The Colorado Gator Farm is one of Alamosa’s most unique attractions, and highly underrated. When visiting Alamosa and the Great Sand Dunes National Park, be sure to save some time for this oasis in the desert.
Utilizing the geothermal waters of the valley, the owners decided to start a Tilapia farm in 1977. They found themselves with fishy problem: a surplus of dead fish. Instead of throwing away the dead fish, in 1987 they bought 100 baby alligators to take care of the fish remains naturally. These baby alligators grew fast in the warm, geothermal waters and locals started asking if they could see them. The Gator Farm opened to the public in 1990, showcasing their tilapia ponds and enormous alligators.
As time progressed, the farm took on another role as an Exotic Animal Refuge. They have received dozens of unwanted, illegal, and abused reptiles from all over the world. ; Now the refuge holds not only alligators, but tortoises, iguanas, poisonous snakes, and giant snapping turtles. Through fundraising and educational awareness they have been able to add to their sanctuary by including various bird species and a tropical biodome.
If you and your family are in the mood for an exciting adventure, head over to the Colorado Gator Farm where adventure awaits.