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Recreation in the San Luis Valley, Colorado

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Fishing:  

Plenty of opportunities for great fishing are found in the many streams, lakes and reservoirs. The five major species of fish found in the area are Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout and Rio Grande Cutthroat.

Hunting:   

Six species of big game animals are hunted in the surrounding forests including elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, black bear, bighorn sheep and mountain lion. Special permits (by drawing) are required to hunt cow elk, antelope and sheep.

Camping:   

The San Luis Valley is filled with camping opportunities, weather you want a fully developed facility or just want to pitch a tent in a quiet mountain valley. Ranger stations have district offices in Del Norte, (719) 657 3321, Saguache: (719) 655-2547, and La Jara:(719) 274-8971.  

Swimming/Hot Springs:   Lakes and rivers abound for summer outdoor fun and for winter, there are several natural hot springs in the valley, as well as heated indoor public swimming pools in Blanca and Alamosa.
Golfing:   The valley has several 18 hole Golf courses located in Alamosa, La Veta, Mosca, and  Monte Vista.  
Boating:   San Luis Lake is a popular place for water-skiing, sailing, and windsurfing.
Four-Wheel Driving:   There are numerous access roads to the high country, taking you into majestic solitude. You really see the beauty of this are off the beaten path.
Rock Climbing:   Tres Piedras and Penitente Canyon are well known for their incredible climbing, camping and easy access.
Horseback Riding/
Hiking/Backpacking:
  Creek trails, high mountain trails, nature trails, and trails of the Great Sand Dunes are all begging to be explored! For the extra hardy, join the “Fourteeners”, a local hiking group, who likes to climb the peaks over 14,000 feet.
Skiing/Snowmobiling:   Colorado is well known for its powder snow and excellent ski conditions. Wolf Creek, Cuchara, Monarch, Rio are  the 4 closest downhill ski areas surrounding the valley. There is also an abundance of beautiful places to cross country ski and snowmobile throughout all the surrounding forests.
River Rafting/
Canoeing/Kayaking:
  The Rio Grande provides a variety of experiences weather you want the steep rapids   which the mountains offer, or just an easy float through the flats of the San Luis Valley.
Cycling:   Light traffic on the forest roads makes cycling a great pleasure. It’s unusual to see more than a dozen cars on a 20-mile ride. For the more advanced cyclers, hundreds of forest trails offer challenge and solitude.
Public Recreation/
Fitness Center:
  Blanca/Fort Garland:Indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, weight room, ceramic studio, billiards, basketball courts, volleyball courts, softball fields. They offer classes in aerobics, weight training, walking programs and summer youth programs. They also have a full service kitchen and large dinning facilities available for receptions, reunions etc. Cost for residents: $1 per day, or $25 annual pass. Students $5per year, seniors & kids under 5 are free.
Other Sports:   Bowling, Tennis, Racquetball, Miniature Golf, and Movie Theaters are all offered in Alamosa
Scenic Railroad:     The Cumbres & Toltec Railroad is known as “America’s longest and highest narrow-gauge steam railroad”. It was built in 1880 to service the mining industry. Tourists can ride the train 64 miles from Antonito through the San Juan Mountains, the Mud and Rock Tunnels, Toltec Gorge, Phantom Curve, trestles, and bridges that offer breathtaking  views.
     
   
Colorado is known for adventure sports and activities year-round. Come experience mountain thrills in the nation’s most beautiful state. These Colorado vacation ideas will give you plenty of options.

Adventure Sports

 
Colorado attractions include arts, nature, music festivals, hot springs, historical wonders and, of course, the Rocky Mountains and national parks. Why aren’t you here already?

Attractions

Colorado history is found in ancient cliff dwellings, historic railroads, ghost towns, museums and scenic byways. Take a trip into Colorado’s past with these vacation ideas!

History & Heritage

 
What does your Colorado outdoor adventure look like? Hiking, camping, cycling, rafting, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, wildlife viewing? You can do it all in one Colorado vacation!

Outdoor Recreation

From tops of the Rocky Mountains to sheer canyon depths, Colorado national parks, scenic byways, forests, lakes and more await your discovery. Get Colorado vacation ideas and start exploring!

Scenic Beauty

 
Claim your share of Colorado’s mild summer weather with outdoor recreation options from hiking and camping to mountain biking, boating and golf. These Colorado vacation ideas will get you started!

Summer Recreation

Colorado offers year-round arts festivals and cultural events that take full advantage of the majestic Rocky Mountains. These Colorado vacation ideas can get your arts and entertainment itinerary started!

Arts & Culture

 
The most iconic Colorado winter activities are skiing and snowboarding. Home to America’s Best Skiing Colorado’s 26 ski and snowboard resorts offer the best of all worlds, as well as plenty of off-slope adventures.

Winter Recreation

     
     
     
     
 
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