Great Sand Dunes is the newest of the United State National Parks and was established in 2004. Encompassing over 44,000 acres, the park hosts the tallest sand dunes in North America, some of which top out at over 750 feet.
Alamosa was named for the cottonwood trees that border the famed Rio Grande River, which flows along the edge of town (Alamosa is Spanish for cottonwood). The area is alive with local history, from museums to the scenic railroads, to Fort Garland and the shrine of "La Mesa de la Piedad y de la Misericordia".
Outdoorsmen will love visiting Zapata Falls, trout fishing the Rio Grande, and visiting Alamosa Wildlife Refuge.
Alamosa was founded in 1878 as a stop along the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad and has since expanded to become the largest town in the region. Whil the San Luis Valley is known predominantly as a farm and ranch community, Alamosa provides the perfect base camp for a Colorado vacation with close proximity to hiking, hot springs, golf, scenic train rides, and Great Sand Dunes National Park