Things to do – Southern Colorado

Southern Colorado is home to a few National Parks, more than a few fourteeners, great elk and antelope hunting grounds, golf courses where your golf balls sail through the air (10% further according to Golf Digest), 4-wheel drive trails, and the Continental Divide.

Whether you have a weekend, or a month, we have tried to pick a few top 10 destinations (besides our railroad) on your trip to Southern Colorado.

Mesa Verde National Park

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Mesa Verde, CO
(970) 529-4465
Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, Mesa Verde National Park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. The stunning landscape of Southwest Colorado, near Four Corners, is the backdrop as you explore Mesa Verde National Park.
Mesa Verde National Park, CO

Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Mosca, CO
(719) 378-6399
The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more!
Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO

San Luis State Park

San Luis State Park
16399 Ln 6, Mosca, CO 81146
(719) 378-2020
In the shadow of the Great Sand Dunes National Park is peaceful San Luis State Park and Wildlife Area. Waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and raptors fill the sky over this unique desert ecosystem, making San Luis an outstanding watchable wildlife area most of the year.The park is located just 15 minutes west of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and features a modern campground. All 51 sites have electrical hookups, sheltered tables, fire grills, nearby drinking water hydrants, and an available dump station. Campsites have a panoramic view of San Luis Lake, the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range and the Great Sand Dunes.
San Luis State Park, CO

Fort Garland Museum

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29477 Highway 159
PO Box 368
Fort Garland, CO 81133
(719) 379-3512
Established in 1858 in southern Colorado, Fort Garland, with its garrison of over 100 men, served to protect the earliest settlers in the San Luis Valley.Today you are invited to walk the parade ground of the fort and tour the adobe buildings, which feature a re-creation of the commandant’s quarters during Kit Carson’s time.
Fort Garland Museum, CO

Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge

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Visitors Center
9383 El Rancho Lane,
Alamosa, CO 81101
Phone: (719) 589-4021
Fax: (719)-587-0595
Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1962 as a haven for migratory birds and other wildlife. 14,345 foot Mt. Blanca of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains provides a stunning backdrop for this 11,169 acre refuge.
Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, CO

Cano’s Castle

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E 10th Ave,
Antonito, CO 81120
Cano’s Castle is a set of four gleaming towers, built single-handedly by Donald “Cano” Espinoza, a Native American Vietnam vet. It is a wonder to behold.Built largely out of beer cans and other metal refuse, for Espinoza the castle serves as a thanks for having his life spared during the Vietnam war. Cano’s castle is actually four separate structures.”The king”, “the queen”, “the palace” and “the rook”.
Cano’s Castle by Mike’s Road Trip

Colorado Gators Reptile Park

Gators Colorado Gators is a family oriented, educational facility that focuses on full use of natural and recycled resources.  Our goal is to maintain an integrated ecosystem while providing educational opportunities and viable farm products.
9162 County Road N in Mosca and just 45 minutes north of the Antonito Train Depot.
www.ColoradoGators.com

Mill Creek Ranch at Old Cow Town

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Visit an 1880’s Colorado old western town and experience the West as it once was. Located 14 miles west of Saguache, Colorado on the Old Santa Fe Trail and just 1 hour north of the Antonito Depot.
36710 County Road CC36, Saguache, Colorado
MillCreekColorado.com

Pagosa Springs Golf Club

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#1 Pines Club Place
Pagosa Springs,
Colorado 81147(970) 731-4755
Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. The course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play.Pagosa Springs will challenge you while providing a relaxing, picturesque backdrop.
www.golfpagosa.com

Continental Divide Trail

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Colorado Continental Divide Trail