South Fork Trail #1827


South Fork of the White River

The South Fork Trail follows the South Fork of the White River for 16 miles. Nearly all of the South Fork Trail is in the Flat Tops Wilderness. The trail travels through many species of trees and shrubs, interspersed with grassy meadows. Three miles from the South Fork Campground, the trail crosses a section of private land. Two miles further it crosses a second section of private land near Lost Solar Creek. Please respect private property and remain on the trail.

Seven miles from the campground, the trail crosses Park Creek, and three miles above Park Creek it passes the South Fork Falls. Three miles above the falls, the canyon begins to widen near Budges' Resort (also accessible by the Coffee Pot Road from Dotsero). The trail then heads north, following the river through a wide, grassy area called "The Meadows," and terminating near Nichols Creek and Doe Creek.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply in Flat Tops Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Meeker, CO
Water: Intermittently on trail (purify before drinking).
Restroom: Vault Toilets at South Fork Campground
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Blanco Ranger District, 970-878-4039

General Information


The South Fork Trail is located 29 miles east of Meeker. From Meeker, take Colorado Highway 13 east for 1 mile, then turn right (east) on Rio Blanco County Road 8 and follow this for 18 miles. Turn south and Rio Blanco County Road 10 for 2 miles, jog north .25 miles, then continue east for 10 miles to the South Fork Campground and trailhead. The trailhead is located at the south end of the campground.

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16.1 miles

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7594' - 10903'


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