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

A world-class destination featuring the tallest sand dunes in North America Against the backdrop of rugged 14,000' peaks in the Sangre de Cristo mountains—the 30 squar ...
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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, 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...

  • Sat, May 30 10am

  • Fri, Jun 5 Everyone’s favorite summertime festival is back! The Summerfest on the Rio is held in the beautiful Cole Park on the banks of the Rio Grande River. Enjoy...

  • Tue, Jun 9 See the best high school athletes compete against one another in the 58th Annual Colorado High School Coaches Association All State Games! See these athletes as they...

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