Introduction to Alamosa, Colorado
The earliest settlements in what is now the area in and around the San Louis Valley were created more than 11,000 years ago by the native American tribes Clovis and Folsom, whose main occupation was hunting. During the 1500s Spain claimed the land, and attracted many settlers through establishment of land grants. In the 1850s, the area had its first permanent settlements. Two years after the State of Colorado was formed, many settlers traveling by narrow gauge train across the country would stop at a sheltered bend in the Rio Grande, where there were huge groves of cottonwood. The population of this area grew rapidly, eventually resulting in the forming the city of Alamosa in the year 1878; the name Alamosa meaning "cottonwood" in Spanish.
Alamosa and nearby Attractions
- Fort Garland Historical Museum
- Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge
- San Luis State Park
- Cattails Golf Course
- Rio Grande National Forest
Things To Do In Alamosa
Alamosa is the home of historic Fort Garland. Another popular spot in the city is the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, which attracts migratory birds and other animals. San Luis State park also is a haven for a variety of wildlife.
The closest airport to Alamosa is the San Luis Valley Regional Airport.
Alamosa Higher Education
There are several schools for higher education in Alamosa. Among them are the Adams State college, Pueblo Community college, University of Southern Colorado, and the Western State college.