Conejos County Museum & Visitors Center

Conejos County Museum & Visitors Center Our purpose is to provide the tourists and community with information and history of the scenic area , with the help of friendly volunteers!!! :)
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Great news about the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.  It is now an official Dark Sky Park under the guideli...
05/10/2019

Great news about the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. It is now an official Dark Sky Park under the guidelines set by the International Dark Sky Association.

"Great Sand Dunes NPP has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park! This designation is the result of years of data collection, successful efforts to reduce light pollution in and near the park, and night sky programs at the park amphitheater."

https://www.nps.gov/grsa/learn/news/index.htm?fbclid=IwAR3xBkpRC0olAQFx_1sg6NtFEPLbtFmpez5bEXFsBgLhs7ZCE_3u3UfHFcs

Great Sand Dunes NPP has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park! This designation is the result of years of data collection, successful efforts to reduce light pollution in and near the park, and night sky programs at the park amphitheater. Learn more on our News page:
https://www.nps.gov/grsa/learn/news/index.htm

Photo of Milky Way over Great Sand Dunes:
NPS/Patrick Myers

#GreatSandDunes #NightSky #MilkyWay #ParkAfterDark #HalfTheParkIsAfterDark #Stars #Starlight #InternationalDarkSkyAssociation #InternationalDarkSkyPark #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

The wonderful 5-day adventure in the #MysticSanLuisValley! Visit a fort, enjoy local foods/breweries, hot springs, our t...
05/08/2019
Visit Colorado

The wonderful 5-day adventure in the #MysticSanLuisValley! Visit a fort, enjoy local foods/breweries, hot springs, our train ride out of Antonito, CO with the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad), gators, mountain biking and more!

Two train rides, boarding down sand dunes, gators - this 5-day trip will show you why we call this region "Mystic".

DYK Colorado Gator Farm is able to keep gators bc they have a hot spring that keeps the water at a constant 87deg year-round?!

100th Anniversary -- It will be 100 years this July 4th when Jack won his title by savagely beating Jess Williard. Manas...
05/01/2019
Jack Dempsey Museum

100th Anniversary -- It will be 100 years this July 4th when Jack won his title by savagely beating Jess Williard. Manassa will be celebrating this landmark victory!

They are looking for vendors and volunteers to come help put on a celebration worthy of this great man. They'd also love to have some exhibition boxing matches, have a boxer or two to teach a few moves to spectators, etc. If you can help please comment or message them at Jack Dempsey Museum. And please share! Let's celebrate Jack's great win together!

It will be 100 years this July 4th when Jack won his title by savagely beating Jess Williard. Here in Manassa we're celebrating this landmark victory! We're looking for vendors and volunteers to come help put on a celebration worthy of this great man. We'd also love to have some exhibition boxing matches, have a boxer or two to teach a few moves to spectators, etc. If you can help please comment or message this page. And please share! Let's celebrate Jack's great win together!

Four sites added to national historic register - the Garcia Ranch Headquarters in Antonito, Saint Joseph’s Church and ...
03/29/2019
Four new SLV national historic sites named

Four sites added to national historic register - the Garcia Ranch Headquarters in Antonito, Saint Joseph’s Church and Cemetery in Capulin, the S.P.M.D.T.U. Lodge Hall in Chama and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Conejos.

https://conejoscountycitizen.com/article/four-new-slv-national-historic-sites-named

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and History Colorado, have successfully submitted properties in the San Luis Valley to the National Register of Historic Places...

The Colorado Field Institute will host a winter lecture on La Sociedad Protección Mutua de Trabajadores Unidos at 7 p.m...
03/25/2019
Lecture to focus on S.P.M.D.T.U.

The Colorado Field Institute will host a winter lecture on La Sociedad Protección Mutua de Trabajadores Unidos at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27th, in Porter Hall, Room 130, on the Adams State University Campus, 208 Edgemont, Alamosa.

Porter Hall is located on Edgemont Blvd. halfway between Main St and 1st.

#CFI #ColoradoFieldInstitute #SPMDTU Antonito, Colorado​ Antonito Resident Team​ Conejos County Chamber of Commerce​ Conejos Writers Circle​

https://alamosanews.com/article/lecture-to-focus-on-spmdtu

ALAMOSA — The Colorado Field Institute will host a winter lecture on La Sociedad Protección Mutua de Trabajadores Unidos at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27th, in Porter Hall, Room 130, on the Adams State University Campus, 208 Edgemont, Alamosa.

"The name La Jara (The Willow) was originally given to the post office located on the Mancil Garrett ranch six miles wes...
03/21/2019

"The name La Jara (The Willow) was originally given to the post office located on the Mancil Garrett ranch six miles west of La Jara, while what is now La Jara was then known as the “Tank”. After the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad established a station at the “Tank” the post office moved there from Garrett in 1884......."

When you stop through La Jara (right on 285 south of Alamosa) make sure to check out that historic D&RG railroad station (at the corner of Main and Broadway Sts.)

The name La Jara(The Willow) was originally given to the post office located on the Mancil Garrett ranch six miles west of La Jara, while what is now La Jara was then known as the “Tank”. After the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad established a station at the “Tank” the post office moved there from Garrett in 1884. The “Tank” station was not a building but was only a boxcar standing on the side track where the present coal sheds now stand. The railroad was most influential in the settlement, growth and development of La Jara. The following year D. R. Smith built a grocery store on the north-west corner of the present day Family Dollar. This was the first building in La Jara. The second oldest building was the property of A. L. Moss, situated just south of the D. R. Smith Grocer, and was occupied by by William King, a blacksmith. The building was destroyed by a fire in 1915. The first bank was established in 1907 and was located at the present day site of the Community Banks. In 1891 the population in La Jara was 300, the town had two churches, two town companies and two newspapers. There was also a hotel, mercantile, blacksmith and wagon making shop, saddle and harness shop and the only two story building on Main St. was La Jara Drug. Many other businesses thrived in La Jara’s Boom Years.

A unique way to learn about the history of our part of the San Luis Valley here is the southern part of Conejos County."...
03/19/2019
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

A unique way to learn about the history of our part of the San Luis Valley here is the southern part of Conejos County.

"Guadalupe Elementary students in Veronica Velasquez’s fourth grade class wrote, illustrated, and published the novel “Memories of Southern Conejos County: Recuerdos del Pasado de Conejos del Condado” exploring the rich history of their community."

This is wonderful!! "Guadalupe Elementary students in Veronica Velasquez’s fourth grade class wrote, illustrated, and published the novel “Memories of Southern Conejos County: Recuerdos del Pasado de Conejos del Condado” exploring the rich history of their community."

Can't wait to read it!

https://alamosanews.com/article/guadalupe-elementary-students-write-community-novel

03/14/2019
Visit USA Parks

Between your visits to the Valley's museums make sure to get out and enjoy all the nature the San Luis Valley has to offer. Del Norte Trails, Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge and the trails at the Sand Dunes just to mention a few.

Del Norte, Colorado Kristi Mountain Sports, LLC Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Alamosa (Colorado) and its surroundings are amazing for every kind of outdoor recreation seeker! Whether you're rather into mountain biking, or hiking ... you'll find something to meet your preference.

Have you ever tried sand boarding? This is the place! Go and check out the Sand Dunes National Park for a fun ride!

Check out this video for a first impression ;-)

Antonito's silo mural by Fred Haberlein is the inspiration for filmmaker, animator and artist Lares Feliciano who is par...
02/25/2019
'Side Stories' will feature short films displayed on eight walls in RiNo

Antonito's silo mural by Fred Haberlein is the inspiration for
filmmaker, animator and artist Lares Feliciano who is part of the Side Stories exhibit.

“I am so excited about what I’m gonna be showing at Side Stories,” Feliciano said. “I was inspired by the silos mural project in Antonito, Colorado – a tiny town in the San Luis Valley – where they have a mural on silos on Main Street. And the images on the silos are images of people who created that town, who built the foundation. So, I thought how fun would it be to do a digital moving version of that.”

Antonito, Colorado Antonito Resident Team Antonito News Conejos County Chamber of Commerce Lares Feliciano Fred Haberlein #FredHaberlein #murals
https://www.9news.com/article/news/local/next/side-stories-will-feature-short-films-displayed-on-eight-walls-in-rino/73-aa1531ad-0739-4277-8fc0-c966ccd25248

Eight digital artists have been chosen out of more than 70 to show their work for eight nights, starting on March 1.

Join Conejos Clean Water for their St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser Dinner being held at the Dutchmill Restaurant in Antonit...
02/22/2019

Join Conejos Clean Water for their St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser Dinner being held at the Dutchmill Restaurant in Antonito on March 17th from 5-7pm!

Funds raised at this event will help the continuation of summer programs for youth including outdoor excursions, school and community gardens, educational initiatives and more!

RSVP at: http://bit.ly/RSVPforCCW
Contact Abe for more information at 719-992-1432.

Join Conejos Clean Water for their St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser Dinner being held at the Dutchmill Restaurant in Antonito on March 17th from 5-7pm!

Funds raised at this event will help the continuation of summer programs for youth including outdoor excursions, school and community gardens, educational initiatives and more!

RSVP Tickets are $20 for 1 and $30 for 2.
At the door prices are $25 for 1 and $40 for 2.

RSVP at: http://bit.ly/RSVPforCCW

Contact Abe for more information at 719-992-1432.

"Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved a major lands bill..More than 100 separate pieces of legislation were folded into th...
02/14/2019
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

"Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved a major lands bill..More than 100 separate pieces of legislation were folded into the Natural Resource Management Act that passed the Senate on Tuesday (02/12), including 10 affecting Colorado....The program has a direct impact on public lands in Colorado and will be used to protect our state’s natural beauty for generations,”

The bill may also include designation of another National Trail in the San Luis Valley. --- "Among the Colorado measures in the bill are authorizations to have explorer Zebulon Pike’s route across the Southwest be considered for the National Trails System;.." This summer make plans to visit Pikes Stockade located just north east of the town of Sanford to learn more of the history of Zebulon Pike.

"Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved a major lands bill..More than 100 separate pieces of legislation were folded into the Natural Resource Management Act that passed the Senate on Tuesday (02/12), including 10 affecting Colorado....The program has a direct impact on public lands in Colorado and will be used to protect our state’s natural beauty for generations,”

The bill may also include designation of another National Trail in the San Luis Valley. --- "Among the Colorado measures in the bill are authorizations to have explorer Zebulon Pike’s route across the Southwest be considered for the National Trails System;.." The Valley is currently home to the Old Spanish Trail National Historic Trail.

#ZebulonPike #slv #pikesstockade #sanluisvalley #nationaltrails #naturalresources #colorado Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Old Spanish Trail - La Vereda del Norte Chapter Old Spanish National Historic Trail Sanford Museum
https://www.chieftain.com/news/20190212/us-senate-approves-major-lands-bill

"With a $10,000 award from Trains Magazine, fundraising for the $501,000 restoration of Engine No. 168 by the Cumbres & ...
02/11/2019
C&TSRR Engine No. 168 meets restoration goal

"With a $10,000 award from Trains Magazine, fundraising for the $501,000 restoration of Engine No. 168 by the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR) has been completed."

Alamosa Valley Courier Trains Magazine #no168 #Engine168 #trains The Friends of Locomotive 169
https://alamosanews.com/article/ctsrr-engine-no-168-meets-restoration-goal

ANTONITO – With a $10,000 award from Trains Magazine, fundraising for the $501,000 restoration of Engine No. 168 by the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR) has been completed.

Help the Friends of the Dunes help the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
02/10/2019
Visit San Luis Valley, Colorado

Help the Friends of the Dunes help the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Help Colorado’s National Parks Bounce Back From the Shutdown -- As national parks remobilize in the wake of the government shutdown, these nonprofit partners are your best bet for helping the parks recover.

"Friends of the Dunes - “When everybody went back out to work at the dunes, everybody was very happy to find out that the trash had been put in the dumpsters. One toilet had to be emptied, but it wasn’t filthy,” Lucy Adams, president of Friends of the Dunes and nonprofit partner to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, says. The Friends mainly focuses its efforts on educational programs and conservation efforts that the park doesn’t have capacity to do itself. They sponsor the park’s Junior Ranger Program, purchased GPS collars to aid management of elk herds in the park, and provide reservable child-and adult-size wheelchairs to increase accessibility to the park."

How you can help??!! Join or donate online: https://www.greatsanddunes.org/

5280 Magazine Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Friends of the Dunes #slv #sanluisvalley Visit Colorado National Park Service Lucy Adams #governmentshutdown #helptheparks #parksremobilization #juniorrangerprogram
https://www.5280.com/2019/02/help-colorados-national-parks-bounce-back-from-the-shutdown/

"Mansion preserved.  Topping the list due to the fact that its existence will enhance life in Antonito for many years, t...
01/05/2019
Triumph, tragedy colored news in 2018 Mansion

"Mansion preserved. Topping the list due to the fact that its existence will enhance life in Antonito for many years, the renowned Warshauer Mansion takes center stage as the heart of community government."

#antonito #southerncolorado #slv #sanluisvalley #mansion #towngovernment #warshauer
https://conejoscountycitizen.com/article/triumph-tragedy-colored-news-in-2018-mansion

CONEJOS/SAN LUIS — Rural areas are generally slow and quiet, but this wasn’t true in 2018 for Conejos and Costilla counties.

01/03/2019
Visit San Luis Valley, Colorado

Video shows beautiful views of the San Luis Valley including two of our area's Conejos Canyon (the one of rams in the foreground and the last photo of the man on a horse - both photos by Michael Garcia) and a third of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad that has a depot in the Town of Antonito. We invite you to come and visit our beautiful area of southern Colorado.

Happy New Year to all our U.S. and International friends! Enjoy a recap of some of the views from around the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado.

#ConjeosCanyon Monte Vista Crane Festival #WagonWheelGap South Fork Visitor Center #pooltablemountain #MonteVista Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce City of Monte Vista, CO City of Alamosa Visit Alamosa Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve #RioGrande #blancamassif Del Norte, Colorado Visit Creede Creede, Colorado #Antonito The Town of San Luis, CO. #SanLuis #NorthClearCreekFalls #WolfCreekSki
Photo credits:
Peter Ismert Patrick Myers Jim O'Donnell Scott Hizny #DanHarvey Christi Bode Bob Trower Yaël Photography John McEvoy Eric J Carpio Kat Hazleton Olance Lena Marie Larry J Vigil Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Wolf Creek Ski Area Michael Garcia Theresa Spector Sylvia Lobato Mike Blakeman

If you have time during the holidays stop by the Conejos County Veterans Memorial in the town of Conejos.  The memorials...
12/26/2018

If you have time during the holidays stop by the Conejos County Veterans Memorial in the town of Conejos. The memorials were designed by county resident Pete Perea. Perea used the flag raising at Mt. Suribachi at Iwo Jima as inspiration.

The two memorials are "Freedom Isn't Free" "All Gave Some, Some Gave All."

#veterans #conejoscounty #slv #sanluisvalley #veteransmemorial #wwii #iwojima #conejos #peteperea

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5045 US Highway 285
Antonito, CO
81120

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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