Alamosa: The Ultimate Cultural Destination

The team at Visit Alamosa is proud to announce that Alamosa has been nominated for USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award in the category of “Best Small-Town Cultural Scene.” Alamosa is the only destination in Colorado to receive a nomination in the small-town cultural scene category. Continue reading below to learn more about what makes Alamosa so special, and a town worth the title of “Best Small-Town Cultural Scene.”

It is no secret that Alamosa is filled to the brim with culture, heritage, art, and history. At the center of all of these things is the community. Without the diverse population within Alamosa and the surrounding area, Alamosa might not be the destination that it is today. Bringing together different cultures, ethnicities, religions, and people from all over the world and from all different walks of life is part of what makes Alamosa so special and unique.  

Alamosa is a town filled with a rich history and heritage, making it a perfect fit for this nomination. The town is known for its authentic Mexican food and authentic green chile dishes, a testament to the diverse cultural influences that have shaped the town over the years. However, Alamosa is more than just its food. Its tight-knit community values and celebrates its diversity, creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all.

One of the main reasons why Alamosa stands out as a cultural destination is its thriving local arts scene. The town is home to multiple public art installations (Alamosa ArtScape), murals on buildings and other structures,galleries, and studios, that showcase the work of talented local artists. These artists draw inspiration from the town’s stunning natural landscapes, undeniable diversity, and a true passion for the area resulting in unique and captivating pieces that reflect the beauty and spirit of Alamosa. 

The cultural scene in Alamosa is not limited to just the arts. The town is also home to a variety of local eateries, coffee houses, and breweries that offer a taste of the town’s diverse culinary scene. Whether it’s enjoying a cup of locally roasted coffee or trying out a new and delicious dish at a local restaurant, locals and visitors alike will be able to experience the flavors of Alamosa. Green chili is one of the most popular dishes in the area believed to be brought to the San Luis Valley by Mexican Traders in the early 1800s. One taste and you will be thrown into a flavor heaven, made possible by the integration of different cultures and their traditional recipes.

Alamosa is also a town that takes pride in its heritage and history. The town is filled with vibrant and well-preserved buildings that have stood the test of time, serving as a reminder of the town’s past and the people who have called it home. These buildings, along with the many historical sites and landmarks in the area, offer a glimpse into Alamosa’s rich history. The Historical walking tour in Alamosa boasts 26 locations that are special to the area as some of the structures have been around as early as the late 1880s. Immerse yourself in a world that began being built far beyond your years and learn about all of the oldest pieces of our community. 

Alamosa’s nomination for the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards is a well-deserved recognition of the town’s vibrant and thriving cultural scene. So, come and be a part of this exciting opportunity to showcase Alamosa to the rest of the country.


Remember to vote for Alamosa every day until April 1, 2024 and spread the word to your friends and family. Together, we can make Alamosa a top cultural destination that everyone will want to visit.

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