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Cultural History of the San Luis Valley

2019-03-24T18:58:50-06:00

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

2017-04-24T12:05:03-06:00

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 Towns2017-04-24T12:05:03-06:00

Exploring Great Sand Dunes National Park

2017-04-17T10:32:09-06:00

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 Park2017-04-17T10:32:09-06:00

Photographer’s Paradise

2017-04-24T12:19:47-06:00

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

Birds of the Sand Dunes

2017-01-06T20:19:44-06:00

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 to [...]

Birds of the Sand Dunes2017-01-06T20:19:44-06:00

Hiking & Biking Trail Guide

2017-01-06T20:19:45-06:00

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 Guide2017-01-06T20:19:45-06:00

Come Explore South Fork

2016-04-29T14:12:42-06:00

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 Fork2016-04-29T14:12:42-06:00

Come Explore Monte Vista

2016-04-29T14:22:46-06:00

Population: 4,444 (2010) : Elevation: 7,664 ft : Annual Precip. Average 7.04" Monte Vista boasts natural beauty that attracts outdoor enthusiasts and sightseers alike. In the surrounding wilderness, you will find people hiking, biking, climbing, and camping in the warm months or snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling in the winter months. A day (or two [...]

Come Explore Monte Vista2016-04-29T14:22:46-06:00

Come Explore Ft. Garland and San Luis

2017-01-06T20:19:45-06:00

San Luis Population: 629 (2010) : Elevation: 7,979 ft : Annual Precip. Average 10" San Luis is a picturesque little town lying at the mouth of the valley of the Ventero. While San Luis is the oldest surviving settlement in Colorado, it was not the first. The setting of San Luis is surrounded by lush [...]

Come Explore Ft. Garland and San Luis2017-01-06T20:19:45-06:00