Colorado Gators Reptile Park is one of the Valley’s most unique attractions! The Park originally began in 1977 as a fish farm, using geothermal water to grow tilapia for human consumption. All of the tilapia are sold live, but of course not all of the fish live to go to market; so in 1987 the owners purchased 100 baby alligators to eat the dead fish. Soon people found out about the alligators and wanted to see them so in 1990 Colorado Gators opened to the public. Before long people were dropping off their unwanted/illegal pet alligators. Today Colorado Gators is an alligator and reptile rescue, home to 300 alligators, crocodiles, caiman, and hundreds of other reptiles including giant pythons, rattlesnakes, huge lizards, turtles and tortoises, and so much more! 9162 CR 9 N Mosca, CO 81146 • (719) 378-2612 • www.coloradogators.com • www.facebook.com/ColoradoGatorFarm
Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway 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.