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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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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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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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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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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Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Jul 29 Colorado’s oldest pro rodeo began in 1919. 10am Parade. 2pm Local Rodeo Amateur events & professional slack. 7pm PRCA Rodeo. 9pm-1pm (concert-music-dance)

  • Fri, Jul 29 Join us for the San Luis Valley Beat the Heat BBQ, a sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society and Rocky Mountain Barbecue Association State Championship event. Enjoy BBQ and...

  • Sat, Jul 30 You can visit the Market every Saturday during the months of July through October. At the Alamosa Farmers' Market you can find fresh, local and regional produce, baked...

  • Sat, Jul 30 The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is proud to present its ninth season of the Mountain Rails Live summer concert series. Ride the Rio Grande Scenic Route up to...

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