Alamosa County is the commercial hub of the San Luis Valley, with a thriving population of over 15,000+ residents. Named after the Spanish word meaning “grove of cottonwood trees”, Alamosa is the largest city of Alamosa county in the Colorado United States. It was established in 1913. The area of the county is 723 square miles, to our surprise its land is very fertile for agriculture, surrounded by sand dunes and peaks around 14000 feet high.
With the versatile climate, Alamosa is perfect for crops, including alfalfa, barley, potatoes, etc. Alamosa is home to some of the best mushrooms, potatoes, and hop farms. It is considered a hotbed for agriculture as 350+ days of sunlight hits the ground. Alamosa has long cold winters and hot summers, with rain from July to September. It is one of the most productive locations for Solar Power Plants in the United States.
Be sure to explore unique local breweries, legitimate farm-to-table cuisines, and beautiful downtown with shops, restaurants, and many more. Residents and visitors of Alamosa relish some of the best wilderness and outdoor recreational sites of Colorado. It is a gateway to diverse enticing locations such as Great Sand Dunes National Park, Zapata Falls, Rio Grande Scenic Railways and Alamosa Ranch, and Open Space Etc.
Local points of interest:
Cross Shrine in San Luis represents the rich cultural history of San Luis. Award-winning Creed theatre has proved to be a treat for Art lovers who keep raising the bars in classical plays.
Summer festivals, agriculture, and food add more colors to the unique culture of the valley.
If you are a foodie, Alamosa can be a perfect spot for you. With 50+ restaurants serving local dishes and fast food can be a worthwhile experience for you.
The Colorado Gator Farm is a unique site that can easily grab everyone’s attention. As an exotic animal refuge, a lot of reptiles from all over the world are present here. From brutal alligators to faint turtles, different reptiles are seen. Various bird species can be found flying in the park. Get ready with your family and head towards Colorado Gator Farm.
Located on the northern edge of the Rio Grande River is Cattails Golf Course, which serves as a perfect site for golfers. The clearer sky and the magical views of the mountain ranges provide a perfect spot for golfers.
Outdoor and Hiking sites:
Alamosa provides a perfect spot for hiking due to the breathtaking peaks and valleys surrounding it.
- The Great Sand Dunes National Park is a miraculous beauty that is almost a half-hour drive from Alamosa. It serves impeccable hiking sites for people who love adventures. The exotic grasslands and the mysterious wildlife provide an exciting hiking experience. If you haven’t visited The Great Sand Dunes, you definitely are missing so much in your life.
- Sangre de Cristi wilderness is another nature artifact. It is rarely mentioned not because it is less beautiful in any way but because it is far from the town. It is over an hour’s drive from Alamosa covering over 220,803 acres and 180 miles of hiking trails.
- Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is another site for nature lovers. It is a breeding site for about more than 200 birds and other wildlife. You definitely want to visit this place while hiking.
Trails in Alamosa:
Alamosa is filled with so many hiking trails that you don’t need to leave the town for that if you are a hiking lover.
- Middle Frisco Trail – This 6.3-mile trail leading to Frisco Lake is a reward in itself for hikers. The beautiful grasslands and forest make the journey to the lake more beautiful. If you are looking for a well-maintained uncrowned place for hiking, you don’t need to look anywhere else.
- South Zapata trail – South Zapata trail is full of natural splendor with Zapata falls and a narrow cave which makes your hiking memorable and extremely fun. The trail is brief and easy but to reach the glorious Zapata Lake, you need to drive under an hour to reach there which is still worth watching.
- Silver Falls trailhead – is a short yet difficult trail, featuring a 150 feet elevation incline to the west of Alamosa. The waterfalls and the mountainous sceneries are exciting for the hikers along with rough stretches and unmaintained trails.
Breathtaking Camping sites:
Alamosa, Sand dunes, and San Luis Valley offer a lot of breathtaking sites for camping. San Luis Valley is one of the unique places in Colorado due to its gigantic sand dunes and reported UFO sighting. Alamosa, Antonito, and Great Sand Dunes serve as other great sites for camping. Numerous camping sites are available around these places, each of which offers an impeccable experience.
Exclusive Hunting sites:
If you have a passion for hunting, The Rio Grande National Forest is a perfect place for you.
You can do big game hunting, small game, and waterfowl hunting at Conejo’s peak, Saguache, and Creede districts. Six big species of big game animals are hunted in the forest. Special permission is required for hunting antelope and sheep.
Del Monte Gun Club an exclusive club for hunters. It is situated in San Luis Valley between the Sangre de Cristi and San Juan mountain ranges. They offer clays, traps, and the “whatcha call it” stand.
A perfect site to visit with your family and friends, to try out some shooting.
Amazing Fishing sites:
Alamosa offers a lot of fishing sites for visitors around mountain lakes and streams as well as downstream rivers and reservoirs. Major fish species found are; Rainbow trout, Brown trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, and the Rio Grande cutthroat. All people above 15 years are required to have a fishing license.
Conejos River is a stunning 93-mile long river that features some of the San Luis Valley’s most incredible scenery. The River has all sorts of trout’s you can imagine which attracts fishermen from all over America. Antonito area is specifically known for its rainbow, brown and cutthroat fishing.
The Rio Grande is one of the vital rivers in West America with about 180,000 square miles of watershed. The River is filled with big brown and rainbow trout waiting to latch onto the fishing hooks.
Well if you are tired of your tiresome and boring routine, it’s time to give yourself a break and enjoy the beauty of nature. Alamosa is a perfect place to live with your family. It is an uncanny amalgam of exclusive downtown, traditional farms, and miraculous natural sites.
Go pack your bags and head towards a relaxing and adventurous Alamosa County.
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