Travel Tools & Tips

Looking for adventure in the great outdoors?  Seeking artistic or cultural discovery?  Traveling with a large group?  Spending time with your close knit family?  Alamosa and the San Luis Valley have the right mix of activities and attractions for any vacation.

Pet Friendly Travel

Bringing Your Dog to The Great Sand Dunes National Park

Bring your pet!

The entire state of Colorado is known for its dog-friendly activities and Alamosa is no exception. Discover the pet friendly attractions so you and your pooch can have the best visit possible. As always, pets are welcome at the Colorado Welcome Center at Alamosa.  Treats are usually available from our ever-friendly volunteers and there is plenty of room for both you and your pet to take a walk and stretch your legs.

Stay and Play

No matter where you choose to stay, we can help you find dog-friendly accommodations in Alamosa. Be sure to mention your intent to bring a pet when making reservations, as there may be limited availability.

Dog-Friendly Hotels and Motels:

Alamosa Lamplighter
Best Western Alamosa Inn
Comfort Inn of Alamosa
Days Inn Alamosa
Great Sand Dunes Lodge
Holiday Inn Express
Riverside Inn
Rodeway Inn
Super 8 Motel
The Sunset Inn
Valley Motel

 

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Camping With Your Dog in Alamosa

All of our favorite places to camp are happy to have your well-behaved pups as guests. Check out the Hotels and Motels Page or Camping and RV Park Page for all of our pet friendly options. 

Tips and Resources:

  • If you are taking your pet to the Great Sand Dunes, please be aware that the surface temperature of the sand can reach as high as 150 degrees in the summer.  Paws are tender, so take your pet for a walk early in the morning or in the evening. 
  • Vehicles get very hot, especially at this altitude, even cooler weather.  Consideration of the heat and dehydration potential is crucial.  Pets need to acclimate to the elevation as well!
  • While it’s tempting to let your furry friend frolic in nature, please be cognizant of leash laws. There is a lot of wildlife in the area and unleashed dogs are not recommended for the safety of themselves and other animals unless otherwise permitted.

FAQ 

Can I bring my dog to the Great Sand Dunes National Park?

Yes! Your leashed dog is welcome to enjoy the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Certain areas of the park are restricted to dogs, so visit the site to familiarize yourself with the guidelines.

Can I find dog boarding and daycare in Alamosa?

Yep! If you are going to ride one of our scenic railroads, or don't want to keep your pet in your hotel for the day, call All-4-Paws, a great place for daycare or overnight stays. 719-589-3988.

Can you help me find a local vet?

In case your pet needs medical attention, Alpine Veterinary Hospital is conveniently located on the West side of Alamosa. 719-852-2561

Is there an extra fee for pets when booking hotels?

We have several properties that allow pets and most will have an additional pet fee. The cost varies by property, and availability is not guaranteed. We suggest contacting the individual properties when booking to ensure your pet can stay and to verify fees.

Where can I take my dog for a hike near Alamosa and the Great Sand Dunes National Park?

The Great Sand Dunes National Park allows leashed dogs. Please be aware of temperatures at the park, as the sand can reach temperatures of 150 degrees and will burn your pup's paws. There are many nearby trailheads that allow your leashed dogs the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful hike.
  • South Zapata Lake Trail
  • Mosa Pass Trail
  • Sand Dunes Loop Trail
  • Wellington Ditch Trail
  • Little Medano Creek Trail
  • Montville Nature Trail
 

Road Conditions

Roads in Alamosa and the San Luis Valley region vary from two-lane highways to narrow country roads and mountainous terrain.  All but one route into the San Luis Valley crosses a high mountain pass.  Main roads in and out of the San Luis Valley are well maintained and offer breathtaking scenery at any season. 

Road construction and maintenance happens year-round, so be aware that you may encounter some construction during your visit.

For the latest road conditions:
Colorado Department of Transportation Road Conditions Website

Call 877-315-7623 or
Within the state, dial 511 from your cell phone.

COVID-19

Visit Alamosa Updates

The safety of our travelers and residents is our highest priority.  Please take precautions when traveling to prevent transmission of COVID-19 (see below).  

As a precautionary measure, the Colorado Welcome Center in Alamosa will be closed effective Monday, March 16 through April 17.  Updates will be posted here.  In the meantime, our office has set up a phoneline where you can reach a member of our staff with any questions you may have: (719)589-4840.  There are Alamosa Visitor Guides and Colorado Maps in our kiosk in front of the Welcome Center.  

To encourage social distancing, the Great Sand Dunes National Park is open to visitors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The park has temporarily closed the Visitor Center and park store.  The Visitor Center lobby will remain open between 9:00a.m. and 4:30p.m. for visitors to access public restrooms, as well as pick up park maps, visitor guides, and junior ranger activity books. Backcountry permits are available for campers by calling 719-378-6395. Park Rangers may be present at various times during the day to answer questions, weather and staff permitting.  Visitors are encouraged to enjoy hiking trails, road pull outs, and interpretive outdoor signage. As of March 24, the park will delay the opening of the Pinon Flats Campground from April 1 to May 1, 2020.  The NPS encourages people who choose to visit Great Sand Dunes during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees.  As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.You can check their Current Conditions page for more information.    

Many of our local restaurants are offering curb-side, take-out or delivery during this time.  Check here for a list of restaurants offering social-distancing options.  This list is updated daily around noon, so please check back for the most current information.  

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The San Luis Valley Regional Airport is continuing to operate as normal.  

In light of the ongoing situation, some Alamosa events are choosing to cancel or postpone to a later date.  Below is a list of events that have been canceled or postponed.  We will continue to update this page.  We will also be updating the 365 Alamosa Event Calendar with changes as we learn of them.

Event Cancellations/Postponements: 

April (All Dates) Lost and Found Comedy Improv at ASU: Canceled

4/4/20 Bob Livingston at Society Hall: Canceled

4/7/20 SLV Women's Leadership Summit: Postponed-New Date TBD

4/17/20 Alamosa Chamber Art Gala: Postponed-New Date TBD

4/18/20 High Altitude Faceoff at ASU: Postponed-New Date TBD

5/1/20 All Valley Art Show at the SLV Museum: Postponed-New Date TBD

5/2/20 Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Postponed-New Date 9/19/20

5/9/20 Battle of the Bands: Postponed-New Date TBD

6/25-28/20 Alamosa Round Up Rodeo: Postponed-New Date 8/27-30/20

Resources

Local: 

City of Alamosa COVID-19 Updates

Alamosa County Department of Public Health

Statewide: 

Center for Disease Control:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment COVID-19 Info: 

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus

General questions about COVID-19:

Call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more. 

CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus web page

CDC: Novel coronavirus information for travelers

The U.S. Travel Association: Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Travel Recommendations from the Colorado Tourism Office

The safety of our travelers and residents is our highest priority and the Colorado Tourism Office is committed to providing accurate and updated information about public health conditions in Colorado. *In response to COVID-19, Colorado Governor Jared Polis enacted a statewide "Stay At Home" order effective Thursday, March 26, 2020. The restriction will remain in place until April 11. *The only exceptions involve essential trips such as grocery shopping or health care appointments.

Now is not the time to vacation in Colorado. Non-essential travel is discouraged at this time.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our state safe. We look forward to welcoming you to Colorado when it is safe to travel once again.

Travel Recommendations

The safety of our travelers and residents is our highest priority and the Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) is committed to providing accurate and updated information about public health conditions in Colorado.
 
In response to COVID-19, Colorado Governor Jared Polis enacted a statewide "Stay At Home" order effective Thursday, March 26, 2020. The restriction will remain in place until April 11. The only exceptions involve essential trips such as grocery shopping or health care appointments. .

Now is not the time to vacation in Colorado. Many of the state's key tourism attractions are closed including ski resorts, restaurants and bars, arts and cultural facilities, entertainment venues, sports arenas and select national parks including Rocky Mountain National Park.

While 'escaping' to the great outdoors and more rural parts of the state may seem like a logical idea, Colorado's rural destinations and mountain communities have limited medical facilities and personnel and need to reserve them for their residents. Non-essential travel is discouraged at this time.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our state safe. We look forward to welcoming you to Colorado when it is safe to travel once again.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on March 10 to protect public health and our vulnerable populations and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In support of this goal, Colorado Tourism Office has suspended operations for all 10 Colorado Welcome Centers until further notice.

All downhill ski areas and resorts in Colorado are closed, as well as many visitor attractions, museums, performance venues and retail stores. Please consult their website or contact them for more information.

Rocky Mountain National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice. Park visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Rocky Mountain National Park at www.nps.gov/romo and continue to enjoy the park through its webcams. Colorado's other three national parks, eight national monuments and 41 state parks remain open at this time. 

Governor Polis has restricted Colorado restaurants and bars from providing dine-in service through April 15. *Until then, restaurants can serve food and alcoholic drinks through deivery, take-out, curbside and drive through service. Many hotels are providing room service. *For a list of Denver-area restaurants currently offering these services, visit ToGoDenver.com. 

Per guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, social gatherings of 10 or more should be canceled or postponed. Please check with event organizers for more information. 

A list of reported cases in Colorado can be found here: https://covid19.colorado.gov/case-data

Travelers planning a visit should call their hotel and/or winter resort and local visitors bureau for information specific to their location.

In general, the traveling public is advised to follow guidance offered by the CDC and local and state public health authorities. 

CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, including Colorado, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19, if there are other travelers with COVID-19.

For additional recommendations from the CDC regarding COVID-19, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

Precautions for Travelers

Our priority is keeping all Coloradans and visitors to our state safe. 

Now is not the time to vacation in Colorado. Many of the state's key tourism attractions are closed including ski resorts, restaurants and bars, arts and cultural facilities, entertainment venues, sports arenas and select national parks including Rocky Mountain National Park.

The CTO is in contact with the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. With the Statewide Stay at home order in place, all non-essential travel is discouraged. Travel should be limited to  essential trips such as grocery shopping or health care appointments.

Our priority is keeping travelers and the people of our state safe. We are urging all to exercise personal responsibility to protect public health, especially populations at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.  


Everyone's daily preventative actions are important in reducing spread to people who may experience more severe illness. At this time, that means staying home.

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