Alamosa, Colorado

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

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Alamosa, Colorado is in the middle of the vast San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Alamosa attractions include the Great Sand Dunes National Park, golfing and the Zapata Falls waterfall.

View of downtown Alamosa, Colorado.

Alamosa is located on the Rio Grand, with multiple bridges crossing it throughout the city.

The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad first brought life to this Colorado town in the 1870s. It quickly became an important rail center. It had an extensive construction, repair and shipping facility.

Alamosa (“cottonwood grove” in Spanish), is a town of almost 9,000 people. It is the commercial center of south-central Colorado. The town now thrives on tourism that the nearby Great Sand Dunes National Park brings.

The Great Sand Dunes National Park is just 20 minutes away from Alamosa. Visit this unique park to see the United States’ highest sand dunes, with some reaching 750 feet high! The tan sand formations are contrasted against a backdrop of 13,000-foot mountain peaks.

Travelers come from all around to hike, sled and even ski the dunes. You can also camp, picnic and explore the trails and wildlife preserve within the national park during your visit.

Some wildlife that you might see in the preserve includes deer, bears, mountain lions, fox, and coyotes.

Festivals in Alamosa include SummerFest on the Rio in June and the Early Iron car show, which takes place on Labor Day weekend.

Golfers should head to Cattails Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course. A new clubhouse was built at the golf course in 2008.

Thrill seekers can get an adrenaline rush visiting the alligator farm in Mosca. If you’re into more laid-back wildlife, The Alamosa-Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is your place. Spring is a particularly good time for bird watching at this wildlife refuge.

Winter is a good time to visit Alamosa as well. Take in the Rockies and the area history by taking the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad or the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Or just soak your muscles in a relaxing hot spring.
With lots of cozy Alamosa accommodations waiting, what are you waiting for?

Great Lakes Airlines makes three daily flights between Denver and Alamosa.

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