The San Luis Valley
The San Luis Valley is located in south central Colorado, 100 miles south west of Pueblo, and less than 40 miles from the New Mexico border. The area is rich in ethnic, religious, philosophical and economic diversity. However, it is geographically isolated by mountain ranges to the north, east and west. This results in limited access to major urban areas and the technology, information and culture that they offer. The economy of the San Luis Valley is primarily based on agriculture.
Alamosa, a community of about 8,400 offers a quiet rural environment with many of the conveniences of a larger city. It is the retail trade center of the San Luis Valley, one of the worlds' largest high mountain valleys. Alamosa is the home of Adams State College, a 2,500 student four-year comprehensive liberal arts college. Alamosa is also home to Trinidad State Junior College, a two year college which offers a large variety of courses. Community recreation programs are offered through the City of Alamosa.
Remnants of the area's colorful past still remain. The oldest church in Colorado is found in Conejos, about 30 miles away. One of the few remaining narrow gauge railroads, the Cumbres and Toltec, still uses steam engine locomotion to transport passengers from Antonito, Colorado across the scenic Cumbres Pass in Chama, New Mexico.
The surrounding San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountains offer opportunities for hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, and camping. The Great Sand Dunes National Monument, about 35 miles away, is a favorite place for hikers, photographers, and nature lovers. Alamosa is home to Cattails Golf Course, a unique par 71 that winds through tall old
cottonwood trees and cattail wetlands.