San Luis Valley Colorado The Hidden Jem
Welcome to my home town… Have you ever been here?
The San Luis Valley is located on the southwest corner of Colorado
The San Luis Valley includes a 125 mile stretch that surrounds the valley which includes the Rocky Mountain Range, The Sangre De Cristo Mountains and San Juan Mountains.
The altitude in the San Luis Valley is above 7000 feet and is technically a high desert but below the surface there aquifers and warm Springs of water
Our valley gets visited every year by thousands of sandhill crane’s migrating between New Mexico and southern Idaho we even have a festival every March for the Sandhill Crane’s
My home town called Alamosa is in the heart of the San Luis Valley its a town of around 9000 people and is home to Adams State University. This is the town where I grew up, got married, had my kids and ran a business with my husband for eleven years. My family moved to the San Luis Valley in the late 1950’s because the cost of land was so affordable, my grandpa opened a concrete/construction business that was later inherited by my dad and uncle. We have a large family in this area.
Here is a picture of our Glass Shop and we were able to build our building from the ground up and make a custom shop for our business, it was an awesome experience
My husband and I also had the opportunity to build our first custom home in the San Luis Valley, it was dreamed up by my husband, and with the help of my dad we were able to make our dream a reality. Here is a picture of our home, it had an indoor garden and all the bedrooms surrounded it, we had palm trees, bamboo and flowers blooming year round!
Our Town has a small local museum that features the region and the multicultural history and artifacts of the Indians and their pottery that used to live in this area. We have a large agricultural farming community for growing potatoes and grains, some that can ONLY be grown and harvested in this high alpine region, as well as a large mushroom farm. We have a lot of migrant workers that come to our area that work in the farming community. The San Luis Valley is home to six of the poorest counties in the state of Colorado. We were not as affected by this because we all own our own businesses in that area, so we are able to help create our own economy, which is a great thing.
We have many local artists and photographers that enjoy shooting the wildlife in this area, the food specialties include authentic Mexican and some of the press best green chili in the state.
Blanca peak is one of the mountain ranges in the San Luis Valley at a height of 14,000 365 it is the highest peak of this southern range of mountains at the base of the mountain is the home of the Sand dunes national Park, we have over 300,000 visitors come to enjoy this geological wonder and the wildlife that live there. One of the dunes called star doing to the west of the high dunes is actually the tallest Sand Dunes in North America raising rising 750 feet
This is Mount Blanca and the Great Sand Dunes National Monument (the view from outside my Mom and Dads window)
San Luis Colorado is another small town in the San Luis Valley founded in 1851 it is the oldest town in Colorado
My favorite things about my hometown and the San Luis Valley is that I still have many family members and great childhood friends that live there. I also love the great food, the natural Hot Springs the fresh crisp air, the wide-open space and the wildlife found here. Also living in a Valley surrounded my majestic mountains is awesome!
Hope you enjoyed a tour of my home town…. till next time
Cristin, thank you for visiting our blog today, Colorado is a beautiful place and the San Luis Valley has its own unique beauty, hope you get to see it soon!
Adding to my Must Visit list…thank you!
Sharyn this a very cool spot to see, hope you enjoy the San Luis Valley in Colorado as soon as you can! Untouched Colorado Beauty
Rachel your home town is beautiful.
Maria, thank you! Yes Colorado and the San Luis Valley have lots of great treasures to share with their full time residents as well as us Full time travelers
Wow I don’t know if I enjoyed the pictures or the information more! I haven’t been many places and never to Colorado but I’ve heard stories. I love looking at different places and how different they are. Its my way of taking in all God’s beauty and handiwork.
Shauna, you would love Colorado- we get all 4 seasons and its awesome to see the mountains, the valleys and all the awesome scenery and wildlife here
SO beautiful Rachel! I have been to Colorado, but never to San Luis Valley or Alamosa. It looks very nice and enjoyed hearing all the facts as well as the history with your family moving there. Very interesting! Your house is fabulous! What a tremendous accomplishment both in building your home and business. Love hot springs too! Very informative and cool post. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Brian and Felecia thank you for stopping by and I hope you get to visit this area of Colorado Soon, its a very cool place! The San Luis Valley and Alamosa are true hidden Gems 🙂
Pretty! Coming for a visit! 🙂
Adrianna we would love to have to have you guys come see us… the San Luis Valley and Alamosa is a little like the Old West 🙂 Come see us in Colorado
Sounds like a great place to live! I love small towns! Awesome how y’all were able to build a business and a dream house there!