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Outdoor Recreation in the San Luis Valley

I was out on morning road ride and noticing that quite a few cyclist were out there this morning. Despite the rain! I started thinking that it would be nice to share some information about summer recreation opportunities. I am sure there is a great list of things from everyone out there that are kind of must do summer opportunities. Here’s my list in no specific order of importance:

* Climb one of our 7 or so 14’ers here around the Valley. If the snow ever leaves this year most of them can be done in a long day. The snow may slow things down and may also require you to have crampons, ice axe and helmet. Check conditions before you commit.
* Ride your bicycle. There are a couple of groups who run different rides all summer, and really anytime the weather is nice. The Limekiln area provides nice mountain biking and North River Road is a favorite Alamosa road ride. Some lists with information about riding are slvcycling@yahoogroups.com (Subcribe in the Subject Line) and another group which has a broader outdoor appeal SLVAOG@yahoogroups.com. The same subcribe system should work.

*I always try and make it out to the Great Sand Dunes National Park while the river is flowing. It is awesome on a warm day.

* I have to mention rafting! You should hook up with Mountain Man outfitters if you haven’t been before or grab some friends that know how and come rent a raft from the rental shop. Its a great way to spend the day and fairly easy to get started.

* And I guess ending my list, I always try and do some trail maintenance with one of the volunteer groups in the summer. Take a look at what these folks(http://www.delnortetrails.org/) have going on, and if you have some time volunteer to make our outdoor experiences a little better.

If you are following on Facebook, add your suggestions! I will probably add a few myself. I just realized I forgot to talk about fishing!