ROADS: The roads in most of this subdivision, including the road this property is on, are dirt. So you definitely want to make sure you have a suitable vehicle to visit this property.
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. for as little as $2.50. (719-589-2593)
POWER: There is no electricity or other utilities on the property. Most people in the area use solar power.
“Majestic mountain views surround Rio Grande Ranchos, a subdivision located along the Rio Grande River, near the New Mexico border, and part of the San Luis Valley. In 2003 the National Geographic Society featured the area in its book Earth’s Last Great Places, calling it “unforgettable and irreplaceable.”
The San Luis Valley has a well-deserved reputation as a sportsman’s paradise. Herds of elk, deer and wild turkey roam the subdivision of Rio Grande Ranchos. Fish from the Rio Grande River are plentiful. Wild horses are also frequent visitors.
No less than four boating and fishing lakes are within 45 to 50 minutes. Check out Zapata Falls, the many horse trails, and the fishing and boating lakes such as Smith Reservoir — stocked with trout, walleye and bass — within 45 minutes to an hour away. Other recreation options include the Great San Dunes National Monument with camping, hiking, ATV trails, and majestic views.
Ski and art enthusiasts can enjoy Taos, New Mexico, an easy 45 to 50 minutes south. Taos — popular for both its skiing and for its well- known art colony, attracting literally thousands of tourists each year — can become your own backyard playground. Other ski areas within 1 1/2 hour’s drive offer beginner, intermediate, and pro slopes with snowboarding areas.
Residents and sportsmen can enjoy the rural serenity of the valley while having easy access to Alamosa, 45 to 50 minutes to the northwest, where all the advantages of a four-year college, airport, and many shops and restaurants, including a new Wal Mart, are available. The town of San Luis, the oldest settlement in Colorado, is approximately 25 miles away.
Home builders love that Rio Grande Ranchos remains unpolluted with a moderate cost of living. It sits on top of the largest, cleanest water table in the North American Continent. Its fertile soil produces a variety of crops, including an abundance of alfalfa. The sun shines an average of 300 days per year and snowfall is limited.
Fort Garland, CO - 2 miles, Blanca, CO - 4 miles, Alamosa, CO - 4.5 miles, Colorado Spring, CO - 100 miles, Phoenix, AZ - 450 miles
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