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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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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