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3 Days in the San Luis Valley & Great Sand Dunes

3 Days in the San Luis Valley & Great Sand Dunes
3 days
The meandering Rio Grande River snakes through a vast valley ringed by dramatic mountains and laden with hidden lakes, waterfalls and cool summertime temperatures. Explore the small towns and attractions tucked away in this intriguing area.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places:

Donate to the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust who believes that land and water conservation contribute to sustaining the vitality of this agricultural heritage and economy, the exceptional wildlife habitat, the scenic beauty and the area's rural quality of life.

Day 1
Activity

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

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Because the dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness, this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways. Whether you play in Medano Creek, build a sand... Read More
Lunch

Great Sand Dune Oasis

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The Oasis Restaurant and Store, located at the main park entrance, is the only restaurant within 25 miles of Great Sand Dunes National Park. Read More
Activity

Zapata Falls Recreation Area

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Cut from the rock face by glaciers and scoured by millennia of rushing water, cold water crashes through a 30 ft. cleft in the rock walls. The falls are a half-mile hike from the parking area,... Read More

Dinner

San Luis Valley Brewing

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Offers the finest in craft brews and fine food in an inviting atmosphere. Read More
Activity

Sand Dunes Recreation

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A family friendly oasis in the San Luis Valley.  Large family pool maintained at 98 degrees, 25-person hot tub, 2 on-site restaurants,  gift shop, The Greenhouse, an adults-only tropical escape... Read More

Lodging

Best Western Alamosa Inn

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Beautiful newly remodeled hotel with many amenities. Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Campus Café

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Campus Cafe is the local favorite. American food, amazing breakfasts, you have to try the cinnnamon roll! Great lunch menu too. 

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Activity

Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center

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Fort Garland was built in 1858 during US expansion into the West. Visitors can explore life in an 1800s Army fort including five original adobe buildings. Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers of the... Read More

Lunch

All-Gon Pizza

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Located in the heart of historic Fort Garland, our family-owned restaurant is known for fine dining, delicious home-style cooking, and comfy rustic hospitality. Read More
Activity

Shrine of the Stations of the Cross

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Built as an act of faith and love for the parishioners of the Sangre de Cristo Parish.  Visitors can climb the half-mile trail to view fifteen bronze sculptures of Christ's passion and... Read More

Dinner

Calvillo's Mexican Restaurant

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Authentic Mexican cuisine, menu or all-day buffet, banquet room and full bar.

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Activity

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

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In the heart of the arid San Luis Valley lies a birdwatchers paradise. Lush wetlands provide year-round habitat for songbirds, water birds, coyotes, deer and other wildlife. In March and September,... Read More
Lodging

Best Western Alamosa Inn

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Beautiful newly remodeled hotel with many amenities. Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Don Tomas Bakery

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Known for amazing breakfast burritos and other delights. Read More
Activity

Penitente Canyon Recreation Area, BLM

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Penitente Canyon is the site of rich geological and cultural history. Part of the La Garita Caldera, the unusual rock formations and hoodoos in the canyon have become a premier rock climbing... Read More

Lunch

Three Barrel Brewing Company

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One of Colorado's smallest microbreweries that's been in business for over 15 years. Located in the heart of Del Norte, Colorado, we that utilizes local ingredients in all beers and foods at the... Read More

Activity

Rio Grande County Museum and Cultural Center

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See the cultural and natural history of the San Luis Valley. Home to the Del Norte Visitors' Center.

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Dinner

Boogie's Restaurant

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We are known for our great food, fast service and friendly folks! Come check our our giant cinnamon rolls for breakfast, daily specials or join us for the big game. We hope to see you soon! Read More
Activity

Bistro BARbara at the Windsor Hotel

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Bistro BARbara Bistro BARbara is a warm, inviting bar where you can relax with old friends and make new ones. We serve handcrafted cocktails and a locally driven menu seven days a week. Read More
Lodging

Windsor Hotel

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One of Colorado's oldest hotels, the Windsor occupies nearly one half of a city block in the heart of Del Norte. The Windsor became the main social and commercial center of the area and remained... Read More