About the San Luis Valley

The San Luis Valley is a region in south-central Colorado with a small portion overlapping into New Mexico. It is the headwaters of the Rio Grande. It contains 6 counties and portions of 3 others. The San Luis Valley was ceded to the United States by Mexico following the Mexican–American War. Hispanic settlers began moving north and settling in the valley after the United States made a treaty with the Utes and established a fort. Prior to the Mexican war the Spanish and Mexican governments had reserved the valley to the Utes, their allies. During the 19th century Anglo settlers settled in the valley and engaged in mining, ranching, and irrigated agriculture. Today the valley has a diverse Anglo and Hispanic population.

Family Fun and Outdoor Recreation

•Water Sports

–Kayaking, Rafting, Boating, Paddle Boarding

•Winter Sports

–Monarch Ski Resort, and Wolf Creek are around 1.5 hours away.

–Local Youth Hockey Leagues

•Hunting, Hiking, Fishing, Camping, Climbing

–Great Sand Dunes National Park

–Zapata Falls

–Blanca Wetlands

–And much more…

•Biking

–Miles of trails here – both road and mountain biking

•Outdoor Sports

–3 Golf Courses in the San Luis Valley

–Summer Softball Leagues

–Youth Sports Leagues