Sunshine not only grows our gardens, but also powers music venues. Fir Summit Amphitheater, a solar-powered stage, perches atop La Veta Pass, only accessible via the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad out of Alamosa. Mountain Rails Live features Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, July 28-29; Americana singer songwriter Radney Foster, Aug. 4-5; and Michael Martin Murphey Aug. 18-19. Buy barbecue and beer at the top. Railroad at 610 State Ave., 877-726-7245, coloradotrain.com.
Along the way
Stay: I Love Lucy's Place campground gets high marks for its friendly crew of regular campers and staff, 226 W. Grand Ave., La Veta, 719-742-3252, campcolorado.com/locations/love-lucys-place.
Eat: San Luis Valley Brewing Co. offers beers for every belly and a vast selection of comfort food to soak up the alcohol, 631 Main St., Alamosa, 719-587-2337, slvbrewco.com. Or try Cowgirl Cantina in La Veta, a farm-to-table cafe, 202 S. Main St., 719-742-3830, cowgirlcantina.com.
Drink: The husband and wife team at Deerprint Wine & Bistro in La Veta carry a carefully curated list of wines from around the world, 106 E. Francisco St., 719-650-2079, deerprintwine.com.
Fun: An oasis lies about 50 miles north of Alamosa in the San Luis Valley. Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa offers healing waters, spa treatments and glorious views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, 28640 County Road 58 EE, Moffat, 719-256-4328, joyfuljourneyhotsprings.com.
Hidden gem: Cruise the Highway of Legends Scenic Byway for spectacular views of the Spanish Peaks and Cuchara Valley. Take Colorado 160 west from Walsenburg and branch off toward La Veta on Colorado 12.