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3 Scenic Byways: Short Walks, Long Views

3 Scenic Byways: Short Walks, Long Views
3 days

Three scenic byways in southern Colorado offer a three-day road tour for travelers who like frequent stops, short walks and awe-inspiring walking trails that are good for both kids and dogs. These 203 mystic miles feature the Highway of Legends Scenic and Historic Byway, Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway and the Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway. You'll be seeing the towns of Trinidad, Cuchara, La Veta, Fort Garland, Alamosa and South Fork — all of which offer unique amenities. 

Sustainability Activity

Three Unique Ways to Give Back:

Looking to give back to Colorado during your visit? Work to improve the Cuchara Mountain Park is an ongoing process. Maybe you want to donate? The San Luis Valley Museum Association is an all-volunteer nonprofit that supports the efforts of 22 museums throughout the Mystic San Luis Valley. Finally, if you're an animal lover, Citizen Science hikes along creeks near South Fork, recording information about beavers.

Sustainability Activity
Day 1
Breakfast

Bob & Earl's Cafe

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Providing great food since 1993. Here you can leave the mood of the Interstate behind, and pick up the quieter rhythm of a historic two-lane road on Hwy 12. Read More
Activity

Hike Carpios Cove Trail at Trinidad Lake State Park

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The half-mile Carpios Cove Trail is an easy jaunt through pinyon pine and juniper trees with beautiful lake views and access to multiple ecosystems — riparian, grassland, and forest. There is a day-use fee.
Lunch

Stonewall Shopping Bag

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Stonewall Shopping Bag is a small country store with a 40 seat restaurant plus an RV Park located next to the Stonewall Gap on Highway 12 - the Highway of Legends. We are located on the US... Read More

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Hike the Vista View Trail

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Native Americans regarded the majestic Spanish Peaks as the abode of the Gods. Today hikers enjoy a top-down view of this National Natural Landmark via a short half-mile trail that brings them to a majestic view of the entire wilderness.
Dinner

Legends on Main

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Authentic New Mexican and international food in the European tradition. A small restaurant with an even smaller kitchen produces clean, quality, from scratch food from around the globe. Think... Read More

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Go on a Dark Skies Walking Tour

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After dinner, take the 4-block walking tour of historic downtown La Veta, then drive south of town on Highway 12 to reach deeply dark skies and, hopefully, an unimpeded view of the Milky Way.
Lodging

Two Fox Cabins & RV's

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Twelve rental cabins in La Veta. The property abuts the Cuchara River. We do daily, weekly and monthly rentals.

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Day 2
Breakfast

Ryus Ave Bakery

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Serving artisan breads, pastries, breakfast and lunch. Read More
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Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center

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Fort Garland was commanded by legendary frontiersman Kit Carson and had a garrison of over 100 men who protected the earliest settlers in the San Luis Valley. Tour original adobe buildings and... 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

Insider's Tip

Experience the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area:

The Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway is located within the heritage area. The mission of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is to promote, preserve, protect and interpret the profound historical, religious, environmental, geographical, ​geologic, cultural and linguistic resources of Costilla, Alamosa and Conejos counties.

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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
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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Go for a Walk

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After dinner, head for Alamosa's Blanca Vista Park. Take in the views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, enjoy the sunset or do a bit of birdwatching.
Lodging

Dunes Inn

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The newly renovated Dunes Inn offers personal, small-town hospitality with budget-friendly rates. It's within walking distance of Alamosa restaurants, pubs, museums and more.

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Day 3
Breakfast

Fat Carl's Restaurant

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Generations of vacationers can't be wrong! Come and see why people come back year-after-year to dine at the Blue Spruce Lodge. Read More
Activity

Hike Alder Creek Canyon

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This in-and-out trailhead is located behind the Alder Creek Cabin. Keep your eyes and ears open as their is an abundance of wildlife.
Lunch

Fat Carl's Restaurant

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Generations of vacationers can't be wrong! Come and see why people come back year-after-year to dine at the Blue Spruce Lodge. Read More
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Trail Run Big Meadows Loop Trail

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This is a major trailhead to the Weminuche Wilderness as well as a connector to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Expect great mountain views and wildlife
Dinner

Ramon's Mexican Restaurant

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Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant serves delicious food for an authentic taste of Mexico! Come experience our fresh-prepared burritos, fajitas, tacos, burgers and more specialties! Read More
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Enjoy an Evening Hike

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Near South Fork, Giant Fir Tree Trail is a half-mile walk to see the biggest Douglas Fir tree in Rio Grande National Forest. Fun Fact: It's the second largest fir in Colroado.

Insider's Tip

Experience the Night:

Enjoy stargazing in the Mystic San Luis Valley towns of La Veta, Cuchara, Crestone, Lake City, Westcliffe and Creede as well as the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve — all Colorado stargazing hotspots, many of which are International Dark-Sky Association Designated Communities.

Lodging

Riverbend Resort Cabins & RV Park

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Cozy log & wood cabins are open year round with wood buring fireplaces, kitchens, flat screen tvs, grills & decks with river & mountain views. Seasonal - Full Hook Up- RV park and riverside tent... Read More