Visit San Luis Valley, Colorado

To highlight all that the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado has to offer.

Keep It Cool in the San Luis Valley! Not only does the Valley offer MANY historical, cultural, and recreational activities, it also offers cool summertime temperatures!

Beautiful U.S. attractions from the Grand Canyon to Route 66

and our own Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is #4 of the 27 most beautiful attractions in the whole United States. Our friends to the north are also on the list - Maroon Bells.

The Dunes are open 24/7, 365 days of the year so make sure to also take advantage of the beautiful dark skies!

Full Day Trips - Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad 2019 Season opens May 25th! Get your tickets @ 2017 Season Dates: May 27 - October 22 Summer Schedule: May 27 - September 4th Fall Schedule: September 5th- October 22nd.

11 Colorado Waterfalls |

Spring runoff makes for an even more dramatic waterfall show including the Mystic San Luis Valley's - North Clear Creek Falls and Zapata Falls!

SHOUTOUT: What's your favorite CO waterfall? Waterfalls in Colorado are worth making an extra trip, some are just off the road and some require a bit of hiking. A few favorites include Seven Falls, Hanging Lake, Boulder Falls, Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride and Helen Hunt Falls.

Lake City Packer Days - Memorial Day Weekend

Looking for a 5K run amongst a beautiful landscape? Then make sure to sign up for the -- Run for Your Life 5K (in honor of Alferd Packer) set for Memorial Day Weekend along the Silver Thread Scenic Byway in Lake City, Colorado Lake City / Hinsdale County, Colorado: Official Tourism Website. Unrivaled outdoor recreation, unique geology, wildflowers, abundant wildlife, and historic attractions. An endless list of “ah-factors” includes 96% public land, five Colorado Fourteeners, four wilderness areas, two national byways...

Great news about the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. It is now an official Dark Sky Park under the guidelines set by the International Dark Sky Association.

"Great Sand Dunes NPP has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park! This designation is the result of years of data collection, successful efforts to reduce light pollution in and near the park, and night sky programs at the park amphitheater."

Great Sand Dunes NPP has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park! This designation is the result of years of data collection, successful efforts to reduce light pollution in and near the park, and night sky programs at the park amphitheater. Learn more on our News page:

Photo of Milky Way over Great Sand Dunes:
NPS/Patrick Myers

#GreatSandDunes #NightSky #MilkyWay #ParkAfterDark #HalfTheParkIsAfterDark #Stars #Starlight #InternationalDarkSkyAssociation #InternationalDarkSkyPark #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Living in Harmony with Nature Shumei International Institute Celebrates 17 years of Crestone Community

On Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, the Shumei International Institute (SII) will celebrate the 17th anniversary of its Sacred Earth Center in Crestone, Colorado. The theme of this year’s event is “Living in Harmony with Nature.” In today’s day and age of environmental degradation, climate change and troubles, Nature is certainly teaching, but is humanity listening? We will explore this theme in positive ways throughout this years anniversary event.

Shumei International Institute On Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, the Shumei International Institute (SII) will celebrate the 17th anniversary of its Sacred Earth Center.

For those of us with mobility challenges - did you know that the Sand Dunes Recreation Hot Springs pool has a Zero Entry Pool located within their Greenhouse area?!! Use your cane, walker or even your wheelchair to enter gently down the ramp into the 98 degree waters. Enjoy!

Photo by CransonPhotography #sanddunesrecreation #hotsprings #thegreenhouse #oasis #adultsonly #visitalamosa #slv #colorado #coloradohotsprings

La Veta is a gem located in the Cuchara River Valley of Colorado

“La Veta is always on the cusp of being discovered,” said Jonathan Evans, who along with his wife, Beth, owns Shalawalla Batik Studio and Gallery/Gift shop in La Veta, Colo.""

"La Veta is absolutely a hidden gem nestled at the foot of the West Spanish Peak in southern Colorado."

The Fence Post: Ag News Jonathan S. Evans Beth Evans Spanish Peaks Country #MysticSanLuisValley Shalawalla Gallery La Veta, Colorado

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The ultimate 5-day adventure indeed in the #MysticSanLuisValley! Visit a fort, enjoy local foods/breweries, hot springs, a train ride, gators, mountain biking and more!

Spanish Peaks Country Walsenburg Golf Club Tina's Family Cafe Lathrop State Park Alys' Restaurant and Go Ask Alys Catering Francisco Fort Museum La Veta Inn Ryus Avenue Bakery Shrine of the Stations of the Cross Osier, Colorado Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Calvillos Mexican Restaurant The Colorado Farm Brewery Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Alamosa Campus Cafe Zapata Falls Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Great Sand Dunes Oasis Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa Crestone Brewing Co. Crestone Historical Museum Colorado Gator Farm Rio Grande Scenic Railroad The ROAST. Craft Coffee and Libations San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex Three Barrel Brewing Co. Kristi Mountain Sports, LLC Ramon's South Fork, CO Creede Repertory Theatre Dragonfly Flats Creede CO Visit Creede Rio Grande Country I Love La Veta Conejos County Museum & Visitors Center Visit Alamosa Colorado Del Norte, Colorado

Two train rides, boarding down sand dunes, gators - this 5-day trip will show you why we call this region "Mystic".

DYK Colorado Gator Farm is able to keep gators bc they have a hot spring that keeps the water at a constant 87deg year-round?!

Have a great photo of the Cranes that you'd like to see featured in a Colorado magazine? Then contact the Monte Vista Crane Festival folks. See below...

Photo credit: Patrick Myers

Great news crane fans!! The Colorado Tourism Office would like to highlight the Monte Vista Crane Festival in its magazine "Love Colorado," as one of THE winter things to do in our lovely state. They're looking for a few amazing, high resolution crane photos to accompany the story. If you have some fab crane pics from the San Luis Valley that you'd like to submit for consideration, please email them to [email protected]. Interesting pics from the festival's craft & nature fair, talks, bus tours, etc. will also be considered. Photos not chosen for the magazine story may also be used for the 2020 crane festival marketing. Photographers will be paid by the Tourism Office and credited by name for use of their photos! Deadline for submission is this Friday, May 10!!

Thanks Patrick Myers with Great Sand Dunes NP for this beautiful shot!!

Hope you enjoyed the dark skies this weekend! Thank you Reporter Matt Kroschel for this beautiful shot in the Mystic San Luis Valley at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Cool sands, brilliant sky and yet another reason the Great Sand Dunes down in the San Luis Valley in Colorado are pure magic.

Photographer Matt Snow = 📸

Rito Seco Trail Construction @ San Luis: Mike O'Brien Memorial Project | Volunteers For Outdoor Colorado

Looking for a Voluntourism opportunity here in the Mystic San Luis Valley?! The registration for these open June 1st:

Rito Seco Trail Construction in San Luis:

BioBlitz Citizen Science @ Conejos Canyon: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Type of Work: Trail Construction Dates: July 20, 2019 - July 21, 2019 Times: 8:00 am-4:00 pm Physical Difficulty: Easy, Moderate Minimum Age: 14 Region: Southern Mountains State: Colorado City: Alamosa County: Alamosa Camping: Yes Groups Allowed: Yes Payment Requir...

Why We Should All Be More Adventurous This Summer

Women Who Travel - Condé Nast Traveler - "For those of us who don't describe ourselves as "outdoorsy," planning an excursion out into the wilderness can seem like a daunting task. How do you find the best trails? How do you stay safe? How much gear should you buy? And, once you've figured that out, how much will it all cost? Well, we're here to tell you that it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, we've dedicated an entire episode to all the reasons why you really should (finally) embrace the outdoors this summer." The outdoors really can be for all of us.

Rio Grande National Forest - Camping & Cabins:Campground Camping

Where can you enjoy dark skies and camping while visiting the #MysticSanLuisValley?

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area
Zapata Fallsl Campground
Lathrop State Park
Huerfano State Wildlife Area
U.S. Forest Service-Rio Grande National Forest camp sites in around the towns of Creede, Mogote, La Garita, Saguache, etc. Check the RGNF schedule for which campgrounds are currently open.

Photo credit: Peter Ismert, Milky Way over the Rio Grande outside Monte Vista, CO Electric, sewer, and water hook-ups & showers are not available, some campgrounds have potable water and most have vault toilets. Resevations at or call 877-444-6777.

This weekend you can enjoy a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Alamosa, Dark Skies at Orient Land Trust and Westcliffe, student art shows in Del Norte and Alamosa, a Borderlands history perspective in Ft Garland, Eufórquestra performing at St. Ives’, and Plein Air Artists Exhibit in Walsenburg. And don't forget the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. Enjoy!

Orient Land Trust (dark skies event, 05/04)
Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Block Party (Alamosa)
Visit Custer County (dark skies event, 05/04)
Rio Grande County Museum (student art exhibit)
San Luis Valley Museum (student art exhibit)
Fort Garland Museum (Borderlands presentation)
Missy and Heine Andersen return to Society Hall!
Euforquestra at ALMA Benefit | Alamosa, CO
Plein Air Artists Colorado-PAAC (Walsenburg)
Museum of Friends (MOF) (Plein Air, Walsenburg)
Spanish Peaks Country

[05/03/19]   Enjoy our Dark Skies -- This weekend is going to be the perfect time to enjoy the abundance of dark skies of the Mystic San Luis Valley in southern Colorado has to offer. On Saturday we have a new moon. The weather looks like it might cooperate with at least partly cloudy skies and there will be the Eta Aquarid meteor shower that peaks on the morning of May 6.

Places to take in the sites includes the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Orient Land Trust, UFO Tower, Westcliffe, Silver Cliff, Crestone, just outside the towns of La Veta, Creede, Del Norte, La Garita, and Saguache.

Night Sky Photography Workshops in Westcliffe, Colorado Creede, Colorado Visit Creede Crestone Historical Museum #Crestone La Veta, Colorado Spanish Peaks Country Saguache Chamber of Commerce Saguache County Tourism Council Orient Land Trust Valley View Hot Springs
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Westcliffe, Colorado UFO Watchtower

Our neighbors to the west this morning in Lake City, Colorado, 05/02! "Lake San Cristobal this morning after a few inches of snow overnight!"

Photo by: Michael Underwood

Lake San Cristobal this morning after a few inches of snow overnight!

Colorado Liquid Arts |

If you are looking to enjoy one of #ColoradoLiquidArts look no farther than the Mystic San Luis Valley:

The Colorado Farm Brewery, Alamosa
Crafty Canary Brewery, Walsenburg
Crestone Brewing Co., Crestone
San Luis Valley Brewing Co., Alamosa
Square Peg Brewerks, Alamosa
Three Barrel Brewing Co., Del Norte

#MysticSLV #sanluisvalley #SLV #liquidarts #VisitMysticSLV #VisitColorado Spanish Peaks Country Rio Grande Country #DelNorte #Alamosa #Walsenburg

Saturday, May 4th is the 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Block Party (at the corner of Main St and San Juan in Alamosa) including Spanish folk dancing from Los Vecinos Bailadores; sounds of Mariachi San Luis; the 50th year anniversary of local Spanish Rock Band, Indian Nickle; enjoy street tacos and the margarita/beer garden!!

Free Cinco de Mayo T-shirts, Biscochitos and promotional items will be handed out, celebrating the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area's 10th Anniversary.

The event is free, come early and bring chairs!

Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Block Party Mariachi Sanluis Indian Nickel Band Visit Alamosa Colorado

‘Colorado Mountain Theatre Tour’ Features Four Repertory Companies – Pagosa Daily Post News Events & Video for Pagosa Springs Colorado

"Pairing drama and dramatic scenery, four theater companies in Pagosa Springs, Creede, Silverthorne and Grand Lake form a collection of performing-arts venues that should not be missed. Each offers a robust lineup of shows during the summer, in addition to year-round programming, and all four destinations boast their own unique character and attractions in any season. Starting in south-central Colorado and working your way north, here’s your ticket to a thespian tour for 2019…"

Creede Repertory Theatre Thingamajig Theatre Company Lake Dillon Theatre Company Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

Family Camping: Trail Construction & Habitat Restoration @ Baca National Wildlife Refuge | Volunteers For Outdoor Colorado

Have you registered for these volunteerism opportunities?!

Family Camping Trail Construction & Habitat Restoration (May 18-19th)

Cotton Creek Trail Restoration (Jun 22-23rd)

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Type of Work: Grounds/Facilities Maintenance, Trail Construction Dates: May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019 Times: 8:00 am-4:00 pm Physical Difficulty: Easy, Moderate Minimum Age: 6 Region: Southern Mountains State: Colorado City: Crestone County: Saguache Camping: Yes Gro...

Several railroads up for USA Today award

The Cumbres and Toltec Railroad is on the short list of USA Today's Readers' Choice nominees for a travel award. Make sure to vote and if you have taken the ride. Get your tickets now! Several railroads, including a few that run through New Mexico, are on a short list of USA Today's Readers' Choice nominees in the running for a travel award.

Gonzalo will perform for Santa Ana Y Santiago Fiesta weekend, July 27th in San Luis! Tickets will be available soon. The Town of San Luis, CO.


Silvery clouds peeled back this morning to reveal wet dunes and fresh snow on the mountains. After rain, patterns appear from various layers and types of sand that dry at different rates. Sharply ridged 'Chinese Walls' are also visible on the crests of each dune, formed from reversing wind directions. The dunes' ever-changing light and textures are another inspiring aspect of this diverse park and preserve!

Photo: NPS/Patrick Myers

#GreatSandDunes #Dunes #Mountains #CrestonePeaks #SangreDeCristoMountains #ClearingStorm #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Join Perla Kopeloff and Nancy Arnold Harris for a weekend workshop on May 18 & 19 -- learn to make your own handmade journals.

Participants will learn how to hand print and make unique paste papers for journal covers, as well as learn three book binding techniques. Participants will create three journals to take home. All materials included.
$120 for two days

Location: Big Valley Hobby Town, 3211 Main St., Alamosa, CO 81101. To register, call 970-570-9737

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Alamosa, CO

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Sacred Gauges Sacred Gauges
529 Main St, Ste 4
Alamosa, 81101

From tongue rings to nipples rings! From gauges to hoops, we got you covered! Swing on by and check out our selection of body jewelry and local art!

San Luis Valley Historical Society San Luis Valley Historical Society
PO Box 982
Alamosa, 81101

The San Luis Valley Historical Society is a Non-Profit organization to help highlight, preserve, and advocate for the heritage and history of the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado.

Visit Alamosa Colorado Visit Alamosa Colorado
610 State Ave
Alamosa, 81101

Adventure awaits you in Alamosa! Great Sand Dunes, Rio Grande Scenic RR, Gator Farm, museums, hot springs, camping, and more! #VisitAlamosa