101 Things 2019


Things to do in the San Luis Valley, Colorado.

Page 10 Summer in the San Luis Valley 2019

589-5163 or see Alamosa Art Walk on Facebook. In conjunction

with the Art Walk, the City of Alamosa will celebrate 15 new art

pieces created by artists from near and far during the opening of

the Second Annual ArtScape Program on September 6.

9 COLORADO GATORS — Featuring more than 400

gators and other exotic species, Colorado Gators is one of the

most unique attractions in the entire Valley. It is located north

of Alamosa between Mosca and Hooper on Highway 17. Events

include gator wrestling, Eggfest 2019 July 6-7 and the Annual

Gatorfest Aug. 4-5. Phone (719) 378-2612 for more information,

or see gatorfarm.com

10 ZAPATA FALLS — Zapata Falls BLM Recreation Area

Zapata Falls, a wonder of nature, is located four miles east of

Colorado Highway 150, just south of the entrance to Great

Sand Dunes National Park. From the parking and picnic area

it is about a half mile walk uphill to the falls. The Zapata Falls

Campground provides campsites. A trailhead in the campground

supplies a link to the South Zapata Creek Trail and the Sangre

de Cristo Wilderness. A second trail, just above the campground

in the day-use area, leads visitors on a mildly steep half-mile

hike to the falls that give the campground its name.


The SLV Antique Iron Club, committed to the preservation,

restoration and promotion of antique agricultural collectibles

by innovative and quality work of current times, hosts several

events throughout the summer including: participation in Ski

Hi Stampede Parade, Covered Wagon Days, SLV Fair, Early

Iron Festival and Potato Festival. Fun Pulls are also planned

April 13 and Oct. 12. The tractor pull track is located between

Monte Vista and Alamosa at the Alamosa Recreation Park on

the north side of State Highway 160. See www.slvaic.com or

call 850-1326 or 850-0072.

San Luis Valley Museum

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railroading are featured in this museum located in downtown

Alamosa at 401 Hunt Avenue. It is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday

through Saturday year-round. Call 719-587-0667.

14 SUMMERFEST ON THE RIO — Summerfest on the

Rio is an annual festival held in Alamosa’s Cole Park along the

Rio Grande the first weekend in June. This year the event will

be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 7-9. Enjoy delicious

food, entertainment and activities in the park. Summerfest

weekend is jam-packed with live entertainers with something for

everyone, from rock and roll, bluegrass, jazz, Mariachi bands,

country, belly dancers, jugglers, poker fun and more. For more

information go to www.summerfestontherio.org

15 EARLY IRON — Saving the best for last, one of the last

big celebrations of the summer season is the annual Early Iron

Festival on Labor Day weekend. This event features hundreds

12 ENGINE 169 — Located in the pavilion at the east

entrance to Alamosa, the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad

locomotive No. 169 is listed in the Colorado State Register of

Historic Properties. The 10-wheeler narrow gauge, coal-fired

steam locomotive was built in 1883. Hooked to the engine is

the tender and B-1 Business Car, built in 1880.

13 SAN LUIS VALLEY MUSEUM — Displays of Native

American culture, Hispanic settlers, Japanese-American

community, Adams State University, military regalia and early

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