Located just 17 miles north of Alamosa on Hwy. 17. Here geothermal wells keep the water at 87°, aiding in the production of alligators and fish. The Two Mile Creek Wildlife Habitat provides the opportunity to view gators in a natural setting, to fish and go boating, nature trail hiking and picnicking. Tours are available. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., October through April, and 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., May through September. Click on website for Gatorfest details. It will be the world's first Gator Rodeo and Roundup, with roping, riding, and barrel racing.
JOYFUL JOURNEY Hot Springs After a long day of adventures in the San Luis Valley, a dip in the JOYFUL JOURNEY Hot Spring is a must! You can relax while you enjoy the breathtaking view of the cosmos in this NO LIGHT POLLUTION valley.
San Luis Lakes State Park is 2,369 acres alive with numerous wildlife, including several species of waterfowl, migratory birds, raptors, amphibians and mammals. The park and wetlands are located near the Great Sand Dunes National Monument, allowing for outstanding wildlife habitat and wildlife viewing. The best viewing times are in the Spring and Summer. Camping is available, as well as waterfowl, small game and dove hunting, when in season.
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RIO GRANDE NATIONAL FOREST
The Rio Grande National Forest is home to a large variety of plants and animals. Common large animals in the area include elk, mule deer, pronghorn, and many others. The most seen smaller animals and birds include coyote, fox, beaver, bobcat, magpies, hummingbirds, bald and golden eagles and much more. During almost all of the seasons, the forest provides opportunities for amazing wildlife viewing.
MONTE VISTA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Located 6 miles south of Monte Vista (west of Alamosa) on Colorado Hwy. 15. This wildlife refuge provides habitat for numerous bird species, including the near extinct Whooping Crane. Best viewing times are during the Spring and Fall. Special tours and a self-guided driving loop are available. Call 719-589-4021 for more information.
RIO GRANDE RIVER
America's second largest river originates in the San Juan Mountains northwest of Del Norte (west of Alamosa). Twisting its way through the San Luis Valley on its 1,900 mile journey, the river has prime and gold medal trout fishing, float fishing, rafting, tubing and wildlife viewing. There are pleasant walking trails running along the river and through the town of Alamosa.
Alamosa County is called the "land of cool sunshine" and has the largest alpine valley in the world with the valley floor being 7500 feet above sea level. How amazing is that just about one and a half miles into the air! Nestled high in the Colorado Rockies, protected by 14,000 foot peaks, the San Luis Valley offers breathtaking scenery year round. The San Juan Range on the west is the continental divide. The spiny Sangre de Cristo Range on the east is one of Colorado's tallest mountain ranges. Mt. Blanca, the fourth tallest peak in Colorado, at 14,345 feet, towers over the San Luis Valley. The valley floor is a semi-arid vista receiving approximately eight inches of moisture a year. There is much to do and see in this area. Build a sand castle in the great Sand Dunes and after a day of terrific sightseeing, take a nice soothing soak in the nearby hot springs.
ALAMOSA WILDLIFE REFUGE
Located 3 miles southeast of Alamosa. This area features an 11,168-acre refuge bordering the Rio Grande River, providing habitat for numerous bird species, including Canadian Geese and the near extinct Whooping Crane. The best time to see large flocks is during the Spring and Fall. Special tours, programs and handicap facilities are available. The Bluff Overlook is open to the public and offers excellent wildlife and wetlands viewing. A hiking trail along the Rio Grande River is available for more energetic visitors.