Welcome to Costilla County Colorado. Come for a visit and you might just want to stay awhile! There is so much to do in this small community that you might not even know is here, so let me tell you all about it!
With a population of only 3,524 people Costilla County is the perfect place to get away and not have to deal with traffic, noise, and the everyday hustle of the city. Who needs that anyway!!?? It also boasts having Colorado’s oldest town, San Luis. This place is packed with museums and cultural diversity.
If you happen to also be an avid outdoorsman (or woman!) then this place is the icing on your cake! Here are a few of my favorite things to do in Costilla County.
Well you just can’t talk about this area without mentioning the numerous mountain ranges.
Blanca Peak, Mt Lindsey, and Culebra Peak are the most popular for hiking, biking, and climbing. You can have 4 seasons of fun here enjoying the crisp mountain air! Bring the family, your friends, and all your toys (you know the ones I mean, the ones that aren’t ‘allowed’ in your neighborhood) and start having the time of your life!
Just as plentiful as the mountains are the reservoirs! Eastdale Reservoir, Sanchez Reservoir, Smith Reservoir and Mountain Home Reservoir all call Costilla County home.
Each one is special in its own way, but they all have lush waters, rich vegetation and abundant wildlife all around.
Fishing, fly fishing, and boating are some of the most popular things to do in the reservoirs, but make sure to plan on swimming all summer long and get some wicked tan lines!
Bring your fishing pole when you come and you’ll likely find walleye, pike, bass, several species of trout and many other kinds of fish finding their way to your rod.
If you love birdwatching you will be able to spot many species here in the reservoirs throughout the year. So dust of those binoculars and come out here! The Sandhill Cranes are waiting for you.
Rifle and Bow Hunters alike will find large game throughout the mountain habitats, sagebrush flats, pinyon and juniper rangeland and cottonwood stream bottoms. This is a hunters paradise!
Deer, elk, antelope, coyotes, bears, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, black bear, coyotes are common sites in the area.
Large herds of 100 elk are not uncommon, and even if you aren’t a hunter you can come and just appreciate all of these beautiful animals with your camera instead of a rifle.
Another very popular thing to do in Costilla County is camping in the picturesque landscapes. Whether you prefer RVing or tent camping, you can do it here! There are ample camping opportunities in the reservoirs and you can surround yourself with Cliff faces, sagebrush, wet meadows, mountain meadows, ponds, lakes, forests and, of course, the reservoirs. Spend the days outdoors and the nights by the campfire with family and friends. What more can you ask for.
See…. I told you…. Costilla County has it all!
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