Page 20 Summer in the San Luis Valley 2019 Conejos River with booths, crafts, kids’ crafts and live entertainment beginning at 9 a.m., parade at 10 a.m. coloring contest 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and pool tournament from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jack’s Market hosts breakfast from 7-9 a.m., and a 5K run/walk will start at the grade school at 7:30 a.m. Contact: Sylvia Montano, 580-5828 about donations and booths; Larry Zaragoza at 580-2032 about the 5K, parade and general information; and Julie Zaragoza at 580-7248 about donations. 45 FISH IN THE CONEJOS RIVER — The Conejos Rivers offers excellent fly-fishing for rainbow and brown trout. Colorado Highway 17 provides over 25 miles of easy access to the river, and then follow Forest Service Road 250 along the river toward Platoro Reservoir for another 25 miles. Plenty of accommodations are available along the route from Antonito to Platoro. 46 TRUJILLO MEADOWS RESERVOIR — Near the summit of Cumbres Pass, only a few miles from the New Mexico border is coldwater Trujillo Meadows Reservoir. Besides fishing in high altitude scenery, there is camping and abundant wildlife. File photo 47 CONEJOS CANYON — Conejos Canyon features some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Colorado. A drive on Colorado 17 takes visitors along the Conejos River and to Forest Service Road 250, which continues up to the river to the old mining town of Platoro and Platoro Reservoir. Outstanding opportunities exist for all kinds of outdoor activities. 48 LA JARA RESERVOIR — Part of Colorado’s three million acres of State Trust Lands, La Jara Reservoir is open year-round for fishing. The reservoir is about 35 miles west of La Jara on Colorado 15 and USFS Road 240. 49 HOT CREEK STATE WILDLIFE AREA — About 25 miles south of Monte Vista on Colorado 15, the west five miles is the Hot Creek State Wildlife Area. Recreational activities include cold-water stream fishing, hunting, and wildlife observation. 50 CONEJOS MUSEUM — Located in Antonito, the museum features the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, Silo Park and the 1913 Warshauer Mansion.
Summer in the San Luis Valley Page 21 Costilla County 51 FORT GARLAND — Established in 1858 to protect settlers in the San Luis Valley from bands of roaming Indians, Fort Garland was once commanded by the legendary Kit Carson. Now operated by the Colorado Historical Society, the museum offers historic artifacts and photographs of the Buffalo Soldiers as well as displays of early Hispano settlers. Call 719-379-3512. Also view the T33A (Thunderbird) Jet Trainer on static display at the Costilla County Veteran’s Park located on CR HH east of the Town of Fort Garland visible from Highway 160. 52 HIKE MOUNT BLANCA — Mount Blanca at 14,345 feet is the dominant landmark of the San Luis Valley. Its massif includes four peaks over 14,000 feet - Blanca, Colorado’s fourth highest peak; Little Bear; Mount Lindsay; and Ellingwood Point. The recommended access point to climb Blanca is the Lake Como route; a tough hike up the road to the lake, then an easier hike to the peaks. 53 MOUNTAIN HOME RESERVOIR — Just a few miles southwest of Fort Garland is Mountain Home Reservoir stocked with trout 10 to 15 inches. It is a great place for a day or afternoon of family fishing. A smaller reservoir, but also a great place to play in the water, is Smith Reservoir, located just south of the town of Blanca. 54 THE LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM (White Mountain Trading Post) on Highway 160 at Fort Garland offers a variety of activities including gunfights, horse rides, blacksmith demonstrations, glassblowing demonstrations, live bison and historical pioneer and Native American displays. The museum is open with free entrance from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For more information call 719-379-4179. 55 STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND CHAPEL OF ALL SAINTS — Local sculptor Huberto Maestas of San Luis created these life-sized bronze sculptures of the last hours of Christ’s life. A beautiful chapel lies at the top of the pilgrimage trail. Maestas’ studio is located at 331 Main Street in San Luis: phone (719) 672-3022. 56 VISIT SAN LUIS — San Luis is the oldest town in Colorado, founded in 1851 by Hispanic settlers from New Mexico. The Museum and Cultural Center has colonial and pre-colonial artifacts, a collection of santos, and a replica of a morada, an adobe chapel of the Penitentes. 57 SANTIAGO Y SANTA ANA FESTIVAL— The Santiago Festival and the Santa Ana Festival will be held July 27-28 in San Luis with dances, crowning of a festival queen, lots of music, a barbecue and a mariachi mass in the courtyard of Sangre de Cristo Parish. 58 LOS CAMINOS ANTIGUOS SCENIC BYWAY — Take a drive along the 129-mile Los Caminos Antiguoas (“Ancient Roads”) Scenic Byway beginning in the San Juan Mountains, on Cumbres Pass, and passing the oldest church in Colorado, the first town in the state and the Great Sand Dunes National Park. See www.loscaminos.com. 59 SANCHEZ RESERVOIR — Located about eight miles south of San Luis at 8,200 feet elevation, Sanchez reservoir offers fishing for walleye, saugeye and northern pike. Also enjoy boating and other water sport opportunities. 60 RIO COSTILLA STUDIO TOUR — The 20th annual tour is scheduled this year for Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8, in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. With more than two-dozen artists involved, the tour features artwork, sculpture, food and more. Contact: (575) 586-1581, (719) 433-3885 or email@example.com. Also see www. riocostillaart.com. Mountain Home Reservoir File photo