Food & Nightlife

Food & Nightlife

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Wolf Creek ski area is a day-time resort only, with evening dining and nightlife found in the towns of South Fork and Pagosa Springs.

South Fork Restaurants

There is only a limited choice of restaurants in South Fork, so if you don’t have any cooking facilities at your accommodation you may need to repeat your dining experiences. For such a small town and one that looks as though it lacks any sophistication, there are a couple of surprise packages when it comes to dining.

The first is the country club, the Rio Grande Club (0285 Rio Grande Club Trail, South Fork). The term “country club” conjures up thoughts of exclusiveness and classy décor. Thankfully the former is not the case and there is nothing snobbish about the club. You don’t have to be a member and everyone is absolutely welcome. The latter however is true as the décor is very stylish and the ambience is beautiful. The formal dining room has vaulted ceilings, huge wooden beams, a gigantic fireplace and linen tablecloths. The formal meals in the dining room match the elegant surrounding, whilst in the bar it’s a very casual affair with pizzas and simple meals. Prices are incredibly affordable and are in line with what you’d expect for South Fork.

The Chalet Swiss restaurant is another quality dining establishment. The restaurant is owned by Kelly the maitre de and Freddi the chef, an old hand from Switzerland. The name of the restaurant provides a pretty good of indication of the theme of the restaurant and the cosy furnishings are even complemented by a giant Swiss watch. The adults menu includes a range of Swiss items such as fondue, raclette, rösti pizza, steaks, duck breast, cordon bleu and baked brie. The food is absolutely exquisite and you can accompany it with a great wine or cocktail. The food is so tasty you may want to dine here multiple times during your vacation.

On the other side of the fork is The Shaft Restaurant (29411 Hwy 160, South Fork). Lunch consists of sandwiches, burgers, salads and soup and it’s super cheap. Dinner is also very affordable with simple fare such as surf and turf, steaks, chops and fried chicken.

Pagosa Springs Restaurants

Pagosa Springs has dozens of restaurants and cafes, so it’s not difficult to find a good feed. The dining establishments vary from fine dining to cheap and cheerful Mexican restaurants, to fast food chain stores such as McDonald’s and KFC. The value for money isn’t quite as good as it is in South Fork, but food in Pagosa Springs is still very inexpensive.

Bars & Nightlife

Don’t have high expectations for a ragey nightlife in the Wolf Creek area. It’s all very low key.

Après starts at the Pathfinder Bar in the Wolf Creek Lodge where they sell a small selection of beers, mulled wine and mixed drinks. The party rarely fires up though as the bar closes at 4:30pm and considering the very limited shuttle service to South Fork and Pagosa Springs, the drive down the mountain is enough to limit the alcohol consumption for many.

Après and nightlife in South Fork are incredibly mellow. There is a bar at the Rio Grande Club and other restaurants also have bars. Included in this category is the Hungry Logger near “the fork”. The décor is far from anything special but with fantastic happy hour specials it’s a good spot for après. From 4-6pm, the already cheap drinks are “2 for 1”, so combined with the altitude you’ll be able to get very tiddly.

There are various bars in Pagosa Springs that also offer happy hour specials to draw the après crowd, including the Pagosa Pub Works Brewpub, Squirrel’s Pub and Pantry, Bear Creek Saloon, and JJ’s Riverwalk Restaurant.