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great sand dunes country
GREAT SAND DUNES COUNTRY
OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE OF ALAMOSA, COLORADO
WWW.ALAMOSA.ORG | 1-800-BLU-SKYS
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WELCOME
Thank you for considering Alamosa, Colorado for your next
adventure!
Discover Alamosa and all it has to offer from the Great Sand
Dunes National Park and Preserve to the Rio Grande Scenic
Railroad. The scenic vistas collide where the earth and
heavens meet under a star-studded night sky. Recreational
opportunities are unlimited and the exhilaration of climbing
the Great Sand Dunes is unmatched.
Located in the center of the San Luis Valley, Alamosa is
surrounded by natural wonders such as the rugged grandeur
of the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo Mountain ranges, rivers
and lakes teeming with trout, crisp fall mornings, and the
bluest skies west of the Mississippi.
The history and culture of the San Luis Valley is both
captivating and compelling. Wander through historic Fort
Garland, the Luther Bean Museum, or rejoice in the glory of
the Stations of the Cross Shrine in the nearby town of San
Luis.
We encourage you to come and see for yourself all that
Alamosa has to offer. Not too far away to make a weekend
trip; or just far enough away to get away from it all, Alamosa
is your vacation destination any time of the year.
On the Cover
Adams State University Bronze Sculpture Wind and Rain by William Moyers
Great Sand Dunes Country - Live Alamosa The Official Visitors Guide of Alamosa,
Colorado. Published by: Alamosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, 610 State Avenue,
Alamosa, CO 81101 Editor and Publisher: Jamie Greeman & the Alamosa CVB. Copy
writing: Alamosa CVB; all photos in this publication are donated and provided courtesy of Alamosa CVB unless otherwise noted.
No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the
express written permission of the publisher. All efforts were made to ensure the
accuracy of this Visitors Guide by press time. The Alamosa Convention & Visitors
Bureau assumes no responsibility for any changes, errors, or omissions.
©2015 by Alamosa Convention & Visitors Bureau 610 State Ave, Alamosa, CO 81101.
Printed in the USA. All rights reserved.
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WHAT’S INSIDE
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
Cumbres & Toltec Railroad
Splashland Hot Springs
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool
Cattails Golf Course
Colorado Gators
UFO Watchtower
Zapata Falls
Alamosa Ranch
Alamosa Wildlife Refuge
Blanca Wetlands
San Luis Lakes State Park and Wildlife Area
Rio Grande National Forest
16 Winter Activities
16Snowmobiling
16 Ice Fishing
17 Cross Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing
17 Wolf Creek Ski Area
18 Farmer’s Market
19 Shopping
20 History & Heritage
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Alamosa Historic Downtown Walking Tour
San Luis Valley Museum
Fort Garland Museum
Luther E. Bean Museum
Historic Engine 169
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area
Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway
26 Arts
26 Shrine of the Stations of the Cross
27Murals
28 Creede Repertory Theatre
29 ASU Theatre
30 Sundays at Six
31 Art Around Town
32 Events
36 Lodging
38Camping
38 Zapata Ranch
40 Dining
45 Town Map
46 San Luis Valley Map
48 Transportation
50 Out of State Mileage
51 In Colorado Mileage
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ACTIVITIES
GREAT SAND DUNES
National Park
1199 Hwy 150 Mosca CO 81146
719-378-6300
www.nps.gov/grsa
Camping
The Great Sand Dunes is the perfect
place to camp as well. Pinyon Flats
Campground has 88 individual sites
along two loops. Restrooms have
sinks, flush toilets, and a sink for
dish washing. Each site has a fire
grate and picnic table. Some sites
have large cottonwood or conifer
trees for shade, while others are
more out in the open with smaller
pinyon trees. A few sites can fit RVs
up to 35’ long.
Loop 1 (44 sites) of the campground is open year-round;
one restroom is winterized. Most campsites have a capacity
of six people, two tents, and two vehicles (including towed
vehicles/trailers). A 50% discount applies to Golden Age
and Golden Access pass holders.
Explore the tallest sand dunes in North America. A visit to
the Great Sand Dunes is an unforgettable experience. The
vast, sloping dunes overwhelm the landscape with their
stark beauty. The area is a geologic cornucopia of grasslands,
wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes and tundra.
Often called the Rocky Mountain beach, Medano Creek flows
across the sand at the base of the dunes in the spring, warm
and inviting. Build a sand castle, fly a kite, or just relax with
your feet in the clear water. After an invigorating climb ...
sled, sandboard, run, roll, tumble, and jump back down.
For variety in your adventure,
walk the shady trails in the trees
or climb one of the six peaks over
13,000’, hiking along an alpine lake.
There is a challenging 4WD road
up and over the top, too. Whatever
your pleasure, the Great Sand
Dunes is a diverse wonderland,
ripe for exploration. Don’t forget
to bring your camera! The park
offers incredible opportunities
for photography, especially in the
evening when the shadows are long
and the temperatures are cool.
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Loop 2 (sites 45-88) campsites are available by reservation
May 15-September 15 online at www.recreation.gov. There
is also primitive camping along the Medano Pass Road.
Sandboarding
For years, visitors have been sledding down the dunes in
plastic toboggans, saucers, and even cardboard. Unfortunately, saucers and cardboard do not work. Luckily, adventuresome and creative people have developed boards specifically made for sand, featuring extra slick bases. These
boards are the ideal tool for surfing down the dunes. Sandboarding, sledding, and skiing are permitted anywhere on
the dunefield away from vegetated areas. The park does
not rent or sell sandboards, but they can be rented at Kristi
Mountain Sports in Alamosa, 719-589-9759.
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ACTIVITIES
RIO GRANDE SCENIC RAILROAD
610 State Ave, Alamosa
877-726-RAIL (7245)
www.coloradotrain.com
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad excursion train ride takes
you through breathtaking mountain valleys and passes and
through charming and historic western towns in the heart
of the San Luis Valley. See Colorado’s unspoiled territory as
it was centuries ago. Relive the golden age of railroads and
discover a Colorado few get to see.
Excursion trains offer a great seat any day of the week. Pick
the class of service and prepare to discover a ride full of
train history, mining tales, wildlife sightings, and geology.
Come see why USA Today named the RGSRR a Top Ten Ride.
For more information about area activities, visit www.alamosa.org/things-to-do-in-alamosa
CUMBRES & TOLTEC RAILROAD
5250 B. Highway 285, Antonito
888-CUMBRES (286-2737)
www.cumbrestoltec.com
[email protected]
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a proud remnant of
the spirit that won the West. Built in 1880, it was part of the
San Juan Extension of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroads,
with tracks running from Denver through the ore-rich
Rocky Mountains to Silverton, Colorado and Santa Fe, New
Mexico. Its path, through steep passes and deep gorges was
an engineering feat for the time.
The decline of silver mining in the 1890s ended the
railroad’s vital role. It was abandoned in 1969, but the most
scenic part of its route, its equipment, and its buildings were
saved. Today, as the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the
train fulfills another important mission – taking passengers
on the ride of a lifetime.
Throughout the trip you’ll find friendly, informative guides/
docents to take you on this journey of history, scenery, and
machinery ... as it was over 130 years ago, as it is today.
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SPLASHLAND HOT SPRINGS
5895 Hwy 17, Alamosa
719-589-6258
Enjoy the warmth of this geothermal outdoor swimming
pool that is an important part of the history of Alamosa.
Splashland was built in 1955 and has been a local favorite
ever since. Recently remodeled and upgraded, Splashland
is a great place to take the family to enjoy a lazy, summer
afternoon. Conveniently located just a mile north of Alamosa
on Highway 17.
For more information about area activities, visit www.alamosa.org/things-to-do-in-alamosa
CATTAILS GOLF COURSE
6615 River Drive, Alamosa
719-589-9515
www.alamosacattails.com
Cattails Golf Course is a unique 18-hole, par 71 course that
winds through tall, old cottonwood trees and cattail wetlands
with spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
The course is noted for its 12th hole, a challenging par 4
featuring a water hazard off the tee, a dogleg, then another
water hazard. It has been featured in The Golf Bible as one
of two “best courses to play for under $50” in Colorado. Take
State Avenue north through Alamosa. After crossing the Rio
Grande River, watch for the entrance on your left.
While you’re here, also check out the Rio Grande Club in
South Fork at www.riograndeclub.com, 719-873-1995 and
the Monte Vista Golf Club in Monte Vista, 719-852-4906.
SAND DUNES SWIMMING POOL
1991 County Rd. 63, Hooper
719-378-2807 • www.sanddunespool.com
This natural artesian pool features remarkably clear,
odorless natural hot springs water that maintains a
temperature between 98 and 100 degrees. The Sand Dunes
Swimming Pool also includes several therapy pools (105 to
107 degrees), a covered baby pool, and an award winning
(yes, really!) concession stand. Enjoy family fun and a
relaxed atmosphere amid the amazing scenery of the Great
Sand Dunes and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Travel one
mile north of Hooper on Highway 17, turn right at the big
picture of water, follow the road for 2 miles, turning left
when the road ends. Closed Thursdays.
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COLORADO GATORS
9162 County Rd. 9 N., Mosca
719-378-2612 • www.gatorfarm.com
Experience the world’s most unique alligator farm and
reptile park with more than 400 alligators and dozens
of other exotic reptile species. The gators act as garbage
disposals for the Tilapia fish farmed here, a warm-water
fish that thrives in the geothermal waters. The hot water
also keeps the reptiles warm throughout the winter, when
you might catch alligators sunning themselves on the snow.
The Gator Farm is also a rescue facility, as individuals
with overgrown alligators and other reptiles such as large
pythons, tortoises, and iguanas, have underestimated the
work involved in caring for these creatures.
A cover was put over one of the fish ponds to grow more
fish throughout the winter, and the farm got a lot more than
they bargained for. Plants started popping up everywhere.
Employees decided to harness this growing power and
planted everything from radishes to cattails. It has become
a tropical rainforest right here in the San Luis Valley!
There’s plenty of fun to be had at Eggfest in July, Gatorfest in
August, and Sir Chomps O’Lot’s birthday in September. Take
Highway 17 North for 17 miles; the farm is well marked on
your right.
UFO WATCHTOWER
2502 County Rd. 61, Hooper
719-378-2296 • www.ufowatchtower.com
Whether or not you believe in aliens, the watchtower is a
unique attraction featuring a healing garden, gift shop,
and incredible stories about the valley’s long history of
mysterious flying objects. Alien themed wedding, anyone?
Look for the tower on the west side of Highway 17, about
2.5 miles north of Hooper.
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ZAPATA FALLS
Highway 150, Mosca
12 miles North of Highway 160
Over millennia,
South Zapata Creek
flowing out of the
Sangre de Cristo’s
has carved a dim,
deep and narrow
chasm through
which water
tumbles some 30
feet. In the summer,
the falls offer a
cool respite; winter
temperatures turn
them into a giant
ice sculpture.
A trail head in the campground supplies a link to the
South Zapata Creek Trail #852, and the Sangre de Cristo
Wilderness. A second trail, North Fork South Zapata Trail #
868, just above the campground in the day-use area, leads
visitors on a mildly steep half-mile hike to the falls. Day use
picnic areas and restrooms are available.
The Zapata Campground sits at 9,000’ at the foot of the
Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It offers sweeping views of the
San Luis Valley, the San Juan Mountains, nearby Great Sand
Dunes, plus spectacular sunrises, sunsets and night skies.
The Campground has 23 campsites, one group site, and one
camp host site. The sites on one loop are designed for tent
campers. Parking spurs on the second loop vary a little in
length but in general can handle RVs, towed campers or
other configurations of vehicles up to about 50’ long. Each
single site has a picnic table, fire grate, parking, and tent
pads, and a bear-proof food locker. The accessible group site
has three picnic tables, three tent pads and a group fire ring.
For more information and fees, call the Rio Grande National
Forest at 719-852-5941.
To reach Zapata Falls: From Highway 160, about 5 miles
west of Blanca, turn north on Highway 150 and travel about
10.5 miles to BLM road 5415; turn east and travel another
2.5 miles to the campground entrance.
Open year round, free access.
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ALAMOSA RANCH • BLANCA VISTA PARK
Located near the heart of downtown Alamosa, Blanca Vista
Park is one of Alamosa’s gems. Nearly 1,300 acres of open
space surround the lush Cattails Golf Course providing an
abundance of recreational opportunities.
The Wildlife Viewing Area features two covered picnic areas,
trails, and several types of wildlife from deer to waterfowl,
fox, and many bird species. The area is centered around a
24.4 acre pond. However, this pond is for wildlife viewing
only, there is no swimming or boating allowed.
Take a hike, a jog, or ride your bike along one of the well
marked trails listed below:
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Disc Golf
Nestled between Cattails Golf Course and the Alamosa
Ranch, you will find an 18-hole disc golf course among
the cottonwood trees and willows. Heading north on State
Avenue, pass the golf course entrance and take a left at the
stop sign onto North River Road. About 1/2 mile to the left
is the Disc Golf Course. This public course is open sunup to
sundown, weather permitting, year-round. Although the
course is a par 57, amateurs and “professionals” alike will
have a great time on this laid back, idyllic course.
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This 3.3 mile loop around the City’s wildlife viewing area
and portions of the active cattle ranch passes the historic
dairy, down Highway 17, across the Rio Grande River and
into Cole Park. This trail can be accessed from several
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Accessible from the wildlife viewing area, this trail features a
grand view of the mighty Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.
Mount Blanca is visible and on most days you can also see
the Great Sand Dunes National Park sitting at the base of the
mountains. This trail is approximately 1 mile and links back
into the Sierra Blanca Loop and the Maddux Loop.
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This 3.5 mile trail loops around the Rio Grande River and
Cattails Golf Course. While you can start at any location, trail
head parking is available on the west side of the road just
north of the State Avenue Bridge.
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Sierra Blanca Loop
This 1.2 mile trial takes you along the Rio Grande River and
into Cole Park. This trail can be accessed either from Cole
Park or the parking area north of the State Ave. Bridge.
Little Bear Trail
This trail runs from the corner of Highway 17 and North
River Road into the interior of the active cattle ranching
area. Hikers are advised to be careful around the cattle. This
out and back trail is most easily accessed from the Maddux
Loop trail.
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ALAMOSA WILDLIFE REFUGE
9383 El Rancho Lane, Alamosa
719-589-4021 • www.fws.gov/alamosa/alamosanwr.html
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SAN LUIS LAKES STATE PARK
and WILDLIFE AREA
The primary program of this 11,169 acre complex is marsh
and water management to provide nesting, feeding, and
resting areas for migratory birds. View the tufted crown of
snowy egrets, and in winter see hawks as well as bald and
golden eagles. In March and October are the migratory visits
from thousands of Sand Hill Cranes. The area is perfect for
a leisurely drive or walk along interpreted trails, especially
for avid birders. Hunting for waterfowl and upland game is
permitted on a portion of the refuge during season.
County Road 6 N., Mosca
800-678-2267 • www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/Sanluis
Travel east on Highway 160 out of Alamosa to mile marker
237, turn right and follow that road a couple of miles to a
parking area. A two mile round-trip hiking trail begins at
the Visitors Center and follows the Rio Grande. The Bluff
Overlook on the Eastern side of the refuge may be reached
by car and provides a three and a half mile auto tour with
access to more trails.
Just 15 minutes west of the Great Sand Dunes, the San Luis
Lakes State Park and Wildlife Area features a unique desert
ecosystem that is home to waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors,
and unusual flora and fauna, making it an outstanding place
to view wildlife. The lakes, wetlands, and low dunes offer
many opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, hunting,
camping, or just picnicking. Winter offers cross-country
skiing and snowshoeing. Sailing, skiing, and windsurfing
are popular summer activities, but call or check the parks
conditions webpage for water levels and boat restrictions.
The campground offers sheltered tables, showers, and
laundry. From Highway 17, turn west onto County Road 6N
in Mosca. The park is on the north side of the road about 9
miles from Highway 17.
BLANCA WETLANDS
RIO GRANDE NATIONAL FOREST
Wetlands are closed to the public from mid-February to mid-July to avoid
disturbing nesting birds.
For maps and rules and regulations, contact the San Luis Valley Public Land’s
Center.
County Road 2 S., Alamosa • 719-274-8971
The Bureau of Land Management has developed the Blanca
Wetlands to restore the site to productive wetlands. Wells,
dikes, islands, ponds and wet meadows are intermingled
throughout the area. This diversity offers a unique blend
of habitat features important for wildlife. Explore by canoe,
hike, and mountain bike. This expansive area is ideal for
birding, wildlife viewing, waterfowl and rabbit hunting, and
trout and bass fishing. There is an organized watchablewildlife viewing area that is handicapped accessible and has
parking and restrooms. Travel 5 miles North from Alamosa
on Highway 17, turn right onto County Road 2S, this road
dead ends at the wetlands. The first parking lot you come to
has a kiosk with maps of the complex.
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Nearly two million acres running alongside 200 miles of the
Continental Divide offer an endless array of activities and
landscapes, from snowy peaks to sub-alpine lakes to desert
vistas to the headwaters of the mighty Rio Grande. The Rio
Grande National Forest encompasses four wilderness areas:
the South San Juan, Weminuche, La Garita, and Sangre de
Cristo. An ancient home to the mysterious Anasazi, the forest
also encompasses the Wheeler Geologic Area and a range
of other fascinating sites and scenes for outdoor recreation
lovers. Breathtaking fall color and deep, powdery winter
snows make this park a treasure all year round. Anglers
return to the Rio Grande National Forest every year for its
high altitude fishing opportunities.
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WINTER ACTIVITIES
SNOWMOBILING
The San Juan Mountain Range to the west and south
of Alamosa offers some of the best wide open spaces
to snowmobile in Colorado. And, it is a pretty good bet
you can enjoy the pristine snow without running into
a lot of other snowmobiles. About 40 minutes south of
Alamosa in the Cumbres and La Manga Pass area, you
will find deep powder, blue skies, and no crowds!
Snowmobiling in the Rio Grande National Forest is
breathtaking at just under 10,000’ elevation. Annual
snowfall is approximately 464”.
Visitors can also head west past the town of South Fork for
trails that meander through towering pine tress and stark
aspen forests. There are several great spots for tubing in
this area too!
Trails and directions can be found on the Rio Grande
National Forest website.
ICE FISHING
For the die-hard
fisherman or woman,
the San Luis Valley is the
place to be, especially in
the wintertime!
Begin your ice fishing
adventure by heading
west on Highway 160.
Just outside of South Fork
is Beaver Creek Reservoir.
This 114 acre reservoir
is a State Wildlife Area
with vehicle access to the
parking lot near the boat
ramp. Anglers should
expect to catch rainbow
trout from 10-16” and
brown trout and Kokanee salmon from 10-14”. For updated
fishing reports and ice conditions, contact the DOW Monte
Vista office at 719-587-6900.
On the east end of the valley try a little fishing at Smith
Reservoir. This is a State Wildlife Area near Fort Garland.
The water level in this reservoir is variable, and may be low
during the winter. Anglers can expect to catch rainbow trout.
Anglers should be cautious of ice conditions, especially on
the east end of the lake.
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CROSS COUNTRY SKIING and
SNOW SHOEING
Big Meadows Ski Trail is located in the Rio Grande National
Forest in the eastern foothills of the San Juan Mountains.
The trail starts off on fairly even grade, crosses a bridge
and then maintains a relatively easy ascent to Big Meadows
Reservoir and the loops through Big Meadows Campground.
The entire trail system is about 4.3 miles round trip.
Another popular area to cross-country ski and snowshoe is
southwest of Monte Vista on Highway 285 about 2.3 miles.
At Rock Creed Road (US Forest Service sign) turn right and
follow the road up into the mountains for about 10 miles.
Watch your left for a small plowed area with an opening in
the fence.
The Rock Creek Ski Trail is located in the Rio Grande National
Forest, in the eastern foothills of the San Juan Mountains.
The views to the east from the meadow are quite a reward
for your efforts, with the whole San Luis Valley at your feet,
and the Great Sand Dunes and Mt. Blanca in the distance!
The length of the entire trail system is about 5.6 miles.
You can find a more extensive list of trails (ungroomed) on
the Rio Grande National Forest website.
WOLF CREEK SKI AREA
Wolf Creek Pass
970-264-5639, 800-SKI-WOLF • www.wolfcreekski.com
Wolf Creek Ski Area sits atop
Wolf Creek Pass, and is one mile
east of the Continental Divide,
known for getting the first
and most snow of the season
and its incredible beauty. Wolf
Creek boasts 1,600 acres of
ski-able slopes, a vertical drop
of 1,604’, and trails for skiers
of all abilities in a beautiful,
high alpine setting. The area is
free of development so skiers
are totally immersed in Mother
Nature’s natural beauty. A snow
report is available daily during
the season at 1-800-SKI-WOLF.
From Alamosa, travel Hwy. 160
west for 65 miles to the top of
Wolf Creek Pass.
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The roots of the Valley Farmer’s Market in Alamosa go
as far back as 1979, but it was not until 2001 that the
market became the downtown attraction that it is today.
The market has grown into a Saturday morning mecca of
families, friendly faces, local traditions and stories, live
entertainment, and healthy living activities.
The Alamosa Farmer’s Market now includes more than a
dozen local growers, certified local dairy producers, and
local meat producers who offer organic, grass fed beef,
lamb, and yak. Many of the producers are families who want
to share their produce so that their lifestyles can continue
for future generations. The market has also served as an
incubator opportunity for local entrepreneurs who produce
baked goods, jams, and jellies.
Located right in the heart of Alamosa’s historic downtown
shopping district, you will not want to miss the farmer’s
market. Stop by to complete your experience of the local
flavors and cultures of the San Luis Valley. Fill your basket
with produce, baked goods, crafts, and more. There is
nothing quite like the sights and sounds of the market or
the smell of roasting chilies on a crisp fall morning.
In addition to the great produce, the market features
live music, cultural events, cooking demonstrations, and
activities for the whole family. The market runs each
Saturday, mid-July through mid-October, from 7 am. to 2
p.m. Visit www.alamosafarmersmarket.org for more details
and an event schedule.
For more information about area activities, visit www.alamosa.org/things-to-do-in-alamosa
RETAIL
Accent on Flowers • 1114 Main St. 719-589-6272
Casa Musical • 516 Main St. 719-589-6831
SHOPPING
ACTIVITIES
SAN LUIS VALLEY FARMER’S MARKET
Colorado Sports • 632 Main St. 719-587-3188
Firedworks Gallery • 608 Main St. 719-589-6064
Gemfire Diamonds • 3320 Clark St. 719-589-6302
Green Spot Garden Center & Antiques • 711 State Ave.
719-589-6362
Habitat for Humanity Store • 507 Main Street 719-589-8688
J.C. Penney Department Store • 621 Main St. 719-589-6271
LeeAnn’s Heavenly Scents • 511 Main St Ste 1 719-580-9676
Lightshine Music • 514 La Veta Ave. 719-589-8900
Narrow Gauge Newsstand • 602 Main St. 719-589-6712
Navajo Trail Antiques • 13589 E Highway 160 719-589-4856
Papers of Distinction • 510 State Ave. 719-587-9100
Skiball’s Running World • 622 Main St. 719-589-6923
Stuff Antiques and Collectibles • 702 State Ave. 719-589-4824
The Flower Shop • 1407 State Ave. 719-589-6900
Treasure Alley • 713 Main St. 719-587-0878
Wild Roses • 511 Main St. 719-589-2888
Walgreens • 1203 Main St. 719-589-3165
OUTDOOR RECREATION SUPPLIES
Big R of Alamosa • 148 Craft Dr. 719-587-0435
Kristi Mountain Sports • 3223 Main St. 719-589-9759
www.slvoutdoor.com
Mark’s Outdoor Sports • 235 Craft Dr. 719-589-2774
www.marksoutdoorsports.biz
Peak Motorsports • 2901 Adcock Blvd. 719-587-4039
www.peakmotorsportsonline.com
Tractor Supply Co. • 720 Del Sol Dr. 719-589-2490
GROCERIES
Atencios Market • 802 State Ave. 719-589-4321
City Market Food & Pharmacy • 131 Market St. 719-589-2492
Safeway Food and Drug • 1301 Main St. 719-587-3075
Valley Food Co-op • 3211 Main St. 719-589-5727
Wal-Mart Supercenter • 3333 Clark Ave. 719-589-9071
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HISTORY & HERITAGE
ALAMOSA HISTORIC
DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR
Historic brick and stone buildings anchor downtown
as a reminder of the boom the town experienced in
the early 20th century when the railroad brought
commerce to Alamosa. From brick to pressed metal
ornamentation and glazed colored tile, Alamosa is
a study in the architectural trends that have passed
through the nation since the 19th century.
This list is by no means a complete representation
of all the architectural wonders Alamosa has to offer.
Take a mini-walking tour of the buildings below, or stop by
the Colorado Welcome Center at 610 State Ave. to pick up
a complete guide. Thanks to the Alamosa Uptown & River
Association for their research on these treasures.
1. Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Locomotive No. 169
(1883); B-1 Business Car (1881)
Cole Park, near Rio Grande Bridge on Hwy 160 East
Built in 1883, this narrow gauge, coal fired, ten wheeler steam locomotive
remained in service for over 50 years. In 1939 it was taken out of storage to
represent the D&RGW Railroad at the World’s Fair in New York.
2. St. Thomas Episcopal Church (1925-30)
607 Fourth Street
The parish hall was constructed in Mission Revival style by noted Denver
architects William E. Fisher and Arthur A. Fisher in 1925. The sanctuary,
which incorporates the Gothic windows from the old church, and the
complex, were completed by an unknown builder in 1930.
6. Rialto Theatre (1925-26)
716 Main Street
Built by the American Legion Post No 113 to serve the community, this
commercial block is unusual for its original incorporation of retail on the
street front, offices and meeting spaces upstairs, and previous home to a
large auditorium on the back side. After a fire demolished the auditorium,
the building was renovated to house an Italian restaurant while still
maintaining the exterior architecture.
7. Manders Building/Oddfellows Hall (1891)
703 Main Street
One of the first buildings on Alamosa’s Fifth St. (later renamed Main St.),
the Oddfellows began meeting upstairs the year it was completed. The
building’s native stone, rhyolite, was quarried in the San Juans.
8. Alamosa Masonic Hall (1887)
514 San Juan
The building’s elaborate stamped metal upper story represents a period of
construction associated with the arrival of the railroad and the resulting
ability to import prefabricated architectural elements. It was the first
major building constructed on what would become Alamosa’s Main St.
9. San Juan Building (1920)
631 Main Street
Originally the second site of First National Bank of Alamosa, the brewery
displays the vault door. An early photograph of the exterior can be viewed
inside the contemporary new brew pub.
10. Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot (1908-09)
610 State Avenue
The depot operated as an important transfer point for passengers, mail,
and freight traveling between Creede, Santa Fe, and Durango. Built in
1908-09 to replace an 1878 depot destroyed by fire.
3. Former Alamosa Post Office (1936-38)
703 Fourth Street
Art Deco, Mission and Classical Revival elements blend here combining
architectural styles strongly represented in Alamosa.
4. Alamosa County Courthouse (1936-38)
702 4th Street
This U-shaped complex is one of the county’s best examples of Mission
Revival style and the largest of several WPA projects built in the county
during the 1920s. Using local clay and sand, more than 450,000 bricks
were produced at a kiln located north of Alamosa.
5. Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1922-28)
727 Fourth Street
Constructed between 1922-28, the church is a graceful interpretation of
the Mission Revival style designed by prominent architect Robert Willison.
The interior includes outstanding murals painted by local artist Josef
Steinhage that have been recognized nationally in Catholic circles.
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SAN LUIS VALLEY MUSEUM
401 Hunt Ave., Alamosa • 719-587-0667
The San Luis Valley Museum, located at 4th and Hunt in
Alamosa, features displays of the diversified cultures and
arts of the area. Among the various displays in the museum
are the costumes worn in the 1860’s by frontiersman Tom
Tobin, and numerous Indian artifacts and clothing of the
late 19th Century. In the museum, visitors can experience
two display rooms; one is a typical old school room and one
room displays a traditional trading post. Visitors can view
fascinating collections of railroading memorabilia, cultural
artifacts of the early settlers, farming and ranching, and
a display of arrowheads and exotic insects. A veteran’s
memorial wall honors those who served, with varied
displays of uniforms from World War I and World War II.
A unique collection of old hats and dolls is also on display.
FORT GARLAND MUSEUM
29477 Highway 159, Fort Garland
719-379-3512
www.museumtrail.org/FortGarlandMuseum.asp
Established in 1858, Fort Garland’s primary purpose was
as a base against attacks by Indians in an effort to protect
the new settlers. It was once under the command of the
legendary Kit Carson, and has an excellent exhibit of his
career and family life. Walk the parade grounds, tour the
adobe buildings—including a display about the famed
Buffalo Soldiers—and view 19th century artifacts from early
pioneers. The museum features living history performances
at special events throughout the year and is the Valley’s
most important museum. Follow Highway 160 east from
Alamosa for 25 miles into the town of Fort Garland. Turn
right onto Highway 159; the museum will be on your right
about one block down.
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LUTHER E. BEAN MUSEUM
Richardson Hall, Adams State University
719-587-7151
www.adams.edu/lutherbean
The museum’s permanent collections represent largely
regional and local arts and historical objects. On view are:
Native American pottery including pots by Maria “Marie”
and Julian Martinez and from the Acoma and Santo Domingo
Pueblos; Rio Grande weavings, including a work by Eppie
Archuleta; paintings and works on paper by Stephen Quiller,
Woody Crumbo and William Moyers; bronzes by William
Moyers (1939 ASU Alumnus); a bronze by Allan Houser;
and a small oil painting by Joseph Henry Sharp. View a
display on Major Lafayette Head, Colorado’s first lieutenant
governor, U.S. Indian agent, and early settler of Conejos
County. Patrons of Adams State, Beryl and Charles Woodard
donated furniture, porcelain, decorative arts, santos
(retablos and bultos), and Asian ivory and stone carvings
from their estate that have enriched and broadened the
collections.
HISTORIC ENGINE 169
Cole Park
719-589-3681
Locomotive No. 169 is a narrow gauge, coalfired, 10-wheeler steam locomotive built in
1883 by Baldwin Locomotive Works. It could
haul 11 cars at 71 miles-an-hour.
Built for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad
(D&RG) to meet the need for additional and
larger engines to haul passenger trains, it was
part of an order of 12 locomotives and is one of
the oldest surviving locomotives of the D&RG
Railroad.
The 169 was removed from service in 1938
and was stored on a dead line at the Alamosa
rail yard. It was taken out of storage in 1939 to
represent the D&RG Railroad at the 1939-40
World’s Fair in New York City. After the World’s
fair, the locomotive had one last run to make. In
1941, the 169 came to rest at Cole Park; a gift to
the city from the railroad.
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SANGRE DE CRISTO
NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
LOS COMINOS ANTIGUOS
SCENIC AND HISTORIC BYWAY
www.sdcnha.org
The Ancient Roads through Alamosa,
Costilla, and Conejos Counties
The Sangre de Cristo region can be described as a historic
crossroad; a place where different people have converged
for thousands of years. The area represents a profound
historical, religious, and cultural convergence that is
reflected through art, food, events, and celebrations. Here
the traditions of Hispanos, Native American, Mormon,
Amish, Japaneses-American, Dutch, and Anglo have
intermingled and persisted. Land grants, railroads, mines,
and military presence entwined cultures and customs.
The flavor and character of Hispano culture thrives in
the region. Main streets lined with murals, historic adobe
churches, and authentic cuisine all represent the unique
Hispano stamp of the San Luis Valley.
Railroads and mines were integral economic activities in the
late nineteenth century after the U.S. government acquired
control of the san Luis Valley from Mexico. Precious metals,
gold, and silver found in isolated pockets in the Sangre de
Cristo and San Juan Mountains attracted prospectors. With
miners came railroads, farms, and cattle ranches.
For many visitors, the geographic isolation of the valley
and abundance of public lands provides a coveted place for
exploration, adventure, and solitude.
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Dubbed “a traveler’s best route through the Sangre de
Cristo National Heritage area,” the Los Caminos Antiguos
Scenic Byway pulls travelers through the region of the
northernmost outpost of the 16th Century Spanish
territorial expansion.
The culture is still alive
today with hospitality,
good food, adobe
missions, museums,
galleries, special
festivals and events, and
awe-inspiring natural
wonders.
Colorado’s cradle of Hispanic culture lies in the San Luis
Valley. Historic adobe structures pepper the landscape
in testament to the state’s first settlements. Begin your
journey in Alamosa and follow the Los Caminos through
three of our country’s most intriguing counties. There are
several interpretative stops along the way. Watch for these
displays that further tell the story of the San Luis Valley.
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SHRINE OF THE
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Highway 159, San Luis
www.costilla-county.com/stationsofthecross
See the Stations of the Cross beautifully depicted in a series
of bronze sculptures by internationally known San Luis
artist Huberto Maestas. They rest along a comfortable
three-quarter mile trail that climbs a short distance up a
small mesa named La Mesa de la Piedad y de la Misericordia
(the Hill of Piety and Mercy). The walk offers numerous
opportunities for meditation and reflection, and ends at
the top at the chapel, La Capilla de Todos Los Santos (The
Chapel of All Saints). Below lies the village, with its vega;
San Luis’ communal pasture,
and the People’s Ditch, the
oldest communal irrigation
waterway in Colorado. This
is one of only two commons
in the U.S. The other is the
Boston Commons.
No matter your spirituality,
this is an emotional cultural
experience. Look for the
interpretive signs at the trail
head on the right side of the
highway as you enter town
from the north.
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MURALS OF THE VALLEY
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The transformation of an ordinary wall or building into
a spectacular piece of art often reflects the history of a
community. The murals found around the San Luis Valley
depict the rich culture, deeply rooted religion, and family
stories handed down generation to generation.
From wildlife, to landscapes,
to people of bygone eras, the
magnificent murals found here
are both breathtaking and
inspiring.
Meander through historic
downtowns of the San Luis
Valley communities. Discover
for yourself these treasures on
businesses, old warehouses,
even silos and tanks. You will
be amazed at the stories they
have to tell.
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ARTS
CREEDE REPERTORY THEATRE
124 North Main
Creede, CO 81130
719-658-2540 • www.creederep.org
Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) is a professional theatre
company located in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of
Colorado northwest of Alamosa. Winner of numerous state
wide and national awards, CRT has become recognized as
one of the nation’s top theatres. Celebrating its 50th year,
CRT has produced the best of contemporary and classic theatre from the end of May through September. Each year, CRT
produces 7-10 plays in rotation on two stages – the Mainstage Theatre and the Ruth Humphreys Brown Theatre. CRT
also hosts numerous cultural events, exhibits the best regional artists in its galleries, and offers exciting educational
programming. CRT presents matinee and evening performances in both facilities, which are located in the heart of
downtown Creede.
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ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY
Xperimental Theatre
719-587-7862
www.adams.edu/academics/theatre
The Adams State University Theatre features a variety of
productions from October through April and it is well worth
planning a trip to Alamosa around one of the many great
shows.
Combining exciting programming with innovative outreach,
ASU Theatre is redefining the role of live theatre within a
community. From classics to cutting-edge, improv to social
change, ASU students have the opportunity to participate
in a variety of productions Through it all, they practice the
art of making a difference. A rigorous production schedule,
which includes many student directed productions, allows
students to achieve a complete performance training
throughout their college career. The program has won
numerous awards at the Rocky Mountain Theatre Festival.
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SUNDAYS @ SIX
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ART AROUND TOWN
The San Luis Valley is home to many artists drawn to the
wonderful, natural light and the geographically diverse
terrain. Painters, sculptors, fiber artists, potters, and many
more find inspiration in this high mountain valley. Many of
their studios and galleries are located in historic buildings,
on farmland, and on other sites quite different from metro
Denver galleries. Happily, there is a lot of art on display for
the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.
The Alamosa Live Music
Association, ALMA, is a grassroots, not-for-profit community
service organization comprised
of music lovers committed
to creating easy access for
the local region to quality,
diverse, and visceral live music
performances.
In addition to sponsoring phenomenal entertainment
throughout the year, ALMA’s most magnificent contribution
to the community could possibly be the Sundays @ Six
concert series held in Cole Park.
Cole Park, an Alamosa gem, is located near downtown along
the banks of the Rio Grande. Encircled with cottonwood
tress, Cole Park is the perfect backdrop for the free outdoor
concert series held each Sunday at 6 p.m. from late June
through the end of August.
During the time one might say is the most beautiful time
in the San Luis Valley, the community is offered all kinds of
music from the neighborhood musician down the street to
nationally recognized touring musicians.
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EVENTS
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JANUARY
MAY
Alamosa Ice Fest
January 30-31
The coolest festival in town!
This year’s theme is “Frozen.”
Professional carvers will be here
to create life-sized ice sculptures.
There will be a variety of fun
activities around town including a
5K on the frozen Rio Grande (The
Rio Frio), a scavenger hunt, kids
costume contest, bonfire, and more.
Downtown Main Street, Alamosa
719-589-2105
www.alamosarec.org
Memorial Day Encampment at
Fort Garland
May 23
Re-enactors have scheduled
historical events throughout the
Memorial Day weekend at Fort
Garland. Activities include drills,
living history demonstrations,
games, and stories. Join them for
fun, sun, and history.
Fort Garland Museum,
Fort Garland, CO
719-379-3512
www.museumtrail.org/
FortGarlandMuseum.asp
MARCH
Monte Vista Crane Festival
March 13-15
See thousands of Sandhill Cranes as
they migrate to the San Luis Valley
for their annual “Spring Break.” Be
at the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge
to get some amazing pictures of
this natural phenomenon!
Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge,
Monte Vista, CO
719-852-3552
www.cranefest.com
APRIL
Great Sand Dunes Free Weekend
April 18-19
Great Sand Dunes along with 133
National Park Service units will
waive fees for visitors to experience
America’s treasures. Great Sand
Dunes will offer afternoon ranger
programs on Saturday and Sunday.
Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m.4:30 p.m.
Great Sand Dunes National Park,
Mosca
719-378-6395
www.nps.gov/grsa
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JUNE
Junior Ranger Day at the
Great Sand Dunes
June 6
Enjoy a morning full of junior
ranger activities at the Visitor
Center and Dunes Play Area. Kids
of all ages can participate in a
series of activities to earn stickers,
t-shirts and other fun items. This
event is sponsored by the Friends
of the Dunes. Cool down in the
Visitor Center in the afternoon for
ranger programs at 1 and 3 p.m.
Great Sand Dunes National Park,
Mosca
719-378-6395
www.nps.gov/grsa
Summerfest on the Rio
June 5-7
Everyone’s favorite summertime
festival is back! The Summerfest
on the Rio is held in the beautiful
Cole Park on the banks of the Rio
Grande River. Enjoy children’s
activities, food and beer vendors,
arts and craft booths, and live
music. Admission is free.
Cole Park, Alamosa CO
719-480-4806
www.summerfestontherio.org
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CHSCA All State Games 2015
June 9-13
See the best high school athletes
compete against one another in the
58th Annual Colorado High School
Coaches Association All State
Games! See these athletes as they
fight for the top spot in football,
boys & girls basketball, volleyball,
wrestling, and softball & cross
country! Adams State University,
Alamosa CO
www.chscaallstategames.org
Rollin’ Deep Car Show
June 14
Low rider custom car show open to
all vehicles; all makes, models, and
years of cars and motorcycles.
Cole Park, Alamosa CO
719-274-5224
Rails & Ales
Rio Grande Scenic RR
June 20
The Rails & Ales Brewfest brings
together brewers and their
devoted fans, a hardy group that
understands the simple truth of
this event - you only get here by
rail and it doesn’t get any better
than this.
Board at the Depot, 610 State Ave,
Alamosa CO
1-877-726-7245
www.coloradotrain.com
Alamosa PRCA Round-up Rodeo
June 22-28
The Alamosa Round-Up has been
a part of the thriving western
heritage in Colorado for over
30 years, bringing a full week of
activities to the San Luis Valley.
Join us for the Downtown Cattle
Drive, Demolition Derby Parade,
and PRCA Rodeo. The Bull Riding
alone is worth the trip to town. Top
Cowboys and Cowgirls from around
the country as well as future
champions don their hats, chap up,
and put on a show for the fans.
Alamosa Fairgrounds, Alamosa CO
719-589-9444
www.honeycuttrodeo.info
JULY
Alamosa Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday from JulyOctober
Find fresh, local and regional
produce, baked goods, crafts,
cooking demos, live music, and
cultural events. Come out and
support local food and local growth
by visiting the Alamosa Farmers’
Market.
Downtown Alamosa
[email protected]
Alamosa 4th of July Celebration
July 4
Celebrate our country’s
independence in the friendly
town of Alamosa. The patriotic
celebration starts with a Kiwanis
pancake breakfast followed by a
Main Street parade. Fireworks at
dusk.
Parade-Main Street Alamosa
Fireworks-Alamosa Fairgrounds
719-589-3681
www.alamosarec.org
Cat’s Classic Motorcross
July 11-12
Experience the adrenaline-packed
qualifying races, practice rounds,
and vintage bike show at the Cats
Classic. All the action leads up to the
big race where over 300 competitors race for cash prizes, trophies,
and bragging rights.
Sutak Raceway, Alamosa
719-589-9717
www.catsclassics.com
Alamosa Fly-In and Air Show
July 11
Pilots from all over the U.S. gather
at this annual event to showcase
their vintage and modern aircraft.
There is a pancake breakfast at 7
a.m. followed by the airshow at 10
a.m.
San Luis Valley Regional Airport
719-852-9860 • www.slvpa.org
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JULY continued
Logger Days Festival & Fair
July 17-19
Celebrate the time-honored
tradition of logging in South Fork.
Crowd-favorites include chainsaw
carving, the ax throw, the two-man
cross cut, and a relay-type race
with team members pulled from
the audience. The annual festival
also features music, food, arts
and crafts, on-site wood carving,
children’s activities, and more.
South Fork, CO
719-873-5512
http://www.southfork.org
Manassa Pioneer Days
July 17-18
Now in its 135th year, the Manassa
Pioneer Days celebration packs the
town chock-full of carnival rides,
fair food, old timey bandstands,
Miss Pioneer princesses, and
the event’s crown jewel, the
parade—a parade so stuffed with
entertainment, it runs up and down
Main Street … twice!
Manassa Fairgrounds
719-843-5207 • www.manassa.com
Ski Hi Stampede Rodeo
July 23-26
The Ski-Hi Stampede, Colorado’s
oldest pro rodeo, has roots as
deep as the San Luis Valley itself.
The first rodeo was held August
11-13, 1919, and was called the
Ski-Hi Stampede. Old newspapers
reported that more than 10,000
people assembled to watch the
local competition. It has continued
for nine decades as an annual
event and is an important piece
of western history. The festivities
include local and PRCA rodeos,
carnival, parade, and dance.
Ski-Hi Park, Monte Vista, CO
719-852-2055
www.skihistampede.com
Covered Wagon Days
July 30-August 2
An annual celebration of western
history with a parade featuring
many horse drawn vehicles, car
show, rendezvous, and activities
for the kids. There is also a
reenactment camp with multiple
storytellers to enlighten and
entertain.
Del Norte, CO
[email protected]
AUGUST
Beat the Heat BBQ, Brews & Chili
Challenge
July 31-August 1
Join us for the San Luis Valley Beat
the Heat BBQ, a sanctioned Kansas
City Barbecue Society and Rocky
Mountain Barbecue Association
State Championship event. Enjoy
BBQ and beer, and stock up on
freshly roasted green chilies from
one of the roasters. Live music all
day Saturday with kid’s games and
family entertainment. Cookers will
compete for prizes in chicken, pork,
ribs, and brisket, along with dessert
and Anything But categories, all
judged by certified Kansas City
BBQ Society judges.
Cole Park, Alamosa
719-589-3681
www.slvbeattheheat.com
Crestone Music Fest
August 7-9
CrestFest is a three-day, two-stage,
multi-genre, multi-cultural event
featuring international, national,
regional and local performers as
well as global cuisine, wine, microbrews and mojitos. There are arts,
crafts, and activities for children
and adults. Activities include men’s
and women’s wood chopping
contests, limbo, and pie-eating
contests!
Challenger Golf Club,
Crestone CO
719-256-4533
www.crestfest.org
Kahler Memorial Golf
Tournament
August 8-9
The Kahler Memorial Golf
Tournament is Cattail’s largest
& most prestigious tournament
of the year. Play in this exciting
tournament and take in the
beautiful scenery this course has
to offer!
Cattail’s Golf Course, Alamosa
719-589-9515
www.alamosacattails.com
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National Park Service Birthday
at the Great Sand Dunes
August 25
Enjoy a fee free day to celebrate
the birthday of the National Park
Service. On this day in 1916, the
National Park Service was
established as a federal
agency of the Department of the
Interior, responsible for protecting
national parks and monuments.
Great Sand Dunes National Park,
Mosca
719-378-6395
SEPTEMBER
Early Iron Festival
September 5
Come and check out one of the
largest vintage car shows in
Colorado with over 500 vehicles to
admire. There will be food and beer
vendors, live entertainment, and a
slow cruise down Alamosa’s Main
Street.
Cole Park, Alamosa
719-589-9170
www.earlyironclub.com
OCTOBER
Octoberfest
Rio Grande Scenic RR
October 3
Beer and bratwurst will be served
in time to German Oompa Band
music as the engine winds through
mountain passes.
Board at The Depot, 610 State. Ave.
877-726-RAIL
www.coloradotrain.com
Alamosa Parade of Lights
December 18
Celebrate the holidays with a
festive light parade. Bicycles,
cars, and floats all light up for the
celebration of Christmas. Great fun
for the whole family!
Main Street, Alamosa CO
719-589-9444
www.honeycuttrodeo.com
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Downtown Alamosa one block from the train depot, close to
shopping, galleries, as well as
many restaurant choices.
BEST WESTERN ALAMOSA INN - 2*
2005 W. Main St. | 719-589-2567 | www.bestwestern.com
In proximity to the university, this property features a scenic courtyard
for leisurely afternoon visits with family and friends.
COMFORT INN OF ALAMOSA - 3*
6301 C R 107 S. | 719-587-9000 | www.comfortinnandsuitesalamosa.com
Features an outdoor family activity area, gazebo with grill, commercial
parking, and renovated rooms including flat screen tvs, ref. & microwave.
DAYS INN - 4*
223 Santa Fe Ave | 719-589-9037 | www.alamosa.org Click on Lodging
Great basecamp for family adventures and outdoor activities.
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES - 5*
721 Mariposa St. | 719-587-4000 | www.marriott.com
Located on the west edge of town near movie theater and shopping.
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GRIZZLY INN MOTEL - 6*
Great for business and pleasure travelers, and located near the San Luis
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HAMPTON INN - 7*
710 Mariposa St. | 719-480-6023 | www.alamosa.org Click on Lodging Located near the movie theater and shopping.
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS - 8*
3418 Mariposa St. | 719-589-4026 | www.hiexpress.com/alamosaco
West edge of town near 6-plex movie theater and shopping. Voted 2014
#1 in region by IHG Hotels.
RODEWAY INN HOTEL - 9*
333 Santa Fe Ave. | 719-589-5833 | www.choicehotels.com
Featuring a waterpark, giant water slide, kiddie frog slide, and three
pools. New! Country Kitchen serving breakfast all day.
RIVERSIDE INN OF ALAMOSA - 10*
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2505 Main St. | 719-589-6447 | www.alamosa.org Click on Lodging
Offering newly remodeled lodging and amenities, conveniently located.
VALLEY MOTEL - 12*
2051 Main St. | 719-589-9095 | www.valleymotelalamosa.com
Newly renovated, free hot breakfast, ice machine.
ZAPATA RANCH
5303 Highway 150 | 888-5-ZAPATA (888-592-7282) | www.zranch.org
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Pinion Flats Campground
One mile north of Visitors Center | 719-378-6399 | www.nps.gov/grsa |
reservations: www.recreation.gov
Tents and campers, group sites, restrooms, sinks for dish washing, fire
grates, picnic tables, pets welcome
Great Sand Dunes Oasis
5400 Highway 150 | 719-378-2222 | www.greatdunes.com
Alamosa KOA
6900 Juniper Lane | 719-589-9757 | www.alamosakoa.com
San Luis Lakes State Park
County Road 6N | 719-378-2020 | www.parks.state.co.us/parks/sanluis
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3212 Main St. | 719-589-4637
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Zapata Falls Campground
BLM ROAD 5415 | 719-852-5941 | http://www.fs.usda.gov
Rustic campground at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It offers
sweeping views of the San Luis Valley, the San Juan Mountains and nearby
Great Sand Dunes National Park.
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ZAPATA RANCH
5305 Highway 150 | 888-592-7282 | www.zranch.com
Zapata Ranch is an authentic working cattle and bison guest
ranch owned by The Nature Conservancy, covering more
than 100,000 acres and bordering the Great Sand Dunes
National Park. With nearly 2,000 head of free-roaming bison,
thousands of wild animals, and a variety of different species
of birds and insects. The ranch specializes in multiple night
stays where visitors become immersed in the Colorado
ranching experience. The entrance to the ranch is located
between mile markers 12 and 13 on Highway 150 near the
Great Sand Dunes. Look for the Nature Conservancy and
Zapata Medano signs.
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Bison Tours
Advanced reservations are required with limited availability. Four person minimum, departs 9 a.m., and lasts approximately two hours. Occasionally, the ranch has room for
overnight guests; they accept reservations for overnight
stays no sooner than two weeks prior to your arrival date.
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Bistro Rialto 716 Main Street | 719-589-3039
Blessed Brews 2431 Main Street Suite A | 719-206-3366
Burger King 2501 Main Street | 719-589-5538
Calvillo’s 400 Main Street | 719-587-5500
Campus Café 435 Poncha Avenue | 719-589-4202
Chili’s Grill & Bar 3231 Main Street | 719-589-1991
City Market Delicatessen 131 Market Street | 719-589-2492
Country Kitchen 333 Sante Fe Ave. | 719-589-2792
Cozy Café 1423 Main Street | 719-206-3198
Domino’s 1109 6th Street | 719-589-9091
Dos Hermanos 916 Main Street | 719-589-7777
East-West Grill 408 4th Street | 719-589-4600
Ef’s 823 8th Street | 719-589-3008
El Charro Café 421 6th Street | 719-589-2262
El Super Taco 415 Main Street | 719-589-2792
Hideaway Steakhouse 1210 8th Street | 719-589-4444
Hunan Chinese Restaurant 419 Main Street | 719-589-9002
Juanito’s 1019 6th Street | 719-589-0277
Kentucky Fried Chicken 2007 Main Street | 719-589-6297
Little Caesars Pizza 157 Craft Drive | 719-589-0460
Long John Silver’s/Taco Bell 2435 Main Street | 719-589-2140
May-Wa Chinese Restaurant 620 Main Street | 719-589-9559
McDonald’s 100 Craft Drive | 719-589-2228
Milagros Coffeehouse 529 Main Street | 719-589-9299
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Mi Taquito 400 Main Street (behind Calvillos) | 719-587-5500
Monterrey Café 1406 Main Street | 719-589-3838
The Grille at Cattails
6615 N River Road, at Cattails Golf Course | 719-589-6154
Nestle Toll House Cafe 703 Main Street| 719-589-7799
Nino’s Mexican Restaurant 617 6th Streeet | 719-587-0101
Old Town BBQ 924 Main Street| 719-589-7799
Oscar’s Restaurant 520 Main Street | 719-589-9230
Pizza Hut 814 Main Street | 719-589-3693
Roast 420 San Juan Ave | 719-587-2326
Rocky’s 425 Main Street at Lamplighter Motel | 719-587-2294
Rubi Slipper 506 State Ave. | 719-589-2641
Safeway Delicatessen 1301 Main Street | 719-587-3075
San Luis Valley Brewing Company 631 Main Street | 719-587-2337
San Luis Valley Pizza Company 2069 West 1st Street | 719-589-4749
Smoothy’s Juice Bar 504 West Avenue | 719-496-7339
Sonic Restaurant 1300 Main Street | 719-589-9256
St. Ives Pub & Eatery 719 Main Street | 719-589-0711
Subway 333 Clark Avenue in Wal Mart | 719-589-6314
Subway of Alamosa 2207 Main Street | 719-589-4642
Taco Bell/Long John Silver’s 2435 Main Street | 719-589-2140
True Grits Steakhouse 100 Sante Fe Avenue | 719-589-4548
Vistas ASU Campus Rex Field | 719-587-8320
Wendy’s 3338 Clark Street | 719-587-3333
Wize Apples 119 Broadway | 719-937-2204
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Richardson Ave.
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Trinidad State Junior College
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AUTOMOBILES
Hertz
2490 State Ave.
719-589-6138
Budget Rent a Car
2490 State Ave.
719-589-0103
www.budget.com
Little Stinkers Taxi
6848 Malouff Road
719-589-2500
SHUTTLE
Twin Hearts Express
800-654-9456
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PLANES
Great Lakes Airlines
2490 State Ave.
719-589-9446
www.greatlakesav.com
San Luis Valley Regional
Airport
2550 State Ave.
719-589-8548
www.depotavionics.com/
airport.htm
PET SITTER
All 4 Paws
603 Lava Ln.
719-589-3988
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Airport Rd.
San Luis Valley
Regional Airport
You’re only one hour away! Daily flights
between Alamosa and Denver and
now serving Farmington. Trouble free
connections through United and Frontier.
Check all schedules and flights by visiting
www.greatlakesav.com Or call:
Toll Free: 1-800-554-5111
Alamosa Station: 719-589-9446
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FRONT RANGE
NORTHWEST
NORTHEAST
DENVER METRO
SOUTH CENTRAL
SOUTHWEST
SOUTHEAST
OUT OF STATE Mileage to Alamosa
IN COLORADO Mileage to Alamosa
Arizona
Phoenix722
Antonito30
Blanca21
Center32
Canon City
139
Colorado Springs
163
Conejos29
Cortez194
Creede70
Del Norte
31
Denver215
Durango149
Fort Collins
274
Fort Garland
25
Glenwood Springs 204
Grand Junction
249
Great Sand Dunes
33
Greeley264
Gunnison122
Kansas
Topeka629
Nebraska
Lincoln724
Nevada
Las Vegas
800
New Mexico
Albuquerque205
Chama79
Sante Fe
173
Taos90
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Oklahoma
Oklahoma City 582
Texas
Amarillo352
Austin892
Dallas721
El Paso
506
Utah
Salt Lake City
540
Wyoming
Cheyenne343
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La Jara
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Lamar201
Manassa24
Moffat37
Monte Vista
17
Montrose187
Mosca13
Pagosa Springs
89
Pueblo122
Romeo21
Saguache52
Salida83
San Aracio
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South Fork
46
Trinidad109
Wolf Creek Pass
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ALAMOSA, CO 81101
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