What's Happening in Alamosa County, Colorado

Alamosa County is one of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county name is the Spanish language word for a "grove of cottonwood trees." The county population was 14,966 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is the City of Alamosa.

County Profile 

The San Luis Valley's Alamosa County is located in South Central Colorado at an elevation of 7,544 feet. The Valley, roughly the size of Connecticut, is the largest alpine valley in the world. Surrounded by majestic peaks, the Sangre de Cristo's to the east and the San Juan's to the west, mountain vistas sculpt the horizon.

The famous Rio Grande originates in the San Juan Mountains and flows through the San Luis Valley. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 724 miiles. Approximate, 99% of it is land and 1% of it is water. The distance from Alamosa to Washington DC is 1,639 miles. The distance to Denver, the Colorado state capital is 168 miles. Alamosa is served by San Luis Valley Regional Airport.

The only commercial service is to Denver. Alamosa is located in the Mountain Standard Time (MST) time zone, GMT-07:00. It observes Daylight Saving Time (DST). Alamosa, in Colorado's San Luis Valley, offers majestic mountain views, the winding Rio Grande, clear skies, breathing room, and abundant agriculture.

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National Parks:

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Other protected areas Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge Great Sand Dunes Wilderness Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge Rio Grande National Forest San Luis State Park Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Colorado Alligator Farm Great Sand Dunes National Monument


Number of Sunshine Days: 350 Average Summer Temperature: 65 degrees F Average Winter Temperature: 14 degrees F Average Annual Precipitation: 7.6 inches Average Annual Snowfall: 41.7 inches.