Population: 8,780 (2010) : Elevation: 7,543 ft : Annual Precip. Average 7.25″

The discovery of gold and silver in 1870 fueled the mining rush to the San Luis Valley. In 1878, a passenger train stopped at a bed in the Rio Grande. It was then that Alamosa was founded. Spring, Summer and Fall beckon folks to get our and swim, walk, fish, hunt, bird watch, camp, golf, bike, hike, boat or just lounge around under the cool sunshine.

Winter recreation is not to be missed either. Blue skies and deep powder make the surrounding mountains a winter wonderland. Natural wonders such as Zapata Falls and the Sand Dunes Hot Springs Pool draw visitors and locals alike.

For those looking for a less-exerting vacation, Alamosa has many shops and boutiques to visit and many fine restaurants to enjoy. The waterpark at the Inn of the Rio Grande is a fun destination for the whole family. Take a trip to the Colorado Gator Reptile Park and see over 400 alligators soaking in natural hot springs water. Discover what you have been missing!

10 THINGS TO DO

1. Explore: Alamosa Wildlife Refuge
2. Hike: Zapata Falls
3. Visit: Great Sand Dunes National Park
4. Tour: Sun Edison Solar Plant
5. Play: Cattails Golf Course
6. Ride: Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
7. Fish: On the Conejos River
8. Visit: San Luis Valley Historical Museum
9. Bike: Along Alamosa Ranch Open Space
10. Attend: Sunday@Six Summer Concerts

Photo: NPS Photo