4.34 and 4.77 Acres Lots For Sale in the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado About 45 Minutes SE of Alamosa in Costilla County. Sits Up on the Mesa With Terrific Views of Blanca Peak in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the San Luis Hills Across the Valley! The Lots Sit on the Same Mesa That the Stations of the Cross Shrine Sits On About 4.5 Miles Away. Nestled High in the Rocky Mountains About 3.5 Hours SW of Denver and 1.25 Hours N of Taos, New Mexico Lots of Fishing in the Area: Sanchez Reservoir, Smith Reservoir, Mountain Home Reservoir and the Rio Grande, the 4th Longest River in N America! Call Char and Buddy Mon - Sun 360-550-8943 We Love to Talk About the Lands We Explore! Tons of Photos of Actual Property! Private Land Investors - We Own Everything We Have For Sale and Stive to Bring You the Best Land Buying Experience on the Internet! See Listing For Owner Financing Price and Terms With $250 Down! San Luis North Estates Filing 2 Block 2 Lot 2 = 4.77 acres Available Lot 4 = 4.77 acres Sold Lot 5 = 4.34 acres Sold
4.34 and 4.77 acre lots for sale in San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado! The area was covered in gorgeous fall colors and a pretty view of Blanca Peak in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nestled high in the Rocky Mountains in Southern Colorado, it's about 3.5 hours SW of Denver, 45 minutes SE of the bustling town of Alamosa, and 1.25 hours N of Taos, New Mexico. All of the photos were taken in November 2017 on Gila Drive looking at Block 2 Lots 8 & 9 and along Balboa Road looking at Block 3 of Lots 1, 2 & 3. This would be one block to the south about 630 feet from the south property line as seen in the parcel map. You can see this group of lots looking north towards Blanca Peak in images 3-5. W Fox Drive is a county maintained bladed dirt/graveled road along the N of the lots. Lot #5 is also a corner lot on Picarro Road. I did not see any power nearby and suggest you look into solar as you sure see a lot of solar in this valley. They sit about 4 miles N of San Luis and less than 1 mile SW of the intersection of Elkhorn Drive and Highway 159, the main highway back to San Luis and Fort Garland. So it's quick access to the highway and back to the town! The area is mostly flat with a gentle roll to it. It's covered in healthy sage brush, native plants and desert grass and was a pretty thick covering with pretty fall colors! No one has developed their property in this area yet and the closest neighbor I saw was about 3/4 of a mile to the south in a wood cabin as seen in image # 39. It sure was a cold and stormy day and it started to snow in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. But I could still see a fabulous view to the N of Blanca Peak, 4th highest peak in Colorado at 14,345 feet.
From the NE to the SE is the Culebra Range with Culebra Peak at 14,047'. It is one of the 14ers (peaks over 14,000 feet in Colorado) ranking 41 out of 53! It was snowing in the mountains but I could still make out most of them - just not her massive peaks!
You can see for mile across the San Luis Valley from the NW to the SW to the interesting hills and mesas of San Luis Hills. This is near the Rio Grande where I always see the wild horses. Beyond them is the San Juan Mountains hidden in the clouds.
The Rio Grande is the 4th longest river in N America and originates in the San Juan Mountains which sit on the W side of the San Luis Valley. I frequently spot herds of wild horses in this area! It flows about 17 miles W of San Luis where I snapped this photo:
I spotted these wild horses earlier in the afternoon by the river!
It sits on the same mesa as the Stations of the Cross Shrine which towers above the town of San Luis! In September 2017 I journeyed up the side of the mesa to the shrine, a lovely walk and quite a moving experience! I unexpectedly felt tears flowing down my face when I reached the last few and was moved to place my only piece of jewelry upon one of the shrines, saying a prayer for my family. I made a video of it below in the additional photos area.
There are 4 fishing lakes in the area: Sanchez Reservoir, Sanchez Stabilization Reservoir, Mountain Home Reservoir State Wildlife Area and Smith Reservoir State Wildlife. Buddy and I stopped by Sanchez Stabilization Reservoir in May 2018 which sits about 11 miles S. A man was fishing in a boat and said he was using spinners to catch trout. After a few minutes he landed one in his boat - how cool was that! The reservoir is fed by Culebra Creek and is a favorite watering hole for wild horses and fishing for large trout!
Other close by recreational activities are the Great Sand Dunes, Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, Blanca Wildlife Habitat Area, Blanca Wetlands, the Rio Grande, and skiing to the south in Taos and Red River.
In 2012 stopped by Smith Reservoir long enough to dip my toe into it and watch the bald eagles take off and land! Brrr was it a cold weekend and the wind off the water was even colder!
The property is zoned for a home or manufactured home and some RV use. I think it's a pretty property for someone seeking a large piece of land with stunning views watching the ever changing seasons on the Rocky Mountains! Enjoy! Char the Explorer : )
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A video I made in 2014 of several of my favorite photos from my journey’s thru the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado.
The San Luis Valley is nestled high in the Rocky Mountains in the Sangre de Cristo Range. The valley sits at an elevation of 7544 feet. It's one of the largest high desert valleys in the world at an altitude of over 7,000 feet. It is approximately 125 miles long and over 65 miles wide.
The high plains and flat valleys stretch for 722 square miles and is surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the E and the San Juan Mountains to the W. The Rio Grande, the 4th longest river in N America, originates in the San Juan Mountains and flows through the San Luis Valley. Mt. Blanca, the fourth highest peak in Colorado at 14,345 feet, looms large over the historical town of Fort Garland. It can clearly be seen for miles on a typical sunny day!
San Luis, the county seat for Costilla County, is about 210 miles SW of Denver, 175 miles E of Durango and 60 miles N of Taos. Established in 1851, it's the oldest town in Colorado, with a population of about 750. It's predominately Hispanic, with strong ties to Spain's religious, cultural, and artistic traditions. The town has interesting architecture and several murals that catch your eye as you drive thru!
It appeared that the Centennial School received a new paint job when I drove by in 2017. When checking out the schools website I found this little jewel. It's a tribute to their local veterans on Veteran's Day 2016. It reminds me that no matter where I wander free in America, people from even the smallest of communities in the middle of no where have sacrificed. In this crazy world it's nice to be reminded of our heroes! Cheers to the students who took the time to gather this historical information - love the young ones at the end! : ) Whoop Whoop!
It is a beautiful farming and agriculture area.
In May 2018 Buddy and I stopped by Sanchez Stabilization Reservoir in May 2018 which sits about 5.5 miles SW of San Luis, Colorado. A nice man was fishing in a boat and said he was using spinners to catch trout. After a few minutes he landed one in his boat - how cool is that! The reservoir is fed by Culebra Creek and is a favorite watering hole for wild horses and fishing for large trout!
The bustling town of Alamosa sits about 50 miles NW and is the largest town in the valley. It's home of Adams State College, the Alamosa County Offices, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and other major shopping and services. It has a population of about 8800. I try my hardest to make it to the big town of Alamosa at least one night for a fabulous dinner at True-Grits Steakhouse. It’s an old building decorated in John Wayne memorabilia and the food is 2 thumbs up!
The valley boasts an average of 280 sunny days per year! Summers are considered mild with daytime temperatures occasionally reaching 90 and cool summer evenings. Winters are very cold with average snowfall about 40 inches. The mountain passes are well maintained through the San Luis Valley and are all weather roads.
There are 3 fishing lakes in the area: Sanchez Reservoir, Mountain Home Reservoir State Wildlife Area and Smith Reservoir State Wildlife. In February 2012 I stopped by Smith Reservoir long enough to dip my toe and watch the bald eagles take off and land! Brrr was it a cold weekend and the wind off the water was even colder!
Later that evening as the sun was getting low over the valley I spotted a HUGE herd of wild horses. It took a moment but I noticed in the short distance another huge herd - oh they were stunning with the glow of the sun on them! That is the largest group of wild horses I have ever seen! They were nervous and took off running their tails flying in the wind!
Other close by recreational activities are the Great Sand Dunes, Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, Blanca Wildlife Habitat Area, Blanca Wetlands, the Rio Grande. and skiing in Taos and Red River, New Mexico.
In March 2013, I was driving up thru Taos, New Mexico and stopped by the Rio Grande River. There I spotted Dan the Man out doing some fishing. Oh he was such a great sport, very patient with me as I asked him what he was using to catch fish with. I shot about 30 photos of him and these were my favorites!
In September 2017 Buddy and I made the trek up the side of the mesa to the Stations of the Cross Shrine in the early morning. It is a series of 14 bronze sculptures depicting the last hours of Christ's life, his judgement, sufferings and death. It was built as an act of faith and love for the parishioners of the Sangre de Cristo Parish. I've made several videos over the past few years and this is by far my favorite. From the beginning with my beloved companion Buddy as we encountered the turkey vulture, to the views over the fertile San Luis Valley with her yellow and green crops.
The art by sculptor Huberto Maestas is quite graphic and moving. The sun was so bright in the early morning and seemed to increase the intensity of the sculptures. I unexpectedly felt tears flowing down my face when I reached the last few and was moved to place my only piece of jewelry upon one of the shrines, saying a prayer for my family.
The turkey vulture is a symbol of danger and death to many cultures as well as a protector and guardian. Looking back it seems to have foretold the story that lay ahead of us that morning. It truly was a moving experience for my soul and I am left with an even greater appreciation of the beauty of the San Luis Valley.