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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Upcoming Events

  • Sat, Sep 5 Come and check out one of the largest vintage car shows in Colorado with over 500 vehicles to admire. There will be food and beer vendors, live...

  • Sat, Sep 5 The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is proud to present its eighth season of the Mountain Rails Live summer concert series. Ride the Rio Grande Scenic Route up...

  • Sat, Sep 5 7am - 2pm Find fresh, local and regional produce, baked goods, crafts, cooking demos, live music, and cultural events. Come out and support local food growers by...

  • Sun, Sep 6 The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad is proud to present its eighth season of the Mountain Rails Live summer concert series. Ride the Rio Grande Scenic Route up...

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