Alamosa in Colorado’s San Luis Valley makes an ideal base for exploring Alamosa National Wildlife Reserve and Great Sand Dunes National Park. The town itself has an excellent theater and offers several scenic train trips on the Rio Grande and Cumbres and Toltec railroads.
The highlight of the region, however, is the Great Sand Dunes National Park where the tallest dunes in North America are set against the backdrop of the craggy Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Sand blown east from the San Juan Mountains formed the dunes over millions of years and the dampness of the sand just below the surface has ensured the general shape of the dunes has remained unchanged in centuries.
The climb to the top of the dunes is incredibly tiring but well worth the effort for the superb views over the surrounding landscape. While you pause for breath look out for the giant sand-treader camel cricket and the small kangaroo rat, both of whom make their home in this desolate spot.
Suggested itinerary featuring Alamosa
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Alamosa, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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- Telluride 112 miles away
- Durango 112 miles away
- Colorado 121 miles away
- Santa Fe 124 miles away
- Aspen 131 miles away
- Mesa Verde National Park 144 miles away
- Vail 153 miles away
- Denver 164 miles away
- Albuquerque 171 miles away
- Grand Junction 183 miles away
- Estes Park 202 miles away
- New Mexico 211 miles away
- Moab 215 miles away
- Arches National Park 220 miles away
- Canyonlands National Park 227 miles away
- Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park 235 miles away
- Kayenta, Monument Valley 248 miles away
- Amarillo 274 miles away