Where Is The San Luis Valley
The San Luis Valley (SLV) is located in South Central Colorado and spans an area roughly 8000 Square miles (approximately the size of Connecticut.) The valley is surrounded by majestic mountains preserves its historic roots as they isolate the valley from the rest of the the world. The mountain also effect the weather patterns. Sheltering the valley from much of the unwanted weather. SLV is famous for have over 350 day of sun a year.
The arrow points to Alamosa, the hub of the SLV.
Football legend Terry Bradshaw showcases Alamosa in Today in America
History of San Luis Valley - a PBS special
Recreation & Outdoors
Great Sand Dunes National Park
"The tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience this diversity through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in Medano Creek, wildlife watching, and more! The park and preserve are open 24 hours a day, so plan to also experience night skies and nocturnal wildlife during your visit." - National Park Service Colorado
Backpacking | Sandboarding | Camping | Peak Bagging | Hiking | Swimming | 4x4 | Mountain Biking | Fat Bikes | Jeep Rentals & Tours
- National Park Service Colorado
- Medano Pass Primitive Road Guide
- Backpacking - campsite information
- Backcountry Campsites Map
- Youtube - Beautiful Place to See
SummerFest on the Rio
"The annual festival is held along the winding Rio Grand, on the first weekend of June. It's a kick-off to summertime in Alamosa's spacious and pitruesque Cole Park. SummerFest weekend is jam-packed with live entertainers and something for everyone with no admission fee. We’re excited to offer the opportunity to feature a wide range of entertainers, crafters and artists, amazing food, beer garden and activities for all ages." - SummerFestOnTheRiver.org
Additional SLV Resources
Housing & Real-Estate
Here are some of the local real-estate agencies as per Google
Local schools & education related resources
- San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services
- Alamosa School District
- Sangre De Cristo School District
- Monte Vista School District
- Del Norte Consolidated School District
- North Conejos School District
- South Conejos School District
- Sargent Schools
- Center Consolidated School District
- Mountain Valley School District
- Moffat Schools
- Sierra Grande
- Sanford School District
- Centennial School District
- Crestone Charter Schools
Cost of Living Calculator
We like to use the www.BestPlaces.net as a reference tool to determine the "Cost of Living Indices" for the community you would like to move into and the community you are moving from.
Step by step instructions.
- look up your current city on www.BestPlaces.net . Once the site has loaded with information about the city you currently live in, select "cost of living" in the menu to the right. (mobile device user: the menu is the drop down at the top of the page)
- In the first paragraph you will find the city's cost of living index in bold print.
- Copy and paste that number into the field below titled "My Current City Index."
- Repeat steps 1-3 for the city you want to move to. (If you are not sure what community you will be moving into within the SLV area use 86.7. The valley ranges from 78.6 to 94.8.)
- Enter your current yearly income. NOTE: this info is not saved or shared. It is only used to calculate how much you would need to make to maintain your current standard of living in the new city.
*This figure is a rough calculation and in no way represents a guarantee of a standard of living by the San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group. We recommend speaking with a financial adviser.