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Multi-Adventure Weekends


If you’re anything like me, the weekend can’t come soon enough. Thankfully, for those “weekend warriors” out there, the region has countless opportunities to explore, learn and play. From solo hikes to family fishing adventures, here are two winter destinations and some helpful tips to make your multi-adventure weekend happen! Snowshoeing & Ice Fishing at [...]

Multi-Adventure Weekends2019-05-07T16:19:01-06:00

Winter Fly Fishing


Article and Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Interested in getting on the water during the cold months? Well, the Rio Grande is sure to please fishing enthusiasts willing to take on chilly (and down-right freezing) fall and winter temperatures! Surprisingly, while air temperatures can drop to the single and sub-zero double-digits [...]

Winter Fly Fishing2020-03-31T11:49:10-06:00

Exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park


Article & Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is one of the most unique sites managed by the National Park Service – from its location (in the highest alpine desert in North America) to its unique features and ecosystems including a dunefield, rugged peaks, high country forests, alpine environments, and [...]

Exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park2020-03-31T13:02:59-06:00

Middle Frisco Multi-Use Trail


Article & Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Visitors to the San Luis Valley have many scenic trails to choose from – including the Rio Grande National Forest’s Middle Frisco Trail (Trail #879, Rio Grande National Forest). This moderately difficult (due to its length and elevation gain) multi-use trail is the perfect destination for day hikes, mountain biking, [...]

Middle Frisco Multi-Use Trail2020-03-31T13:04:12-06:00

Exploring Poage Lake


Looking for a high country lake escape? Whether you want to cast a fly or lure, enjoy a picnic with family and friends, or take a kayak or canoe or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) out on the water, the Rio Grande National Forest has a multitude of lakes, reservoirs, creeks and ponds waiting for you [...]

Exploring Poage Lake2020-03-31T13:05:43-06:00

Fly Fishing the Upper Rio Grande


Browns, 'Bows, Brookies & Cutthroat - that's what fly fishing in the San Luis Valley is all about! If you're looking for an easy-to-access, trout-packed stream for your next fly fishing destination, consider a visit tot he trail waters of Big Meadows Reservoir in the Rio Grande National Forest. to access, travel west on [...]

Fly Fishing the Upper Rio Grande2019-12-16T19:06:13-07:00

Fishing Guides


Come discover our four-season outdoor paradise! If you are a sportsman or outdoor enthusiast, the San Luis Valley is an adventure awaiting your visit. Customize your experience with an outfitter for the perfect fishing excursion. The Upper Rio Grande region is legendary for its gold medal catches. Area guides provide both wade and float [...]

Fishing Guides2017-01-06T20:19:43-07:00

Fly Fishing Hatch Chart


Fly Fishing Gold These days, a different kind of gold can be found in the San Luis Valley.  The mighty Rio Grande River offers miles of gold medal fishing and some of the most challenging fishing in Colorado.  It's pristine waters, cool mountain air and abundance of fish are the ingredients for a perfect day [...]

Fly Fishing Hatch Chart2020-06-16T11:28:58-06:00

Fishing on the Rio Grande


The Rio Grande is truly one of the best “unknown” rivers in America. That is to say, a crowded day on the Grande may resemble a very quiet day on another river. Drift boats frequent the river during the float season, leaving plenty of room for the wade fisherman. The Rio Grande is the second [...]

Fishing on the Rio Grande2020-03-31T13:07:23-06:00

Ice Fishing in the San Luis Valley


If you're seeking a little adventure to add to your winter activities, try wetting a line in our frozen alpine lakes and reservoirs. The thrill of the catch will keep you coming back! Ice Fishing is a sport recently gaining in popularity - according to a State-wide survey 25% of anglers embark on the ice. [...]

Ice Fishing in the San Luis Valley2019-03-24T20:54:17-06:00