Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Bird Watching and Wildlife ViewingFishing, Hunting, CampingWalking, Hiking, and BikingHot Springs & SwimmingGuided Tours

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. Perched up high at 7,543' above sea-level, "the valley" where Alamosa is situated, spans 8,000 square miles surrounded by a ring of mountainous terrain. Diverse landscapes and scenic wonders offer a unique yet excellent venue for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and wildlife aficionados.

Don't let our winter recreation opportunities pass you by! Our blue skies and deep powder make our surrounding mountains a winter wonderland. Backcountry skiing, hiking, ice climbing, and snowmobiling are favored activities once the flakes start to fall.

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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Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

Humans aren't the only ones that find the valley a heavenly sanctuary. Every year tens of thousands of migratory birds and other wildlife make their home in and around th ...
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Bishop Rock Loop - MTB

A popular natural bike park located on the western edge of the San Luis Valley, about a half-hour drive from Alamosa.

Blanca Vista Park

Blanca Vista Park features two covered picnic areas, trails, and several types of wildlife from deer to waterfowl, fox, and many bird species.  The area is cent ...
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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, and highly underrated. When visiting Alamosa and the Great Sand Dunes National Park, be sur ...
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Creed Mining Loop Trails

This 17-mile self-guided tour traverses through a well-preserved mining area just North of Creed, Colorado. Visitors can choose to drive through, hike, or cycle their way ...
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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 gorg ...
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Dark Sky Park, at the Great Sand Dunes National Park

Recognized as a Dark Sky Park in 2019, the Great Sand Dunes National Park has since become an increasingly popular destination for those searching for a unique yet i ...
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Disc Golf Course

Alamosa's Disc Golf COurse is free and open-year round.

Historic Downtown Alamosa Walking Tour

A stroll around Alamosa’s downtown reveals its history and small town charm. From red brick to pressed metal ornamentation and glazed colored tile, Alamosa is a stud ...
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Hot Springs

Splashland 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.  ...
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Kaiyote Tours

Kaiyote Tours offers birding, wildlife, night sky, hiking and backpacking tours!  Kaiyote Tours is authorized by the National Park Service, Department of Interior, t ...
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Medano Creek

Medano Creek is often referred to as Colorado’s Natural beach, as it forms at the foot of the Great Sand Dunes (within the park) and creates an incredibly fun venue for v ...
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Medano Pass Primitive Road - 4WD

Medano Pass Primitive Road is a 22-mile route between the Great Sand Dunes and Colorado State Highway 69. The road is only passable with 4WD vehicles with high clear ...
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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 National Forest

The Rio Grande National Forest is considered to be one of the true undiscovered jewels of Colorado. For the outdoor enthusiast, the Rio Grande National Forest o ...
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Rugged Air Tours

Take in all that the San Luis Valley has to offer in a fraction of the time it would require to visit it from the ground.   Rugged Air Tours offers aerial views ...
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San Luis State Wildlife Area

Neighboring the Great Sand Dunes National Park, this wildlife area is ideal for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-related recreation. Please Note: A valid hunti ...
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San Luis Valley Trail Guide

Whether you are looking for a challenging alpine adventure or a casual hike with beautiful Colorado scenery, we’ve compiled 17 of our favorite San Luis Valley Trails. &nb ...
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Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area

The Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area is a breathtakingly rugged and beautifully preserved area located immediately to the Northwest of Alamosa. Standing tall behind the G ...
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The Great Sand Dunes National Park

Against the backdrop of rugged 14,000' peaks in the Sangre de Cristo mountains—the 30 square mile sand dune field, with no designated trails—invites you on an adventure. ...
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The Rio Grande

Float the Rio By the time the Rio Grande reaches Alamosa, it has slowed down to a leisurely pace. This makes the waters perfect for floating! This stretch is also popula ...
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UFO Watchtower

Arguably Colorado's most unique roadside attraction, the UFO Watchtower invites extraterrestrial seekers and curious minds alike to the watchtower for a chance to spot an ...
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Wolf Creek Ski Area

Located in both the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forest between Pagosa Springs and South Fork, Colorado, Wolf Creek Ski Area is known to have “The Most Snow in Colora ...
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Zapata Ranch and Conservancy Preserve

Zapata Ranch is an authentic working cattle and bison guest ranch owned by The Nature Conservancy, covering more than 100,000 acres and bordering the Great Sand Dunes Nat ...
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