Things to do in the Area

The San Luis Valley is a popular destination and home to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, just to name one of many attractions. Here are some places we recommend on your trip here:

Great Sand Dunes National Park

55 miles northeast of HPDI

The tallest dunes in North America

Hike the Zapata Falls trail


Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

30 miles south of HPDI

Journey by train down the historical tracks dating back to 1878

Offers 12 mph rides through the scenic San Juan Mountains


Pagosa Hot Springs

86 miles west of HPDI

World’s deepest, natural hot springs


Wheeler Geological Area – National Monument

70 miles west of HPDI

Hike or four-wheel drive in to see these incredible rock formations in the remote area of La Garita Wilderness


Creede, CO

65 miles west of HPDI

Visit an old mining town and take a tour through their underground mining museum


Taos, NM

92 miles south of HPDI

World’s oldest, most continually lived in apartment complex

Home of the Taos Pueblo Native Americans


Alamosa, CO

20 miles north of HPDI

Serves as the San Luis Valley’s cultural and economic center

Central to attractions and recreations of all ages


Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

7 miles north of HPDI

There are multiple places to bird watch in the valley and some rare species you wont find many other places. For more info check out this cool website

Bird Watching San Luis Valley