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Editor’s Note: This was published as an editorial in the Valley Courier, a newspaper that covers Colorado’s San Luis Valley. 

‘Build it and they will come’

This famous quote from the popular 1989 movie “Field of Dreams”, starring Kevin Costner and James Earl Brown, applies to many future dreams for the San Luis Valley (SLV). But none is truer than a proposed RV resort in Alamosa, one of three reportedly in the works at present.

The upscale Rio Bravo Resort proposed for around 60 acres just northwest of Cattails Golf Course would be an economic boon to the community and the entire SLV. Two studies commissioned by the Alamosa County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), and its predecessor ACDC, in the past 20 years proved the need, which research has shown has only grown rapidly since.

Great Sand Dunes National Park turns away RVs every day in-season due to limited sites and those visitors have few options but to leave the area and not spend more time visiting and participating in the variety of attractions the SLV has to offer, including two scenic railroads.

Not your average “campground”, RV resorts are upscale and aside from only a few examples in the west end of the valley, do not exist within 45 miles of Alamosa. One regional example is the beautiful Mountain Views at Rivers Edge resort in Creede.

Rio Bravo RV Resort would have an immediate economic impact with an estimated $5 to $7.5 million-dollar development using as many local contractors as possible. Approximately 17 full-time equivalent jobs year-round would be created, including seasonal and full-time employees at an average wage of $25,000 to $30,000 per year.

Other economic benefits include increases in property, sales and lodging taxes. Research shows that the average RV’er spends between $25 and $40 per day in the community they are in.

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