Alamosa, Colorado

Top Spots in and near Alamosa

  • Lake Como Trailhead, Colorado

    Summit Blanca and Ellingwood Peaks

    7 mi / 6800 ft gain
    Blanca Peak is nestled at the heart (and the top) of a four peak ceiling located at the southern-most tip of Colorado's intimidating Sangre de Christo range. The peak is known for its impeccable 360 degree views, as you can see well over 100 miles in every direction thanks to Colorado's clean, c...
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  • Hooper, Colorado

    Camp at Mosca Campground

    Where to camp: San Luis State Park is located 15 miles west of Great Sand Dunes National Park, San Luis State Park features views of San Luis Lake, the Great Sand Dunes and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The campground provides water and hot showers, which we enjoyed after a day of hiking the d...
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  • Mosca, Colorado

    Summit Little Bear Peak

    12 mi / 5000 ft gain
    This hike starts on Lake Como Road with the goal of eventually reaching Lake Como.  If you have a modified 4WD car you can get all the way to the lake in it, but if you do not feel like risking damage to your vehicle park as low as you deem necessary to do that.  Most 4WD stock vehicles can make ...
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  • Alamosa County, Colorado

    Zapata Falls

    4.7
    0.5 mi / 150 ft gain
    Driving towards the Sand Dunes, you will see a sign marker that indicates the road up to Zapata Falls. Turn right onto the road a follow it for about 2 miles until you hit the parking lot at the top. The road is in pretty rough condition so if your car doesn't have high clearance make sure you ta...
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  • Gardner, Colorado

    Mount Lindsey (CLOSED)

    1.0
    8.5 mi / 3300 ft gain
    NOTE: As of September 2021, Mount Lindsey has been closed to public access indefinitely. (Source)  At 14,042 Mt. Lindsey is not one of the tallest 14ers, but it is a fun objective regardless. The Lily Lake trailhead can be somewhat difficult to access without a high clearance car, but most cars ...
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  • Mosca, Colorado

    Hike High Dune at Great Sand Dunes National Park

    4.8
    2.5 mi / 700 ft gain
    The Great Sand Dunes are one the most unique landscapes in Colorado. These massive dunes are the tallest sand dunes in North America. Hiking these dunes can be very difficult, but well worth the amazing views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. If you plan on visiting in the summer, be sure t...
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  • Mosca, Colorado

    Sand Dunes Loop Trail

    5.03 mi / 650 ft gain
    Sand Dunes Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mosca, Colorado.
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  • Alamosa County, Colorado

    Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes NP

    5.0
    6.49 mi / 1549 ft gain
    The Mosca Pass trail is an (approx) 6.5 mile out and back hike that takes you through beautiful ponderosa and aspen forests to summit 1500 above the start. The trailhead parking is the first left after the Great Sand Dunes visitor center. It is a moderate hike, but allow for several hours, as the...
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  • Alamosa County, Colorado

    Backpack the Great Sand Dunes

    4.8
    Few places can match the epic scale of this bizarre wilderness in southern Colorado. Great Sand Dunes National Park contains 750 foot tall sand dunes (the tallest in North America) resting at the foot of 13,000 foot peaks (the Sangre de Cristo range). However, to really experience the park in its...
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  • Alamosa County, Colorado

    Sandboard in Great Sand Dunes National Park

    4.8
    Outside of the national park there are two different companies that can rent sand boards and sleds for your day use at around $20 per board per day. However, If it is raining a lot and the dunes are too wet, or if the dunes are frosted over both companies will not rent out their boards in order t...
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  • Mosca, Colorado

    Hike to Star Dune

    5.0
    8 mi / 750 ft gain
    There is no established trail or route to summit Star Dune which is the beauty of the ever changing and serene nature in the Great Sand Dune National Park. Star Dune is the tallest sand dune in North America, at 750' tall and reaching a summit of 8617'. However, High Dune to its north is at a hig...
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  • Del Norte, Colorado

    Climb in Penitente Canyon

    Located in the San Luis Valley of south central Colorado, this beautiful piece of BLM land is a place loved by locals and most Colorado climbers.  Upon arriving at the Penitente Canyon parking area, which is free of charge, head towards the map at the entrance on of the canyon. From here hang a r...
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  • Del Norte, Colorado

    Mountain Bike at Penitente Canyon

    8 mi / 900 ft gain
    The Area: The maze of large round boulders in Penitente Canyon was once a refuge for a radical Christian sect. Now it is home to some radical mountain biking trails! Think Moab features, Fruita flow, and no crowds. Read below to find out the best trails to ride in this area, and combine riding wi...
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  • Westcliffe, Colorado

    Hike to Willow Lake, CO

    5.0
    9 mi / 2800 ft gain
    Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, Willow Lake offers a stunning destination to a rigorous hike. The hike is approximately 9 miles out and back with 2800 feet of elevation gain. The trail is well marked and maintained. However, the hike rarely levels off. Be prepared for a steady incline...
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  • Westcliffe, Colorado

    Summit Kit Carson Peak

    12.4 mi / 6323 ft gain
    There are a couple different trailheads that lead to Kit Carson Peak, but the one from Willow Creek Trailhead will give you the opportunity to peak another fourteener, Challenger Point, and let you pass through and/or camp at Willow Lake, which is a beautiful destination by itself. If approaching...
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  • Pagosa Springs, Colorado

    Camp and Fish at Platoro Reservoir

    5.0
    Platoro is the blending of the Spanish words "plata" (silver) and "oro" (gold), and this secluded mountain reservoir strikes it rich when it comes to outdoor recreation. In 1870, gold and silver was discovered in area, which lead to a small boom in 1913 and the settling of the small town which st...
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Camping and Lodging in Alamosa

Alamosa / Great Sand Dunes KOA Journey
Alamosa, Colorado

Alamosa / Great Sand Dunes KOA Journey

Off Cow Camp Cabin
Del Norte, Colorado

Off Cow Camp Cabin

Fitton Guard Station Cabin
Del Norte, Colorado

Fitton Guard Station Cabin

Penitente Canyon Campground
Del Norte, Colorado

Penitente Canyon Campground

Mogote
Antonito, Colorado

Mogote

Guides, Insights and Stories from Alamosa

The Best Base Layers for Plus Size Women

The Best Base Layers for Plus Size Women

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5 Photography Tips for 24 Hours at Great Sand Dunes National Park

5 Photography Tips for 24 Hours at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Michael Osborne

11 Photos of Early Spring Camping in Great Sand Dunes NP

11 Photos of Early Spring Camping in Great Sand Dunes NP

Patrick James

Under a Blanket of Stars: Camping in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Under a Blanket of Stars: Camping in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sonja Saxe