Family Fun Itinerary
Head for the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve!
The best part of this giant sand box is the beach! Every year, snow runoff creates a warm, clear creek across the sand. It’s better than the beach because it’s so clean and runs from the base of 14,000 foot peaks. Adventourous kids may even talk Mom and Dad into climbing to the top of Star Peak, the largest of the Dunes. While you’re in the area, the Nature Conservancy’s Zapata Ranch gives tours of their wild Bison Herd. This is one of the first ranches built in the Valley, and under the Nature Conservancy’s care, you’ll have a world-class experience with the cowboys and cowgirls who want to share this world treasure with your family. Eat lunch at the Great Sand Dunes Oasis at the entrance to the park. Homemade pies are a speciality.
It’s just not normal. But then again do kids want normal? Alligators, UFO’s and 150,000 gallons of hot springs will stay in the memories of kids forever. Head up highway 17 to Mosca, and visit over 450 alligators soaking in warm geothermal waters at Colorado Gators. Then continue north to Hooper to check out the UFO Watchtower where you’ll learn about the unusual number of paranormal sightings in the area at this really bizarre roadside attraction. Then spend the rest of the day at Sand Dunes Hot Springs Swimming Pool. You really don’t want to miss this incredible place, and you can take your appetite. They’ve got burgers, salads, pizzas, wraps and more. The tomatoes and cucumbers are organically grown in the greenhouses next to the pool. Yum!
All Aboard the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad for a historic, scenic ride over one of North America’s highest mountain rail passes. Up steep grades, around winding curves, along steep canjons and through two tunnels, you’re family will enjoy a day together that is peaceful and exciting at the same time! Your trip will take you to the quaint mountain town of LaVeta, where you stop for a couple of hours of lunch, museums, shopping and a great, shady park.
Dig in for Dinner!
While you’re in Alamosa, don’t miss Calvillos! There are over 80 items on this authentic Mexican buffet, or order off the menu. This restaurant is an icon. You’ll be talking about it long after you’ve returned home. Bistro Rialto or San Luis Valley Pizza Company will both serve your family custom, gourmet pizzas. They know what kids want! East-West Grill has a great kid’s menu, and excellent adult choices if you like your noodles, too! Alamosa has over 35 restaurants, so you’ll find plenty more choices to meet the tastes of your family, as well!