Looking east, you’ll see the spiny Sangre de Cristo range, which is among the tallest mountain ranges in Colorado. Mt. Blanca, in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo’s, is the fourth tallest mountain in the state. From just about everywhere in the valley, you’ll have stunning views of this beautiful mountain.
Alamosa, with a population close to 10,000, is the largest city in the San Luis Valley. Alamosa provides a home to Adams State College, Trinidad State College, San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, shopping, and more. Alamosa is the hub of the valley.
The San Luis Valley is over 80 miles long and 50 miles wide. Spectacular mountain ranges surround the valley. On the west side, the San Juans create the perfect backdrop for colorful sunsets.
In addition, being in Alamosa puts you within minutes of:
- The amazing Great Sand Dunes National Park, site of the largest sand dunes on the North American continent.
- The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, known as one of the finest narrow gauge railroads in the country.
- Two great golf courses.
- The Wolf Creek Ski area.
- Excellent hiking, biking, camping, and hunting opportunities.
- Fantastic trout fishing.
- World-class “Fourteener” mountain climbing.
- Two natural hot springs swimming pools.
- Awesome snowmobiling and four wheeling areas.
Alamosa’s central location makes it an ideal setting for those who enjoy the amenities of big city life—occasionally! Alamosa is within a four hour drive of both Denver and Albuquerque. Colorado Springs and Santa Fe are less than three hours away. Durango, Taos, Pueblo, Gunnison, and many other smaller cities are less than two hours away.
In Alamosa, you will enjoy four distinct seasons with over 350 days of sunshine each year. At 7,544 feet in elevation, our summers are pleasantly cool with a July average temperature of 65 degrees. Expect about 8 inches of moisture a year. Winters can be cold, but are generally very sunny. In January, temperatures average about 17 degrees. You’ll find winter driving conditions to be quite good.
Agriculture is the dominant industry in the valley. San Luis Valley potatoes are delicious! Lettuce and spinach are also widely grown. Valley farmers also grow high-quality barley.
If you are planning a visit to the Valley, you may want to schedule your trip around one of our special events:
Round up the family and head on down to the Alamosa Rodeo and Demolition Derby in June.
Salute the 4th of July at Alamosa’s spectacular parade and fireworks display.
Stretch your legs at the High Altitude Challenge 5K run in Alamosa every August.
Celebrate the Early Iron Car Festival in Alamosa in September.
Alamosa is a great starting-out point for a number of other festivals and events in the San Luis Valley, like the Monte Vista Crane Festival, the Creede Mountain Man Rendezvous, the Sunshine Festival, and the Gator Fest. Contact the local visitor information center for more information (719-589-4840) about area events.
You will find a variety of information sheets and brochures about Alamosa and the surrounding area at the Alamosa Welcome Center (610 State Ave, Alamosa CO 81101).