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 - See KOA OFFICE for discount tickets
Colorado Gators is a family oriented, educational facility that focuses on full use of natural and recycled resources. Our goal is to maintain an integrated ecosystem while providing educational opportunities and viable farm products.The History of Colorado Gators Erwin and Lynne Young moved from Post, Texas to Alamosa, Colorado in September, 1974 with their four children, Mark, Mike, Sherri, and Jay. Erwin learned of the geothermal water resources available in the Valley and wanted to grow Tilapia, an African perch that requires warm water and is very good to eat.In 1977 they purchased the 80 acre farm that is now Colorado Gators Reptile Park. It wasnt until 1987 that they purchased 100 baby alligators to dispose of dead fish and the remains of filleted fish.Those baby gators grew quickly in the warm geothermal water (87° F) and the locals wanted to see them, so we opened to the public in 1990. Soon we were in the spotlight of many media programs and articles. Individuals with overgrown alligators and other reptiles such as large pythons, tortoises, iguanas, and more started dropping them off with us.We have become a sanctuary for unwanted exotic pets and we care for them as best we can. We display them for the public to understand the dangers in owning these pets and we take them to schools for educational programs.
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
he Rio Grande Scenic Railroad excursion train rides take you through breathtaking mountain valleys and passes through charming and historic western towns from the heart of the San Luis Valley. See Colorado's unspoiled territory as it was centuries ago. Relive the golden age of railroads and discover a Colorado few get to see.Excursion trains offer a great seat any day of the week. Pick the class of service and prepare to discover a ride full of train history, mining tales, wildlife sightings, and geology. Come see why USA Today named the RGSRR a Top Ten Ride. For a truly memorable experience buy a ticket aboard the Rails and Ales Brewfest or enjoy a concert like no other atop La Veta Pass at the Fir Amphitheatre. . Regular season runs Memorial Day Weekend through the end of October.
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool
The Sand Dunes Swimming Pool staff strives to give our guests a relaxing and therapeutic swimming experience. We focus on providing a family-friendly atmosphere that is open year-round!We have a large pool that sits right around 98 degrees year round and a 25 person hot tub that we keep at 107 degrees. We offer a kids' water slide, volleyball, basketball, and more all right here!Sand Dunes Recreation also offers our on-site restaurant, Mile Deep Grille, with a variety of options for every taste.
Cumbres and 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 gorges is the stuff of adventure novels--taking passengers on the ride of lifetime.C&TS offers daily round-trip train excursions by Steam Engine. All train excursions are narrated by passionate volunteers who describe our unique history, scenery and machinery!
2015 Season May 23rd - October 15, 2015
Antonito, Colorado-Chama, New Mexico
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Summerfest on the Rio
Summerfest on the Rio was started in 2001 as a way to promote the San Luis Valley's eclectic arts and crafts community. Since then, the annual festival has been held along the winding Rio Grande each year on the first full weekend of June, a kick-off to summertime in Alamosa's spacious and picturesque Cole Park. The fun begins Friday night with Summerfest's signature Concert in the Park. On Saturday morning, visitors return for delicious food, entertainment, and activities provided by more than 150 vendors and food booths around the park. On Sunday, Summerfest hosts a morning outdoor praise and worship service featuring local Christian bands - a special way to begin a Sunday with neighbors and friends. Summerfest Weekend is jam-packed with live entertainers with something for everyone; rock and roll, bluegrass, jazz, Mariachi bands, country, belly dancers, jugglers and more.
Rio Grande Scenic RR Rails and Ales 2015
Rails & Ales combines some of our favorite things: classic rail equipment, rustic Rocky Mountain setting, live music, smoking hot BBQ and handcrafted brews from the region's best. There's just something so special about hopping on a train with friends to the wide open space we call Fir Station - our "little piece of Heaven" custom-built for the railroad meant to highlight how nature can so perfectly complement music. The Rails & Ales Brewfest brings together brewers and their devoted fans, a hardy group that understands the simple truth of this event - you only get here by rail and it doesn't get any better than this.
Sundays at Six
One of the mainstays of the Alamosa Live Music Association is its free summer concert series, known locally as Sundays @ Six. Sundays @ Six started a few years back and has grown into a hallmark of the San Luis Valley summertime season. For two of the most beautiful months in our fair valley the community is exposed to all kinds of music, performed by everyone from the neighbor down the street to nationally recognized touring musicians.
The Ski-Hi Stampede, Colorados oldest pro rodeo, has roots as deep as the San Luis Valley itself. It began in 1919, but two years were deducted because of World War II, when no events were held. The first rodeo was held August 11-13, 1919, and was called the Ski-Hi Stampede. Old newspapers reported that more than 10,000 people assembled to watch the local competition. It has continued for nine decades as an annual event and is an important piece of western history that can still be lived.