101 Things 2019


Things to do in the San Luis Valley, Colorado.

Page 30 Summer in the San Luis Valley 2019


“different museum” the Transportation of the West Museum

features early modes of travel in the San Luis Valley, including

a century-old buggy. The museum is located at 961 First Ave. in

Monte Vista and is open Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3

p.m. through Labor Day. The Monte Vista History Center, 110

Jefferson Street, is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to

3 p.m. through Labor Day. No admission, handicap accessible.

Contact for both: 719-849-9320.


—Habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl and other birds, this

14,084-acre artificially created wetland is intensively managed

for the benefit of wildlife. The refuge is located south of Monte

Vista on Colorado 15. Information: 719-589-4021.

The one-mile trail to the USGS named summit at 8,475

feet is moderately difficult with craggy switchbacks near

the top. At the summit, view the entire San Luis Valley and

Upper Rio Grande. An additional 3.5 miles of easy trails

loop around the mountain near the base.

99 DEL MONTE GUN CLUB —Located between Alamosa

and Monte Vista on Highway 160, the course offers sporting clays,

trap and the “what cha call it” stand. The course is open to the

public and open for shooting most weekends. RV accommodations

are available. Events this year include Registered Trap Shoots

June 8-9 and August 3-4; Scott Erickson Memorial Registered

Sporting Clays June 22-23; Super Sporting Clays July 20-21; and

Stephanie Miner Registered Sporting Clays August 24-25. Call

719-589-4155 or go to www.delmontegunclub.net

92 PENITENTE CANYON — Penitente Canyon offers worldclass

rock climbing, as well as challenging mountain bike trails. A

short hike to the rim of the canyon is rewarded with an incredible

of the San Luis Valley and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range.

93 SUMMITVILLE — The drive to Summitville, an old

gold mining town, is a dramatically scenic mountain loop that

can start in Del Norte by driving up Pinos Creek and returning

via Jasper, also a historic mining town, and the Alamosa River

canyon, or by taking the Pass Creek route to U.S. Highway 160

south of South Fork.

94 SLV POTATO FESTIVAL — Acknowledging one of the

main crops grown in the San Luis Valley, SLV Potato Festival is

held in Monte Vista September 7. Enjoy the annual 5K Spud Run,

Craft and Food Vendors, and Semi Show, the Famous Mashed

Potato Dunk Tank, Freshly Harvested Colorado Potatoes and

much more!. Also, professional chefs participate in the annual

cook off. See www.coloradopotato.org.

100 COL. PFEIFFER GRAVE — The final resting place

for early San Luis Valley pioneer Col. Albert H. Pfeiffer who

served as scout for Kit Carson and later as agent for Ute Indians

in Southwest Colorado is located on Rio Grande Road 15, between

Del Norte and South Fork; look for the sign.

101 HOT ROD SHOW — Movie Manor just west of Monte

Vista on Highway 160 hosts the 2019 Hot Rod Dirt Drags May

31 - June 2 with dirt drags Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., live

bands, show cars, drive-in live music, vintage hot rod movies

and barbecue. Bring your 1950’s vintage bobber, hot rod, or

custom for what is sure to be the best Traditional Hot Rod Event

west of the Mississippi! If you have a 1964 or earlier Hot Rod,

Custom, Pick-up, Bobber Motorcycle get registered now! See



Grande State Wildlife Area, located one mile east of the City of

Monte Vista, is an important component of the Rio Grande wetland

complex. The 1,213-acre area provides essential habitat for many

bird species. A 121-acre portion of the area was renamed the

Shriver-Wright State Wildlife Area to honor community leaders,

Doug Shriver and Ray Wright, who died in 2010.

96 ROCK CREEK — The moderate hike along the Rock

Creek trail offers a number of scenic views of the valley, and is a

must-see in the fall, when the aspen trees turn the landscape into

living art. A number of campgrounds are in the area.

97 BEAVER CREEK RESERVOIR — Fishing at Beaver

Creek Reservoir south of South Fork traditionally offers trout

and kokanee salmon.

98 TRAILS — An Old West route linked Santa Fe to

the coast of California. Used for nearly 20 years, 1829-48,

the Old Spanish Trail was designated a National Historic

Trial in 2002. Two branches of the trail came through the

San Luis Valley. At a site west of Monte Vista on U.S.

Highway 160 are stone markers marking one of the branches

with access to hiking and biking and the Limekiln area.

The Town of Del Norte’s Lookout Mountain Trails offers

diverse experiences for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.

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