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.
TOPOGRAPHY: The property is flat and easily buildable. Ringed by almost 2 million acres of National forests with spectacular mountain ranges. From the rugged and jagged peaks of the Sangre De Cristo, to the glacial canyons and forested tablelands of the San Juans, variety is the word best to describe this topography.
SIZE: Five acres, 330 ft by 660 ft. (Almost five football fields).
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 300 FT, drilling costs about $35 per foot. 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. You can fill a 500 gallon tank at the Alamosa Water Dept.
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.
PLANNING: Two homes allowed: A main house and a ranch hand house (mother-in-law house).
ZONING: Residential zoned.
FIRE PROTECTION: Provided by the San Luis Volunteer Fire Department in Fort Garland.
POLICE PROTECTION: Provided by Costilla County Sheriff office in San Luis.
EDUCATION: Elementary, Junior High, and High Schools are located in all main towns in the valley. Adams State College is located in Alamosa. Small classes, low tuition and faculty dedicated to teaching have put this college on the exclusive list of America’s 100 Best College Buys for three years in a row.
SHOPPING: Convenience shopping is available in Blanca, Fort Garland and San Luis and Alamosa has major shopping facilities. Wallgreens, Home Depot,Farmers Markets, Wallmart etc..
INDUSTRY: Educational services, retail trade, agriculture, business & repair services, health services, entertainment/ recreation services, finance, insurance, public utilities, manufacturing, wholesale, trader, transportation, mining, construction and public administration.