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Conejos Peak Ranger District- There are a number of interesting and scenic attractions in this district including: Blanca Peak, the Conejos River, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad and Platoro Reservoir.
Divide Ranger District- The Divide Ranger District offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado.
Great Sand Dunes National Monument- Set against a backdrop of 14,000 foot peaks, the tallest sand dunes in North America rise nearly 750 feet above the San Luis Valley.
Saguache Ranger District- The Saguache Ranger District is the smallest district in the Rio Grande National Forest, but it is packed with numerous attractions and recreational opportunities.
San Luis Lakes State Park- San Luis Lakes and Wildlife Area lies in the southeastern San Luis Valley.

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Winter at the Great Sand Dunes and Herard Peak
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Winter at the Great Sand Dunes and Herard Peak
Description - In 1878 the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad made Alamosa its southern hub. The railroad company brought structures into the area on railroad cars to create a town. Since this time Alamosa has been a center for shipping. It is the largest community (population 9,500) in the San Luis Valley. Adams State College is located in Alamosa and helps to support the local economy.

Attractions - Alamosa is a central place from which to see the sights of the San Luis Valley. Thirty-five miles northeast of Alamosa lie the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. South of Alamosa, on U.S. Highway 285, is Antonito, where you can catch the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. West of Alamosa, on U.S. Highway 160, explorers and revelers can find Wolf Creek Ski Area, South Fork River, Wolf Creek Pass, and of course, the Rio Grande River. Follow Highway 149 west of U.S. 285 and you'll be on the Silver Thread Scenic Byway. You can make the long trek to the Wheeler Geologic Area, which is surrounded by the La Garita Wilderness Area. The Alamosa Chamber of Commerce can provide visitors with many other interesting activities in the region. It is located in Cole Park on the eastern end of Alamosa.

Recreation - Alamosa is the center from which almost any outdoor activity imaginable is possible, including summer skiing on the dunes in the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. The mighty Rio Grande River provides a number of exciting opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. For those who want to be on top of the world and are willing to do the work, Blanca Peak is over 14,000 feet. Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, scenic drives, horseback riding, all of these - and more - are available around the Alamosa area.

Climate - Mountainous terrain influences the climate visitors find around Alamosa. Elevations range from 7,500 feet to over 14,000 feet and in general, the climate at low elevations is cool and arid while the high country is cold and sometimes humid. Average precipitation varies from under 8 inches at the 8,000 foot level to over 50 inches in some alpine areas. Snowfall varies significantly, North Cochetopa Pass commonly receives two feet of snow in a year while Wolf Creek receives six to eight feet.

Summer is short and frost may occur anytime in high elevations. Annual temperature extremes range from 90 degrees in summer to 30 degrees below zero in winter. Rapid weather changes, with temperature changes of 40 degrees in periods as short as four to six hours, occur frequently.

Location - Alamosa is in the heart of the San Luis Valley, the highest valley in Colorado. The valley is easy to reach by car or airline. Highways 285, 160 and State Road 17 intersect in Alamosa. Commercial airlines serve Alamosa from Denver with several flights daily. The Rio Grande River also leads southeast through the center of town on its way to New Mexico.


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Filed By: Joe L Sanchez (Aurora, Colorado)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Sand Dunes were great to see, Fishing was one of the high lites of our trip,mountains are beautiful, weather was not a problem, and the people were very friendly, local food places were plesent and clean, I can see why my great grand father setteled in this valley in the 1800. Ill Be Back.


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Contact Information:
Alamosa Visitor Information Center, Cole Park , Alamosa, CO, 81101, Phone: 719-589-4840
, bluskys@alamosa.org

Additional Information:
Colorado Community Areas - Colorado's diverse communities include metropolitan areas, posh ski resorts and rustic mountain towns.
San Luis Valley Area - Southern Colorado's beautiful San Luis Valley is one of the highest and largest valleys in the world. A million plus acres of public lands invite the outdoorsman to enjoy the true Rocky Mountain experience.
South Central Region - This region lies just east of the Continental Divide, from the middle of the state to the southern border of Colorado. It includes the upper Arkansas River Valley, the San Luis Valley and the Colorado Springs area.

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Alamosa - Local community information site.

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