A drive-in becomes
a drive-inn

A celebration of movies, food, architecture, and art in Colorado's San Luis Valley.

Steelmaster sheds — the architectural vernacular of our agricultural surroundings — have been converted to luxury accommodations.

One of the American West's most unique landscapes, in the headwaters of the Rio Grande River.

Experience the frontier

The magic of our property started in 1955, when the Frontier Drive-In first opened to the public. It was a hit.

Re-opened for the first time since 1985, our team has reinvented the Frontier as a Drive-Inn, welcoming overnight guests to enjoy our favorite place — the San Luis Valley. Visit us to:

  • Watch a movie (or two) under the stars
  • Cook with family and friends in our chef's kitchen
  • Enjoy some very, very fresh air
  • Get to know the ecological treasure that is the SLV
Guest yurts and steelmaster sheds against the Colorado Rocky Mountains at the Frontier Drive Inn in Center, Colorado
Stay in our steelmaster sheds & yurts at the Frontier Drive Inn near near Alamosa, Colorado
See the inside of a guest Yurt at the Frontier Drive Inn near the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado

“The Lure of the Local is the pull of place that operates on all of us, … It is the geographical component of the psychological need to belong somewhere...”

LUCY LIPPARD

American writer, art critic, activist, and curator

Frontier Drive-Inn neon star logo
An old black and white movie plays on the screen at the historic Frontier Drive Inn near Alamosa, Colorado
Experience movies under the stars with special events monthly at the Frontier Drive-Inn

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weekend movies

From classics to comedies to westerns, enjoy a movie under the stars. Film schedule available after booking.

aug 12

LA FRONTERA AT THE FRONTIER: Sleep Dealer

Films from the present-day US-Mexico border. Screenings begin at dusk and will be preceded by a short introduction from curator and author Michael Dear at 7:30pm. Friday night's movie, Sleep Dealer, is a public event: pay what you can (suggested $8), no one turned away for lack of funds.

aug 13

LA FRONTERA AT THE FRONTIER: La Misma Luna

Films from the present-day US-Mexico border. Screenings begin at dusk and will be preceded by a short introduction from curator and author Michael Dear at 7:30pm. Saturday night's movie, La Misma Luna (Under the Same Moon), is a public event: $8 online / $10 at the door / $24 – 4pack

August

structural commission

Award-winning architect Ron Rael and his team at Emerging Objects are the designers behind the Frontier's first structural commission - eight open-air adobe observatories, where guests can enjoy the San Luis Valley's stunning, unobstructed night sky.

sept 30 – Oct 2

LOCAL! + SCENARIA

Welcome to LOCAL! + SCENARIA celebrating the harvest of the San Luis Valley through art. The weekend of festivities taking place on September 30th and October 1st combines the San Luis Valley Local Food Coalition's annual Harvest Fest LOCAL! with a place and time-based art event SCENARIA in collaboration with the Frontier Drive-Inn, The Dish SLV and Black Cube Nomadic Museum. Click or tap here for more information.