At the Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference, held this week in Snowmass, Colorado, Visit Alamosa was awarded the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative. This award recognized Visit Alamosa’s “We Love Our National Park” campaign. This competitive award is given annually by the Colorado Tourism Office and recognizes an outstanding activity, event, or project that demonstrates creativity and innovation and contributes to the Colorado tourism economy.
A Traveler's Blog
Do you want to visit Alamosa like you know a local? Here is your chance! Enjoy the following feature articles written by a traveler enjoying some hidden (and not so hidden) treasures around the San Luis Valley.
Trying to plan an amazing vacation that doesn’t break the bank? Look to the great outdoors for the best option! With the rising travel prices, an RV vacation is the right fit for anyone looking to make some amazing memories this summer. Any vacation in the San Luis Valley (SLV) is packed full with fun adventures surrounded by beautiful scenery, but camping in an RV ensures you never miss the excitement!
This spring season, skip the densely popular tourist destinations and head to a quieter corner of Colorado just off the path less traveled: Alamosa in the San Luis Valley. At only 7,544 feet elevation, Alamosa is a warmer–and quieter–option for those eager to hit the highway for a road trip come springtime.
Between its proximity to Great Sand Dunes National Park, the meandering Rio Grande, and a wide array of delicious restaurants, Alamosa makes a perfect early-summer getaway. Here are our top five reasons why spending a spring weekend in Alamosa should be at the top of your travel list!
On any given day, San Luis artist Huberto Maestas can be found in his studio working on a sculpture for the Pueblo Riverwalk or for clients across the United States. He is among the many talented artists who call the San Luis Valley home.
Capturing Astrophotography in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park
As if capturing the intricate and vast solar system on camera isn't challenging enough, photographing the comsos from the Great Sand Dunes National Park presents additional challenges. The park is full of dynamically changing lighting, biologically diverse landscapes, and grandiose photo subjects. So then why is the national park recognized as top spot in Colorado for photographers? Because if done right... the results are extraordinary.
The town of Alamosa has been dubbed the “heart of the San Luis Valley” due to its convenient location to an extensive list of nearby adventures. In town, visitors can expect to find relaxation and comfort within our accommodations which are made better by our communities laid-back and welcoming atmosphere. Whether you're visiting for business or for pleasure, you’ll be happy to find that you don’t have to travel far to find accommodations fit for your perfect trip. Both in town and nearby, there’s a handful of hotels and motels waiting to welcome you for a delightfully rejuvenating experience. Acting as the gateway to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Alamosa has long been the go-to spot for visitors interested in experiencing all there is to do in the region.
If the San Luis Valley isn’t already a stop within your next Colorado road trip—it certainly should be! The region encompasses some of Southern Colorado’s top destinations and mystic sights, such as the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Rio Grande, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, and much, much more. Aside from offering a full spectrum of outdoor activities, our region has numerous places to set up camp—whether that means pitching a tent or finding a spot to park your RV or van.
During the month of April, we're launching a campaign to Celebrate the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve! National Parks Week is April 16-24, and we're extending that celebration all month long. When you visit Alamosa during April 2022, be on the lookout for displays of our love for our favorite National Park. The “We Love Our National Park” campaign will feature flags displayed downtown, posters, stickers, digital promotion, and special events throughout the month.
Traveling anywhere can get expensive, luckily there’s plenty to do in Alamosa that will cost you nothing at all! Here are some of our favorites.
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