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New Stargazing Resort with 22 Glass-Domed Villas Breaks Ground in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes

A new stargazing resort will come to Colorado, offering luxurious accommodations 15 minutes away from the Great Sand Dunes. Developer Gamal Jadue Zalaquett, inspired by San Luis Valley, initiated the construction of Kosmos Stargazing Resort just outside Alamosa, Colorado. With an estimated project cost of $15 million, this celestial-themed resort broke ground on April 8.

Situated near the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Kosmos aims to offer a stargazing experience through its 22 glass-domed villas, each featuring a stargazing spa, constellation dome, and private observatory. With nightly rates ranging from $700 to $1,200, the resort brings exclusivity and privacy.

According to an Alamosa report, the development follows an uptick in special use permit applications related to campgrounds in Alamosa County, from three in 2015 to 11 from 2022 to March 2023, as reported by Richard Hubler, the county’s land use and building director. 

As construction progresses, with the septic system groundwork already underway, the Kosmos project is slightly ahead of schedule. The initial phase of villa construction is set to commence.

Concerns and Regulatory Response

While overall tourism spending in Alamosa County appears positive, with visitor spending rising in 2022 and hotel rates reaching record highs, some businesses like Rustic Rook Resort expressed concerns about the rapid pace of development and the potential for market saturation.

Owner Annette Ostrander-Fenske acknowledges the positive economic indicators but points out that visitor numbers to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, a major attraction for the area, have fluctuated since the peak in 2021. The numbers dropped to 493,428 in 2022 before slightly rising to 512,029 in 2023. She worries that the influx of new campgrounds and glampgrounds might lead to oversaturation.

Her primary concern lies with the rate at which the county approved new tourism facilities. She believes that the approval process happened too quickly, without adequate consideration of the potential impact on existing businesses and the overall balance of the tourism ecosystem. Ostrander-Fenske uses the analogy of multiple large grocery stores opening simultaneously without considering each other’s plans, highlighting the potential risks of such rapid and unplanned growth.

Additionally, the close proximity of Kosmos Stargazing Resort to Rustic Rook raises concerns about potential conflicts in guest experiences. Activities like weddings or events with music at Rustic Rook could disrupt the peaceful stargazing experience sought by guests at Kosmos.

Ostrander-Fenske emphasizes the dedication and hard work required to run a successful tourism operation, expressing concern that some newcomers might underestimate the challenges involved. She believes that careful planning and consideration of long-term impacts are crucial for the sustainable development of the tourism industry in Alamosa County.

Concerns about the preparedness and intentions of some prospective developers played a significant role in shaping the county’s regulatory response. As Hubler noted, there was a surge of interest from individuals with limited understanding of the complexities involved in operating a campground or glampground. Many proposed projects lacked essential infrastructure like septic systems and water access, raising concerns about potential negative impacts on the environment and visitor experience.

To address these concerns and promote responsible development, Alamosa County took action by implementing a moratorium on special use permit applications in 2020 and 2021. This pause allowed the county time to review and revise its regulations for tourism-related projects. The updated regulations, introduced in 2022, included stricter requirements for amenities and infrastructure, such as the prohibition of dry camping.

Following the implementation of the new regulations, the county received 11 new special use permit applications, of which 7 were approved. According to Hubler, Kosmos was the last permit granted before the county reinstated the moratorium on special use permits.

Currently, only 2 of the 7 approved facilities are operational. This situation highlights the evolving landscape of tourism development in Alamosa County and the ongoing efforts to balance economic opportunities with responsible land use and sustainable practices.

The development of Kosmos Stargazing Resort provides valuable insights for RV park and campground owners looking to enhance their guest experiences. By integrating unique, high-value amenities, such as glass-domed villas for stargazing, and focusing on niche markets, campground operators can differentiate their offerings and attract a more diverse clientele. This strategy underscores the importance of leveraging local natural attractions and tailoring services to meet the preferences of travelers seeking unique outdoor experiences.

For more information, visit Kosmos Stargazing Resort’s website at visit.kosmosresort.com

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Jason Murphy
Jason Murphy
April 17, 2024 10:49 pm

Get ready to be wowed by the luxurious Kosmos Stargazing Resort in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes area. I just can’t wait to immerse myself in the celestial vibes and gaze at the stars from those glass-domed villas. It’s going to be an enchanting experience under the night sky! ✨

Striding14
Striding14
April 18, 2024 9:17 am
Reply to  Jason Murphy

Imagine stargazing from a cozy glass dome with hot cocoa. Can’t wait to share this heavenly experience with you under the twinkling night sky! ✨

Stillness216
Stillness216
April 18, 2024 2:24 am

Have you heard about the Kosmos Stargazing Resort? It’s creating quite a buzz with its luxury glass-domed villas and stargazing spas. I can’t wait to experience those celestial views!

YvonneStellar
YvonneStellar
April 18, 2024 4:04 am

The Kosmos stargazing resort near the Great Sand Dunes National Park sounds like a dream come true! The blend of luxury and stargazing in glass-domed villas is just magical. It’s great to see efforts towards sustainability too, ensuring we can cherish this natural wonder for years to come.

Seth Peak
Seth Peak
April 18, 2024 3:43 pm
Reply to  YvonneStellar

I’m thrilled about the sustainable approach! It’s crucial for preserving the stunning night sky view. The use of eco-friendly materials and innovative designs truly enhances the overall experience. Can’t wait to witness the magical starlit nights in those glass domes!

SugarBeast236
SugarBeast236
April 18, 2024 4:27 am
Reply to  YvonneStellar

I couldn’t be more excited to hear about this! I can’t wait to experience the magic of stargazing in those glass-domed villas. It’s fantastic that they’re focusing on sustainability too. Have you made any plans to visit this incredible resort?

urbanHiker
urbanHiker
April 18, 2024 6:25 am

Isn’t it exciting that the Kosmos Stargazing Resort in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes offers luxurious glass-domed villas and a stellar observatory? I love how they’re teaming up with astronomers for an unforgettable stargazing experience!

Tessa Brook
Tessa Brook
April 18, 2024 11:38 am

Can you believe it? The new resort in the Great Sand Dunes offers stargazing in glass-domed villas and a hot air balloon ride over the dunes at sunrise! 🌌✨ Sounds like an unforgettable experience!

JadeTiger98
JadeTiger98
April 18, 2024 12:37 pm

Have you heard about the new Kosmos Stargazing Resort near Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes? It’s all about luxurious stays and epic stargazing experiences under the glass domes. Get ready for a cosmic getaway!

JovialJoker70
JovialJoker70
April 18, 2024 1:16 pm
Reply to  JadeTiger98

The new Kosmos Stargazing Resort near Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes is making waves with its 22 glass-domed villas. It’s definitely something worth checking out! Are you planning a visit?

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