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Kristi Mountain Sports is the San Luis Valley's premier location for all outdoor gear needs. It is a classic "Mom and Pop" outdoor shop with a service center and rental equipment.

Gems in San Luis Valley - 3

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gem Favorite On the top of High Dune looking east toward the San De Cristo Mountain to the east of Sand Dunes National Park.

High Dune

(40) Crestone, CO
gem Favorite Group of hikers heading to Star Dune

Star Dune

(11) Crestone, CO
gem Favorite Zapata Falls - Looking up from base of falls

Zapata Falls

(7) Alamosa…, CO

Recommended Routes in San Luis Valley - 12

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Favorite Eureka Mountain at sunset, after the first October Snow
Difficult

Rito Alto Four Pass Loop

23.0 mi 37.1 km 5,843' Up 1780.85 m Up 5,841' Down 1780.34 m Down

Westcliffe, CO
Favorite Zapata Falls - Looking up from base of falls
Intermediate

Zapata Falls

1.0 mi 1.6 km 289' Up 87.99 m Up 288' Down 87.74 m Down

Alamosa…, CO
Favorite Great Sand Dunes National Park
Difficult

Tallest Dunes Out-and-Back

15.3 mi 24.6 km 1,810' Up 551.69 m Up 1,810' Down 551.59 m Down

Crestone, CO
Favorite Great Sand Dunes National Park
Easy/Intermediate

Sand Dunes Loop

3.6 mi 5.8 km 301' Up 91.6 m Up 309' Down 94.12 m Down

Crestone, CO
Favorite Fall Splendor - Venable Trail
Difficult

Venable - Comanche Loop

12.2 mi 19.7 km 3,740' Up 1139.98 m Up 3,755' Down 1144.44 m Down

Westcliffe, CO
Favorite Looking east toward the peaks above Willow Lake.
Very Difficult

Kit Carson and Challenger

14.1 mi 22.6 km 5,550' Up 1691.67 m Up 5,550' Down 1691.69 m Down

Crestone, CO
Favorite Standard exposure and scrambling along the Northwest Face.
Very Difficult

Tour de Little Bear

2.7 mi 4.3 km 2,168' Up 660.89 m Up 2,167' Down 660.59 m Down

Alamosa…, CO
Favorite On top of Music Pass looking down on Sand Creek basin.
Difficult

Music Pass Trail to Upper Sand Creek Lake

8.4 mi 13.5 km 1,858' Up 566.25 m Up 1,858' Down 566.28 m Down

Westcliffe, CO
Favorite View near the beginning of the Huerfano Trail
Difficult

Mt. Lindsey

8.4 mi 13.5 km 3,505' Up 1068.45 m Up 3,505' Down 1068.34 m Down

Alamosa…, CO
Favorite Looking east into South Colony Lakes Basin
Difficult

Humboldt Peak

11.2 mi 18.1 km 4,164' Up 1269.18 m Up 4,166' Down 1269.76 m Down

Crestone, CO
Favorite Hiking along the grassy slope toward the ridge. The drainage can be seen to the left.
Difficult

Culebra Peak

14.2 mi 22.8 km 4,891' Up 1490.77 m Up 4,890' Down 1490.57 m Down

San Luis, CO
Favorite The southern reaches of the Sangre de Cristos from the Auto Route.
Easy

Auto Tour and Nature Trail

3.8 mi 6.1 km 36' Up 10.89 m Up 33' Down 10.09 m Down

Monte V…, CO

San Luis Valley Hiking

  • 704 Miles 1,133 Kilometers of Trail
  • 12 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Gems Gems
  • 36 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 62 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 56 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in San Luis Valley - 142

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4.8 mi 7.8 km #1Willow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO 12 
0.6 mi 1.0 km #2Crestone Needle South Face
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
2.5 mi 4.0 km #3Cottonwood Pass Trail
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
3.0 mi 4.9 km #4Mt. Lindsey Trail
Difficult
Alamosa East, CO
Difficult
Alamosa East, CO
1.2 mi 1.9 km #5Rio Inspire Trail
Easy
Alamosa, CO
Easy
Alamosa, CO
1.0 mi 1.7 km #6Simpson Loop Trail
Easy
Alamosa, CO
Easy
Alamosa, CO
1.0 mi 1.6 km #7Outer Oxbow
Easy
Alamosa, CO
Easy
Alamosa, CO
18.4 mi 29.7 km #8Rainbow Trail #1336: Grape Creek to Alvarado
Easy/Intermediate
Westcliffe, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Westcliffe, CO
4.4 mi 7.1 km #9Lake Of The Clouds Trail #1349
Difficult
Westcliffe, CO
Difficult
Westcliffe, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km #10Kit Carson North Ridge
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO

Photos of San Luis Valley - 255

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Great Sand Dunes National Park
Apr 1, 2020 near Crestone, CO
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Apr 1, 2020 near Crestone, CO
Fall in the Sangre De Cristo Range. From North Crestone Trail towards the San Luis Valley
Oct 11, 2021 near Crestone, CO
Evening light from Hermit Pass, around 13,000ft, towards Rio Alto bowl
Oct 11, 2021 near Crestone, CO
Fall Splendor - Venable Trail
Oct 11, 2021 near Westcliffe, CO
Eureka Mountain at sunset, after the first October Snow
Oct 11, 2021 near Crestone, CO
Great Sand Dunes National Park will transform the way you think about a landscape.
Mar 14, 2017 near Crestone, CO
View near the beginning of the Huerfano Trail
Sep 24, 2018 near Alamosa…, CO