A list of our favorite places to shop, eat, and hang out.
64393 County Road GG, Moffat, CO 81143
Valley View Hot Springs is part of the Orient Land Trust and is set overlooking the San Luis Valley. It is home to a rich and diverse ecosystem including many forms of flora and fauna. There are a series of clothing-optional, all natural, soaking ponds with various temperatures along with wilderness trails. Every pool is either geothermally and hydroelectrically heated and facilities include a hot tub, spring fed swimming pool, sauna and showers. There is all season camping available as well as rustic accommodations. Overnight accommodation fills quickly so it is best to plan ahead. You can always visit for the day as well.
28640 CR 58 EE, Moffat, CO 81143
Joyful Journey is located on the floor of the San Luis Valley and is surrounded by expansive views and a feeling of openness. There are several pools naturally heated by the Earth’s active geothermal and hydrothermal activity. Joyful Journey is one of the few places on earth with natural hot mineral water that does not have the sulfur odor that is often found in many hot mineral springs. Our mineral waters are piped directly from private artesian springs. Aside from the healing waters Joyful Journey also offers a variety of spa treatments, a sauna and showers.
The pools are kept at 98 to 108 degrees.
200 Cottonwood St., Crestone, CO 81131
Elephant Cloud Market is the place to get the freshest produce and highest quality organic food, supplements, herbs, spices and snacks in the San Luis Valley. They support small, independent brands. Right next door is The Cloud Station a wonderful cafe that serves a diverse selection of breakfast and lunch items, as well as coffee and tea creations, and fresh-squeezed juices. It is a vibrant local gathering place that sources most of their produce organically from Elephant Cloud Market.
Directions: To access the main park area, including the Dunes Parking Lot, Visitor Center, and Pinyon Flats Campground, take Highway 150 from the south or County Road 6 from the west. Both are paved highways.
The Great Sand Dunes are truly a natural phenomenon to behold. The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America covering an area of about 30 sq miles. Sediments from the surrounding mountains filled the valley over geologic time periods. After lakes within the valley receded, exposed sand was blown by the predominant southwest winds toward the Sangre de Cristos, eventually forming the dunes over tens of thousands of years. Be sure to read the website regarding details for planning your visit. It is definitely worth the trek!