Blanca Peak Trail #886 — Blanca Peak is the fourth highest peak in Colorado. Spectacular views along the way are the rule rather than the exception. Side trips can be made to two other 14,000 feet peaks, Little Bear Peak (14,037′) and Ellingwood Point (14,042′). Fishing is available at Crater, Como and Blue Lakes. Dispersed camping is allowed in the area, camp at least 150 feet from any water, and practice Leave No Trace ethics.
Directions: From Highway 160, proceed 3 miles north on State Road 150. Turn right onto dirt road. It is approximately 3 miles from 150 to the start of the trail. The first 4.5 miles of the trail is a very rough jeep road, requiring a specialized high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle. Most visitors hike up the road.
Parking: You may park off the road within the first 2.5 miles then walk up to Como Lake.
The 8,757 acre wetlands has more than 200 ponds, marshes and playas. Blanca Wetlands Recreation Area provides excellent habitat for large numbers of waterfowl. A complex trail system winds through the area, creating a wonderful wildlife viewing experience for visitors. In addition, a waterfowl-viewing boardwalk offers exceptional bird watching opportunities. From Alamosa, travel east on US-160, then turn left onto Road S116, which becomes Tyler Avenue. Turn right onto Twomile Road/Road 2S/9th Street and follow the signs for Blanca Wetlands • https://www.blm.gov/visit/blanca-wetlands
Translated, the name means “the ancient roads” – aptly named for its tour through 16th century Spanish territorial expansion at its northernmost boundary. Colorado’s cradle of Hispanic culture lies in the San Luis Valley, a mystical basin where sandhill cranes feed in the marshes, farmers till the soil, and North America’s tallest sand dunes press up against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The route winds along the Upper Rio Grande region through some of Colorado’s oldest towns, surrounded by panoramic views in all directions. This byway allows visitors to experience the culture that is still alive today with hospitality, authentic cuisine, adobe missions, museums, galleries, special festivals and events, and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Historic adobe structures pepper the landscape as a testament to the state’s first settlements. Begin your journey in Alamosa and follow the Los Caminos through three of our country’s most intriguing counties. https://www.museumtrail.org/los-caminos-antiguos-scenic-byway.html
San Luis Valley Southern Railway Trestle, off County Rd 12 south of Blanca, near the intersection of Co Rd 12 and EE: This trestle, an excellent example of timber stringer standard gauge railroad bridge construction, was built in 1910 and carried freight and passenger service until 1939. It is the only remaining SLVS trestle. The property is associated with the Railroads in Colorado Multiple Property Submission. 719-379-3461
Smith Reservoir State Wildlife Area – Off Co Rd 12 south of Blanca, CO.