Alamosa is surrounded by the San Juan and Sangre De Cristo Mountain ranges. The population is approximately 9,500 and is 230 miles away from Denver. The elevation is about 7,500 ft. and a great place to stay when visiting nearby attractions such as the Great Sand Dunes and the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.
Visitors would want to see the Alamosa Wildlife refuge, the Blanca Wetlands, the Rio Grande National Forest and the San Luis Lakes State Park for wildlife viewing, hiking, fishing and picnicking.
When considering Alamosa, the Great Sand Dunes National Park has no equal, with the tallest dunes in North America,it encompasses 30 square miles, and boasts dunes that tower to 750 feet. You will want to stop at the visitor's center to learn more about the unique geography of this spectacular phenomenon. The park provides outdoor activities for all seasons including sand-boarding, off-roading, and horseback riding.
Hike to Zapata Falls where there is a secluded 25-foot waterfall sheltered in a rocky crevasse where the falls offer a cool break in the summer.
The nearby luxury Zapata Ranch is a Nature Conservancy Preserve and an authentic working cattle and bison ranch offered by Colorado-Vacations.
Oh by the way, there is the world's most unique alligator farm and reptile park with more than 400 alligators and dozens of other exotic reptile species. The geothermal water in the area allows the reptiles'warm water throughout the winter. You may actually see them sunning themselves on the snow. This is an amazing treat. The Colorado Gator's Reptile Park was previously seen on Animal Planet. Ask to see their Albino gator.
Alamosa is the main hub for the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad excursion train, which takes you through beautiful mountain passes, peaks and valleys while enjoying charming and historic western towns. The Cumbres& Toltec Railroad offers day trips running through Colorado to New Mexico and return for a small price.
During the winter months, the San Juan Mountain Range offers the best wide open spaces for snowmobiles in Colorado along with skiing, ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing all at Zapata Ranch as well as The Wolf Creek Ski Resort located at the top of Wolf Creek Pass, east of the Continental Divide. It is one of Colorado's oldest and finest ski areas, 65 miles west of Alamosa.
|Season||Early November to Early April|
1 High-Speed Poma
|Located||246 miles from Denver via US 285 and US 160|
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