4.76 Acres Overlooking the San Luis Valley and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado!
Sits in the Foothills Just Off the Fertile Valley with a Stunning View of Where Culebra Creek Flows Thru to the San Pedro Mesa!!!
Nestled High in the Rocky Mountains About 3.5 Hours SW of Denver and 1.25 Hours N of Taos, New Mexico and 45 Minutes SE of Alamosa. Costilla County Assessed Value $8007!
Lots of Fishing in the Area: Sanchez Reservoir, Smith Reservoir, Mountain Home Reservoir and the Rio Grande, the 4th Longest River in N America!
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San Luis North Estates Unit 6 Block 6 Lots 12
4.76 acres in San Luis, Colorado about 3.5 hours SW of Denver. It’s only 2 miles from the town of San Luis in Costilla County with gorgeous views of the croplands and the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the San Juan Hills. Nestled high in the Rocky Mountains the busy town of Alamosa, CO is about an 45 minutes N and Taos, NM, known for its world class skiing and artists, is an hour S. It sits on the same mesa as the Stations of the Cross Shrine about 1.75 miles NW of it as the crow flies! I measured the distance on the roads and its about 2.5 miles so within walking distance!
Most of the photos were taken in November 2017 and a few from September 2017 from a few different spots including this property and the views. Images 1-40 were taken along W Unicorn Drive which runs along the N. I hike up the hill N across the street so some of the photos are looking to the South across the property. The property can also be seen in images 83 and 91 as it sits between the two dirt roads, the frontage road and the road that leads up around the hillside. And also in panoramas 98 - 101 taken along Unicorn Drive. There's very easy access along W Unicorn Rd which leads along the N of the property. This is a county maintained road. It sits 2/10 of a mile NW of County Road 142. I noticed that google maps doesn't show Unicorn Road on the street view but Bing does. This photo is from the Google Maps street view showing County Road 142 and W Unicorn Road that takes off to the right. You can see the frontage road that runs along the adjoining property, lot #13, and then it bends around the corner and runs along this property.
This photo was taken across the street on the lot to the N overlooking this property which extends from the dirt road just below Buddy about 2/3 of the way down to the highway seen at the top of the photo.
It's a spectacular view of the agricultural valley from the SW to the SE! The San Pedro Mesa rises in the distance beyond Culebra Creek which meanders thru the valley floor which was a gorgeous green and yellow in September and pretty fall colored reeds in November. What a great spot to watch the ever changing seasons of this agricultural valley...says the farm girl!
From the NE to the SE is the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains peaking out above the mesa to the E and then a more clear view of her to the SE. Culebra Peak sits at 14,047' and is one of the 14ers (peaks over 14,000 feet in Colorado) ranking 41 out of 53! It was snowing in the mountains and wow was it a cold windy day but there was a bit of a brief break in the clouds above her peaks and I loved the way the sun lit up the fresh snow! Good thing Buddy had on a new jacket - he just got a hair cut and didn't have much hair and brrrrr it was a cold one! The locals always let me know that this sure can be a bitter cold valley and they are right!
To the SW are the San Luis Hills as seen in images 35 - 38 and 57 & 58. I am always intrigued at how cool looking these mesa like hills are and this is where I frequently see the wild horses close to the Rio Grande, the 4th longest river in N America.
Beyond them are the San Juan Mountains and if you look closely you can see they are hidden in the clouds! The Rio Grande originates in the San Juan Mountains and flows through the San Luis Valley about 16 miles to the W as the crow flies.
Its a 2.5 mile walk to 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.
San Luis is the county seat for Costilla County as well as the oldest town in Colorado, established in 1851. It's a small town 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! The biggest attraction is the Stations of the Cross Shrine. The surrounding area is mainly a farming and agriculture area.
The Rio Grande flows about 17 miles W of San Luis, Colorado.
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. The property is zoned for a home or manufactured home and some RV use. What a gorgeous spot to watch the ever changing seasons in the mountains and valley! Don't forget your fishing pole! 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.