COMMUNITIES WE SERVE
Alpine Achievers Initiative has spread to many communities in rural Southern Colorado since its creation in 2012. Our programs vary depending on the needs of each area we serve.
Salida, CO (not pictured)
Salida is the only location we serve not located in the San Luis Valley. With the Arkansas River, Monarch Ski Area and lots of climbable mountains nearby, you never run out of things to do. Our members serve in several schools here as well as with the Boys and Girls Club of Chafee County.
Saguache is at the crossroads of the San Luis Valley. With a quirky main street of renovated historic buildings, it has a truly small town vibe. This community is mostly agricultural. To the west of town you can find BLM lands with many places to camp, run, or hike. South of town is Penitente Canyon, a beautiful place to rock climb or hike. Here we serve at Mountain Valley School with students k-12 where we also facilitate an Out of School program for youth.
Located at the foot of the Sangre De Christo mountains, Crestone is a small town that draws many types of people due to the spiritual centers and access to great hiking trails. Here, we have 3 members at the Crestone Charter School where the focus is Respect, Integrity, and Creativity.
Del Norte, CO
Del Norte is a small town that sits along the Rio Grande River. Del Norte has miles of trails and also is located near Penitente Canyon. Here, we serve at the High Valley Community Center, assisting with their Out of School programs.
Monte Vista, CO
Monte Vista is right at the center of the San Luis Valley. It is a smaller town that has a little bit of everything. Our members serve at several schools in Monte Vista, all within a few blocks of each other. Monte Vista is known for the Crane Festival and the Stampede. Since it is in the middle of the valley, it is a quick trip to Del Norte, Alamosa, or Saguache. Monte Vista also has a nearby Wildlife Refuge and access to hiking trails.
Alamosa is a large town with Adams State University at the center. It is one of the bigger towns that we serve, with numerous restaurants and stores. We have 1 member here serving with Adams State University Adventure program. In Alamosa, you could spend and evening climbing at the Adams State Climbing Wall, see a movie at Ski Hi 8 Theater, or check out some art galleries on Main Street.
Antonito is a small town on highway 285, six miles north of the New Mexico border. But spend more than one day in this tight-knit community and you’ll see that traditions run deep, family roots are strong, and residents thrive despite the economic challenges. In this community we have 1 AmeriCorps member serving with Conejos Clean Water.