Outdoor Activities

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Alamosa and the surrounding San Luis Valley together offer visitors an array of things to see and do from railroad excursions to scenic hiking, or even a dip in a hot springs pool.

And don't let our winter recreation opportunities pass you by! Our blue skies and deep powder make our surrounding mountains a winter wonderland.

There is so much to do here! Swim, walk, fish, hunt, bird watch, camp, golf, bike, hike, boat, or just laze under the cool sunshine.  Select an adventure below to explore the possibilities.

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5 Reasons to Visit Alamosa: Not Your Typical Trip to Colorado

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad to Alamosa, Colorado. Larry Lamsa Nestled in the heart of the San Luis Valley, Alamosa may be just four hours from Denver, but it ...
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5 Trails You Need To Be On

The San Luis Valley is home to countless trails for hiking, biking and running. We've compiled a list of the trails less traveled, an insider's guide to 5 trails you need ...
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Cattails Golf Course

Cattails Golf Course, located on the northern edge of Alamosa along the banks of the Rio Grande River, offers the golfer perfect temperatures, clear skies, and a well k ...
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Colorado Gators Reptile Park

The Colorado Gator Farm is one of Alamosa’s most unique attractions. Utilizing the geothermal waters of the valley, the owners decided to start their very own Tilapia far ...
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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Built in 1880, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is a proud remnant of the spirit that won the west. It's path through steep passes and deep gorges is the stuff ...
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Fishing, Hunting & Camping

Nearly two million acres running alongside 200 miles of the Continental Divide offer outdoor, sport, and wildlife enthusiasts an endless array of activities and landscape ...
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Penitente Canyon - Climbing

Set in the heart of the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado, Penitente Canyon was once a refuge for the Penitente Brotherhood of Catholic monks, who lived and worke ...
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Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad excursion train rides take you through breathtaking mountain valleys and passes through charming and historic western towns from the hear ...
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SummerFest on the Rio was started in 2001 as a way to promote the San Luis Valley’s eclectic arts and crafts community. Since then, the annual festival has been held alon ...
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Swimming & Hot Springs

Splashland Hot Springs in Alamosa has a geothermal outdoor swimming pool that has been around since 1955 and is an important part of Alamosa’s history.  Now remodele ...
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The Ultimate Ales and Trails Guide to the San Luis Valley

If you’ve spent any time in Colorado, you know the Centennial State takes its beer just as seriously as its outdoor pursuits. With nearly 300 craft breweries statewid ...
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Walking, Hiking, and Biking

Walking Cole Park and the State Avenue bridge in downtown Alamosa are great spots to access the banks of the Rio Grande via foot or bike.  Explore the nearly eight ...
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Wildlife Viewing

Birding is a favorite past time for many in the San Luis Valley.  Wetlands and wildlife refuges offer wonderful viewing opportunities. In spring, sandhill cranes, ...
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Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Sep 22 Astronomers of all levels are invited to attend this event at the Great Sand Dunes to share their time and telescopes, engaging the public with unique astronomy experiences!...

  • Sat, Sep 23 You can visit the Market every Saturday during the months of July through October. At the Alamosa Farmers' Market you can find fresh, local and regional produce, baked...

  • Sat, Sep 23 This event is Chalk Full of Family Fun! Artists can team up or go it alone to create Sidewalk Art at the Depot on the Corner of Sixth...

  • Sat, Sep 23 Form a team & share your energy at the 14th annual Stephanie L. Miner 5K walk and run. Join us as we walk, jog & run to celebrate...

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