Alamosa, CO

Travel Guide
Great Sand Dunes National Park showing a sunset and desert views as well as a couple

Located just outside the natural beauty of Great Sand Dunes National Park, this small city makes a great base to explore Colorado’s San Luis Valley. 

Alamosa is the commercial and tourism hub of Colorado’s San Luis Valley, nestled between mountains and deserts. Experience some of the state’s most beautiful wilderness from this bustling city.

Alamosa is Spanish for “of cottonwood.” Admire these beautiful trees throughout the town and lining the shores of the Rio Grande River that snakes through the region.

In the 1870s, the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad brought commerce and a huge population increase to the area. The San Luis Valley History Museum presents the valley’s past, from its original Native American inhabitants and European settlement up until the late 19th century.

Alamosa is home to Adams State University, a small liberal arts college with about 3,500 students. Explore regional art and artifacts at the Luther Bean Museum, located in Richardson Hall on the university’s campus. See Native American pottery, weavings and other pieces of art.

Stop downtown at Firedworks Gallery, a local institution. Whether you are there to shop or just to browse, this contemporary art gallery has a wide variety of pieces on display and is well worth a visit.

Great Sand Dunes National Park is the San Luis Valley’s biggest attraction. Located just 34 miles (54.7 kilometers) outside Alamosa, this park is home to the tallest sand dunes in North America. Go hiking, beach sledding and camping.

See the region’s wildlife at Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge. This protected area largely consists of wetlands. Take the short hiking trail to look for birds, deer, coyotes and beavers.

Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is a popular bird sanctuary a 25-minute drive from downtown Alamosa. Trails and roads wind through the park. Each spring, visitors flock to the refuge to see scores of migrating sandhill cranes that stop here in their annual trip north.

As primarily desert region, the San Luis Valley gets little precipitation. Temperatures are rarely uncomfortably hot during the summer and it can get very cold a night. Rent a car to get around Alamosa and its surrounds with ease.

Rodeway Inn Alamosa
Rodeway Inn Alamosa
2 out of 5
333 Santa Fe Avenue, Alamosa, CO
The price is $54 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
This family-friendly Alamosa hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of San Luis Valley Museum and Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. Alamosa National ...
2.7/5 (956 reviews)
"At one time, this was probably a really nice hotel. maintenance seems to have been ignored for an extended time. The bed and towels were very clean. half of the furniture in the room looked new, the other half was stained,torn,worn, dirty. Blood stains near the door on the carpet, and on the sofa? ..."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Rodeway Inn Alamosa
Best Western Alamosa Inn
Best Western Alamosa Inn
2.5 out of 5
2005 Main Street, Alamosa, CO
The price is $77 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Adams State University and Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. San Luis Valley Museum and Alamosa Recreation ...
4/5 Very Good! (939 reviews)
"Clean room, walking distance to IHOP and KFC. Room has extra space, dining table and desk, big vanity. Room to play cards or board games."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Best Western Alamosa Inn
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alamosa, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alamosa, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
3418 Mariposa, Alamosa, CO
The price is $132 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in the heart of Alamosa, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Adams State University, San Luis Valley Museum, and Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. Alamosa ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (773 reviews)
"Always a great stay. Clean, great customer service, everything you need."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2021

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alamosa, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Bell & Main Studios 101
Bell & Main Studios 101
Alamosa, CO
Located in the heart of Alamosa, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and San Luis Valley Museum. Adams State University ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great stay, good location
"Stay was perfect. Very comfortable bed. Katie was responsive, answered any questions and was available. Great communication. Katie was terrific. Some corners of the bathroom could have been cleaner. Shower shelf had not been cleaned. Rest was great and clean. I’d definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Bell & Main Studios 101
Bell & Main Studios 102
Bell & Main Studios 102
3 out of 5
416 Bell Ave, Alamosa, CO
Situated in Alamosa, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and San Luis Valley Museum. Adams State University and Alamosa ...
Bell & Main Studios 102
Bell & Main Studios 104
Bell & Main Studios 104
Alamosa, CO
Located in the heart of Alamosa, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and San Luis Valley Museum. Adams State University ...
Bell & Main Studios 104
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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