Why is Alamosa Colorado so cold


Alamosa is a small town in the southern part of the US state Colorado and also the county seat of Alamosa County. The settlement is run as a Home Rule Municipality and is the economic center of the San Luis Valley. The place was elevated to a city in May 1878 and was officially registered on August 12 of the same year. Alamosa is the most populous settlement in the county and in 2005 had a population of 8,682 according to the census updates.


Alamosa was founded in May 1878 by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and quickly became a major center for the railroad. In Alamosa it had facilities for construction and maintenance, as well as cargo handling and headquarters of the remaining narrow-gauge network of the railway company in southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico for many years. Adams State College, a four-year state college, was founded in 1921 and offers a variety of courses. including economics and education. The ASC's speed skating team is internationally known.

Alamosa is now a well-known tourist destination, mainly visiting the nearby Great Sand Dunes National Park. The city's name is derived from the Alamosa River on which it lies. The term "Alamosa" is of Spanish origin and refers to the poplars growing on the banks of the river ("cottonwoods" in English).

There are several supermarkets and restaurants, a regional hospital and two polyclinics in the city.


Alamosa's geographic coordinates are and is located at the intersection of the two U.S. Highways 160 and 285, as well as Colorado State Highway 17.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of ​​10.3 km2all of which are accounted for by land.

Alamosa is located in the San Luis Valley, the highest agricultural area in the United States. This is probably the most extensive mountain valley in the world, whose dry climate is characterized by long, cold winters and short, cool summers. The farmers therefore concentrate on varieties that grow well in cold climates. The valley has its highest point about 37 km from Alamosa in the Sangre de Cristo Range at an altitude of about 4300 m above sea level, the area around Alamosa is about 2300 m above sea level.

sons and daughters of the town

  • Garrey Carruthers (* 1939), politician, Governor of New Mexico from 1987 to 1991
  • Michael Johnson (1944–2017), songwriter and guitarist
  • John Salazar (* 1953), member of the US House of Representatives
  • Ken Salazar (born 1955), United States Democratic Senator for Colorado

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