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Los Caminos Antiguos

Length: 129 miles. Driving time: 3 hours.

Great Sand DunesLos Caminos Antiguos MapThe Great Sand Dunes are one of nature's most painstaking creations. Hundreds of feet high and more than a thousand miles from the nearest ocean beach, these drifting dunes accumulated over the eons as winds swept sand against the west face of the Sangre de Cristo Range. That slow, determined process reflects the spirit of the San Luis Valley - an enormous, sun-baked flat between the Sangres, and the San Juan foothills. Life here would not seem to have changed much since the 1600s, when Spain cast its claim over this region. Los Caminos Antiguos takes you to Colorado's oldest surviving community (San Luis, 1851), its oldest parish (Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Conejos), and one of its first military posts (Fort Garland). Drive, explore, take your time- there's plenty of it to spare.

Great Sand Dunes National Park
Cumbres/Toltec Scenic Railroad
Fort Garland Museum
San Luis Lakes State Park
Stations of the Cross Shrine in San Luis
Sangre De Cristo National Heritage Area
Jack Dempsey Museum
San Acacio Church (oldest church building)
San Luis Museum and Culture Center
San Luis’ – People's Ditch (Colorado's oldest water rights)
Zapata Falls
Medano-Zapata Ranch
Trujillo Homesteads
San Luis Valley – Alamosa Museum
Luther Bean Museum
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
San Luis Valley Museum Association 

Local Chamber of Commerce(s):
Conejos County Chamber of Commerce
San Luis
Antonito Merchants Association

Byways Corridor Management Plan:
Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway Partnership Plan Dec 1999

Contact Information

Fred Bunch
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
11500 Hwy 150
Mosca, CO 81146

Contact Information


Lenore C. Bates
Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
(303) 757-9786
4201 E Arkansas Ave, Shumate Bldg
Denver CO 80222-3406
(303) 757-9727 fax

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