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 features the tallest dunes in North America and is just 35 miles northeast of Alamosa. It is an easy drive by U.S. 160 a ...
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Zapata Falls

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

  • Thu, Jul 24 12pm Get ready for all the fun & action with the 93rd Annual Ski Hi Stampede Rodeo! It's Colorado's Oldest Pro Rodeo, and has continued for 9 decades...

  • Sat, Jul 26 The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is proud to bring back their summer concerts known as the Mountain Rails Live Concert Series! July 26 & 27 Trout Fishing in...

  • Sat, Jul 26 Del Norte is celebrating their Covered Wagon Days, & they're inviting you to join in on the fun! Throughout this festival they'll have gallery shows, quilt competitions, live...

  • Sat, Jul 26 12pm Tractor Pull, garden tractor pulls, & kids pedal tractor pull, plus a barrel train ride! This year the SLV Antique Iron Club will be doing their annual...

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