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Steam, Sand, Spaceships & Hot Springs in Alamosa, Pagosa Springs & Beyond

Steam, Sand, Spaceships & Hot Springs in Alamosa, Pagosa Springs & Beyond
3 days

Witness drastically different landscapes on this itinerary, which rolls from North America's tallest sand dunes to the jagged, just-carved profile of the San Juan Mountains, visiting quirky attractions, hot springs, outdoor adventure and more along the way.

Steam, Sand, Spaceships & Hot Springs in Alamosa, Pagosa Springs & Beyond Map

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places:

Volunteer with HistoriCorp to preserve special places in Colorado, like the the iconic vigas of the Saguache Forest Ranger Residence.

Day 1

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
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UFO Watchtower

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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, checking out the Healing Garden or even camping... 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
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Colorado Gators Reptile Park

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Colorado Gators began in 1977 as a fish farm to raise tilapia for human consumption. The geothermal well is 2050 feet deep and 87 degrees. In 1987, the first alligators were brought in as ... Read More

Lodging

Hampton Inn Alamosa, CO

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Here at the Hampton Inn Alamosa, we're passionate about taking good care of you. That's why we offer a broad range of services and amenities to make your stay exceptional. We pamper our guests... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Milagros Coffee House

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Drink Coffee....Love Others!  Milagros Coffeehouse not only serves a full line of delicious espresso and coffee drinks, teas, and baked goods, we also support the efforts of La Puente Home in... Read More

Activity

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

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USA Today readers voted Cumbres & Toltec the Best Scenic Train Ride in America. Climb aboard this National Historic Landmark for a 64-mile day trip you'll never forget. Our coal-fired steam... Read More

Lunch

Osier Station

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Osier Station is the perfect spot for lunch during your Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad trip. Toltec Gorge Catering has prepared a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet that is included in your ticket purchase. Each main entree includes our large salad bar and great dessert bar as well as your choice of drink. Since your time is limited in Osier (a little more than an hour), for speed we serve our main entrees cafeteria style.

Insider's Tip

Prepare to Feast:

Choose the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Route from Antonito to Osier to enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch at Osier Station that’s included with your ticket purchase before your return trip to Antonito. Be sure to save room for the tempting dessert bar!

Dinner

Alley House Grille

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Alley House Grille is the premier dining destination in Pagosa Springs offering an elegant but casual atmosphere featuring Global/Colorado style fusion cuisine. Read More
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The Springs Resort & Spa

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The Springs Resort & Spa is located on the banks of the San Juan River in downtown Pagosa Springs. We offer a 79 room boutique hotel with several room types ranging from a standard queen room,... Read More

Lodging

High Country Lodge & Cabins

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High Country Lodge & Cabins provides distinctive and unique hotel lodging and accommodations nestled in a beautiful setting of 15 wooded acres.  We take the best of nature and combine it with... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Pagosa Baking Company

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Breakfast, lunch, home made baked goods. Best coffee & espresso drinks in town. Home made soups, daily sandwich specials on home made bread. European style sourdough breads and ciabatta rolls,... Read More

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The Choke Cherry Tree

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Experience food! Taste it, smell it, see it, hear it! Sample hand made, small batch creations that include candies, jams, jellies, fruit syrups, fruit butters, salsa, vinaigrettes, sauces and... Read More

Lunch

Rosie's Pizzeria

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We are proud to serve delicious New York style pizzas made from only the freshest, high quality ingredients. Read More
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Williams Creek Angler

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The Pagosa Springs area has some of the best fly-fishing in southern Colorado for every level of fly fisherman from high mountain lakes, small mountain streams to the headwaters of the San Juan.... Read More

Dinner

Pagosa Brewing Company

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Pagosa Brewing Company & Grill is Pagosa Springs' National Award-Winning Brewery, recommended by Sunset Magazine, National Geographic & The New York Times. We've got a cozy tap room & dining room... Read More
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Healing Waters Resort & Spa

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At Healing Waters Resort & Spa it's all about the water! Soaking opportunities include a large, outdoor swimming pool, great for swimming laps, exercising or simply lounging and soaking; an... Read More

Lodging

Wyndham Pagosa

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Situated along 18,000 beautiful acres of the Pinon Lake Reservoir, Wyndham Pagosa is surrounded by sparkling lakes and the San Juan Mountains. Stay in spacious one- and two-bedroom resort suites... Read More