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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

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

Rio Grande National Forest


An incredible 1.86 million acre Rio Grande National Forest remains one of the true undiscovered jewels of Colorado. The mighty Rio Grande River begins its 1800 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico right here in the San Juan Mountains. The Continental Divide runs for 236 miles along most of the western border of the [...]

Rio Grande National Forest2015-05-31T09:59:10-06:00

Los Caminos Antiguos Byway


Length: 129 Miles Driving Time: 3 Hours Los Cominos Antiguos Byway is a historic route that will take you through Alamosa, Fort Garland, San Luis, and Antonito, passing right through the Great Sand Dunes National Park. This 3 hour, 129 mile drive takes you through Colorado's oldest town, La Vega, which also features the oldest [...]

Los Caminos Antiguos Byway2017-01-06T20:19:47-07:00

Silver Thread Scenic Byway


Length: 117 Miles Driving Time: 3 hours The Silver Thread Scenic Byway has been designated as a U.S. Forest Service National Scenic Byway and connects Creede, Lake City, and South Fork. Silver Thread gets its name not only from the rich veins of silver ore that lured many miners and settlers, but also from the [...]

Silver Thread Scenic Byway2019-06-22T12:52:48-06:00

ATV / 4-Wheeling


The Valley offers hundreds of opportunities for those wanting a unique and calm ride through the wilderness as well as those who don’t mind getting banged up by the rocky roads. Whether you opt for a maintained forest service road or a rough back woods trail, you are sure to find something that you will [...]

ATV / 4-Wheeling2016-11-18T16:07:33-07:00

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

The Bachelor Loop Historic and Scenic Byway


Beautiful scenery and historic markers await travelers along the Bachelor Loop route north of Creede. The loop is one of the many ways historic Creede acknowledges and embraces its past as a mining town and the continuation of the mining industry in town. Maps are available around Creede and are made by the Creede/Mineral County [...]

The Bachelor Loop Historic and Scenic Byway2017-01-06T20:19:48-07:00