Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway

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Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway, translated, the name means "the ancient roads" - aptly named for its tour through 16th century Spanish territorial expansion at its northernmost boundary.  Colorado's cradle of Hispanic culture lies in the San Luis Valley, a mystical basin where sandhill cranes feed in the marshes, farmers till the soil, and North America's tallest sand dunes press up against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The route winds along the Upper Rio Grande region through some of Colorado's oldest towns, surrounded by panoramic views in all directions. 

This byway allows visitors to experience the culture that is still alive today with hospitality, authentic cuisine, adobe missions, museums, galleries, special festivals and events and awe-inspiring natural wonders.  Historic adobe structures pepper the landscape as a testament to the state's first settlements. 

Begin your journey in Alamosa and follow the Los Caminos through three of our country's most intriguing counties.

Also nearby is the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, along the San Luis Valley's western edge, this route twists and winds its way through the high country along the lake fork of the Gunnison and Rio Grande Rivers.  This byway was once used as a stage for miners and takes drivers past historic mung camps and the quaint but authentic towns of South Fork and Creede.  This highway connects the valley, by way of Lake City, to Gunnison County to the northwest.

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Upcoming Events

  • Mon, Sep 29 12pm Nationally known paper artist Megan Singleton will be Artist in Residence at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve September 29th through October 15th. As part of...

  • Sat, Oct 4 Beer and Bratwurst will be served in time to German Oompa Band music as the train winds through the mountain passes. Get your tickets at www.coloradotrains.com

  • Sat, Oct 4 The 11th Annual Stephanie L. Miner 5K Run/Walk will be held at Alamosa's Cole Park on October 4th at 9:45AM. To pre-register it's $30.00, to register the...

  • Sat, Oct 11 A full day of events in Historic Downtown Saguache! 5K Cannibal Crawl, Rib Cook-Off, Bear & Mustache Contest, Pumpkin Toss, Beer Garden, Old Fashioned Children's Games, Chocolate Festival,...

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