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Jeeping Through Ghost Towns


Article & Photos b y URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Colorado’s long history of mining provides off-roaders and 4x4 enthusiasts with a plethora of unique, off-the-beaten bath places to explore! Visitors to the San Luis Valley and surrounding area will find that off-road travel opportunities abound, from casual dirt road driving to technical [...]

Jeeping Through Ghost Towns2020-03-31T13:00:15-06:00

Off Roading The Sand Dunes


Article & Photos b y URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of the many gems of the San Luis Valley. Resting on the far east side of the valley below the impressive and rugged Sangre de Cristo peaks, the park boasts impressive environments including a dune field that is home to the tallest [...]

Off Roading The Sand Dunes2020-03-31T13:01:20-06:00

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

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

Amazing Waterfalls in the San Luis Valley


The San Luis Valley has many wonderful opportunities to view some of the most majestic waterfalls in the state. The most impressive time to visit is late Spring when the snow melt begins and run-off is at it's peak. Below are some of favorite waterfall locations: Copper Falls - [Mineral County] [...]

Amazing Waterfalls in the San Luis Valley2020-03-31T12:57:18-06:00

La Garita Arch


This marvel of nature can not be missed! To get to the Arch, head north out of Monte Vista on Highway 285 for 18 miles to County Road G. Turn left and go west to the “Y” just past the La Garita Store. Take the dirt road south and follow the signs to the Natural [...]

La Garita Arch2020-03-31T13:08:21-06:00