Alamosa - South Central Colorado

Includes Blanca, Capulin, Fort Garland, Hooper, Mosca, San Luis, Sanford

 

Experience Alamosa, Blanca, Capulin, Fort Garland, Hooper, Mosca, San Luis, and Sanford, Colorado

Like many towns in Colorado, Alamosa was established in May 1878 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. There was a construction, repair, and shipping facility located in Alamosa for many years. Now, the area attracts many vacationers with attractions like the Sand Dunes, the Colorado Gator & Reptile Park, and annual festivals.

The Great Sand Dunes, Colorado Vacation Directory
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Zapata Falls, Colorado Vacation Directory
Zapata Falls Flows into a Narrow Crevasse

 

The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, 35 miles northeast of Alamosa, is one of Colorado's most spectacular, constantly shifting natural formations. The dunes rise to 700' and are the tallest in America. Hiking is the most common activity done at the dunes but you can also sand board (similar to snowboarding), sledding, fly a kite, attend a photography workshop (sponsored by Friends of the Dunes Inc.), and wade through the waters of Medano Creek if it has recently rained.

Zapata Falls is an excellent hike only 30 miles from Alamosa. The journey up to the falls is adventurous taking you through chilly waters, over slippery rocks, and over a log bridge. The trip is fun and the waterfall is only half a mile from the parking lot.

San Luis State Park has an excellent wildlife watching area and a unique desert ecosystem bringing many animals and birds you might not see anywhere else in the state. Come here year round to catch a glimpse of all the wildlife the Park has to offer.

The Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway is a great way to see the beauty of Southern Colorado. Start in Alamosa and pass through Mosca, Blanca, Fort Garland, San Luis, San Acacio, Romeo, and Conejos on your way to Antonito. Sections of the byway allow you to see two railroads: the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.

Bird watchers should be sure to visit the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge and the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge; both are popular stops during spring and fall migrations for Sand Hill Cranes, various kinds of Ducks, Canadian Geese, and occasionally the endangered Whooping Crane. In the winter, numerous Hawks, Bald Eagles, and Golden Eagles stay at the refuges.

Hooper, Colorado has a hot springs pool open to the public called the Sand Dunes Pool. Feel the natural hot artesian waters seep into your pores as your stress melts away. Please keep in mind it is closed on Thursdays.

Horseback rides on Mosca Pass, Colorado Vacation Directory
Explore Mosca Pass from Horseback
Mosca Pass Trail with colorful aspen trees, Colorado Vacation Directory
See Fall Colors on the Mosca Pass Hiking Trail

 

Mosca Pass, a historic route to drive, was once a toll road; the Great Sand Dunes are accessible from here on foot. On the way to Mosca Pass, stop at the deserted historic landmark of Sharp's Trading Post, a two-story adobe which once served as a hotel and trading post.

Fort Garland, a simple farm community known for its adobe buildings, has served this area of Colorado since the establishment of the fort Kit Carson commanded in the 1860s. Fort Garland was maintained to protect settlers against Indians. Abandoned in 1883, the Fort still remains as the town's principle attraction.

Alamosa, Blanca, Capulin, Fort Garland, Hooper, Mosca, San Luis, and Sanford, Colorado Driving Directions and Location

Alamosa is 33 miles north of the New Mexico border along Highway 285 and 122 miles southwest of Pueblo, Colorado.

Commercial air travel accommodations are handled by the San Luis Valley Regional Airport. Please contact your preferred travel agent or airline for flight arrangements.

Alamosa is near: Antonito, Del Norte & San Luis Valley - Northern

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Premium Alamosa Businesses

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Southern Colorado's Vacation Paradise! Your family will explore our National Heritage Area, the San Luis Valley, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Great Sand Dunes National Park, train rides, river fishing.

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Featured Alamosa Businesses

Great Sand Dunes Lodge  link to Colorado vacation
32 miles from Alamosa. Enjoy the serenity of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Relax at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Heated indoor pool. FREE WI-FI. Queen or king beds, air-conditioning.

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Great Sand Dunes Oasis, Campground, RV Park & Cabins  link to Colorado vacation
32 miles NE of Alamosa, at the entrance of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Striking oasis view of Dunes in San Luis Valley. Campground: camper cabins, full hookup RV park, tenting area.

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Lodge Motel  link to Colorado vacation
A modern motel with a rustic feel! Amenities: air conditioning, cable TV, internet via DSL, only 25 miles east of Alamosa in Fort Garland. A great base camp for exploring the Great Sand Dunes National Park!

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Riverbend Resort Cabins & RV Park  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Between Wolf Creek Ski Area and South Fork; Close to Alamosa, Creede, Pagosa Springs. Cabins with fireplaces, decks overlooking private stocked river frontage. RV full hookups. Riverside tent sites.

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San Luis State Park  Colorado vacation make reservations
At this wilderness state park see waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors in the San Luis Valley. Near Alamosa, in the shadow of the Great Sand Dunes National Park: campsites, fishing, water sports.

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Sand Dunes Pool & RV Park  link to Colorado vacation
STAY & PLAY: 50% off your pool admission. Natural Hot Artesian Water, 30 minutes from Great Sand Dunes National Park. Chico Chalet cabin for families! RV & Camping sites with water-electric hookups.

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Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area  link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Southern Colorado's Vacation Paradise! Your family will explore our National Heritage Area, the San Luis Valley, and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Great Sand Dunes National Park, train rides, river fishing.

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Woods & River RV Park & Campground  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In Del Norte between South Fork and Alamosa. Friendly and quiet, BIG RIGS welcome - full hookup sites are 50 feet pull-thrus with room for double slideouts. Trout Fishing on the Rio Grande River right here!

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For more travel information contact:

Alamosa Activities and Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Scenic Byways:
Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway -UPDATED-


 
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