Page 30 Summer in the San Luis Valley 2019 90 TRANSPORTATION OF THE WEST MUSEUM — A “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. 91 MONTE VISTA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE —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 www.hotroddirtdrags.com 95 RIO GRANDE STATE WILDLIFE AREA — The Rio 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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