San Luis State Park
Alamosa County, northeast of Alamosa
San Luis State Park and Wildlife Area features boating, camping and birding. It lies 15 miles west of the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
All the park’s 51 campsites look out on San Luis Lake, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Great Sand Dunes. Campgrounds are closed from October through April.
The lake has been a water sports haven in the San Luis Valley since the 1920s, with waterskiing, motor boating, personal watercraft, fishing, sailing and windsurfing as the water level permits.
Waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors fill the sky over the desert ecosystem, making San Luis an outstanding wildlife viewing area most of the year.
The park is open for day use and hiking year round, except that trails in the Wildlife Area are closed for waterfowl nesting from Feb. 15 through July 15.
San Luis Lake, at 7,519 feet in elevation, is the warmest body of water in the San Luis Valley. Swimming is not permitted in the lake.
When water levels are normal, San Luis offers trout fishing year round.