A Traveler's Blog

Do you want to visit Alamosa like you know a local?  Here is your chance!  Enjoy the following feature articles writtten by a traveler enjoying some hidden (and not so hidden) treasures around the San Luis Valley. 

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Potato High School

Potatoes. Mashed, hash-browned, French-fried, boiled, foiled (as in baked), souped, roasted, saladed, totted, Augratined or chipped. How do you like potatoes? Perhaps you ...
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Hot Springs and Camels and Golf, Oh My!

With a goal of having a science learning experience (SLE) in the San Luis Valley (SLV) and in a quest to answer, 'What am I going to do for fun today?' I drive south on 2 ...
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Orient Land Trust and Valley View Hotsprings

Imagine being in a high dry desert and having an unlimited* warm water supply, so pure it requires no treatment, flows steadily all year, and supplies all the heat and el ...
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Have Brochures Will Travel

Travel writing requires travel. Confronted with a brochure rack ... what to choose, what to choose? I take three approaches. #1. SKIP all brochure racks and go 'Ready, F ...
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The Art of Adventure

The art of adventure, whether 500 years ago, or now, is wonderful. We read, or watch shows about historical adventures when we have the ability to go now! It is ingrained ...
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Running the Rio Frio 2015

It all started with over 200 'crazies' aka runners/walkers who slipped, stumbled, and slid ten feet down the embankment to the Rio Grande River and the starting line of t ...
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Training for the Rio Frio

Having been deployed to my hometown in Illinois for most of the last two winters to take care of an aging parent, and finding the winters to be as I remembered—cold, gray ...
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Sand Dunes Swimming Pool

Hot springs in winter … wherefore art thou? Travelers have numerous reactions to hot springs in a region. Some seek them out. Others happen upon them any time of year and ...
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Photo Ops for Everyone

Having been lucky enough in the summer of 2013 to be the driver for a photography class in Northern New Mexico, I 'attended' the class of a photographer who made his livi ...
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The Treasures and Pleasures of Penitente Canyon

The Treasures and Pleasures of Penitente Canyon If mountain biking, rock climbing, bouldering, hiking, trail running, geology, panoramic views, relaxing around a campfir ...
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Climbing the Great Sand Dunes

Climbing the Great Sand Dunes What a magnificent sandpile! Forever shifting and changing in the wind but always staying in the same place. Hiking the dunes is unique as ...
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A Seasonal Adventure

Winter recedes upward in elevation as temperatures in the valleys and lower parts of the mountains begin to warm from late March, through April, and into May. Trails emer ...
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A Strange Sight in Colorado

Travel Quiz – What can this strange sight be? A photo shopped alligator in Colorado?  Fake snow at a gator pond in Florida?   A Colorado gator in his natural en ...
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Upcoming Events

  • 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...

  • Fri, Jun 19 5pm Featuring rock n’ roll and country hits with Narrow Gauge and beer garden with 12 draft beers. Come help us welcome the 40 Rails & Ales breweries...

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