"Gateway to Adventure"
Alamosa County sits in one of the most unique and fabulous areas in Colorado. It truly is a gateway to outdoor adventures and small-town, fresh, country living. Alamosa County resides within the San Luis Valley, which allows easy access to numerous outdoor activities and is one of my favorite places to visit. For instance, if you like to climb mountains Blanca Peak, a 14'er, and Penitenté Canyon are low-fuss, accessible locations. If you prefer to soak in hot springs or play in waterfalls you can go to the slightly riské, clothing optional, Valley View Hot Springs or splash around in the Zapata Falls. If you just enjoy unique scenery, then camp within the Medano Mountain complex of the breathtaking Sangré de Cristo Mountains. However, the shining spot of heaven on earth is at your fingertips, yes, the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. This place is truly extraordinary and should be on your bucket list with its unique flora, fauna, scenery, and intermittent, pulsing stream. Outside of town you can also enjoy odd sights such as the Alligator Farm and the UFO tower. The community in this county is comprised of pleasant, small town folk, community college students, and honest potato farmers. It is even more pleasant if you can speak Spanish, but if not, then you can at least enjoy the ethnic cuisine. Tasty tamales, anyone?