The south Prong of Cliff Creek lies within the West Elk Wilderness. The only way a person can get to it is either hiking in or going by horseback. This is a great adventure in itself.
Fishing the South Prong is good. Brook trout up to one pound can be caught. The small tributaries flowing into the South Prong also offer good fishing.
Try the beaver ponds and pools for the larger fish. Flies, matched to the hatch, and natural bait, like grasshoppers, work the best. fishing is good throughout the summer since these creeks do not receive much use.
A side attraction to fishing would be to hike up to Castle Pass. Castle Pass offers a magnificent view of the Castles.
Directions from Coal Creek Road: Take Coal Creek Road #709 to Soap Creek Trail #443 to Castle Creek Trail #441, which leads into the wilderness and then follows up the South Prong of Cliff Creek to Castle Pass.
Directions from Kebler Pass Road: Take Kebler Pass Road to Horse Ranch Park. Take the Beckwith Pass Trail #440 to the creek.