The Monte Vista area is an exciting place to play, visit and live! Come enjoy the beauty of the San Luis Valley and all it has to offer!
STAR DRIVE IN The Star Drive In is located on the edge of town and features two large movie screens and a concessions stand. Movies are shown nightly during the Summer months.
SPANISH PEAK TRAIL Between 1830 and 1848 the Trail was a major trade route running between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California. Traces of the original trail can still be seen in the area. In December 2002, President George W. Bush signed S.R. 1926, designating the Old Spanish Trails America's 15th National Historic Trail. View Map
MONTEZ SKATE PARK The park was designed to provide Colorado a place for all family members, not just users. The final product is an 11,000 sq. ft. skatepark, that includes a 8,500 sq. ft. snake run ranging from 5 to 7 ft. depths, a frame bank/ledge, china banks, step up gap, escalating quarter pipe, mini ramp with competition stair handrail hubba setup and much more.
SKI HI STAMPEDE Enjoy old fashioned fun at the Oldest Pro-Rodeo in Colorado. Ski Hi Stampede is a San LuisValley tradition and shouldn't be missed! Watch rodeo events, attend the carnival, watch the parades, enjoy concerts, great food and so much more! Web site
MONTE VISTA GOLF CLUB Come and experience all the Tradition, History and Prestige found on one of Colorado's first 15 courses. At the Monte Vista Golf Club you will find a pro shop and tennis courts to supplement the beautiful 9-hole golf course. Web site
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge cosists of wet meadows, river oxbows and dry uplands. These areas support songbirds, water birds, raptors, mule deer, beaver and coyotes. Website
THE HISTORIC WINDSOR HOTEL Located just 15 minutes away in Del Norte, the Windsor Hotel has been an iconic reminder of the past for more than a century. One of the oldest hotels in Colorado is now home a fully restored hotel, dining room, art gallery and western furniture store. Website
THE RIO GRANDE SCENIC RAILROAD Don't miss Colorado's newest restored scenic train, offering steam engine rides through breathtaking mountain valleys and passes on hundreds of miles of historic rail. The Rio Grande Railroad features a 100 year old steam engine and has depots in Alamosa and La Veta. Website
CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD Hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains is a precious historic artifact of the American West. Built in 1880 and little changed since, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the most spectacular example of steam era mountain railroading in North America. Website
COLORADO GATORS REPTILE PARK See the biggest alligators in the West! Located 17 miles North of Alamosa, Colorado Gators Reptile Park gives you an upclose and personal view of over 400 Gators, Nile Crocs, Rattlesnakes, Giant Pythons, Ostriches, Emus and so much more! Website
THE GREAT SAND DUNES Come explore the tallest dunes in North America. No matter if you are hiking up the dunes, sliding down, or exploring in a dunes wheelchair, the Great Sand Dunes will be an experience you will never forget. During the late Spring and early Summer you can even splash around in Medano Creek! Website
ZAPATA FALLS After climbing the Sand Dunes on a hot summer day, refresh yourself at spectacular Zapata Falls. South Zapata Creek has powered its way through a rock crevasse, etching and carving the steep stone walls containing the 30 ft. high waterfall. Truly a spectacular natural wonder. Website
SAND DUNES SWIMMING POOL Come spend a day of fun in the naturally hot artesian waters of Sand Dunes Swimming Pool. Fun for the whole family, this large pool is amazingly clear with no odors or added chlorine. The pool is located near the town of Hooper and has amazing view of the scenic desert surroundings and the mountains. Website
WOLF CREEK SKI AREA Whether you are a skier or a boarder, you are in for a treat at one of Colorado’s oldest and finest ski resorts. Friendly employees and plenty of light powder snow make Wolf Creek memorable and keep people coming back season after season. Lift tickets are one of the most affordable in the state! Website
For more attraction and recreation ideas, visit the Upper Rio Grande Guide for more resources and information.
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