews in nearby Del Norte, produced from San Luis Valley grown malt, local hops, and fresh mountain water. Dogs are welcome at beer tastings on the patio. Plus, hand-crafted root beer for kids.

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Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Take a day trip to visit Colorado’s original inhabitants, the Utes – the reservation is only 93 miles away in Ignacio. Say Máykh (Hello) and experience their culture and history. Visit the museum, the fairgrounds, and the casino too!

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What’s Happening?

Music festivals, car shows, farmers markets, roller skating and all kinds of fun stuff in South Fork, Creede, and Alamosa. Check the San Luis Valley Events Calendar.

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Find great restaurants in South Fork! American food, pizza, Mexican, coffee shops, steaks, and BBQ. Dine in or bring your dinner back to Silver Thread Basecamp and enjoy your meal at your own picnic table under the stars.

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Come for the Adventures – You Know You Want To

Adventure Begins Here

Reserve Your Stay Today


Silver Thread Basecamp
26359 Hwy 160 W
South Fork, CO 81154

(719) 873-5500

  • The duration of a reservation may not be shortened once confirmed
  • We cannot be held responsible for weather, illness, work schedules, or other situations; therefore, we do not issue refunds and this policy is enforced regardless of circumstance.
  • Advance reservations require a 2-night minimum.
  • July 4th and Labor Day holiday weekends require a 3-night minimum.
  • Walk-up reservations for single nights are available.
  • Additional guests (age 5+) carry an extra $6/night charge (maximum occupancies per site and per rental do apply, and, all ages count toward maximum occupancies).
  • Additional vehicles are $5/night.
  • Additional tents are $10/night (tents are not allowed at rental units).

RV and Tent site reservation deposits are eligible for a refund, minus a $75 cancellation fee, when a  cancellation is made, in writing, 30 or more days prior to the reservation start date. Between 30 and 7 days of the reservation start date, the deposit is non-refundable.
Guests who cancel within 7 days of the reservation start date will be charged the balance due for the entire stay. A credit might be available for use on a future reservation, under special circumstances. Please email us to see if your situation qualifies.
All cancellation requests and inquiries must be sent to

A 10% discount off of the daily rate for active and retired military and police. Please present identification at check-in to redeem your discount. Discount applies to only one site or rental per ID.

  • Due to insurance policy restrictions and at the discretion of Silver Thread Basecamp employees, we cannot allow the following dog breeds in the park: Pit bulls, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Chow-Chows, Presa Canarios, Wolf Hybrids, or any breeds that are a derivative of these breeds.
  • All pets should be kept on a leash and attended to at all times.
  • There is a maximum of 3 pets allowed at any campsite.

We strive to keep our park clean and family-friendly. We ask that you follow our guidelines to maintain a safe, clean, and fun environment.

  • Quiet Hours: 10:00 PM – 8:00 AM – no music and hushed voices outside; strictly enforced.
  • Keep music volume down to respect other guests around you.
  • Speed Limit: 5 MPH throughout the park
  • Public intoxication, profanity, and violence will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal.
  • One adult, 21+, must be present at your site or rental for the duration of your stay.
  • Vehicles must be registered with the office and display a valid pass.
  • Campfires must be contained within the fire pit or grill.
  • Fireworks, water balloons, cascarones and piñata’s are not allowed.
  • No smoking and no pets in rentals.

Please leave your site clean (or cleaner) as when you arrived.
Excessive litter on-site, or evidence of pets/smoking in rentals, is cause for additional cleaning fees. Review our full Campground Guidelines for more information.