Local Area Attractions
Great Sand Dunes National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a United States National Park located in the easternmost parts of Alamosa County and Saguache County, Colorado. The park contains approximately 85,000 acres. The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising about 750 feet from the floor of the San Luis Valley on the western base of the Sangre de Cristo Range, covering about 19,000 acres. The dunes were formed from sand and soil deposits of the Rio Grande and its tributaries, flowing through the San Luis Valley. Over the ages, westerly winds picked up sand particles from the river flood plain. As the wind lost power before crossing the Sangre de Cristo Range, the sand was deposited on the east edge of the valley. This process continues, and the dunes are slowly growing. The wind changes the shape of the dunes daily. http://www.nps.gov/grsa/index.htm
Colorado Alligator Farm
The world famous Rocky Mountain White Tilapia hybrid was developed here. You will see alligators and fish, as well as other native wildlife. Two Mile Creek Wildlife Habitat offers gators in a natural setting, warm water fishing--largemouth bass, catfish and tilapia, boating, nature trail hiking, picnic area, fresh and smoked fish, alligator meat, and gift shop. Open daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Alamosa KOA sells discount Gator farm tickets! Get your coupon for free gator chow!
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad of Colorado, a heritage railway, began operations in 2006, operating both steam and diesel locomotives in the San Luis Valley. Located 200 miles (320 km) south of Denver, Colorado, the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad operates out of Alamosa, Monte Vista and La Veta. The original La Veta line of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad was completed on June 22, 1878; with standard gauge track over La Veta Pass. Historically called the Scenic Line of the World, the train’s connections between Alamosa and La Veta includes views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and several of Colorado’s 14,000-foot (4,300 m) peaks. http://www.riograndescenicrailroad.com/
Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains, and is a precious historic artifact of the American West. Built in 1880 and essentially unchanged since, the C&TSRR is the most outstanding and best known example of steam-era mountain railroading in North America. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is known around the world for its spectacular scenery, unique machinery, and historic structures. Come, and take a ride. See for yourself. We think you will agree. http://www.cumbrestoltec.com/
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
Memorial Day Encampment at Fort Garland
Re-en-actors have scheduled events throughout this Memorial Day weekend! Activities include drills, living history demonstrations, games, and stories. We invite you to join them for fun & a little history lesson this Memorial Day Weekend! Come join us at the Fort Garland Museum
Summer on the Rio Grande
The Summerfest on the Rio is our first festival of the summer, & is held in beautiful Cole Park on the banks of the Rio Grande River. Enjoy children's activities, food & beer vendors, arts & craft booths, plus live music! The festival goes from May 30 to June 1, and admission is free to the public.
2014 CHSCA All State Games
See the best High School Athletes compete against one another in the 58th Annual Colorado High School Coaches Association All State Games! See these athletes as they fight for the top spot in Football, Boys & Girls Basketball, Volleyball, Wrestling, and Softball & Cross Country!