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Wild Horse Mesa, Colorado

Wild Horse Mesa
San Luis Valley, Costilla County, Colorado
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(Please Note: We do not guarantee that all information listed is accurate or up to date.  Please verify information before using or traveling. Please report any incorrect information so that we can correct it.)

Sheriff, Police, Fire, Ambulance, Security
Listen Live >>> SLV Sheriff, Police, Fire, EMS Scanner Radio  Colorado Statewide P25 DTRS (Digital Trunked Radio System) using Radio Shack Pro 2096 digital scanner, includes sheriff, police, fire, EMS, MAC (mutual aid channel) for Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Saguache Counties, Colorado State Patrol, CDOT, CDOW, Great Sand Dunes National Park, BLM, Adams State College

1.  Costilla County Sheriff Gilbert Martinez, San Luis, CO    (719) 672-3302  home security check
2.  San Luis Police Department, 408 Main St, San Luis (719) 672-3210
3.  Costilla County Fire Protection District, San Luis (719) 672-3055    Fort Garland (719) 672-3302  
4.  Costilla County Ambulance District, San Luis (719) 672-4271    Blanca (719) 379-0190
5.  Colorado State Patrol (719) 589-2939, Alamosa after hours (719) 589-5807
6.  US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Southern Colorado Drug Task Force, Colorado Springs Field Office (719) 866-6100 
7.  SimpliSafe wireless 24/7 home/business/vacation home security alarm system, easy do-it-yourself installation, optional cell phone alerts to SimpliSafe monitoring service $14.99 monthly monitoring fee, for email or text alerts add $5/month, no service contract required

Hospitals, Health Clinics, Dentist, Pharmacy, Red Cross, First Aid, Drug Addiction, Alcohol, Rehab
1.  San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, 106 Blanca Ave, Alamosa    www.slvrmc.org
2.  San Luis Health Center, Pharmacy, WIC, Dental Clinic, (Valley-Wide Health Systems) 233 Main St, Suite B, San Luis    (719) 672-3352  open M-F 8am-5pm   www.vwhs.org/san_luis.htm
3.  Conejos County Hospital, 19021 US Highway 285, La Jara   (719) 274-5121  cchco.org
4.  Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, US Highway 160, west of Walsenburg    www.sprhc.org
5.  San Luis Clinic, San Luis Valley Mental Health Center, 409 Trinchera, San Luis, (719) 672-0331    www.slvmhc.org/locations2.htm
6.  Pharmacy, R&R Market, 367 Main St, San Luis  (719) 672-3346
7.  Wild Horse Mesa Disaster Assistance Team, Jack & Marilyn Stowers (719) 206-0575
8.  American Red Cross, San Luis Valley Chapter, Alamosa, (719) 587-3314    slvredcross.org
9.  Colorado Rural Health Center, Aurora, CO    www.coruralhealth.org
10. San Luis Valley Health,  www.SanLuisValleyHealth.org  health news, email updates, legislation, events and tips, a project of the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, funded by The Colorado Trust, in collaboration with Adams State College, to help increase access to health care for SLV residents 
11. RehabInfo.net www.rehabinfo.net/colorado information and resources on drug addiction and rehab programs for Colorado residents
12. Alcohol Awareness Council (AAC) www.alcohol.org information on the use and abuse of alcohol, links to trusted organizations

US Post Office
1.  US Post Office, post office hours 13 9th St, San Luis, CO 81152 (719) 672-3968
2.  US Post Office, 313 Highway 159, Fort Garland, CO 81133
3.  US Post Office, 406 Smith St, Blanca, CO 81123

US Government
1.  Former US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, from Manassa in the San Luis Valley, where his family ancestors homesteaded 150 years ago    www.doi.gov/welcome.html
Focusing on creating "green" jobs, wind, solar, renewable energy, National Parks, clean drinking water for rural communities, aiding and empowering "Indian Country". America's Great Outdoors project will use conservation easements to create a conservation zone in SLV to protect the area's natural heritage, wildlife habitats, wetlands and agriculture, and promote tourism and recreation.

Local Government and Community Information
1.  Costilla County Government
2.  Costilla County Government, Phone Directory 
3.  County Commissioner Crestina Martinez wall page on Facebook
4.  Costilla County Information    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costilla_County,_Colorado
5.  San Luis information       www.city-data.com/city/San-Luis-Colorado.html
6.  San Luis information    sangres.com/colorado/costilla/sanluis.htm
7.  San Luis information    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Luis,_Colorado
8.  San Luis Valley information    www.sangres.com/colorado/slv.htm
9.  San Luis Valley information    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Luis_Valley
10.  San Luis Valley Development Resources Group    www.slvdrg.org
11.  Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center, (photo) 17591 East Highway 160, Blanca, (719) 379-3450
indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, showers, weight room, gym, running track, arts, crafts, ceramic studio, billiards, basketball, volleyball, softball, classes, library, meeting room, full kitchen, dining facilities, receptions, banquets.
12.  Wild Horse Mesa Community Center, 18208 Wild Horse Drive, San Luis, social activities for Mesa residents
13.  Costilla County Senior Citizens Club, 400 Gasper St, San Luis (719) 672-3935
14.  Costilla County Biodiesel Plant, behind county shop, 9532 County Rd H, Mesita    www.costillacounty-co.gov/biodieselpilotproject.html
15.  FortGarlandColorado.com  Gateway to the San Luis Valley, information on the Fort Garland Revitalization Committee (FGRC), events, programs, volunteer activities, Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center, rummage sale, Fort Garland Band Jam Music Festival, Entrada Visitors' Center, SW corner, Hwy 160 & Hwy 159, 319 Miranda Ave (719) 379-3196 

1.  San Luis Valley Regional Airport, KALS, Bergman Field, Alamosa    alamosacounty.org/departments/airport-main
2.  FlightAware, KALS, Alamosa, real time map of current flights flightaware.com/live/airport/KALS
3.  Great Lakes Airlines, flights between Alamosa and Denver www.flygreatlakes.com
4.  Taos Regional Airport, KSKX, Taos, NM taosairport.org 
5.  GlobalAir, airport directory for pilots Globalair.com 
6.  Melby Ranch Airstrip, 33CO, 7400 ft grass airstrip, privately owned, elev 8800 ft, on Wild Horse Mesa, beware of deer, elk, wild horses

1.  Community Banks of Colorado, 401 Church Place, San Luis    www.cobnks.com/CoBanks
2.  Other banks are in Alamosa, La Jara, Antonito, La Veta, Walsenburg  and in Questa, Red River and Taos, NM

Economic Development, Enterprise Zone, Employment
1.  San Luis Valley Enterprise Zone, Tax Credits    www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/OEDIT/OEDIT/1167928191402
2.  San Luis Valley Enhanced Rural Enterprise Zone, Tax Credits    www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/OEDIT/OEDIT/1167928215923
3.  San Luis Valley Development Resources Group (SLV DRG) Alamosa  www.slvdrg.org
4.  Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) article on Costilla County bio-diesel refinery    www.rcac.org/doc.aspx?329
5.  Costilla County Economic Development Council Inc.  PO Box 9, San Luis, CO
81152, (719) 672-0999
6.  SLV Jobs, SLV employment, job listings, resumes

Food, Agriculture, Farmers Markets
1.  Rio Culebra Agricultural Cooperative, 903 Main St, San Luis, CO (719) 672-0329, locally grown foods, grass-fed beef, beans (havas, bolitas), corn (chicos), comprised of over 50 traditional farmers and ranchers working to revitalize community agriculture
2.  Salazar Natural Meats, Manassa, CO, grass-fed beef, order online, beef, beef sticks, beef jerky
3.  SLV Local Foods Guide guide to buying locally grown produce, beef, pigs, lamb. poultry, eggs, cheese, honey, bread and more, farmers markets locations
4.  SLV Local Foods Coalition blog with information, news, classes and events from the SLV Local Foods Coalition
5.  Valley Food Co-op blog, Valley Food Co-op website, in the Villa Mall, (near Chili's restaurant) 3211 Main St, Ste G, Alamosa (719)589-5727, member owned natural foods grocery store, locally grown foods
6.  Valley Farmers Market, Alamosa, Saturday, July thru October
7.  Fort Garland Greenhouse Project, recently completed construction, volunteers welcome, contact Brother Richard Blakelee, St Andrew Youth Guild, 512 Church Place, San Luis, CO (719) 206-0294

1.  Wild Horse Mesa Bible Church, (photos) 19094 Wild Horse Drive, on the lake, north of the Community Center.  Sunday Service: 10:00 AM.  Pastor Jack Stowers (719) 206-0575
2.  Mesa Potter's House, "A Life Giving Church", Sunday Service: 2:00 PM and Wednesday Bible Study.  Pastor Margaret Davis (719) 206-0162

1. San Luis Valley Animal Welfare Society, open by appointment for animal adoptions. The animal shelter occupies the former Battle Mountain Gold Mine facility, northeast of San Luis. (719)  587-WOOF (9663).  Pet adoption fairs are held every Saturday at the PetSmart Store in Colorado Springs, 7680 N Academy Blvd.
2. Spirit of the Wild Horse Foundation, non-profit, 501(c)3, Wild Horse Mesa, Judy Barnes, Director, Professional Photographer

Food, Restaurants, Bakeries, Coffee Shops
1.  Cafe Rosa Mystica, 405 Main St, San Luis (719) 672-3550, caferosamystica@yahoo.com, coffee shop, Lavazza Coffee from Italy, restaurant, lunch menu, burgers, sandwiches, local favorites, Free Wi-Fi
2.  Piccadilly Circus Pizza, 513 Main St, San Luis (719) 672-0340
3.  All-Gon Restaurant and Pizzeria and Fiddlesticks Fudge Factory, dine in or take out, order fudge online for mail delivery, Highway 160 and Beaubien Ave, Fort Garland, (719) 379-2222
4.  Ryus Avenue Bakery, La Veta  open Tues, Thur, Sat  www.ryusavebakery.com
5.  San Luis Valley Brewing Company, 631 Main St, Alamosa, microbrewery and restaurant, menu includes locally raised beef and fish  SLVBrewCo.com

Motels, Inns, Lodging, Campgrounds, RV Parks
1.  San Luis Inn Motel, San Luis  slvguide.com/COSTILLA/LODGING.HTM  
2.  Fort Garland Motor Inn, Fort Garland  slvguide.com/COSTILLA/LODGING.HTM
3.  Blanca RV Park, Blanca  slvguide.com/COSTILLA/CAMPGROUND.HTM
4.  Alamosa Lodging, www.alamosa.org/lodging-and-dining/hotels-and-motels  
5.  Alamosa Camping, KOA, RV Parks  www.alamosa.org/lodging-and-dining/camping  

Retail Stores
1.  Post Commissary, hardware store, plumbing, electrical, lumber, fishing and hunting licenses and supplies, 29377 Highway 159, Fort Garland (719) 379-3518, M-Sat 8am-5pm www.postcommissary.com/
2.  Family Dollar, Store #8102, 901 Hwy 159, San Luis (719) 672-0377, M-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-9pm, weekly ads, printable coupons, mobile phone coupons



Ski Resorts
1.  Taos Ski Valley, Taos, New Mexico    www.skitaos.org
2.  Red River Ski Area, Red River, New Mexico    www.redriverskiarea.com  

Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Camping, Wildlife Viewing, Bird Watching, Rattlesnakes
(Always check and obey state laws, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) regulations and safety precautions before hunting, fishing, camping, hiking or using state wildlife areas, state trust lands or BLM land.  A hunting or fishing license or habitat stamp is usually required.  Do not trespass on private property without owner permission.  Beware of rattlesnakes.)
1.  Colorado State Wildlife Areas Brochure, recreation lands brochure, directions, rules and restrictions cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/Brochure/lands.pdf 
2.  Colorado State Fishing Brochure, rules and restrictions    Colorado State Fishing Brochure
3.  Sanchez Reservoir State Wildlife Area, (map) San Luis, on Ventero Creek, flows into Culebra Creek (Rio Culebra)    wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/WhereToGo/HotSpots/SouthwesternHotSpots.ht  cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/WildlifeAreaMap.aspx
Boating, boat ramp, no water skiing, no hunting, camping prohibited in boat ramp parking area. Public access is currently restricted to fishing.  Fishing for brown trout, catfish, carp, yellow perch, northern pike, walleye.
4.  Sanchez Reservoir information and fishing reports, Colorado Fish Explorer    www.fishexplorer.com/lakedet.asp?lid=2192#rampdet  Sanchez Reservoir Fishing Tips Report
Fishing reports, stocking reports, lake conditions, fishing tips, photos, maps.  Choose free or paid memberships.
5.  Sanchez Stabilization Reservoir, Highway 159, 4 miles southwest of San Luis.  Fed by Culebra Creek, favorite watering hole for wild horses, good fishing for large trout.
6.  Colorado Statewide Fishing Condition Reports  cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/StatewideFishingConditions.aspx  
Sanchez Reservoir is listed under the Southwest Region fishing reports, along with nearby Smith Reservoir, Mountain Home Reservoir, San Luis Lake and the Rio Grande River.
7.  Colorado hunting licenses and information cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Hunt.aspx  
8.  Colorado big game hunting regulations brochure 
9.  SLV elk migration/hunting map 
10.  Colorado fishing licenses and information   cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Fishing.aspx
11.  Mountain Home Reservoir State Wildlife Area, Fort Garland, fishing, boat ramp, rest rooms, wildlife viewing, camping, no water skiing   cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/WildlifeAreaMap.aspx
12.  Smith Reservoir State Wildlife Area, Blanca, fishing, boat ramp, rest rooms, trailer dump station, wildlife viewing, camping, waterfowl hunting, no water skiing, no vehicles within 50 feet of water    cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/WildlifeAreaMap.aspx
13.  Colorado County Birding, great information on bird watching, including San Pedro Mesa (Wild Horse Mesa), Sanchez Reservoir, State Wildlife Areas and more    www.coloradocountybirding.com/county/bird_a_county.php?name=Costilla
14.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Monte Vista office (719) 587-6900  cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/ContactUs.aspx   
15.  Lathrop State Park, west of Walsenburg, fishing, boating, swimming, camping, winter camping, hiking, biking, golf, bird watching, hunting  cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/lathrop 
16.  Colorado Operation Game Thief, Poacher Reporting Hotline, stop criminals, protect wildlife, earn a reward, remain anonymous (877) COLO-OGT  game.thief@state.co.us  
17.  Colorado Snakes, Reptiles, Amphibians Brochure, information and identification from Colorado Division of Wildlife, includes rattlesnake information
18.  Colorado Rattlesnake Management Brochure, information, identification, management and emergency first aid for rattlesnake bite, from Colorado State Parks.
19.  Trinchera Ranch, ranch hunting for deer and elk, Ranching for Wildlife licenses required, Colorado residents only, 4 wheel drive with 4 chains required.
20.  Rio Grande Natural Area (RGNA), BLM, 33 miles along both sides of Rio Grande River from Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge to the New Mexico border.  In planning stage, see management plan for details. 

Firewood, logs
1.  Allpine Lumber, 19456 County Rd 17.2, La Jara, CO 81140  allpinelumber.net
2.  Big R Store, 148 Craft St, Alamosa, CO 81101  www.bigronline.com/alamosa.html
3.  US Forest Service, Rio Grande National Forest, buy permit to cut your own firewood, Conejos Peak Ranger District/BLM Field Office, La Jara, CO (719) 274-5193
4.  Classified ads
5.  Trinchera Ranch, 24492 Trinchera Ranch Rd North, Fort Garland, CO 81133, (719) 379-3263

1.  San Luis Water & Sanitation District, 811 Pedro St, San Luis, CO (719) 672-4100, water is available for sale, $25 minimum for up to 500 gallons, haul your own water.
2.  Sangre de Cristo Water Services at Trinchera Ranch, 24492 Trinchera Ranch Rd North, Fort Garland, CO 81133, (719) 379-3263, will haul water to your location, fees are $100 and up for 1,000 gallons minimum, plus a mileage fee.  
3.  Water wells typically cost $30-$45 per foot to drill.  Wells are more affordable on the valley floor.  On the mesa, some owners harvest rooftop rain water.  Recreational and seasonal properties typically use hauled water, stored in underground tanks (cisterns).
4.  Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR), Division 3, Alamosa, CO (719) 589-6683, water.state.co.us for water well and rooftop rainwater harvesting permits and information
5.  Sanchez Reservoir, water storage levels, graph, last 12 months, graph, last 24 months
6.  Culebra Creek, San Luis, water discharge rate, graph, last 12 months
7.  Mountain Home Reservoir, Fort Garland, water storage levels, graph, last 12 months, graph, last 24 months
8.  Water well depth chart, Costilla County Subdivisions  chart shows average depth of water level in wells completed in various Costilla County subdivisions, based on DWR data (9/2011) for wells approved for Household Use Only (HUO) and domestic use only


Note 1: only a few roads on Wild Horse Mesa have electricity. Some residents use solar power, wind turbine power or gas-powered generators. Power poles, spaced about 300 feet apart, are visible along some main roads. Power pole shadows are visible on some close-up aerial maps.  See Power Pole Shadows on Mesa Drive East  
Note 2: A change in the county codes now requires new power lines to be installed underground.  Costilla County Land Use Code, Section 5.30 Review Criteria, Sub-Section F, Review Criteria for Energy Utilities. Item 4, "Underground Location. County policy is that all energy transmission and service lines shall be placed underground, including line extensions. The County may vary this requirement if the applicant can demonstrate that physical conditions of the site or corridor preclude placing transmission lines underground."
1.  SLV Rural Electric Cooperative, Monte Vista, CO, (719) 852-3538, www.slvrec.com 
2.  Xcel Energy, (800) 895-4999 www.xcelenergy.com 

Radio, TV
1.  KGIW Radio, 1450 AM, Alamosa, Adult Contemporary, local news, sports  Listen Live    www.kgiwkalq.com
2.  KRZA Radio, 88.7 FM, Alamosa, National Public Radio, local programs, Listen Live    www.krza.org  National Public Radio (NPR), regional news, Noticias del Dia, Monday-Friday, 8 AM and 7:30 PM
3.  KENY TV, Alamosa TV,  UHF Ch. 39, Bresnan Cable Ch. 20, local news videos    alamosa.tv    Streaming video    www.livestream.com/kenytv
4.  KSPK Radio, 102.3 FM Walsenburg, 104.1 FM Alamosa, Listen Live    www.kspk.com  Report news: (719) 738-3636, Paul Richards, General Manager paul@kspk.com 
5.  KTAO Radio, 101.9 FM, Taos, New Mexico, Listen Live www.ktao.com
6.  TaosVision, video news and events from Taos    www.taosvision.com
7.  KWUF Radio, 1400 AM, 106.3 FM, Pagosa Springs, Listen Live    www.kwuf.com
8.  Radio Durango, Durango    www.radiodurango.com
9.  KHEN LP Radio, 106.9 FM, Free Range Radio, Salida, low-power 100W community radio for the Upper Arkansas River Valley, member-supported, non-profit, local and national programs, recording of City Squawk program with Mayor Chuck Rose is on website, Listen Live  www.khen.org  
10.  San Luis Valley Television, SLV TV, channel guide and map, offers 15 digital TV broadcast channels, from transmitters on San Antonio Mountain, NM, site elevation: 10,896 feet, omni-directional antenna, site location: 36-51-25.0 N, 106-01-12.0 W, service is funded by six-county SLV County Commissioner Association.  SLV TV, Inc President Jim Horton, (719) 843-5883, jameshorton@centurytel.net, 322 Walnut St, La Jara, CO 81140, (719) 588-6310

Newspapers, News, Publishers, Blogs
1.  San Luis Valley Dweller, Antonito    www.slvdweller.com    (inactive, ran from 2002 to 2011, by brothers Michael & Ronald Rael) SLV news, events, information and webcams in a blog format.  
1A.  San Luis Valley, Google+ Community, started Feb 2013, by Michael Rael, SLV articles, photos, videos https://plus.google.com/communities/112163955132394789844 
2.  Valley Courier, Alamosa newspaper    www.alamosanews.com  news feed www.alamosanews.com/News.xml Report news: (719) 589-2553, news@alamosanews.com 
3.  Monte Vista Journal, Monte Vista newspaper    www.montevistajournal.com
  news feed http://www.montevistajournal.com/Front.xml 
4.  Del Norte Prospector, Del Norte newspaper    www.delnorteprospector.com  news feed http://www.delnorteprospector.com/TopStories.xml 
5.  The Signature, La Veta newspaper    www.signaturenewspaper.com
  news feed not found
6.  Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo newspaper    www.chieftain.com  www.chieftain.com/news/region/sanluis/   news feed www.chieftain.com/XMLServer/?pub=PuebloChieftain&section=/News/ 
7.  Daily Record, Cañon City newspaper    www.canoncitydailyrecord.com  news feed http://feeds.canoncitydailyrecord.com/mngi/rss/CustomRssServlet/49/244843.xml 
8.  Huerfano Journal, Huerfano County news, Walsenburg    huerfanojournal.com  news feed not found
9.  Conejos County Citizen, La Jara newspaper    www.conejoscountycitizen.com
news feed http://www.conejoscountycitizen.com/TopStories.xml 
10.  Antonito News, La Voz de la Gente, The Voice of the People, Conejos County, started Aug 2015  www.facebook.com/AntonitoNews 
11.  Trinidad Chronicle-News, Trinidad newspaper    www.thechronicle-news.com  news feed http://www.thechronicle-news.com/search/?q=&t=article&l=100&d=&d1=&d2=&s=start_time&sd=desc&nsa=eedition&c[]=news,news/*&f=rss 
12.  Trinidad Times Independent, Trinidad newspaper    www.trinidad-times.com  www.facebook.com/TrinidadTI 
13.  The Taos News    taosnews.com  news feed not found
14.  San Luis Valley (SLV) Junction    www.slvjunction.com
15.  La Sierra Publications, 401 W Church Place, San Luis (719) 672-3356
16.  Costilla County Free Press, 120 Main St, San Luis (719) 672-3764  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Costilla-County-Free-Press-Newspaper/169379226410430 
17.  Pagosa Sun, Pagosa Springs newspaper    www.pagosasun.com
18.  Pagosa Daily Post, online community magazine, Pagosa Springs    www.pagosadailypost.com
19.  Durango Herald, Durango newspaper    www.durangoherald.com
20.  The Mountain Mail, Salida newspaper  www.themountainmail.com 
21.  The Salida Citizen, online news by Salida volunteers  SalidaCitizen.com 
22.  The Chaffee County Times, Buena Vista newspaper  ChaffeeCountyTimes.com 

Property Owners Associations, Blogs, Community Forums, Groups, Subdivisions
1.  San Luis Valley Property Owners, Yahoo! Group    groups.yahoo.com/group/San_Luis_Valley_Property_Owners/
2.  Sangre de Cristo Ranch Owners Association (SCRO)   sdcro.com Sangre de Cristo Ranches (SDCR) (area map), east of Fort Garland, Colorado
3.  Forbes Park Land Owners' Association (FPLOA), Colorado    www.forbespark.org 
in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, east of Fort Garland, Colorado.
4.  Forbes Park Friends Blog [ended May 2011]   
5.  Forbes Park Coalition website and blog, created by Forbes Park landowners fpcoalition.org 
6.  Forbes Wagon Creek Ranch Owners' Association (FWCROA)   users.gojade.org/forbeswagoncreek   in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, east of Fort Garland, Colorado.
7.  Zapata Homeowners Association, north of Blanca, near Great Sand Dunes    zapatahomeowners.org
8.  San Luis Valley Ranches, (Larwill Ranches) north and south of Highway 160, near Blanca, real estate sales website with subdivision and local information
9.  Rio Grande Ranches, (Larwill Ranches) south of Highway 142, along Rio Grande River, west of San Luis, real estate sales website with subdivision and local information
10.  SLV Junction, community bulletin board and free classified ads for SLV and surrounding area, from Alamosa
11.  SLV Junction Facebook page, started in December 2009
12.  San Luis Valley Community Forum on Boards.net, administered by Scott Yancey from Aurora, Colorado, started January 2014

Builders, Buildings, Permits, Contractors, Construction, Excavating, Well Drillers, Septic, Solar
1.  Growing Spaces, geodesic dome solar greenhouse kits, Pagosa Springs
2.  Crestone Solar School    www.crestonesolarschool.com  Certificate workshops on solar heating and natural building design.
3.  Costilla County registered contractors list 
4.  Costilla County Land Use Code 
5.  Costilla County Planning and Zoning, (719) 672-9109, planningandzoneinfo@costillacounty-co.gov
6.  Costilla County permits, Planning and Zoning office
7.  Costilla County Code Enforcement, Planning and Zoning office

Schools, Colleges, Universities
1.  Centennial School District R-1, 909 Main St., San Luis (719) 672-3322, funding was approved March 19, 2009 by Colorado State Board of Education for a new school, for grades PK-12, under the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant program.
2.  Centennial High School Rams Sports, basketball, volleyball    www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/NTk62sj1IUq3RlJwVwepRg/centennial-rams/home.htm
3.  Sierra Grande School, 17523 E Highway 160, Blanca, CO 81123, (719) 379--3257
4.  Adams State University, Alamosa    www.adams.edu
5.  Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad and Alamosa    www.trinidadstate.edu
6.  Colorado State University (CSU) Extension, Monte Vista (719) 852-7381, La Jara (719) 274-5200   www.ext.colostate.edu 

History, Archaeology, Geology
1.  San Luis Valley Archaeological Network    slvarchaeo.net 
2.  Culebra River Villages of Costilla County, Village Architecture and its Historic Context, History Colorado (formerly Colorado Historical Society)

Ecology, Environment, Conservation, Water, Natural Resources
1.  San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC)    www.slvec.org
2.  Southwest Conservation Corps, Los Valles Youth Corps, Salida, CO,  a crew of young adults ages 16 to 25, completed work on the 1.5 mile Greenbelt Trail in the Greenbelt Recreation Area, northeast of San Luis, on Balleroy Road, using $13,355 in grant funding awarded in 2011 from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)

SLV Heritage, Attractions, Relocation Information
1.  Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area  includes Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla Counties
2.  SLV Heritage    www.slvheritage.com
3.  Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, National Park Service    www.nps.gov/grsa/parknews/sangre-de-cristo-nha.htm 
4.  SLV Relocation Guide   PDF file for newcomers, from Valley Publishing, Monte Vista
5.  Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, narrow-gauge, coal-fired steam engine trips between Antonito, CO and Chama, NM, scenic mountain trip with history, wildflowers, wildlife, trestle, gorge, loops, daily trips, special moonlight trains, May thru October

New Mexico Events and Attractions
1.  TaosWebb    www.taoswebb.com    visitor's guide to northern New Mexico
2.  Red River Chamber of Commerce    redrivernewmex.com
3.  Questa Chamber of Commerce    www.questavecindad.org 
4.  Taos Mountain Casino    taosmountaincasino.com 
5.  Rio Grande Gorge Bridge  YouTube video 650 feet above the Rio Grande River
6.  New Mexico Tourism Department    www.newmexico.org 
7.  North Central New Mexico Tourism    northcentralnm.com 
8.  Cottonwood Meadow Ranch, 70 acre ranch in Amalia on the Rio Costilla, 4 miles east of Shamrock gas station in Costilla, working ranch with seasonal gardens, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, rabbits, trout fishing, vacation cabin rentals, wildlife, ranch tours.   Jim and Sheree Jarell (575) 586-2143, cottonwoodmeadow@gmail.com 

Art, Artists
1.  Ventero Open Press Fine Arts, 316 Main St, San Luis, art gallery, workshops, Open Mic Night entertainment
2.  Randy Pijoan, local artist that operates Ventero Press
3.  Coyote Arts Network (CAN), non-profit promoting and teaching art to local school children
4.  Dreampower Art Works, Jaroso, local artists Kathy Park and Henry Woolbert
5.  Rio Costilla Studio Tour, Costilla, NM, annual tour, September



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