Blogs from Alamosa, Colorado, United States, North America


North America » United States » Colorado » Alamosa July 12th 2018

Our first camping trip in Colorado with the motorhome! We were excited to get out and explore. The Great Sand Dunes was on our list of places to see in Colorado. We found a KOA campground with an opening mid July so we headed off for our 3 1/2 hr trip to the Alamosa KOA. Just a few weeks prior to our arrival, Alamosa had experienced the 3rd largest fire in Colorado - The Spring Fire. In fact the highway had just opened the day before our travel and it was 91% contained. We could still smell and see some smoke that resulted from the fires. It was a very sad thing to see all the nice green landscape that had turned to brown and black from the fire damage. The campground was a nice campground ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Alamosa June 14th 2017

The alarm went off at 5:30am as usual. By 5:30:05am we had decided to sleep for another 30 minutes. It was cold. Very cold. Not surprising really considering the altitude we were at. The ride out was gently pointing up and we were wearing every article of clothing we had, the temperature was 5C. What a difference a few days make. The gentle climb is great to help warm the body up, fingers and toes were the last to stop aching. For me that was after about 20kms.Today was our day to climb to our highest point up to Wolf Pass at 3300m above sea level. How epic is that. The climb was about 6% and a steady grind rather than super hard. We were unsure if the altitude would get to any of us but ... read more
What a view
Scenic lookout
Scenic lookout

North America » United States » Colorado » Alamosa August 7th 2016

Bonjour à tous, Ce n'est pas tous les jours, que je prends la bonne décision. Me rendre à Great Sand Dunes, n'est la meilleurs que j'ai prise. Heureusement que le beau temps est revenu, si non la journée aurait été bien triste. Hier au soir, je suis allé mangé dans le centre de Durango, et à ma grande surprise, beaucoup de vie dans cette ville. Main Street, était vraiment vivant. En arrivant je n'avais vu que la partie basse de la ville, qui est ordinaire, mais Main Street dans la partie haute est une belle avenue, c'est d'ailleurs la seule. J'avais consulté internet pour voir les restaurants de la ville. Bien entendu beaucoup de bouffe rapide, du chinois, du mexicain, et un italien sur lequel il y avait beaucoup d'éloges, du genre meilleurs pizzas du monde. ... read more
tout proche!!!!!
Great Sand Dunes
la route du matin

North America » United States » Colorado » Alamosa March 23rd 2016

THE BASICS We left Taos, driving by the Earth Houses, and headed up to Alamosa, CO. Were very impressed with our visit to Great Sand Dunes National Park near there; those dunes are awesomely huge. The next four days, we stayed at the RV park in Salida which we enjoyed last fall. And we spent happy hours with Susie, Brady, and three-week old Eliza. Beautiful sunny days, but it was quite chilly and the winds were fierce - and those winds have continued. From Salida we headed south through Westcliffe, where Brady teaches, and then on to Trinidad, CO. The RV park was not great, but we celebrated St. Patricks Day by going into town for a beer and a burger. Next, we traveled through a patch of northeast NM, and finally arrived in the Texas ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Alamosa March 15th 2015

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North America » United States » Colorado » Alamosa August 23rd 2010

What is a Potatoe Train? Well it turns out that it is a mixed freight and passenger train that moves between Alamosa and Monte Vista. There was 1 passenger car from the 1920s and 8 empty hopper cars that we delivered to a Coors facility to be filled with barley. Once filled at the Coors facility, the barley is shipped to the Union Pacific line in Pueblo and then moved north to the brewery in Golden. When we arrived in Monte Vista, the brakeman and engineer delivered the hoppers to the Coors site while we walked around town. The trip back was just the diesel engine with the passenger car with us on board. After a hard day moving freight we drove over to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. These 30 square miles of sand ... read more
Freight Cars at the Wye
We Meet a Bear in Monte Cristo
One of Many Crossings

North America » United States » Colorado » Alamosa August 22nd 2010

Our adventure for today was a ride on the Rio Grande line from Alamosa to La Veta using steam engine #18. This is a 3 hour journey one way with stops to pick up passengers at Fort Garland (a historic fort and now museum) and to drop off passengers at Fir (a site that the railroad uses in the summer for concerts). We ate lunch on the train as we left Fir heading to our final destination of La Veta. La Veta is a small town with a great ice cream shop inside Charlie's market - worth a stop if you ever get there. On our way back to Alamosa some folks on the train spotted a bear and we also saw wild turkey and some llama. As we arrived at Fir the concert was not ... read more
Steam Engine #18
Sean & Drew on the Last Car
Enjoying the Dome Car

North America » United States » Colorado » Alamosa August 20th 2010

In the morning we walked over to the Durango train station again as today was the beginning of "Rail Fest." We stopped into the museum to look around for awhile and then we headed off to our next destination - Alamosa. It's about a 3 hour drive to Alamosa and along the way you see beautiful mountain views, pass through the town of Pagosa Springs, cross the Continental Divide again, and then catch up with another active rail line called the Rio Grande. We stopped at the train station in Alamosa to check out the diesel engine coming into the station and then later saw the steam engine settling in from the days run. Drew and Sean placed the ceremonial coins on the track to get the ceremonial flat coins after the engine passes - success ... read more
Snow Shed Along Hwy 160
Diesel from Monte Vista
Alamosa Train Station

North America » United States » Colorado » Alamosa June 20th 2010

I can't believe that this is our 8th day on the road already. It is flying by so fast !! First I have to wish my Daddy and Daddy Jack a very Happy Father's Day today and tell them how much I miss them and wish they were here with us..........they would absolutely love all this cowboy and indian and country stuff. Tim and I are so blessed with two of the greatest dad's in the whole world and I just hate it that we're not with them today but I know they still love us and understand. We had a nice and cool evening last night here in Alamosa, Colorado so we slept with the windows open and the fans going and it was wonderful. The air here is so crisp and clean and it ... read more
Trying to make it up the hill !
Sweep, sweep, sweeping !
Crossing the little river at the sand dunes.

North America » United States » Colorado » Alamosa May 28th 2009

Tourists can enrich their visit to “new country” at local museums. They can meet the locals - past and present - by dropping into several or all of the 14 museums in the San Luis Valley. The history of the Old Spanish Trail is only part of the information that can be found. Curiosity about what is special about this great valley with it’s small population can be satisfied in almost all areas of intellectual pursuit - from boxing to mining, old trains to stage coaches, religion to fine art, a future presidential candidate trapped in the snow to a cannibal in jail. What does the name Monte Vista mean and why is the town so flat? Why does Alamosa have a steam engine in its city park? Why is a man named Luther Bean honored ... read more

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