10.61 AC AMAZING NATURE SCENIC PEACEFUL TREES VIEWS,SANGRE DE CRISTO RANCHES, CO

Category Real Estate Land

Current price $25,500.00

Listing type Fixed Price Item

Location Fort Garland, Colorado 811** US

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Quantity available 1

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Seller greaterland (333)

Seller rating 100% positive feedback

Property Address Saint Sauveur Road, Fort Garland

State/Province Colorado

Seller State Of Residence USA

Zip/Postal Code 81133

Zoning Residential

Acreage 10.61

Type Residential Recreational, Acreage

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IMPORTANT NOTE
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE LISTING, PERFORM ALL DUE DILIGENCE AND ASK ALL YOUR QUESTIONS
IF YOU HAVE LESS THAN 6 FEEDBACK, PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE USING THE BUY IT NOW. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING, SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE IF ANY
10.61 ACRES 2 ADJACENT LOTS, A PIECE OF HEAVEN, SERENITY AND PANORAMIC MOUNTAIN VIEWS. LOCATED IN SAINT SAUVEUR ROAD IN SANGRE DE CRISTO RANCHES, COLORADO. THE LAND HAS LEGAL ACCESS AND A GOOD DIRT ROAD FRONTAGE IN A CUL DE SAC. THE PROPERTY IS SURVEYED, THE PLAT MAP HAS BEEN RECORDED WITH THE COUNTY
LOCATED SOUTH OF CO-HWY 160 A FEW MINUTES DRIVE, CLOSE TO TOWNS AND SHOPPING. A SHORT DISTANCE TO FT. GARLAND AND NORTH OF SAN LUIS
CASH SALE. WE DON'T OFFER DISCOUNT ON FINANCING. FINANCED WITH $200 DOWN PAYMENT TOWARDS THE PRICE OF $25,500. WE WILL FINANCE FOR 15 YEARS AT 7.5% APR $234.53 PER MONTH, FOR 10 YEARS AT 6.9% APR $292.45 PER MONTH, FOR 7 YEARS AT 6.5% APR $375.69 PER MONTH AND FOR 5 YEARS AT 5.7% APR $485.60 PER MONTH, THE MONTHLY PAYMENT WILL BE LOWER WITH A HIGHER DOWN PAYMENT
EVERY ONE QUALIFY, NO CREDIT CHECKS, NO HASSLES. PLEASE READ THE TERMS FOR MORE INFO
WE HAVE A TITLE INSURANCE FREE AND CLEAR OF LIENS OR ENCUMBRANCES
THE LAND IS SURROUNDED BY 1,000'S OF ACRES OF WOODED LANDS
NEAR TOWNS, ATTRACTIONS, MOUNTAINS, PARKS, LAKES, RIVERS AND WILDLIFE
BEAUTIFUL AND PEACEFUL LAND, LOTS OF PRIVACY
CAPTIVATING NIGHT SKIES FOR STAR GAZING AND RELAXING
EXCELLENT LOCATION, NEAR TOWNS, ATTRACTIONS, MOUNTAINS, PARKS, LAKES, RIVERS AND MUCH MORE
LAND WITH BEAUTIFUL VIEWS OF THE VALLEY, MOUNTAINS AND HILLS
SOUTHERN EXPOSURE TERRAIN, YOU CAN GO GREEN WITH SOLAR POWER
ON AVERAGE, THERE ARE 285 SUNNY DAYS PER YEAR
ABUNDANT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTIVITIES AND RELAXATION
PROPERTY INFORMATION
~ LEGAL DESCRIPTION
LOTS 7521 AND 7522, BLOCK 342, SANGRE DE CRISTO RANCHES, UNIT K-3
~ TOWN
FORT GARLAND
~ STATE
COLORADO
~ COUNTY
COSTILLA
~ SIZE
10.61 ACRES (2 ADJACENT LOTS)
~ ZONING
RESIDENTIAL: MIN BUILT SIZE HOME 600 SQ. FT, MANUFACTURED POSSIBLE W/PERMIT
~ LOCATION
SAINT SAUVEUR ROAD, FORT GARLAND COLORADO
~ SURVEY
YES
~ ACCESS
LEGAL ACCESS. STATE COUNTY PAVED, COUNTY MAINTAINED GRAVEL/DIRT ROAD FRONTAGE
~ APPROX. COORDINATES
NE corner 37.4731 -105.2959 NW corner 37.4728 -105.3002
SE corner 37.4713 -105.2980 SW corner 37.4712 -105.2984
~ VEGETATION
PINON PINE TREES, SAGE GRASSES, EVERGREEN UND WILD FLOWERS
~ TITLE
FREE AND CLEAR OF ANY LIEN
~ WATER
BY WELL, WATER HAUL, CISTERN TO BE DONE BY BUYER
~ POWER
BY SOLAR TO BE DONE BY BUYER
~ SEPTIC SYSTEM
TO BE DONE BY THE BUYER
~ PROPERTY TAXES
ABOUT $304.00 PER YEAR
~ PRICE
$25,500.00
~ DOCUMENTATION FEE
FOR FINANCING $150 AND $200 DOWN PAYMENT. A CONTRACT FOR DEED WILL BE USED
FOR CASH SALE $299 FOR DOCUMENT PREPARATION DONE BY THE SELLER AND RECORDING FEE
~ ELEVATION
APPROXIMATELY 8,710 FT. TO 8,800 FT.
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION
10.61 SCENIC AND PEACEFUL ACRES, 2 LOTS, LOCATED IN THE SAINT SAUVEUR ROAD IN SANGRE DE CRISTO RANCHES, COLORADO. THE PARCEL HAS LEGAL ACCESS AND ROAD FRONTAGE IN A CUL DE SAC. IT IS SURVEYED, THE PLAT MAP HAS BEEN RECORDED WITH THE COUNTY. THE LAND IS TREED WITH PINON PINE TREES, MIX OF SAGE GRASS, EVERGREEN AND WILD FLOWERS, AND A BEAUTIFUL RURAL MOUNTAINOUS SOUTHERN EXPOSURE TERRAIN. THIS IS A RAW UNDEVELOPED BEAUTY, WITH GREAT TOPOGRAPHY OF FLAT, ROLLING, SLOPE FOOTHILLS, A PIECE OF HEAVEN, SERENITY AND PANORAMIC MOUNTAIN VIEWS, WITH WILDLIFE GALORE, READY TO DEVELOP YOUR WAY WITH SOME BEAUTIFUL BUILDING AREAS, THE ELEVATION IS APPROXIMATELY 8,710 FT TO 8,800 FT. IT IS SURROUNDED BY 1000'S ACRES OF WOODED LANDS AND SOME OPEN SPACES. A PEACEFUL LAND, WHERE YOU CAN ESCAPE FROM THE TRAFFIC, CITY STRESS, TO EXPERIENCE NATURE, FRESH AIR AND SLOW DOWN THE TEMPO OF YOUR LIFE. CHOOSE, THIS ADORABLE LAND TO RECONNECT WITH THE ENVIRONMENT AND YOU TRUE SELF, IN THIS TRANQUIL PLACE! YOU CAN BUILD YOUR CABIN OR HOUSE ENJOYING THE AWESOME PANORAMIC VALLEY, HILLS AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS OF SANGRE DE CRISTO RANCHES, MT. BLANCA TO THE NORTH.
THE PROPERTY IS LOCATED ABOUT 13.2 MILES NORTHEAST OF FORT GARLAND, A 27 MINUTE DRIVE AND 30.7 MILES NORTH OF SAN LOUIS, A 41 MINUTE DRIVE, A SHORT DRIVE TO HWY CO-160 (15 MINUTES). THE LAND IS ABOUT 13.9 MILES AWAY, ABOUT 32 MINUTE DRIVE TO MOUNTAIN HOME RESERVOIR AND TO SMITH RESERVOIR 25.8 MILES, ABOUT 40 MINUTE DRIVE, BOTH RESERVOIRS WITH GOOD AREAS FOR BBQ, PICNIC, GREAT FISHING, SWIMMING, CAMPING, AND BOATING. FROM 0 TO 50 MILES YOU CAN FIND SEVERAL SCENIC BYWAYS TO NATIONAL PARKS, STATE PARKS, MOUNTAINS, LAKES, RIVERS, RESERVOIRS AND CREEKS, THIS AREA HAS IT ALL!
THE LOT IS ZONED RESIDENTIAL AND ALLOWS TO BUILD A HOUSE, MINIMUM 600 SQ. FT, FOR MANUFACTURED HOME AN EXTRA COMMUNITY PERMIT NEEDED. BUYER WILL HAVE TO PROVIDE SEPTIC SYSTEM, AND WATER BY WELL, CISTERN OR HAUL WATER. YOU NEED A PERMIT TO BUILD, WHILE YOU BUILD, YOU CAN LIVE THERE IN A MOBILE HOME FOR UP TO A YEAR. THEY ARE A FEW SCATTERED HOMES IN THE AREA.
THE PARCEL HAS LEGAL ACCESS AND ROAD FRONTAGE. IT IS SURVEYED, THE PLAT MAP HAS BEEN RECORDED WITH THE COUNTY. THERE IS HUNTING, FISHING, BOATING, HIKING, ATV, SKIING AND FISHING IN THE SURROUNDING AREA AND A VARIETY OF WILDLIFE INCLUDING ELK, DEER, MULE, PRONGHORN, BIRDS, PLEASE CONTACT COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE FOR HUNTING AND FISHING INFORMATION. FORT GARLAND HAS A BUSINESS DISTRICT WITH HOTELS, SEVERAL RESTAURANTS, GAS STATIONS, GROCERY STORES, LIQUOR STORE, HARDWARE STORE, HAIR SALON, CAR WASH, U-HAUL DEALER, HARDWARE DEALER, APPLIANCE STORE, WORK ART GALLERY, ANTIQUE STORE, POST COMMISSARY, MUSEUM AND MULTIPLE SHOPS FEATURING COLLECTIBLES, ANTIQUITIES AS WELL AS WILD WEST SHOW. IN ALAMOSA IS A WALMART AND HOME DEPOT. OTHER TOWNS NEAR THE PROPERTY ARE THE TOWN OF BLANCA IS ABOUT 19.8 MILES WEST AND ALAMOSA IS 40 MILES WEST, BOTH TOWNS ARE AT HWY 160.
TERMS
THE PROPERTY IS SOLD ON "AS IS" CONDITION. THE SALE IS FINAL. ALL INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THIS LISTING HAS COME FROM RELIABLE SOURCES AND IS ACCURATE TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE BUT NOT GUARANTEED, WE DO NOT HAVE MORE INFORMATION, OTHER THAN DESCRIBED. SELLER DOES NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTIES EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, NOR ASSUMES ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER TO INCLUDE WITHOUT LIMITATION, SOIL CONDITIONS, DRAINAGE, BUILD ABILITY OR ACCESSIBILITY REGARDING THIS PROPERTY. WE DO GUARANTEE FREE AND CLEAR TITLE WITH NO LIENS. TAXES ARE CURRENTLY PAID.
YOU ARE REQUIRED TO READ THE ENTIRE LISTING, TO PERFORM ALL DUE DILIGENCE AND TO ASK ALL QUESTIONS. BY USING THE BUY IT NOW YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOU HAVE DONE ALL YOUR DUE DILIGENCE ON THE PROPERTY.
CASH SALE. WE DON'T OFFER DISCOUNT ON FINANCING. FINANCED WITH $200.00 DOWN PAYMENT TOWARDS THE PURCHASE PRICE OF $25,500. WE WILL FINANCE FOR 15 YEARS AT 7.5% APR $238.87 PER MONTH, FOR 10 YEARS AT 6.9% APR $292.45 PER MONTH, FOR 7 YEARS AT 6.5% APR $375.69 PER MONTH OR FOR 5 YEARS AT 5.7% APR $485.60 PER MONTH, THE MONTHLY PAYMENT WILL BE LOWER WITH A HIGHER DOWN PAYMENT. EVERY ONE QUALIFY, NO CREDIT CHECKS, NO HASSLES. MONTHLY PAYMENTS TO BE DONE BY ZELLE. BUYER WILL PAY $150.00 FOR DOCUMENT PREPARATION.
BUYER PLEASE ESTABLISH CONTACT WITH THE SELLER RIGHT AFTER USING THE BUY IT NOW AND PROVIDE PICTURE ID, THE NAME IN WHICH THE AGREEMENT WILL BE ON, ADDRESS, EMAIL ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER, FINANCING DOWN PAYMENT AND DOCUMENT PREPARATION FEE TO BE RECEIVED WITHIN 3 DAYS BY ZELLE.
CASH SALE: BUYER WILL PAY $299 FOR DOCUMENT PREPARATION DONE BY THE SELLER AND RECORDING FEE, FULL PAYMENT TO BE RECEIVED WITHIN 4 DAYS BY CASHIER'S CHECK.
ACTIVITIES
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA INCLUDE HUNTING, CAMPING, SWIMMING, HIKING, SKIING, FISHING, BIRD WATCHING, ATV'S PLAYGROUND, MOUNTAIN BIKING, HORSE RIDING, KAYAKING, SNOWMOBILING, WATER RAFTING, GOLFING AND OTHER ATTRACTIONS.
MOUNTAIN HOME RESERVOIR APPROXIMATELY 13.2 MILES SOUTH FROM THE PROPERTY
MOUNTAIN HOME RESERVOIR IS A GREAT PLACE FOR RELAXATION, SWIMMING, BOATING, FISHERMEN WILL FIND A VARIETY OF FISH INCLUDING SMALLMOUTH BASS, NORTHERN PIKE, BREAM, BLUEGILL, LARGEMOUTH BASS, RAINBOW TROUT AND WALLEYE HERE. WHETHER YOU’RE BAIT CASTING, SPINNING OR FLY FISHING YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING A BITE HERE ARE GOOD. SO GRAB YOUR FAVORITE FLY FISHING ROD AND REEL, AND HEAD OUT TO MOUNTAIN HOME RESERVOIR. FOR FISHING LICENSE PURCHASE, FISHING RULES, AND FISHING REGULATIONS PLEASE VISIT COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE.
SMITH RESERVOIR, APPROXIMATELY 25.8 MILES SOUTHEAST FROM THE PROPERTY
Smith Reservoir is located in San Luis Valley, just south of Blanca. It is a great place for relaxation, swimming, boating and used extensively for fishing rainbow trout, channel catfish, pike, bass and for camping. Mt. Blanca dominates the view to the north of the reservoir.
Smith Reservoir is the greatest redeeming feature of Costilla County. During the spring and fall there are usually large duck flocks with many species, and more shorebird species have been seen here than anywhere else in the county. Even rarities have shown up here, such as Whimbrel and Short-billed Dowitcher. The roads nearby are often good for hawks, including Ferruginous. A few trees may have sparrows or other land bird migrants.
Approximated Distances in Miles from Property
Fort Garland 13.2, Smith Reservoir 25.8, Mountain Home Reservoir 13.9, Monte Vista National Refuge 57.8, Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge 38.6, Baca National Wildlife Refuge 70.5, Great Sand Dunes National Park 59, Blanca 19.8, San Luis 30.7, Alamosa 40, Walsenburg 42.1, Pueblo 89.9, Colorado Springs 134, Denver 204.
Town of Fort Garland 13.2 miles south west from the property
FORT GARLAND IS A "CENSUS-DESIGNATED PLACE" LOCATED ON US 160 IN THE SAN LUIS VALLEY OF SOUTHERN COLORADO, 13.1 MILES SOUTH WEST OF THE PROPERTY. THE TOWN CONSISTS OF MAYBE 400 PEOPLE SETTLED AT A CROSSROAD. IT IS A TOWN WITH A FEW GAS STATIONS, A COUPLE OF RESTAURANTS AND CONVENIENCE STORES, MUSEUM AND VISITOR CENTER AND SEVERAL OTHER BUSINESSES ALONG THE HIGHWAY. THE TOWN OF BLANCA IS 17.1 MILES FURTHER WEST. THE TWO TOWNS SHARE THEIR COMMUNITY CENTER AND THEIR SCHOOLS. THE TWO TOWNS ARE NEARLY SURROUNDED BY FORBES DEVELOPMENTS (FORBES TRINCHERA, FORBES WAGON WHEEL, SANGRE DE CRISTO RANCHES, ETC.)
TODAY YOU CAN WALK THE PARADE GROUND OF THE FORT AND TOUR THE ADOBE BUILDINGS. THE COMMANDANT'S QUARTERS FEATURES A RE-CREATION OF THE QUARTERS DURING CARSON'S TIME. FORT GARLAND ALSO HIGHLIGHTS THE FOLK ART AND CULTURE OF THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY IN SOUTHERN COLORADO.
TOWN OF BLANCA ABOUT 17.1 MILES WEST FROM THE PROPERTY
IT IS A TOWN WITH CHURCHES, GENERAL STORE, CONVENIENCE STORE, POST OFFICE, CAFES, RESTAURANTS, LOUNGE, GALLERY, MECHANIC, RV PARK, HAIR SALON, LAUNDRY, SCHOOL AND DAY CARE, BLANCA-FORT GARLAND COMMUNITY CENTER, TOWN HALL, POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND A SUPPLY STORE.
TOWN OF SAN LUIS IS 30.7 MILES SOUTH FROM THE PROPERTY
San Luis is the county seat of Costilla County, is located on Colorado Highway 159 in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado, about 30.7 miles south from the land. A picturesque town, it lies at the mouth of the valley of the Ventero, at the foot of Culebra Peak. San
San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado, was established on April 5, 1851, with a present population of approximately 750. San Luis is predominately Hispanic, with strong ties to Spain's religious, cultural, and artistic traditions. Once a part of four Spanish land grants decreed by the King of Spain, the town's adobe architecture and classic Spanish town layout retain the texture of the historical and cultural influences which shaped the early communities of Southern Colorado. The surrounding area is mainly a farming and agriculture area.
San Luis has an exceptional tourist attraction, The Stations of the Cross Shrine. These sculptors are ¾ to life size bronze statues of the 15 stations of the cross with the resurrection being the 15th. The Shrine is located on a mesa (flat top mountain) in the center of San Luis where we have recreated our own Calvary. The Shrine of the Stations of the Cross was built as an act of faith and love by the parishioners of the Sangre de Cristo Parish in San Luis, Colorado. We want a place of prayer and solace open to members of all faiths and good will and hope that those visiting will find consolation and peace in your life.
The setting of San Luis is beautiful: surrounded by lush green fields at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the east. Just to the south and east of San Pedro Mesa is Sanchez Reservoir and Sanchez State Wildlife Area. Just to the west are the San Luis Hills with the San Juan Mountains acting as a backdrop. To the north is the Blanca Massif.
Town of Alamosa 40 miles north from the property
Alamosa is surrounded by rugged mountain peaks and numerous recreation opportunities including the City owned Cattails Golf Course. The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad provides excursion trains from Alamosa to La Veta and a connection to the Cumbres and Toltec Railway. The train route takes you through breathtaking country you can’t see from the highway. Home to Adams State College and Trinidad State Junior College, higher education opportunities and cultural events abound. The Sand Dune National Park offers one of the most unique and diverse national parks. With soaring peaks, wetlands, tundra, and the tallest sand dunes in North America, there is much to do and see. With many hotels and restaurants the City of Alamosa is a wonderful place to stay as you enjoy the San Luis Valley, it has as well numerous stores, super markets, churches, movie theaters, bowling alleys, restaurants and lounges, banks, a saving and loan association, and camping facilities.
Costilla County
Costilla County was the first area of the state of Colorado to be colonized with recorded history dating back to 1540, the year Coronado explored the Southwest. It is home to the oldest town in Colorado, San Luis. Costilla County has two incorporated towns and several smaller communities. The towns of San Luis and Blanca are incorporated while Fort Garland is one of the county’s larger towns though not incorporated. Chama, San Pedro, Los Fuertes, Garcia, Jaroso, San Francisco, San Acacio, and Mesita, are smaller communities, all of which were established shortly after the town of San Luis in 1851.
The county also has a few reservoirs: East dale Reservoir; Sanchez Reservoir, Smith Reservoir, and Mountain Home Reservoir. All are excellent for fishing and boating. One may catch walleye, pike, and several species of trout, bass, and a few other types of fish. Costilla County is also home to much wildlife such as deer, elk and antelope, which may often be seen in herds grazing in the fields. Coyotes, bears, bighorn sheep, and mountain lions also make their homes here. Costilla County
offers some of the best big game hunting in Colorado.
The Town of San Luis is home to the Stations of the Cross Shrine. The Shrine sits on top of a mesa in the center of San Luis. The shine represents the last hour of Christ's life, to his resurrection. Attracting thousands of guests a year, visitors come to pray and bring peace to themselves. Every year, hundreds of people walk from as far as Pueblo, CO, to the Stations of the Cross Shrine in what is known as a pilgrimage. All of the sculptures of the Stations of the Cross were created by local artist Huberto Maestas, who also has a gallery and sculpting studio in San Luis. Some of his work can also be seen on the Plaza in Taos, NM and at the Jack Dempsey Museum in Manassa, CO. La Capilla de Todas los Santos, a Catholic Chapel also sits above the Stations of the Cross Shrine.
San Luis is home to the Sangre de Cristo Parish Church, which was built in 1886 and to the R&R Supermarket, which is the oldest continuously operating business in Colorado dating back to 1857. At the San Luis Museum and Cultural Center, you can see everything from butterfly and insect collections to steps in pottery making, carnival masks, civil war history, and a replica of a Morada room, as well as a replica of San Luis from 1851. Pictures and murals depict the history of San Luis in the museum. The museum itself was built in the 1930's, but did not get completed until 1944.
Fort Garland is home to the Fort Garland Museum, which is an old frontier army fort built in 1858. It was once commanded by the famous frontiersman Kit Carson, although he didn't take over the post until 1866-67. Carson had orders from the government to keep peace in the San Luis Valley; therefore no battles were ever fought on fort grounds. The fort served only as a show of force and a staging area to protect settlers from the Ute Indians. Today it is a museum where you can learn about military history and walk the grounds. Memorial Day weekend the Fort Garland Museum is host to a three day festival of re-enactments, stories, songs, and dances depicting the cultures and occupations indigenous to Costilla County including Hispanic, Ute and fur trapping.
The Town of Blanca is known for its views of Blanca Peak, which stands 14,345 feet tall. Both Blanca and Fort Garland are small communities in Costilla County along Colorado State Highway 160. In these towns, you will find a variety of restaurants, hotels and lodges and gift stores that carry leatherwork, handmade jewelry, souvenirs and Indian crafts.
San Acacio, a small village just west of San Luis, has a church, which is the oldest Christian structure in Colorado built in 1856.
Also in San Luis is 633 acres of communal grazing land called La Vega, which is part of the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant.
Although Costilla is mainly a farming and agriculture county- it still brings visitors by the thousands year round from far and wide.
Historical Towns, Activities and Area Attractions
Everywhere you go, majestic mountains surround the many attractions and provide the ultimate environment for the outdoor enthusiast. Area attractions include the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Alamosa, Monte Vista and Baca National Wildlife Refuges, the Gold Medal fishing waters of the Rio Grande, Penitente Canyon, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Narrow Gauge Railroad, numerous natural hot springs (including the Colorado Gator Farm), the San Isabel National Forest, the Rio Grande National Forest, and the Carson National Forest.
Other activities in the area are hunting, camping, hiking, skiing, fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, horse riding, kayaking, snow mobiling, water rafting, golfing (Golf Courses are located in Alamosa, Monte Vista, Walsenberg, and Taos) and other attractions like Alamosa City Park, Conejos with Colorado’s Oldest Church, Creede-Famous Gold mining Town, Crestone Needle, Cumbres Pass, Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RailRoad (Antonio), Fort Garland (Home of Kit Carson), Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Kit Carson Creek, Kit Carson Trail, Manassa (Birthplace of Jack Dempsey, the Manassa Mauler), Monte Vista (the Sky-Hi Stampede and Rodeo), Mount Blanca (14,325 Feet High), Pike’s Stockade, Platoro Reservoir, San Luis (Colorado’s Oldest Town and first Spanish Mission), South Fork, Wheeler Monument (The Famed Priceless Pinnacles).
Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 38.6 miles north from the property
Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1962 as a haven for migratory birds and other wildlife. 14,345 foot Mt. Blanca of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains provides a stunning backdrop for this 11,169 acre refuge.
Alamosa NWR consists of wet meadows, river oxbows and riparian corridor primarily within the flood plain of the Rio Grande, and dry uplands vegetated with greasewood and saltbush. These areas support songbirds, water birds, raptors, mule deer, beaver and coyotes.
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 57.8 miles north from the property
Monte Vista NWR was established by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission in 1953 to provide a much needed habitat for wildlife, particularly waterfowl, in the San Luis Valley. Water is intensively managed on Monte Vista NWR. Using numerous dikes and other water control structures a patchwork pf diverse wetland habitats ranging from shallow wet meadows to open water. Artisan wells, pumped wells and irrigation canals, some dating to the "ditch boom" of the 1880's, supply water. Many other management tools, including mowing, grazing, prescribed burning and farming are also used to ensure that refuge lands continue to provide food, cover and nesting habitat for waterfowl and other water birds.
The refuge is a major stopover for migrating greater sandhill cranes moving between their wintering area around Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico and breeding grounds in the northern United States and southern Canada. Up to 20,000 cranes pass through in the spring and again in the fall. Three remaining endangered whooping cranes from a failed attempt to establish a wild migratory population in the 1980's can be seen migrating with their foster species, the sandhill crane. Beginning in the l980's, a herd of elk began using the refuge. At present, several hundred elk may be seen on the refuge seeking winter food and sanctuary from hunting pressure on nearby public lands. In the San Luis Valley, desert and wetlands exist together side by side. Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ensures wildlife a continuing place in this unique environment. The refuge may be viewed along a 4 mile auto tour and from county roads open year round.
Baca National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 70.5 miles northwest from the property
On November 22, 2000, Congress authorized the establishment of the Baca National Wildlife Refuge. Situated in the San Luis Valley, a high mountain desert surrounded by two 14,000-foot mountain ranges, the Refuge contains a diverse suite of habitats including desert shrublands, grasslands, wet meadows, playa wetlands, and riparian areas. Fed primarily by melting mountain snow, numerous streams flow across the Refuge providing an abundance of life in an otherwise arid landscape. The Refuge is home to a large number of wildlife and plant species. In addition to the plant and animal resources contained on the refuge, the area also is rich in historic and cultural resource sites, some of which date over 12,000 years ago.
The Refuge abuts lands owned or controlled by other conservation entities including The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the National Park Service (NPS), and the Colorado State Land Board. This complex of lands, totaling more than 500,000 acres, contains one of the largest and most diverse assemblages of wetland habitats remaining in Colorado. The Baca National Wildlife Refuge is currently closed to public access.
Great Sand Dunes National Park, approximately 59 miles north from the property
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve situated approximately 59 miles north from the property, it is a United States National Park located in the easternmost parts of Alamosa County and Saguache County. Originally designated Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve was created by an act of the United States Congress on September 13, 2004. The park contains approximately 85,000 acres. The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising about 750 feet (230 m) from the floor of the San Luis Valley on the western base of the Sangre de Cristo Range, covering about 19,000 acres. They are perhaps 12,000 years old.
The park also contains alpine lakes and tundra, six peaks over 13,000 feet in elevation, ancient spruce and pine forests, large stands of aspen and cottonwood, grasslands, and wetlands — all habitat for diverse wildlife and plant species.
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