San Luis Valley Museum

Staff writer The San Luis Valley Museum illustrates the diversity of the area’s history. Artifacts of Indians and frontiersmen, farmers and ranchers, a typical old schoolroom and a traditional trading post are included. Railroad memorabilia, arrowheads, exotic insects, also are on display. And a veterans’ memorial wall shows uniforms of those who served. Details San Luis Valley Museum 401 Hunt Ave. Alamosa, CO 81101 (719) 587-0667 Website

October 24, 2011
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Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway
October 24, 2011

Staff writer The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is an 1880 narrow gauge train between Antonito, 28 miles south of Alamosa, and Chama, N.M., calling itself America’s highest and longest coal-fired, steam operated, narrow-gauge railroad. Now operated by the states of Colorado and New Mexico through the nonprofit Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Commission, it travels over 10,015-foot Cumbres Pass, the highest mountain pass reached by rail in the United…

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Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Alamosa
October 24, 2011

Staff writer The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad uses a century-old steam locomotive to transport visitors between Alamosa and La Veta during the summer season. The historic railway passes through tunnels and around horseshoe curves with dramatic views of scenery and wildlife all the way. Dinner rides are available, and the train also ferries concertgoers to several Mountain Rails Live concerts each summer at a mountaintop concert venue, with acts such…

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Alamosa and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge
October 24, 2011

Staff writer The three San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges are managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The Alamosa refuge includes more than 11,000 acres, eight miles southeast of the city, and shelters migratory birds and wildlife. Most of it sits in the Rio Grande floodplain, and it includes a visitor center and hiking trail. Backdrop of the refuge is 14,345-foot Mount Blanca. The Monte Vista refuge to…

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Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

San Luis Valley Colorado
October 24, 2011

Staff writer The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area recognizes the San Luis Valley as the cradle of Colorado’s earliest settlement, where Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures met and interacted. The 3,000-square-mile heritage area covers three counties, Conejos, Costilla, and Alamosa and includes the Monte Vista, Baca and Alamosa National Wildlife Refuges, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Details Sangre de…

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Alamosa history

Resettlement family in Alamosa
October 24, 2011

Staff weriter As the city’s website notes, Alamosa “literally grew up overnight.” It started out as a tent city, but in June 1878, according to local lore, a building in Garland City where Denver & Rio Grande railroad workers were fed was lifted up after breakfast and carried to Alamosa on a flatcar, where it was ready that evening to feed the workers their dinner. The name Alamosa is Spanish…

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Boulder Chautauqua

Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder
October 22, 2011

Staff writer One of Boulder’s crown jewels is Chautauqua, a national historic landmark that opened in 1898 as a venue for education, music, nature and the arts. Chautauqua was a cultural movement throughout the United States that brought people together to celebrate learning, simplicity and a love of nature. The campus of cottages, classrooms, meeting facilities, an auditorium and a dining hall, is 1.5 miles from downtown Boulder and less…

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Alamosa

A summer rainstorm in Alamosa Colorado
October 8, 2011

Alamosa is a train stop, commerce center, college town, gateway to the Great Sand Dunes National Park – and center for bird watchers, hikers and other recreation lovers, both winter and summer.

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