The Ultimate Colorado Adventure in the Mystic San Luis Valley

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When to Visit

The best time to visit is during late spring or fall since these are shoulder seasons. Plus, the attractions are less crowded, and the weather is more pleasant — enjoy warmer days but cooler nights. But don't forget, you are closer to the sun at 7,000 feet so wear sunscreen and stay hydrated.

Day
1
Walsenburg Golf Course Photo
Activity
Walsenburg Golf Course

Walsenburg Municipal Golf Course is 9 holes, 3,110 yards, par 36, with a beautiful view of the Spanish Peaks and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.<…

Lunch
Rollin' Smoke Garage BBQ
We’re serving up Texas-style BBQ including slow-smoked brisket and pulled pork along side savory sides like mac ‘n’ cheese and baked beans. Vegan or…
Activity
Hike the Cuerno Verde Trail

The Cuerno Verde Trail in Lathrop State Park is a three-mile trail with exceptional scenery. You can walk or take your bike.

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20-Minute Drive

Get in your car and head 20 minutes southwest to La Veta for dinner.

Dinner
Alys' Restaurant
Each evening, we offer a delicious selection from our menu choices of lamb, steak, chicken, seafood or vegetarian complemented with fresh vegetables…
Activity
Stop for a Photo Op

Snap a photo of the towering monumental spine of rock known as the Devil’s Stairsteps.

Lodging
Inn at the Spanish Peaks
The Inn at the Spanish Peaks B&B has three guest suites all with private baths and private decks which have spectacular views of the beautiful…
Day
2
Breakfast
Ryus Ave Bakery

We are a small-town artisan bakery in the heart of Spanish Peaks Country serving artisan breads, pastries, breakfast and lunch.

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Get on the Road

You're going to drive a little under an hour for your next activity to San Luis.

Activity
Shrine of the Stations of the Cross

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…

Lunch
Dine at the Osier Dining Hall

Sample from an all-you-can-eat homemade buffet. You'll fill up on roast turkey with cornbread dressing just like your grandma used to make before chowing down on the famous triple chocolate cake.

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45 Minutes to Lunch

Get back in your car and get on the road to make your train in Antonito.

Activity
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

2021 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED: May 29-October 24

We are happy and excited to announce our 2021 Schedule with new trips, including a historic…

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Train Ride to Car Ride

After your magnificent train ride, drive up to Alamosa.

Activity
The Colorado Farm Brewery

Tilled, planted, grown, malted, milled, brewed, bottled and consumed in Alamosa.

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
3
Breakfast
Campus Café

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

Activity
Hike Zapata Falls

Wade through chilly waters and climb over slippery rocks for the chance to see Zapata's hidden falls. They are well-worth the journey.

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

Sandboarding will be your new favorite activity. You might take a tumble but you'll get the hang of it by the time you leave.

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On the Road Again

After a day of playing in the sand, it's time to head to Moffat for a hot-springs soak.

Dinner
A Joyful Dinner

Joyful Journey offers a daily dinner of soup and salad.

Activity
Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa & Event Center

At Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa, we offer lodging, spa services, including massages & facials, health & fitness classes, including yoga & qi…

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Rest Time

After soaking yourself to a perfectly pruny status, stay the night in the hotel or one of the yurts offered at Joyful Journey.

Lodging
Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa & Event Center

At Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa, we offer lodging, spa services, including massages & facials, health & fitness classes, including yoga & qi…

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4
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Breakfast is Served

Roll out of bed and into the dining room at Joyful Journey.

Activity
Crestone Historical Museum

Museum exhibits include local Ranching (1860-2004), Mining (1874-1904), Schooling (1881-1949), and Home Living (1875-1950). Display items are from…

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

Reptile rescue park. See more than 300 alligators including Mr. Bo Mangles the albino alligator, tortoises, pythons and much more! World's only…

Dinner
Rubi Slipper
The Rubi Slipper has classic American cuisine, and is open for lunch and dinner. Famous for their $1 Taco Tuesdays, they've extended that special to…
Activity
Hike the Crestone Trail

Blanca Vista Park's Crestone Trail features a grand view of the mighty Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.

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
5
Breakfast
Campus Café

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

Activity
Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge
In the heart of the arid San Luis Valley lies a birdwatchers paradise. Lush wetlands provide year-round habitat for songbirds, water birds, coyotes,…
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Del Norte Drive

After visiting the nature of Alamosa, head over to Del Norte for more outdoor pursuits.

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…

Activity
Go Mountain Biking

Rent a mountain bike at Kristi Mountain Sports before taking off on one of the many trails in Del Norte.

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Stop for Dinner

Load up your bikes and get back on the road; dinner is a little under 20 minutes away in South Fork.

Dinner
Ramon's Mexican Restaurant
Ramon’s Mexican Restaurant serves delicious food for an authentic taste of Mexico! Come experience our fresh-prepared burritos, fajitas, tacos,…
Activity
Hike to South Clear Creek Falls

As a side trip off the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, hike up to these falls.

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The Car Journey Continues

20 more minutes in the car brings you to Creede for a show.

Lodging
Antlers Rio Grande Lodge & Riverside Restaurant
An old-fashioned American vacation destination with modern riverside cabins, rooms, RVs, private fishing and riverside dining.