San Luis Valley - Northern - South Central Colorado

Includes Crestone, Mineral Hot Springs, Moffat, Saguache, Villa Grove


A tractor in the San Luis Valley, Colorado, Photo by Michael Hartzog
Agritourism Thrives in the San Luis Valley
Two men Horseback riding on the Old Spanish Trail in the San Luis Valley, Colorado
Explore the Old Spanish Trail by Horseback

The San Luis Valley is one of the largest high desert valleys in the world, lying at an altitude of over 7,000 feet. It is approximately 125 miles long and over 65 miles wide. Surrounded by the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains to the east and the San Juan Mountains to the west, the valley is the size of Connecticut. The Ute Tribe, the indigence people, made this valley home through 1895. Other native tribes such as the Jicarilla Apache, Pueblo, Kiowa and Comanche raided or hunted here.

A major trade route, The Old Spanish Trail, passed through the Valley, ran from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Los Angeles, California, from 1829 through the 1850s. During its heyday, it saw New Mexican goods carried west for sale in Los Angeles. The reverse flow to Santa Fe included mules and horses. Although most trail travel was by mule pack train, some portions of the trail eventually saw some wagon traffic.

Reflection of trees in water in the San Luis Valley, Colorado, Photo by Michael Hartzog
Recreation Opportunities - Rivers, Lakes and Mountains
Green frog in water, San Luis Valley, Colorado, Photo by Michael Hartzog
The San Luis Valley is a Great Place to Sit Back and Chill

Recreation is abundant! The air is fresh and clean and the views are magnificent!

When you really want to get away from it all, this is a great place to vacation, recreate and rejuvenate with geothermal hot springs, hiking the "fourteeners," horseback riding, Los Cumbres Golf Course, fishing The Rio Grande River, herds of deer, elk and antelope, hunting and bird watching. Crestone is internationally recognized for its dedication to sustainable living which includes renewable energy and green building. As a spiritual center Crestone has more than 20 religious and spiritual movements with: The spiritual Life Institute (Roman Catholic), Yoga Centers, Buddhist Sanghas, Tibetan Stupas, and the Sri Aurobindo Learning Center to name a few. The Crestone Music Festival, each August, is filled with live music, artisans, healers, food, drinks, and fireworks. Spread your blanket on the grass while enjoying blues, salsa, rock, bluegrass, country, folk, spiritual, reggae and Celtic music all day.

The entrance to the Sand Dunes with Medano Creek out in front, Colorado, Photo by Michael Hartzog
Play in the Sand or Dip your toes in Medano Creek at the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Wild Rabbit in the San Luis Valley, Colorado, Photo by Michael Hartzog
Who Knows what Wildlife you can see while Hiking one of the Area's Fourteeners

Great Sand Dunes National Park, the crown jewel, in the San Luis Valley is a 30-square-mile park and home to the nation's tallest sand dunes, towering as high as 750 feet. Take your family for a fun filled day of hiking and sand-boarding the dunes or venture to nearby Zapata Falls. Kids and adults love splashing in Medano Creek and building sand castles.

San Luis Valley - Northern is near: Alamosa Area & Salida Area

key to symbols

Featured San Luis Valley - Northern Businesses

Casa del Soul Lodging  link to Colorado vacation
Private, comfortable, clean lodging in one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens, cable, WI-FI. Casa del Soul is 100% smoke free! In Crestone, near 24 spiritual centers, Great Sand Dunes National Park.

motels suites & condos National Parks 

PathFinders 4x4 Jeep Rentals & Tours  link to Colorado vacation
Be a Pathfinder, drive a Jeep! Rentals and Tours that will take you off the beaten path while you discover Colorado's historical heritage the San Luis Valley. NEW tours inside Great Sand Dunes National Park!

National Parks Jeeping and Offroad Vehicles 

San Luis Valley - Northern Activities and Maps

National Parks and Monuments:
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Russell Lakes National Natural Landmark

Jeep & 4WD:
Upper San Luis Valley Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails - NEW -

Local Area Maps:
San Luis Valley Area Map

horizontal rule

Places to Stay & Facility Features
Cabins & Cottages | Motels & Hotels | Lodging & Lodges | Vacation Homes | Condos, Suites & Townhomes | Bed & Breakfast | Tent Camping | RV Parks & Campgrounds | RV Sales, Service & Rentals | Romance Packages | Family Friendly | Pets Welcome | By Water | Swimming Pools | Guest Horses | Groups, Reunions & Retreats | Weddings & Elopements | Winter Lodging

Fun Things to Do
Calendars of Events | National Parks, Monuments & Historic Sites | Scenic Byways & Drives | Fishing & Fly Fishing | Hot Springs | Horse Riding | ATVing | Jeeping & 4WD | Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking | Attractions | Golfing | Restaurants & Dining | More Fun Stuff | Hunting & Land Leases | Snowmobiling | Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding | Snowshoeing | Cross - Country Skiing

A-Z Towns & Areas | Colorado Maps | About Us

Copyright by The Colorado Directory, Inc. This is a directory only; it is not and does not contain a recommendation,warranty, guaranty, inducement or endorsement of any kind. Representations herein were supplied by the individual businesses. The publisher, The Colorado Directory, Inc., does not assume any responsibility for truth, falsity or completeness of any representation made herein or any errors, changes, services rendered, or changes made in the use of this directory. This information was compiled as accurately as possible. Prices and services are frequently subject to change. Errors called to the publisher's attention will be corrected in the future. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form or by any means, without permission in writing from the publisher.