Historic Ski Lodge close to Wolf Creek Ski Area - Great beds, Great food, Great People!
New Beds, Award winning breakfast restaurant on site.
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"Awesome little Lodge!" "Great Place To stay!" "Friendly Relaxed Atmosphere" "Love this place!" "Awesome, Highly recommend!"
"The Spruce Mystique" "Close to Wolf Creek, easy on the budget." "The best place to stay in South Fork, CO"
Step back in time to when things were simpler...
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Spruce Lodge really is the unique mountain lodging experience you've been looking for! Get more historical information about nearby landmarks here.
The Spruce Lodge then...
The Spruce Lodge was originally built in 1926 as a boarding house for South Fork’s Sawmill workers. The Galbreath Tie &Timber Company was located across the highway from the Lodge in the large parcel of what is now vacant land. The Sawmill operated from roughly 1889 – 1999. The owners of the mill built the Spruce Lodge from locally harvested lumber. With the exception of the hardwood floors, every inch of wood in the building is from local forests. Even the firewood!
The Spruce Lodge Now......
Your visit to the Spruce Lodge today is much different than it would have been 88 years ago. No more trips to the outhouse and no more drawing water from the pump in the yard. All of our rooms feature the new-fangled indoor plumbing and electric light, cable TV, Free Wi-Fi (a strong, reliable signal), a refrigerator and microwave. A great continental breakfast is included and a hot breakfast is available in our restaurant 6 days a week. (For a list of continental breakfast items and our restaurant menu please see our "restaurant" tab.) We also have a very nice indoor hot tub and second floor sun deck for relaxing after a hard day's play.
All of our rooms are super clean and comfortable. They are individually decorated, unique and fun. This is a place to make memories - a place you will remember. No cookie-cutter motel for your vacation this year - stay somewhere special. Stay at the Spruce Lodge. You'll be glad you did.
Check out our shout-out from Snowboard Colorado Magazine. The staff and riders stayed with us when they wrote an article and had a photo shoot at Wolf Creek Ski Area a while back. Scroll down to page 58 for the Wolf Creek article and the mention of The Spruce Lodge. These serious rider's agree - Wolf Creek has the best powder ANYWHERE and The Spruce Lodge can't be beat!! Check out Wolf Creek Ski Area for the best snow and most affordable ski/snowboard experience anywhere! Get the details on Wolf Creek Ski Area from skicentral.com. You will notice The Spruce Lodge is listed as one of their favorite lodging spots in Southern Colorado. You can get your gear and rentals from 8200 Mountain Sports in South Fork.
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Plan your trip!
Below is some additional information for you, categorized by activity, complete with links to helpful websites to make your trip planning easier. If you have questions, please call us!
Fishing: South Fork Colorado has some of the best fly fishing ANYWHERE including the longest stretch of Gold Medal Waters in the State! Check out Southfork.org for favorite local spots and then mosey on over to fishtheupperrio.com for even more information. You can pick up supplies and licenses at Rainbow Grocery and Sporting Goods here in South Fork. For guided fishing trips please contact 8200 Mountain Sports, Wolf Creek Anglers, or Rio Grande Anglers.
Hiking, Biking, ATV and Jeep trails: Did you know that South Fork has over 500 miles of ATV and Jeep trails just waiting to be explored? The Southfork.org website is a good place to start, then check out the Chamber of Commerce website for additional day trip ideas. The USDA Forest Service website has information on Wheeler Geologic Area which is an incredible full day excursion that is definately worth the trip! The Spruce Lodge in South Fork is your perfect base camp for adventures on Wolf Creek Pass, Del Norte Peak, Creede, La Garita and the Conejos Canyon! Are you bringing your pet? Check out our "5 bone" reviews from fellow pet lovers at bringfido.com.
Hunting: South Fork, Co is nearly completely surrounded by the Rio Grande National Forest. We are nestled between game management units 79, 80 and 76. We have great early and late season hunting. You can view the Colorado Game Hunting Atlas here or view area topographic maps by gmu here. Make your trip extra special by hiring a local guide service. Check out Big Country Outfitters and get your rifle and/or archery supplies at Valley Gun Service in Monte Vista.
Scenic Drives and Tours: The San Luis Valley is a beautiful place to see the Fall colors! Take a ride on one of our tourist trains like the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in South Fork (Awesome), the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad out of Alamosa, or the Cumbers & Toltec Railroad that leaves from Antonito. There is additional information on Rio Grande County happenings at riograndecountry.com and upperriograndeguide.com. The trip planner at world web.com has great information on our area as well.
Crane Fest: Have you ever seen a sandhill crane? Every year in late February and early March, the San Luis Valley is home to a large flock of migrating sand hill cranes. You can come see them and experience the wonder during cranefest. This event takes place in Monte Vista and attracts visitors from all over the world. There is more information on the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce website. Also check out colorado.com and centralcolorado.com.
Rythms on the Rio: Every year in Late August, South Fork hosts the Rythms on the Rio festival. It's a 3 day music festival featuring some of the best new faces in music. This is a growing event that sets records ever year. (No pun intended.)