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Fall by Rails & Trails in the San Luis Valley

Fall weather in the San Luis Valley is ideal for visiting and enjoying the Great Sand Dunes National Park with fewer crowds, mild temperatures and colorful trees in Alamosa, Hooper, Del Norte and Fort Garland.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places

San Luis Valley Great Outdoors works to protect and maintain trails throughout the San Luis Valley. Connect with them to see how you can contribute.

Day 1

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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railraod

The train departs from Antonito and travels across scenic prairies, giving you a true sense of life in the Wild West. Enjoy the views and lunch at Osier…

Insider's Tip

Head to Alamosa

A quick 30-minute drive north on Hwy. 285 takes you to Alamosa, where your fun continues.

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Downtown Alamosa ArtScape

Take a stroll in downtown Alamosa. As you make your way from the train to dinner, enjoy sculptures spread around from various artists. In its second…

dinner

San Luis Valley Brewing

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

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Rugged Air Tours

Scenic Flights above Colorado's largest National Parks. An epic flightseeing tour is a once in a lifetime activity. Book your flight with Rugged Air…

lodging

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Set 33 miles from the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, this contemporary hotel is also 3.2 miles from the Cattails Golf Course.

Day 2

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Campus Cafe

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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Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway

Los Caminos Antiguos traverses the cradle of the San Luis Valley. This route takes you through historic Colorado and along the scenic route that goes…

Insider's Tip

Stop in Fort Garland

As you trek along the byway, stop in the historic area of Fort Garland for lunch before heading on to the wee town of Hooper.

lunch

All-Gon Pizza

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

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UFO Watchtower

The watchtower is a 10-foot-tall viewing platform that takes advantage of the remote area’s high elevation. Pass the time with your eyes on the sky,…

dinner

Mile Deep Grille at Sand Dunes Recreation

Located on the campus of Sand Dunes Recreation near Hooper off Hwy 17. This grill is known for their burgers and salads. After dinner, swing into the…

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Sand Dunes Recreation

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…

Insider's Tip

Stay the Night

The Sand Dunes Swimming Pool offers multiple lodging opportunities with RV spots, camping sites and cabins, so you can finish your journey here for the day. Reserve early!

Day 3

breakfast

Milagros Coffee House

Drink Coffee....Love Others!  Milagros Coffeehouse not only serves a full line of delicious espresso and coffee drinks, teas, and baked goods, we also…

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Mountain Biking at Penitente Canyon

Stop by Kristi Mountain Sports in Del Norte for bike rentals and local advice to hit the trails. The length of the variable trails is 25 miles all together…

lunch

Three Barrel Brewing Company

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…

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Del Norte Quarry Trail

Burn off the lunch calories with a hike or bike along the trail just southeast of the town. This trail offers a setting with a high-desert environment…

dinner

Windsor Hotel & Dining Room

Nestled at the base of the picturesque San Juan Mountains, Del Norte, Colorado has a rich history from the gold and silver boom town days of the 1800's…

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Wildwood Sounds

Great music, great acoustics, great fun. We bring in a variety of artists year-round with an intimate venue focused on bringing people together through…

lodging

Windsor Hotel & Dining Room

Nestled at the base of the picturesque San Juan Mountains, Del Norte, Colorado has a rich history from the gold and silver boom town days of the 1800's…

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