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Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

Alamosa and Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuges

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

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…

Resettlement family in Alamosa

Alamosa history

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…

Glenwood Canyon near Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Canyon

Staff writer Glenwood Canyon is 12 1/2-mile-long scenic wonder, with the Colorado River running through the bottom and canyon walls of granite and limestone that rise up to 1,300 feet above the river. It is the largest canyon on the upper Colorado. The canyon stretches from Glenwood Springs, where the Colorado meets the Roaring Fork River, east to Dotsero, where the Colorado meets the Eagle River. In 1906, the canyon…

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

Glenwood Hot Springs Pool

Staff writer The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool has been in operation since 1888, using 3.5 million gallons of naturally hot mineral water that rises from the Yampah Hot Springs each day. The main pool is kept at 90 to 93 degrees, while the therapy pool is at 104 degrees. The outdoor pool is two city blocks long (405 feet by 100 feet, with nearly 1.1 million gallons of water), and…

Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder

Boulder Chautauqua

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…

Boulder in 1900

Boulder history

Staff writer The long history of the lovely Boulder Valley, and the entire West, might be summed up in one word: displacement. The vast inland seas that covered the area for millions of years were shoved aside by the violent upthrust of mountains. Sea and coastline creatures and plants gave way to those adapted to the high plains, foothills and stony mountains. The original human visitors, likely descendants of Asians…


Ouray County Historical Museum

Staff writer The Ouray County Historical Museum is located in the former St. Joseph’s Miner’s Hospital, a three-floor Italinate building made of native stone that opened in 1887. The Catholic Church donated the land, local residents contributed building funds, and the Sisters of Mercy operated the hospital. The Ouray Historical Society started a museum in the 27-room building in 1971 with displays on the town’s mining, ranching, and railroading past….