“Gateway to the Great Sand Dunes” – Alamosa is the largest town in the San Luis Valley with a popular near 8,000. The downtown section is lined with historic shops, restaurants and bars. Like most of Colorado, Alamosa has a sunny climate, but it can get very cold there.
Great Sand Dunes – On a clear day you can see them from town. This national park boasts fun hikes, good camping and a one-of-a-kind experience.
Rio Grande Scenic Railway – This historic railroad hosts a slew of exciting trips through southern Colorado, including concert trains, dinner rides and winter excursions.
- Local San Luis State Park and nearby Great Sand Dunes both offer well maintained campgrounds year round for a fee.
- A few miles south on Hwy 150 from Great Sand Dunes are the Zepata Falls. Free to explore and a nice campground which is cheaper than the above national and state parks. There are 20 or so campsites, and a couple of RV spots. There is a sign along Hwy 150 indicating the entrance. The road from there is about 4 miles and also a bumpy, rocky ride.
- The San Luis River passes by town.
- The Smith Reservoir is located 25 miles east of town in Blanca. Take US 160 east for 19 miles to Airport Rd. Follow that for a few miles to the lake.
- Hike to the top of the Sand Dunes.
Things to do near Alamosa
- Sand Dunes Pool (23mi)
- Alamosa Wildlife Refuge
- Baca Wildlife Refuge (32mi)
- Great Sand Dunes (27mi)
- Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge (20mi)
- Rio Grande National Forest
- San Luis (21mi)
State Wildlife Areas:
- Smith Reservoir (25mi)
- Zepata Falls (29mi)
- Colorado Gator Farm (17mi)