Adams State University is located in Alamosa, Colorado, a city of 10,000 people. Situated in the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado, the campus is surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountain ranges. With peaks towering more than 14,300 feet, the mountains provide a variety of winter and summer activities and account for the brisk winter nights and sun-filled days for which the Valley is known. A sense of history and adventure unique to the Southwest creates an environment conducive to both academic and social growth. Denver is 220 miles to the north, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, is 200 miles to the south. Within a two-hour drive are five ski areas and historic towns such as Taos, Santa Fe, and Creede.
Adams State University is centrally located in the world’s largest alpine valley surrounded by two mountain ranges, one that is the source of the Rio Grande. It is also home to the nation’s newest national park, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, the oldest church in Colorado, located in Conejos, and the oldest town in the state, San Luis. The history of the area is a rich blend of Hispanic and other cultures that influence life in the San Luis Valley. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in every season. Swimming pools, horseshoe pits, indoor and outdoor tracks, weight room, and game facilities are available to students. Movie theaters, restaurants, and pubs offer entertaining nightlife.
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