Alamosa - South Central Colorado

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

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The Great Sand Dunes National Park, 32 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. The scenic Los Caminos Antiguos Byway passes Alamosa on its way to Antonito. Bird watchers should be sure to visit the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge and the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, both are popular stopping places during spring and fall migrations for sandhill cranes, ducks, Canadian geese and occasionally the endangered whooping crane. In the winter, numerous hawks, bald eagles and golden eagles stay at the refuges. Mosca Pass, a historic route to drive, was once a toll road and 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.

It's been over 50 years since passengers have traveled this historic pass over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between the towns of Alamosa, Antonito and La Veta. Steep grades and cliff-hanging curves await you. Once the rail hub of the region, Alamosa is the departure point for Colorado's newest scenic railroad!

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

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

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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.


Featured Alamosa Businesses

Colorado Gator & Reptile Park  link to Colorado vacation
This Two Mile Creek Wildlife Habitat provides the opportunity to view gators and reptiles in a natural setting. Also on-site fishing, nature trail hiking and picnicking. 17 miles from Alamosa on Highway 17.

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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.


White Mountain Trading Post, Living History Museum and Gift Shop  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Vacation at a living history museum in the beautiful San Luis Valley, near Alamosa. Rustic western town with lodge rooms and family cabins. During hunting season it's a fully functional elk hunting lodge.

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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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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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