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Alamosa Travel Guide, Colorado

Alamosa, CO US –Overview: The City That Was Built Overnight!

The most populous city of Alamosa County, Alamosa, is said to have transformed from a tent city to a rail city almost overnight. According to a local legend, the city’s first buildings were brought in by the railroad on a flat car from Garland City.


Located in US’ highest general agricultural land, it comes as no surprise that the climate in Alamosa is basically dry. It is largely characterized by long chilly winters and short cool summers.

Natural Beauty

With a wealth of natural features like mountains and forests surrounding San Luis Valley, there is a whole spectrum of activities, in which visitors can indulge for a great experience. Right from railroad excursions to golfing, fishing, bird watching, hiking, boating, there is much to be done here. It is known for its winter recreation opportunities with two major downhill ski and snowboard areas as well as many miles of backcountry skiing areas.


Taking its name from the river Alamosa, the city hosts an annual fest during the Rio festival in the first weekend of June every year. It acts as San Luis Valley’s shopping center with two supermarkets and the reputed WalMart Supercenter.


Alamosa can provide the right food to awaken your taste buds. Although it has a limited number of restaurants, all of them are said to serve the best cuisines right from fast food to fine dining varieties. While most of its restaurants offer traditional and local dishes, the special flavor of all its dishes can often be credited to passionate owners, who personally cater to the guests’ needs. The priority of most of the restaurants in this valley is hygiene, quality and affordability - thus giving you a wonderful dining experience.


The city of Alamosa has a superb railroad system and is served by the San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad. It can also be reached by air and is served by Great Lakes Airlines on a daily basis. The destination can be accessed by road via U.S. Highways 160 and 285 as well as by State Highway 17.


With a well-developed transport infrastructure, Alamosa has a regional hospital, two medical clinics and two institutions of higher learning. It is home to Adams State College, which is now internationally recognized and also houses close to 35 restaurants catering to the assorted needs of its guests.

Truly, a destination that must not be missed, the city of Alamosa has left many of its visitors awestruck by its majestic mountain and highway views and should undoubtedly be on top of your list!

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