Sand Dunes National Park can be seen across San Luis Lake in San Luis State Park near Hooper, Colorado.

San Luis Valley of Colorado

The San Luis Valley of Colorado is a photographer’s dream!

The 8000-foot San Luis Valley of Colorado is part of the Rio Grande Rift and is home to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, the town of San Luis, The Highway of Legends, and the Los Caminos Antiguos. Here is a  map of the area from Alamosa.org.

The San Luis Valley of Colorado

The premiere attraction for photographers in the San Luis Valley is the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. It served as our base of operations as we explored the entire region. Because this post is all about the photographic beauty of the area, here are some galleries that feature the main areas to visit:

The Great Sand Dunes

A variety of landscapes are found at The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve east of Alamosa, Colorado. The park boasts the tallest dunes in North America, as well as a diverse collection of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Here is more information from the National Park Service.

Blanca Wetlands and Alamosa Refuge

Between the Great Sand Dunes and the city of Alamosa are two spectacular wetlands: the Blanca Wildlife Habitat Area and the Alamos Wildlife Refuge. Both areas are definitely worth a visit, especially for birders. Here is Wikipedia article about the Blanca Wetlands. Now, here are the photos:

Colorado Gators and Reptile Park

Colorado Gators and Reptile Park near Mosca, Colorado, is an attraction you should not miss. We spent almost a day wandering around and photographing alligators, emus, and fish. Here is more information about this non-profit refuge.

The Highway of Legends

The Highway of Legends follows a route from Walsenburg, through La Veta, to Trinidad, Colorado. Along the route you will see spectacular geology and historic structures. Here is more information from CDOT about this route. Now, here are the photos:

Los Caminos Antiguos

This Colorado Scenic Byway takes you through the historic San Luis Valley, from Alamos, to San Luis, and through Antonito. Here is more information about this area from the Colorado Vacation Directory. Now, here are the photos:

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