Scenic Wonders

header-scenic-wondersThe San Luis Valley is a land of sharp and beautiful contrasts, deep history and wild experiences that stay with visitors long after they're gone. Take a tour through our incredible region in the pages that follow, but be careful – we're hard to resist.

Didn't think you could build sandcastles in Colorado? Think again. North America's highest sand dunes flank some of the continent's highest mountain peaks in the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Don't forget to visit the San Luis Valley's Wildlife Refuges. Two well-established refuges, The Alamosa and Monte Vista refuges, are havens for migratory birds and other wildlife.

From long, straight, echoing highways to undulating, ribbony canyon roads to breathtaking mountain passes, our region's highways, byways and back roads captivate visitors from across North America every year. Select a location below to explore the possibilities!

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Alamosa Wildlife Refuge

Humans aren't the only ones that find the valley a heavenly sanctuary. Every year tens of thousands of migratory birds and other wildlife make their home in and around ...
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Blanca Vista Park

Blanca Vista Park features two covered picnic areas, trails, and several types of wildlife from deer to waterfowl, fox, and many bird species.  The area is ce ...
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The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a world-class destination featuring the tallest sand dunes in North America, and is just 35 miles northeast of Alamos ...
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Zapata Falls

The views of the valley and the Sand Dunes are fantastic from Zapata Falls, and there are four miles of well-marked hiking and mountain biking trails below the parking ...
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Upcoming Events

  • Sat, Mar 7 10am Join the Rio Grande Scenic RR on their only winter excursion train this year. See the Rockies on the longest and highest standard gauge railroad in...

  • Fri, Mar 13 See thousands of sandhill cranes migrate to the San Luis Valley for their annual "Spring Break" of sorts. Bus tours will be taken with wildlife experts out to...

  • Sat, Apr 18 America's Best Idea — the national parks — is even better when it's free! Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free* dates in 2015: January 19 Martin Luther King Jr....

  • Sat, May 23 Re-en-actors have scheduled historical events throughout the Memorial Day weekend at Fort Garland. Activities include drills, living history demonstrations, games, and stories. Join them for fun, sun, and...

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