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Birds of the Sand Dunes


The Great Sand Dunes National Park is home to a wide array of wildlife. There are over 200 species of birds at Great Sand Dunes, nesting in tundra, trees, grasslands, or wetlands. Come enjoy the crisp winter air and see if you can spot one or two! Check out some of pictures of things [...]

Birds of the Sand Dunes2019-06-04T21:44:09-06:00

Creede Repertory Theatre


"For over 54 seasons, visitors and theatre practitioners alike have made their pilgrimages to Creede for the beauty and the artistry of the Creede Repertory Theatre. CRT presents acclaimed productions each season and is a nationally-recognized theatre. USA TODAY called CRT “one of the 10 best places to see the lights way off Broadway” [...]

Creede Repertory Theatre2020-03-17T12:34:30-06:00

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad


Hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains is a precious historic artifact of the American West. Built in 1880 and little changed since, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the most spectacular example of steam era mountain railroading in North America and was awarded National Historic Landmark designation in 2012. [...]

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad2020-03-17T14:50:02-06:00

Cultural History of the San Luis Valley


Article and Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo The San Luis Valley has a long history of human habitation. From early native peoples and Spanish explorers to modern agricultural communities and new industries, the valley has long been a significant place of religious significance, recreation, farming and other forms of land use, [...]

Cultural History of the San Luis Valley2019-03-24T18:58:50-06:00

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

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

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

Hiking & Biking Trail Guide


With thousands of miles of wilderness to explore, it's no wonder why the San Luis Valley allures sports enthusiasts of every kind.  If your preferred mode of transportation is hiking, mountain biking, by horseback, motorcycle, ATV or snowmobile, there is something for everyone here! Download Trail Guide

Hiking & Biking Trail Guide2017-01-06T20:19:45-07:00

Come Explore South Fork


Population: 386 (2010) : Elevation: 8,209 ft : Annual Precip. Average 11" The Town of South Fork was built around the junction of the famous Rio Grande River and its south fork. In the center of town, Why 160 and Hwy 149 meet and begin the historic Silver Thread National Scenic Byway. This is a spectacular route [...]

Come Explore South Fork2019-10-01T18:50:47-06:00