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Mosca, Co. is along with some of Colorado's oldest towns and rests in the heart of the ancient San Luis Valley. Mosca is a simple crossroads along the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway, which winds from Alamosa past the unique desert wetlands of San Luis Lakes State Park to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument near Mosca.

It is the massive, windswept sand dunes pushed up 750 feet high against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that continue to inspire visitors. Guests will be awed by bizarre natural wonders such as water that runs in snaking streams atop the sand. Local naturalists at the Nature Conservancy lead daily tours of the monument; four-wheel-drive tours of the dunes are also available.

Nearby, abundant wildlife roam the wetlands preserve at San Luis State Park. Waterfowl, songbirds and raptors patrol the skies, while deer, elk and bison wander the area ranchlands. On site are approximately nine miles of easy, level hiking and biking trails, plus a modern campground. One excellent area hike is the trail to Zapata Falls, a sheer 80-foot tall cascade. The San Luis Reservoir is also an ideal spot for fishing, windsurfing, boating and water skiing.

Map: Mosca

Region: Colorado South Central Regional Information

County: Alamosa

Proximity to other towns: Located 134 miles from Pueblo, 13.5 miles from Alamosa, 20.4 miles from Monte Vista, 23.7 miles from Moffat

Population: 596

Elevation: 7559 feet

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