Sand Dunes National Park - 50 miles from SFR
The Great Sand
Dunes National Park and Preserve features the tallest dunes in North
America and is just 35 miles northeast of Alamosa. Against the backdrop
of rugged 14,000-foot peaks in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, the
30-square mile dune field, with no designated trails, invites you
to explore freely. The natural system of the Park ranges from sand
dunes to forests, from cottonwood groves to majestic mountain peaks
and tundra. The highest elevation in the park is 13,604'. Play in
intermittent Medano Creek, hike forest trails, or camp in the back
country. The Visitor Center and Campground areas are about 8200'
above sea level.
Falls - 45 miles
After climbing the dunes on a hot summer day, refresh yourself at
spectacular Zapata Falls. South Zapata Creek has powered its way
through a rock crevasse, etching and carving the steep stone walls
containing the 30 ft. high waterfall. Listen to the melodic cascading
waters; feel the chilling spray of the falls;and watch for dippers,
dark gray aquatic song birds that feed on water insects. The hike
to the falls is .5 miles. (8 km) and mildly steep. Once the trail
reaches the creek, you must wade into the stream, climb a small
ladder, and walk through a narrow gorge to view the falls.
New Mexico - 60 miles
the modern day. Rejuvenate in Taos sacred places. You dont
need a map to find sacred places in Taos. Theyre everywhere
on well-traveled roads to the historic Taos Pueblo, along a winding
alley to a gallery, in a colorful shrine tucked into an adobe wall,
and in the sound of the river as it winds down the canyon. Taos
is the result of centuries of history and a fusion of diverse cultures
that create a unique town full of unforgettable places.
Taos has lots to do and see year-round ! A plethora of museums,
historic sites and more await you.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - 35 miles
Ride the Longest Highest, most Historic Narrow Gauge Railroad in
North America. 64 miles of spectacular scenery through the beautiful
San Juan Mountains of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
Enjoy riding the rails, as they did in the 1880's with modern day
comforts. This Historic line was originally the San Juan Extension
with Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, few railroads in the world
climb to greater heights than the historic narrow gauge line over
10,015-foot Cumbres Pass. The trains have been chugging over Cumbres
Pass since 1881. Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad was chosen
one of the "Top 20 Rail Trips of the World" by the Society
of International Railway Travelers.
of the Cross
- 8 miles
1990, the shrine symbolizes the central role of religion in southern
Colorado's Hispano communities. Local residents come here throughout
the year for prayer, reflection, and celebration. The shrine also
makes an important contribution to the San Luis economy, drawing
thousands of visitors annually.
Perhaps most important, it has rekindled a sense of unity and pride
in this, Colorado's first significant settlement. The statues were
sculpted by Huberto Maestas. He is described as a restless spirit
with a passion for art. Maestas exuberates a creative energy that
is evident not only in art, but in life itself. There is nothing
passive about a piece by Maestas. His figures embrace drama, and
capture the spirit of form in motion. Visualizing each sculpture
before it is begun, he captures the essence of each piece he creates.
Addressing his art to the realm of human experience, Maestas is
drawn to the human figure. Maestas couples his artistic vision with
technical skill, seeing a piece through the "lost wax process"
into a finished bronze.
Farm - 65 miles
Here is something you don't find every day in a high mountain valley
of the Rocky Mountains -- alligators. A unique experience for the
whole family! View a variety of turtles, tortoises, gators, snakes
and lizards for a hands-on learning opportunity. View gator wrestling
and meet alligators featured in many movies and tv commercials!
There are many species of reptiles on our farm, most of which come
from uninformed pet owners. We take care of these animals and display
them for education of the public. Nature trail hiking, fishing,
boating, and picnicking are available on site, as well as guided