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Monte-Vista is a town located in the heart of the San Luis Valley in Rio Grande County, southern Colorado. The population is approximately 4,500, making it the most populous town in the county. Monte Vista is Spanish for "mountain view;" an apt name for a town with spectacular mountain views no matter where you look. The San Luis Valley is the world's largest alpine valley, located atop the Rio Grande Rift in the San Juan Mountains. It covers approximately 8,000 square miles, is 122 miles long and 74 miles wide. The average altitude is 7,500 feet. In addition to Monte Vista, some of the other towns located in San Luis Valley are Alamosa, Del Norte, Fort Garland, San Luis, Crestone, and San Acacio. One of the most famous features of the valley is the Great Sand Dunes, which is a National Park and Preserve. Several archeological sites are located within the Great Sand Dunes. Another attraction near Monte Vista is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. This historic, narrow-gauge railroad runs between Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico. Steam locomotives take tourists on a six-hour trip between the two towns, climbing over the 10,000-foot elevation Cumbres Pass. The Cumbres & Toltec is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Monte Vista is a great little town from which to explore all the attractions of the San Luis Valley.

Surrounding areas: South Fork, Colorado (27.6 mi), Wolf Creek, Colorado (36.1 mi), Crestone, Colorado (37.8 mi)

Monte Vista Vacation Rentals

Monte Vista Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn Of Monte Vista1519 Grande AveMonte Vista, CO (719) 852-0612
Comfort Inn Of Alamosa6301 Rd 107 SAlamosa, CO17.1 mi.(719) 587-9000
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3418 Mariposa StAlamosa, CO17.1 mi.(719) 589-4026
Comfort Inn0182 E Frontage RdSouth Fork, CO17.2 mi.(719) 873-5600
Clarion Hotel Of The Rio Grande333 Santa Fe AveAlamosa, CO17.7 mi.(719) 589-5833
Alamosa Super 8 American Star Inn2505 MainAlamosa, CO23.5 mi.(719) 589-6447
Best Western Alamosa Inn1919 Main StAlamosa, CO23.5 mi.(719) 589-2567
Budget Host Ute Bluff Lodge27680 W Hwy 160South Fork, CO27.6 mi.(800) 473-0595
Chinook Lodge And Smokehouse29666 W US Hwy 160South Fork, CO27.6 mi.(719) 873-9993
Wolf Creek Ski Lodge & Motel13042 W Hyw 160South Fork, CO27.6 mi.(800) 874-0416

Monte Vista Weather & Climate

South-central Colorado is a complex mix of mountains and desert. Since Colorado is a mid-latitude interior continental state, and has the highest elevations in the United States, weather can change dramatically from place to place. Generally, the mountainous areas of south-central Colorado are cooler and wetter than lower elevations. Winters are cold and snowy, and summers are warm with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Nights anytime of the year can be crisp in Colorado. Humidity is usually not a problem. Southern Colorado receives 300 days of sunshine per year. There is plenty of snow in the wintertime, but, except at the highest elevations, it usually melts by mid-day.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 0°F 0.23 in. -
February 39°F 7°F 0.27 in. -
March 48°F 18°F 0.59 in. -
April 57°F 27°F 0.43 in. -
May 66°F 36°F 0.71 in. -
June 76°F 43°F 0.55 in. -
July 79°F 48°F 1.27 in. -
August 77°F 47°F 1.49 in. -
September 72°F 38°F 0.93 in. -
October 61°F 27°F 0.59 in. -
November 45°F 13°F 0.57 in. -
December 35°F 3°F 0.29 in. -

Monte Vista Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Leach airport (1V8) located about 15 miles northeast of Monte Vista in Center, Colorado, San Luis Valley Regional Bergman Field (ALS) located approximately 18 miles southeast of Monte Vista in Alamosa, Colorado, the Silver West airport (C08) located roughly 51 miles northeast of Monte Vista in Westcliffe, Colorado, Stevens Field (2V1) located around 54 miles west of Monte Vista in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, the Jicarilla Apache Nation airport (24N) located about 65 miles southwest of Monte Vista in Dulce, New Mexico, and finally Harriet Alexander Field (0V2) located approximately 66 miles north of Monte Vista in Salida, Colorado.

Monte Vista Attractions

Golf Courses
Monte Vista Country ClubMonte VistaCO 
Cattails Golf ClubAlamosaCO17.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Red River Ski AreaRed RiverNM72.8 mi.
TellurideTellurideCO94.2 mi.
Angel FireAngel FireNM94.8 mi.
PurgatoryDurangoCO97.3 mi.
Sipapu Ski AreaVaditoNM99.5 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO100.1 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO115.8 mi.
AspenAspenCO117.1 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO117.1 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO117.1 mi.
TiehackAspenCO117.1 mi.
Pajarito MountainLos AlamosNM117.2 mi.
Fred Harman Art MuseumPagosa SpringsCO51.9 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Pueblo ZooPuebloCO96.0 mi.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoological ParkColorado SpringsCO112.7 mi.

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