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Photographer’s Paradise


Tips for the perfect photos: Photograph during the magic hours (one hour after sunrise, one hour before sunset) when the sun is at a low angle creating a warm color balance, long shadows and stunning effects. Take several options with varying depths of field. Look for leading lines that take viewers' eyes through images. [...]

Photographer’s Paradise2017-04-24T12:19:47-06:00

Creede Underground Mining Museum


The town of Creede evolved from a history rich in mining and scenic surroundings. Silver was first discovered in Creede in 1889. Mining was the area’s main industry for almost 100 years until the Homestake Mining Company closed down the Bulldog Mine in 1985. The idea for the Underground Mining Museum was birthed in 1990 [...]

Creede Underground Mining Museum2015-05-31T10:00:05-06:00

Fort Garland Museum


Fort Garland was established in 1858 in southern Colorado, with its garrison of over 100 men it served to protect the earliest settlers in the San Luis Valley. We invite you to walk the parade ground of the fort and tour the adobe buildings, which feature a re-creation of the commandant’s quarters during Kit Carson’s [...]

Fort Garland Museum2017-01-06T20:19:45-07:00

Rio Grande County Museum & Cultural Center


The Rio Grande County Museum & Cultural Center offers visitors a glimpse into the past of Rio Grande County and it's early settlers including Native Americans, mountain men, fur trappers, gold seekers, farmers and ranchers, and merchants.  Many settlers came to this land for adventure, freedom and a better way of life. Offering learning opportunities [...]

Rio Grande County Museum & Cultural Center2015-05-31T10:02:54-06:00

Sangre de Cristo Museum and Cultural Center


The Sangre de Cristo Museum and Cultural Center has many educational displays depicting life in the Valley's Past. From a Turn-of-the-Century Post Office, images of the first steamboat on the Rio Grande River, artifacts from the early days of railroading and many agricultural collections, this is a perfect place to learn about the San Luis [...]

Sangre de Cristo Museum and Cultural Center2019-03-24T20:42:10-06:00

Jack Dempsey Museum


Come discover the World’s Greatest Heavyweight Boxer of the 20th Century! Jack Dempsey, also known as “The Manassa Mauler”, was the world’s heavyweight boxing champion from 1919 to 1926. Dempsey, a Colorado native was born in Manassa, Colorado. The museum in his honor is housed in the cabin in which Dempsey was born. The museum [...]

Jack Dempsey Museum2015-05-31T10:06:23-06:00



The San Luis Valley is filled with historical treasures! Enjoy a day or two exploring the Valley's Indian heritage, mining boom days and the role it has played in Colorado's rich legacy. Conejos County Museum 5045 US Highway 285 Antonito, CO 81120 Learn More Creede History Museum 17 Main Street Creede, CO 81130 Learn More [...]