Attractions in San Luis

002Casa de Santa Maria Owner and Editor, Maria Martinez of La Sierra News – San Luis writes;  “If you are looking for a place to contemplate, renew your spirit, worship under the beautiful blue sky, or just unwind from the stresses of the day with nothing between you and a Higher Power, you will want to stop and visit Mother Mary’s Garden, a non-profit sacred site just off Highway 159 South.”  “Surrounded by the mesa to the east and the wide expanse of chamiso covered prairie to the north, south and west, this beautiful spot on the planet is definitely a labor of love. The redwood cedar statue of Mother Mary is incredible, as is the landscaping—and more than anything, the trust in placing these beautiful objects out in the open for everyone to enjoy. The signs invite the passerby to visit, and explain that the garden is a non-denominational, non-profit sacred site.”   211 Culebra Street San Luis, CO 81152 • (719) 672-3130 • www.casadesantamaria.org • casadesantamaria@mac.com

los caminosLos 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.