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Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

Geologic Feature
The Rio Grande travels through Alamosa and provides a great walking trail. Blanca Peak illustrates how the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area got its name (it means blood of Christ). – Marilyn Loser

ADA Accessibility Notes

Accessibility varies by location and event.

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Areais the cradle of Colorado's earliest settlement. Hispano, Anglo and Native American cultures interacted in the area.

Spanning more than 3,000 square miles,the SdCNHA includes the counties of Conejos, Costilla, and Alamosa, the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Rich in history, religion, culture, and bio-diversity, the area preserves a special place in out nation's history where the villages and lifestyles of some of America's earliest Spanish settlements still exist alongside newer railroad communities.

The wetlands of Baca NWR and the tallest sand dunes of North America in the Great Sand Dunes National Park demarcate the northern boundary. Mountain ranges, Sangre de Cristos to the east and San Juans to the west, flank the study area.The southern border is defined by the Colorado-New Mexico border. Congress designated the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area in March 2009 in recognition of the rich natural resources, variety of recreational opportunities, and unparalleled history of the San Luis Valley.

Pet Friendly Notes

Many locations are pet friendly. Please contact specific locations or events for details.

Recreational Opportunities

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area provides year round recreational opportunities. Hike, fish, ski, boat and camp in the great outdoors. Ride scenic trains, attend a crane festival or early iron festival. Visit the event calendar for a list of activities.

Hours

Seasons Accessible

Year round activities. Visit the event calendar for a list of activities

Pricing

Many activities are free. Others have entrance fees. Please contact specific locations for details.