history of the frontier

The Frontier Drive-Inn opened in May 1955. Opening night was on the house, and people came from all over the valley. The Frontier was one of few places where you could see Spanish-language films in the 60s and 70s, and most locals are happy to tell you stories about visiting as kids. In 1986, after a successful 30-year run, the family-owned business closed its doors.

Our Story

Our family has a long history of visiting the San Luis Valley. In 2016 a family friend, knowing our passion for art, film, real estate, and the SLV, reached out with the idea to bring back this special cultural space. Over the past 5 years, we have restored the neon sign and original 40' screen, outfitting the Frontier with state-of-the-art film screening equipment and luxurious new overnight accommodations. Future phases will add more lodging, a gathering hall, campsites, and RV hookups.


Find a deep, nourishing connection to your friends and family. Take in a film under the San Luis Valley’s pristine night sky. Come for weekends of curated movie and chef dinners, art installations, live music and experimental architecture events.

Area Attractions

  • Penitente Canyon
  • The Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Zapata Falls
  • Wolf Creek Skiing