Top Things to Do in Colorado's San Luis Valley
Sitting at an average height of 7,664 feet above the sea level, covering approximately 8,000 square miles, the San Luis Valley is a high desert surrounded by high mountains of the Sangre de Cristos to the east and the San Juans to the west and sits on a foundation of marshlands, warm springs and shallow streams.
Home to eagles, waterfowls and waders, the valley's wetlands welcome thousands of migratory birds every year. If you're looking for a trip into history and scenic beauty, San Luis Valley can be the best choice. The home to diverse landscapes excites people of all age and interests.
Start In Alamosa
Alamosa makes an ideal destination for exploring this top tourist destination in the North America. Away from city hustle bustle, the small town offers a quiet habitat if you want to unwind and spend fun-filled vacation with your loved ones. Here are top San Luis Valley activities that you can look forward to during your visit to Alamosa:
- Drive to the Alamosa Wildlife Refuge
This is a place that's worth a visit. It offers a great view of wildlife along the river banks when you drive north across the Rio Grande. Launch yourself on Highway 160 to see excellent birdlife in the area. Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge expands to 11,000 acres and is a seasonal home to songbirds, coyotes, white-faced ibis and the American avocet.
- Great Sand Dunes National Park
The newest addition in the list of America's National Parks, Great Sand Dunes National Park is a place not to be missed. This is home to North America's tallest sand dunes. It's a geological wonder, suitable for hiking and camping. You can hike to the top and then slide down. The best way to view sand dunes for a long period is to stay at one of the campsites. It's available on first come first serve basis.
- Zapata Ranch
Zapata Ranch is a 100,000-acre working ranch, offering hiking trails, horse or truck-pulled wagons to take visitors out on the view. It also has a lodge with 15 guest rooms in three buildings, again which are available on first come first serve basis.
- Explore Alamosa
As said earlier, Alamosa is small and beautiful town known for its history. Visit the campus of Adams State University, which in itself is an architectural marvel. Explore the town on feet and browse galleries for regional arts, including pottery, photography and handmade jewelry. Stop to sample green chile specialties.
Stay in Alamosa
Though Alamosa is a small town but it is home to a large number of hotels that offer decent accommodation to travelers at pocket-friendly prices. Hotels in Alamosa are plenty but it is recommended to make an advanced booking if you're traveling during peak tourist season. No matter whether you're traveling with family or in a group, the hotels are able to meet your specific requirements. Highway 160 features many budget-friendly hotels.
So, when are you heading to Alamosa? We are eager to hear your travel stories.
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