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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In Search of - Path Finding Adventures

Amazing how many places and physical features in the West are named after John Fremont and Kit Carson. Cities, towns, streets, rivers, peaks, counties, schools, Nat ...
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Cruising Crestone and Crestone Brewery

The town of Crestone is the 'Outer Limits' of the San Luis Valley in a good way. Resting on the perimeter in the north part of the valley, 38 miles north of Alamosa, ...
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Hiking and Biking in the SLV

Hear ye, hear ye, one and all, it is still Fall, as evidenced by the color still available on several trails in the San Luis Valley and along rivers, streams, and hills ...
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Healthy Trends for Healthy Living in the SLV

With all the outdoor adventures to be found in the San Luis Valley, it's nice to know there are several healthy filling stations to fuel our fun. My super sustenance fo ...
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12 Hours of Penitence Rides Again

The mountain bike trails in Penitente Canyon are intense, beautiful, unforgiving, joyous and full of pleasures and perils for riders who are intermediate level to off the ...
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Presto Pesto!

The bounty of harvest season allows, for those of us who like to play in the kitchen, or those who want to learn the skills of cooking, to become mad food scientists! ...
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Wheeler Geologic Area Pyroclastic Breccia!

At a time when birthdays come with mixed feelings, I decided to visit a place where things were older than me. Way older! The Wheeler Geologic Area foot the bill by 26 ...
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Poncha Pass Pondering

Having driven over Poncha Pass many times, I often wondered why I had never gotten off the beaten asphalt path of Highway 285, and stopped for a hike or a run. One expl ...
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A Potpourri of Pleasures in the SLV

Rumor has it, with 2016 being the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, that Great Sand Dunes National Park is busy. The sand dunes have plenty of room fo ...
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Boyd Community Garden

Cruising through Alamosa on the main highways in the San Luis Valley will not yield finding a special community garden a few blocks from US 160, south on State Ave to ...
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Del Norte Trail Showcase

DEL NORTE TRAIL SHOWCASE Scientists, by our nature, are always on the quest to discover something, not always for money and fame, or to support an ego, but to better h ...
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May Day Play Day in Canyon De Penitente

The title rhymes if Penitente is pronounced in Spanish with the 'e's being long 'a's as in English. Fun with words and languages. Unlike the mountains surrounding the S ...
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Journey to the Oldest Town in Colorado

My uncle, in describing his family's visit to the Holy Land a few years ago, said, "It's like seeing the bible in 3D!" In three dimensions of course, as they toured man ...
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Migration of a Traveler

WHO COMES TO THE CRANE FEST? The out of state license plate read - BRDYMBL (The meaning should be obvious, but, Birdy Mobile is how I read the license plate unless the ...
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Observing the Sandhill Cranes

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CRANE MIGRATION   Migrations for many animal species on land, in water, and in the air are quite remarkable. For Sandhill Cranes, they have the ...
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Take a Break, It's Spring!

Mid-March means calendar winter is nearly over. The weather is warm and sunny somewhere. This is a time to renew our spirits and contemplate whatever the first fifth of 2 ...
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San Luis Valley: Gateway and Pathway

FREMONT HAUNT REVISITED - A DEEPER PERSPECTIVE             A person could explore the San Luis Valley for a lifeti ...
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Spring Has Sprung! Alamosa Open Space Trails

            Early March in Colorado, after a warm and dry February, has exposed the waters of the Rio Grande from its icy lid and ...
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Fremont Haunt 2016

            One good thing about events in human history is that they actually happened, for better or worse. Historians, and 'eye witn ...
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Rio Frio Ice Fest 2016

            Course Preview - Previewing the 3.1 mile Rio Frio Ice Fest course the evening before, with the sun setting on the Sangre de ...
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Here We Go! Rio Frio!

Here We Go! Rio Frio!              Like major arteries and veins in our bodies to keep our internal systems running properly, a river ...
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A Winter Playground in the San Luis Valley

         A Winter Playground in the San Luis Valley                     Wolf Creek Pass r ...
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ART, SCIENCE, HISTORY AND HARMONY AT THE GREAT SAND DUNES

              ART, SCIENCE, HISTORY AND HARMONY AT THE GREAT SAND DUNES December 4th, 2015, at the Great Sand Dunes National Park ...
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New Tales and Old Trails

"Crikey, this is good beerhh," I heard, in an unmistakeable Australian accent,  as he spoke to his friend.  I looked over at them and smiled as I heard the 'r' ...
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Food from the Heart of the Valley

 'Changes' is a good song by the Band YES, and changes are something that happen regularly in our lives. The same is true for ranch and farm owners in the San Luis ...
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Penitente Canyon- No Excuses Now

  Penitente Canyon. Okay - now, you've heard of it. There are no excuses for not making this a future destination. Websites discuss the wonders of the canyon and ...
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5 Outrageous Farm Visits in the San Luis Valley

The San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado is a very cool place to road-trip. Compared to the packed tourist hot-spots on I-70, The Valley is relatively quiet and undiscove ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Insider Trails

Trails Worth the Journey Explore the area like an insider. These lesser known trails will take any traveler on a hike of a lifetime. Find the largest tree in Rio Grande ...
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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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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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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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New Hot Spring Attraction: The Greenhouse

Something new is brewing at the Sand Dunes Pool and it isn't coffee! Smack dab in the middle of the San Luis Valley, a mile below the surface, Mother Nature continuously ...
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Beach or Mountain Vacation?

Enjoy both at Great Sand Dunes National Park! Families are often torn between beach and mountain vacations. Problem solved. The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preser ...
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Joyful Journey Hotsprings Spa

Peaceful Luxury We all hope, for ourselves, and everyone else, for a joy-filled journey through life. However, recognizing the unreality of a smooth road without bumps a ...
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Orient Mine Bats

Fast furious and frenetic, yet gracefully choreographed, are my words for the evening out-flight of the Orient Land Trust bat colony.  As day yields to night, the vo ...
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Because it is there.

Mountains. What is it about the human senses that want to go beyond the beauty of mountains as a backdrop to the horizon, and make those people with a 'climbing mentality ...
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Hiking the Jeep Trail to Como Lake

September 9th in Alamosa started as a cloudless 36-degree morning.  My plan for the day was to drive to the Blanca Peak trailhead and power hike up as far as I could ...
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Fort Garland - A Historical Perspective

One Colorado mountain town has a sign between the post office and their one tavern that reads - "On this site, September 15, 1890, nothing happened.'  Good humor, th ...
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OPT and Trail Munchies, huh?

Way back when, a different time frame for each of us, I was in sophomore English when our teacher gave us an OPT. Fortunately, it was not a communicable disease, but an O ...
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Fall Colors along the Conejos River

After reviewing weather.com recently and reading about their 10 best National Parks to visit in the Fall, I discovered several things. I have only been to three of the pa ...
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Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Dec 9 Directed by Dr. John H. Taylor, "You Can't Take It With You", is a family-friendly comedy. Can the accumulation of money & possessions be all life has...

  • Fri, Dec 9 Friday 9th, 11am-5pm; Saturday 10th, 10am-4pm. Lunch available at the Golf Club, lots of vendors for awesome Christmas shopping, raffles & door prizes, caroling, sleigh rides, bonfire &...

  • Fri, Dec 9 5pm This first time Book Blizzard features local authors that have the opportunity to share their books through readings & sales. All genres are welcome: poetry, novels,...

  • Fri, Dec 9 7pm Escape the hectic movement of the world and join Valley Community Chorus, directed by David Schneider. This holiday concert which reflects the true meaning of...

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