Alamosa Attractions

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Written by bike posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

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Alamosa, Colorado is a tourism hot spot in south-central Colorado. This Rockies town is home to the Great Sand Dunes National Park a two scenic railroads. Stay in cozy Alamosa lodging for a soak in the area’s hot springs and to base all your area adventures from.

The beautiful view at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Reserve.


Read below for a list of Alamosa area activities. Have fun!
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Build sandcastles in Colorado at this national park with dunes up to 750 feet high! Explore the area’s 30 square miles of dune fields while gazing at some of the Rockies highest peaks in the distance (the Sangre de Cristo mountains at 14,000 feet). The park and preserve is snaked with nature trails that will take you through forests as well as the dunes. At its highest elevation, the park reaches 13, 604 feet, but camping areas are down at 8,200 feet above sea level. The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. While you’re there see if you’re any good at sandboarding!
Rio Grand Scenic Railroad
This is Colorado’s newest scenic railroad. Trips depart from Alamosa daily. Voyages include weekends deep into the Colorado wilderness by steam engine. Other options include day trips over the historic La Veta Pass Route between Alamosa and La Veta, Colorado. Standard coach or dome car seats are available.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
This railroad was built in 1880, it chugs through high mountain passes and deep gorges. You’ll be wondering how they ever did it back then! Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad offers daily round-trip steam engine rides from Antonito Colorado to Chama, New Mexico. The railroad generally runs from May to October. First class (parlor) seating is available.
Colorado Gators
You read correctly. Not just Florida has gators. This gator farm has over 400 of the scaly creatures, in addition to tortoises, turtles, snakes and lizards. Offering educational classes for children and alligator wrestling lessons for adults! Just 17 miles outside of Alamosa, north on Highway 17.
Shrine of the Stations of the Cross
This shrine in San Luis, Colorado, about 60 miles from Alamosa, has a series of sculptural interpretations of the last hours of Christ’s life, known as “the stations of the cross.” Stations include his judgement, sufferings, death, and resurrection.
Alamosa Area Museums
Area museums show the history of the Alamosa region. From the original natives, Navajo Indians, to the boxer Jack Dempsey, the area is full of stories. Visit one (or all!) of the following museums to learn all you can: San Luis Valley Museum Association, Fort Garland Museum, Pike’s Stockade, San Luis Valley Museum, Luther E. Bean Museum and the Jack Dempsey Museum and Park.
Rio Grand National Forest
This huge, wild area occupies almost 2 million acres along more than 200 miles of the Continental Divide. Sport and wildlife enthusiasts flock here for a seemingly endless array of activities. The forest has very diverse landscapes, ranging from snowy mountain slopes to deserts. Anglers love the high altitude fishing opportunities throughout the national forest.
Rio Grand
The mighty Rio Grand is the third longest river in all the country. It winds its way through the San Luis Valley past Alamosa’s Cole Park, before heading down to New Mexico on its way to Texas and Mexico, where it marks the border.
Medano-Zapata Ranch
This nature preserve has herds of deer, antelope, bison and elk co-existing on its 100,000 acres. It is the largest Nature Conservancy preserve in the state of Colorado. Visitors are amazed by the scenery in all directions and charmed by all the big and little animals that make the reserve home. Smaller animals you might spot include coyotes, rabbits, and golden eagles.
Hot Springs in Alamosa Springs
Alamosa is home to the San Luis Valley’s famous hot springs. Take your pick from a hot springs spa experience or a huge hot springs pool (150,000 hot, relaxing gallons). It’s a perfect winter warm up outdoors! Complete with water slides!

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