Conejos County Tourism -- VACATION DESTINATION!
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Historical Conejos County is the Gateway to
the San Luis Valley and South Central Colorado
A COLORADO VACATION DESTINATION: Conejos County has many attractions that are great for family vacations, outdoor enthusiasts, sportsmen, mountain bikers, hikers, camping, lodges, cabins, and history buffs. Fishing the Conejos River, four wheeling, outdoor photographers wonderland, Snowmobiling at Cumbres Pass.
The numerous lakes and streams provide prime fishing opportunities while vast state and federal public lands provide excellent big game hunting, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, camping, and numerous other outdoor activities.
Drive the LOS CAMINOS ANTIGUOS SCENIC BYWAY in Conejos County Colorado
Los Caminos Antiguos takes you to Colorado's oldest surviving community (San Luis, 1851), the oldest church (Our Lady of Guadelupe, in Conejos), and one of its first military posts (Fort Garland). Drive, explore, take your time- there's plenty of it to spare. Be sure to spend time at Sanchez Reservoir State Wildlife Area see birds such as gulls, loons, grebes, passerines, sage sparrows and sage thrashers.
Hop on the CUMBRES and TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD in Conejos County Colorado
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is America's most authentic steam railroad, just as it was for a century, from the coal tipple to the conductor's smile. Twisting and turning through the beautiful San Juan Mountains on tracks that tamed the West, you'll cross the Colorado-New Mexico border eleven times. Count them as you look down from Windy Point, up at the spires of Phantom Curve, or into the depths of Toltec Gorge.
See COLORADO'S OLDEST CHURCH in Conejos County Colorado
Our Lady of Guadelupe Parish Church. The oldest Parish in Colorado built in 1857. Located in Conejos, Colorado just off US Highway 285. Joseph Machebeuf (1812-1889), spread Roman Catholicism throughout Colorado. A French missionary, he was sent to Colorado from Santa Fe by Archbishop Jean Lamy. He said first Mass in Colorado in a crude adobe chapel in Conejos in 1858. It was later replaced by Our Lady of Guadelupe Church, Colorado's oldest church.
Explore the JACK DEMPSEY MUSEUM in Conejos County Colorado
(Manassa Mauler Manassa, Colorado) Jack Dempsey, born in Manassa, Colorado on June 24, 1895 went on to become the heavy-weight boxing champion of the World. At age 14, Jack began fighting at mining camps under the name "Kid Blackie." At age 24, Jack was the first superstar of the ring, and one of the most popular champions ever. A fierce fighter and a brutal puncher, he took the heavy weight crown from Jess Willard. In 1950 the Associated Press voted the "Manassa Mauler" the best heavy-weight of the first half of the 20th century. Dempsey retired with an astounding record of 64-6-9. 49 of these wins were knockouts. Jack died in 1983. The Museum opened in the 1960s in a one room log cabin near the spot where Jack grew up. Displayed are boxing mementos and pictures donated by locals and the Dempsey family. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
NEARBY ATTRACTION in the SAN LUIS VALLEY
Be Inspired by GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK
Nestled in Southern Colorado, North America's tallest dunes rise over 700 feet high against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The wind shaped dunes glow beneath the rugged backdrop of the mountains. This geologic wonderland, containing 30 square miles of dunes, became a national monument in 1932. With the passage of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Act of 2000, resources now also include alpine lakes and tundra, six peaks over 13,000', ancient spruce and pine forests, large stands of aspen and cottonwood, grasslands, and wetlands--all habitat for diverse wildlife and Rocky Mountain plant species
For a Brochure Contract Conejos Tourism Council
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 829, Antonito CO 81120
For Current Event Dates; For a Visitors Guide: 800-835-1098, mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.
- Elevation: 7888 feet above sea level.
- Region: Antonito - South Central, Colorado
- Region: Chama - North Central, New Mexico
- Setting: Mountain views.
- Restaurant: On site.
FUN THINGS TO DO
PRIMARILY YEAR ROUND ACTIVITIES
- National Park OR Monument: On site.
- National Forests & BLM Lands: On site.
- Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
- Ghost Town: On site.
- Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.
- Designated Hiking Trails: Trails start on site.
- Museum: On site.
- Public Rec Center: On site.
- Golf Course: On site.
- Movie Theater: On site.
- Art Gallery: On site.
- Restaurant(s): On site.
PRIMARILY SUMMER ACTIVITIES
- Fishing in River, Stream or Creek: On site.
- Fishing in Lake, Reservoir or Pond: On site.
- Guided Fishing Trips (Licensed): Wade Fishing. Float Fishing. Lake Fishing.
- Marina: On site.
- Fishing Tackle Sold: On site.
- Fly Shop: On site.
- Horseback Trail Rides (Guided): On site.
- Horse Rides with a Wrangler (Open Range): On site.
- Horse Riding Lessons: On site.
- Jeep Trails: Trails start on site. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
- Jeep Rentals: On site. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
- Jeep Tours: On site (off road, back-country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
- 4-Wheel Drive Sales & Services: On site. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
- ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Trails: Trails start on site.
- ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Rentals: On site.
- ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Tours: On site.
- ATV Sales & Services: On site.
- Tourist Train Rides: On site.
- Historic/Cultural Tours: On site.
- Mountain Bike Trails: Trails start on site.
- Bike Path: Path starts on site.
- Bicycle Shop: On site.
- Waterfall Trails: Trails start on site.
- Performing Arts Theatre: On site.
- Hunting in Area: On site.
- Guided Hunts: Yes.
- Drop Camps: Yes.
- Private Land Unguided Hunting On-Site: Yes.
- Rifle Hunting Season: Yes.
- Archery Hunting Season: Yes.
- Muzzle Loading Hunting Season: Yes.
- Deer Hunting: Yes.
- Elk Hunting: Yes.
- Bear Hunting: Yes.
- Mountain Lion Hunting: Yes.
- Bighorn Sheep Hunting: Yes.
- Antelope Hunting: Yes.
- Colorado Hunting Units/Areas: 68, 70, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83
- Cross Country Skiing Trails: Trails start on site.
- Snowshoe Trails: Trails on site.
- Ice Fishing: On site.
- Snowmobile Trails: Trails start on site.
- Snowmobile Rentals: On site.
- Snowmobile Tours: On site.
- Snowmobile Sales & Services: On site.