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.

Today

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

Events

ongoing

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.