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San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org Museums of the San Luis Valley www.MuseumTrail.org supports the efforts of 20 museums located within the San Luis Valley, and our neighboring towns of Lake City and La Veta, Colorado @ www.museumtrail.org Museums are: Crestone Historical Museum, Fort Garland Museum, San Luis Culture Center and Museum, Jack Dempsey Museum, Sanford Museum, SLV-Alamosa Museum, Veterans Homelake Museum, Monte Vista Historical Society Museum, Saguache County Museum, Rio Grande County Museum, Hazard House Museum, Transportation of the West Museum, Creede Historical Society, Creede Underground Mining Museum, Conejos County Museum, Francisco Fort, Hinsdale County, Old Spanish Trail
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@ Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center - "Just a reminder that the Día de los Muertos community altar is up at Fort Gar...
10/29/2020

@ Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center - "Just a reminder that the Día de los Muertos community altar is up at Fort Garland. The shrine is free to visit and open to the community through November 6."

The Día de los Muertos community altar is up at the museum. Feel free to visit any time when the museum is open to place ofrendas, letters, photos or other gifts on the altar ... and take some time today to remember your ancestors and loved ones.

If you're unable to visit the museum due to COVID or other reasons, you're welcome to submit a written tribute that can be displayed at Fort Garland or other History Colorado museum by doing so online at
https://www.historycolorado.org/exhibit/dia-de-los-muertos-shrine-fgm

The shrine at Fort Garland is free and open to the community through November 6.

A road trip that will provide some great photo ops along the way of the ancients using the free TravelStorys driving tou...
10/28/2020

A road trip that will provide some great photo ops along the way of the ancients using the free TravelStorys driving tour app for the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway, download @ http://travelstorys.com/download/

#mysticsanluisvalley #sanluisvalley #loscaminosantiguosscenicbyway #optoutdoors #colorfulcolorado #naturephotography

An early 1900's building in Del Norte starts a new life as Carther's Roadhouse Restaurant! AND a 1926 tow truck that is ...
10/26/2020
Carther’s Roadhouse opens its doors, let the games begin

An early 1900's building in Del Norte starts a new life as Carther's Roadhouse Restaurant! AND a 1926 tow truck that is shown in the original photo has a new life as well!!
Great story!

Carthers Roadhouse Rio Grande County Museum Del Norte, Colorado #slv #mysticsanluisvalley #sanluisvalley
https://delnorteprospector.com/article/carthers-roadhouse-opens-its-doors-let-the-games-begin

A new establishment has opened their doors in Del Norte and it is nothing less than one of its kind for the Valley. Proprietors Dave Garrison and Kevin Van Dyke began planning for their dream business in December after moving here from the Denver area. “We came down to do some work for the Wilson ...

Spooky gifts! Just in time for Halloween!
10/22/2020

Spooky gifts! Just in time for Halloween!

Since Halloween is right around the corner I thought I would post a couple of our spooky items. The Elk Jerky is from Grand Premium meats in Del Norte. The Alfred Packer water bottle sticker is included. Normally $5.99 but only $4.99 through Halloween.
Haunted Hotels of Southern Colorado is normally $21.99 but it is on sale for 17.99 through Halloween.

So much to do and see along the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway!  Make sure to take a drive along the Byw...
10/17/2020

So much to do and see along the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway! Make sure to take a drive along the Byway's free driving tour app TravelStorysGPS

#coloradoscenicbyways #scenicbyways #sanluisvalley Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

Stunning autumn views from the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway this week! A family-friendly trip with stops at the Great Sand Dunes NP (sand surfing), Sand Dunes Recreation Hot Springs Pool, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Train, Monte Vista Movie Manor Drive Inn and Hotel (Family film Coco), and Colorado Gators. Plus, the night stars reach the ground! :) #ColoradoByways #SanLuisValley #Fall #Family

"Lonnie Bunch, the first African American and first historian to serve as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, said...
10/16/2020

"Lonnie Bunch, the first African American and first historian to serve as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, said, “what you really want to do is use the statues as teachable moments. Some of these need to go. But others need to be taken into a park, into a museum, into a warehouse, and interpreted for people, because they’re part of our history."

This week we installed the toppled Civil War monument from the State Capitol inside the History Colorado Center." read more...

History Colorado #historycolorado

Lonnie Bunch, the first African American and first historian to serve as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, said, “what you really want to do is use the statues as teachable moments. Some of these need to go. But others need to be taken into a park, into a museum, into a warehouse, and interpreted for people, because they’re part of our history."

This week we installed the toppled Civil War monument from the State Capitol inside the History Colorado Center. Colorado was born in the midst of the Civil War and troops from the Colorado Territory fought for the Union Army. The Union Troops also used military force to clear Indigenous peoples from their homes and secure land for white settlement. On November 29, 1864, US cavalry regiments attacked a peaceful camp of Cheyenne and Arapaho people on Colorado’s eastern plains. It was the bloodiest day in Colorado history.

The bronze figure, named “On Guard,” was installed in 1909 on the west side of the State Capitol to honor Coloradans who’d served in the Union Army. Monuments represent the public values and particular agendas of their time even as they honor events of the past. In 2002 the State Legislature, in consultation with Cheyenne and Arapaho descendants of Sand Creek, added a plaque to the monument condemning the 1909 plaque’s mischaracterization of Sand Creek as a “battle” rather than an atrocity.

We want to make space for contemplation and consideration. The display is the beginning of a journey we hope to take with all Coloradans over the next 12 months. We invite museum visitors to share their opinions and responses to be documented and preserved by our staff.

"In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, we want to share the story of Chipeta, “White Singing Bird,” who was born into the...
10/13/2020

"In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, we want to share the story of Chipeta, “White Singing Bird,” who was born into the Kiowa Apache tribe, but adopted and raised by the Uncompahgre Utes after the death of her parents. ...." Fort Garland Museum

In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, we want to share the story of Chipeta, “White Singing Bird,” who was born into the Kiowa Apache tribe, but adopted and raised by the Uncompahgre Utes after the death of her parents.

Chipeta married Ute Chief Ouray and served as his advisor and confidant. She is known for her activism and diplomacy, working toward bettering conditions for the Ute people and achieving peace with white settlers. In addition, Chipeta was skilled in beadwork and tanning hides, playing guitar, and could sing in three languages.

Chipeta also helped negotiate several government treaties alongside Ouray. Her diplomacy took her as far as Washington D.C., where she testified before Congress about reservation resettlement and the Meeker Incident.

When her tribe was forced to leave their homes in Colorado and were removed to northeastern Utah, Chipeta continued as tribal leader. She dedicated her life to her people, and always shared what little provisions she had with others.

As just one testament to the legacy she left behind, Chipeta was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985.

📷: A hand-colored photograph of Chipeta taken on the Unitah Reservation. She stands in front of a tent and wears a dress and blanket shawl. Photograph by Frank Dean (1905). History Colorado, 91.315.42

It's #IndigenousPeoplesDay. Have you taken a moment to consider Indigenous perspectives? From History Colorado:"Our art ...
10/12/2020

It's #IndigenousPeoplesDay. Have you taken a moment to consider Indigenous perspectives?

From History Colorado:
"Our art exhibition by Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute) leads an Indigenous exploration of what American Democracy means in Indian Country. Deal’s work reveals a political process that marginalizes Native peoples in the service of American myth-making. Artists find unique, dynamic ways to confront this painful past and to fight for a more inclusive future.

Gregg Deal's exhibition is now on view at the History Colorado Center. As a bonus, weekends are free through the election. Reservations are still required to maintain a safe space for our visitors."

It's #IndigenousPeoplesDay. Have you taken a moment to consider Indigenous perspectives?

Our art exhibition by Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute) leads an Indigenous exploration of what American Democracy means in Indian Country. Deal’s work reveals a political process that marginalizes Native peoples in the service of American myth-making. Artists find unique, dynamic ways to confront this painful past and to fight for a more inclusive future.

Gregg Deal's exhibition is now on view at the History Colorado Center. As a bonus, weekends are free through the election. Reservations are still required to maintain a safe space for our visitors.

Join History Colorado on Zoom on Sunday, October 11, at 6 pm for our next Borderlands of Southern Colorado online lectur...
10/09/2020

Join History Colorado on Zoom on Sunday, October 11, at 6 pm for our next Borderlands of Southern Colorado online lecture. In this discussion, activists and organizers Red Fawn Fallis and Sky Roosevelt Morris will address the roles of protest, ceremony, and community in 21st century Indigenous resistance.

The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. Registration is required.

https://t.e2ma.net/message/mtmudd/60hrwu

USA Today ranks Great Sand Dunes amongst the Top 10 - Best National Parks for Stargazing"#mysticsanluisvalley#sanluisval...
10/08/2020
These are some of the best national parks for stargazing

USA Today ranks Great Sand Dunes amongst the Top 10 - Best National Parks for Stargazing"

#mysticsanluisvalley
#sanluisvalley
#darkskies
#coloradostargazing
#greatsanddunes
https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/travel/experience/america/national-parks/2020/10/04/great-basin-big-bend-and-other-amazing-national-parks-stargazing/3608301001/

Under Lucky Stars put together a list of the top 10 national parks for stargazing. See which parks topped the list.

If approved, Colorado’s proposed 3,000-square-mile Sangre de Cristo International Dark Sky Reserve would be the world’s ...
10/08/2020

If approved, Colorado’s proposed 3,000-square-mile Sangre de Cristo International Dark Sky Reserve would be the world’s largest dark-sky designated area. Even without the designation, the skies of Southwest Colorado—shielded from the interstate glow by endless mountains—blaze with stars." National Geographic

Featured areas in Southern Colorado include:
Westcliffe
La Veta
Crestone
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Photo credit: Natural History Archive, Alamy Stock Photo

#darkskies #slv #sanluisvalley #coloradostargazing #mysticsanluisvalley
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/north-america/united-states/colorado/dark-sky-road-trip-in-the-southwest/#close

"In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month please join the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) and the...
10/06/2020

"In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month please join the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) and the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress through a virtual, pre-recorded ceremony honoring the winners of the 2020 Américas Award on October 12th. The Américas Award celebrates Latin American, Hispanic-American, and LatinX creators and their work in youth and children’s literature."

Free tickets are available via Eventbrite

#HispanicHeritageMonth #LibraryofCongress #NationalHispanicHeritageMonth
https://www.loc.gov/item/event-399816/2020-americas-award-ceremony/2020-10-12/

"The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National ...
10/05/2020
National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2020

"The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society."

https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov

Paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

3 Scenic Byways: Leaf Peeping in Southern Colorado! Enjoy!Highway of LegendsLos Caminos Antiguos Scenic BywaySilver Thre...
10/01/2020
Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways

3 Scenic Byways: Leaf Peeping in Southern Colorado! Enjoy!
Highway of Legends
Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway
Silver Thread Scenic Byway

Featuring the towns of: Lake City, Creede, Alamosa, Antonito, La Veta, Cuchara, and Trinidad.

Many of the locations you are visiting have plants and animals found nowhere else. At these elevations, the forests and grasslands that surround you have short growing seasons and delicate landscapes that can be easily damaged and take many years to recover. As you look around you will see that these landscapes are changing before your eyes. Forest insects such as bark beetles have moved in and killed large numbers of trees. However, even now, beneath this layer of grey trees, a new crop of young trees are beginning their life cycle. You are experiencing the dynamic powers of nature. Explore our beautiful landscapes, but leave only footprints. If you like what you see, let it be.
~ Scenic Highway of Legends, Los Caminos Antiguos, and Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byways #FallDrive #ColoradoByways #SanLuisValley 🍂😁

Leaf peeping on three Southern Colorado byways."Three scenic byways in Southern Colorado have joined forces to feature a...
09/29/2020

Leaf peeping on three Southern Colorado byways.

"Three scenic byways in Southern Colorado have joined forces to feature a road trip that offers an infusion of fall colors, wide open spaces and some very quirky stops along the way.

In this region of Colorado, the traffic is light, homemade pies are plentiful and local establishments are mostly one of a kind. The spectacular geological backdrop is shaped by the Spanish Peaks, the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountain ranges".... read more

Photo: Windy Point (east of Lake City, CO)
Photo credit: Michael Underwood
#silverthreadscenicbyway #scenichighwayoflegends #loscaminosantiguosscenicbyway #sangredecristoheritagearea
#sanluisvalleymuseumassocaitoin

http://www.pagosasun.com/leaf-peeping-on-three-southern-colorado-byways/

Colorado Stargazing received an Outstanding Marketing award at the 2020 Colorado Governor's Tourism Conference.  The pro...
09/28/2020

Colorado Stargazing received an Outstanding Marketing award at the 2020 Colorado Governor's Tourism Conference. The project was a collaboration with the San Luis Valley Museum Association (www.museumtrail.org), Huerfano County Tourism, Custer County Tourism, and the Headwaters Alliance. This first year's featured towns include: Creede, Lake City, La Veta, Cuchara, Westcliffe, Silver Cliff and Crestone.

Check out the Conference's featured video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2bn79ioqgI&feature=youtu.be

Can't wait to see what we can accomplish in 2021!

#coloradostargazing #stargazing #darkskies #sanluisvalley #mysticsanluisvalley Spanish Peaks Country Headwaters Alliance

San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org's cover photo
09/27/2020

San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org's cover photo

The Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway driving tour app is ready for your enjoyment and just in time for som...
09/27/2020

The Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway driving tour app is ready for your enjoyment and just in time for some leaf peeping! There's a Story Here!

Download the app:
https://www.travelstorys.com/download/

Thanks to the partnership with the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and their funding; as well as funding from the Colorado Tourism Office @ Visit Colorado, San Luis Valley Federal Bank, and the SLV Tourism Association @ Visit San Luis Valley, Colorado

#loscaminosantiguosscenicbyway #sanluisvalley #travelstorys #mysticsanluisvalley #sangreheritage

I Tried to Climb the Largest Sand Dune in North America -- "We sped across the vast desert of southeastern Colorado as t...
09/26/2020

I Tried to Climb the Largest Sand Dune in North America -- "We sped across the vast desert of southeastern Colorado as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains loomed large ahead of us. Thank God our mission isn’t one of those snaggletoothed fourteeners, I thought to myself. We’re only climbing Star Dune." Emily Pennington, Outside Magazine

Photo credit: Emily Pennington

#greatsanddunes @Outside Magazine
https://www.outsideonline.com/2416851/62-parks-traveler-great-sand-dunes

The Rio Grande County Museum has reopened: Tuesday - Friday 10-4pm Saturday 1--3pm Masks required. No masks provided.The...
09/25/2020

The Rio Grande County Museum has reopened:
Tuesday - Friday 10-4pm
Saturday 1--3pm
Masks required. No masks provided.

The Museum offers visitors a look into the cultural history of the area from the Native Americans, to the mountain men, fur trappers, Spanish land grants, settlers from New Mexico, to the gold seekers, the farmers, ranchers and merchants who came for land, freedom and a better way of life.

Address

Alamosa, CO
81101

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(719) 580-4346

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The San Luis Valley Museum Association (www.museumtrail.org) has 23 museum members that include the six counties of the San Luis Valley (Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache, Alamosa, Costilla, and Conejos) as well as our neighbors in Hinsdale and Huerfano counties. The Association also has a couple of non-traditional museum members through the La Vereda del Norte Chapter of the Old Spanish Trail that we call our “outdoor museum” and in the Denver and Rio Grande Engine No. 169 that sits majestically by Cole Park in Alamosa. The Association also supports, promotes and highlights our 3 scenic byways - the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway, the Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway and the Highway of Legends Scenic and Historic Byway. The Valley also includes, as mentioned, the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, and the Pike National Historic Trail , and two scenic railroad for you to enjoy - the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. We hope to you enjoy all the history, heritage, culture, and stunning scenery Southern Colorado has to offer.

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Valley History of the uniqueness as seen by the Navajos .
Yup! Gotta like this content.
This museum is a jewel!