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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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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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

  • Sat, Feb 13 Society Hall Presents special evening, with music by SERENITY STRINGS, a classical string quartet. This is sure to be a fabulous affair--a chance to dress up and enjoy...

  • Wed, Feb 17 7pm The Professional Regurgitator Stevie Starr is coming to Alamosa! Stevie Starr is The Professional Regurgitator on the 2015 season of America's Got Talent. He has also appeared on...

  • Fri, Feb 19 Habitat for Humanity Benefit Dinner will be hosted by SLV Health, on Friday, Feb. 19, at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment by singer songwriter Lori Kester and the Art...

  • Sat, Feb 27 Free admission at Colorado's only Gator Farm as we celebrate Mr. Bo Mangles: Colorado's first albino alligator!

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