Nestled beneath blue skies and 14,000+ ft mountain peaks, the San Luis Valley is surrounded by the beauty, wonder, recreation and wildlife, which make the Rocky Mountains famous. Beautiful Smith Reservoir is just 4.2 miles north and working farms surround the Mesa.
ROADS: Access to the property is on all-weather county maintained dirt roads.
WATER: The average well depth in the Rio Grande Ranches is about 200-250 FT, drilling costs about $50 per foot. Individual wells may be drilled and have pumps of up to fifteen gallons per minute capacity, per five acres. A money saving option, if you don’t want to drill right away, or if you’re just using your land for vacation you can haul your own water.
SEPTIC SYSTEMS: cost $4,000-5,000.
POWER: The San Luis Valley has the strongest solar power resources in the state, the highest per capita concentration of home-based solar energy systems in the United States. The cost of solar system kits start at about $1100. See our useful links for more solar info.
GAS: Propane is used for cooking, refrigerator and heat. Propane is delivered throughout the valley. Most people also use wood stoves for heating. Abundant cheap firewood is available in the local forest. Generator: People use gasoline generators for back up, like when times call for using large power tools.