San Luis Valley Web Site Links

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1. Sheriff, Police, Fire, Ambulance, Security

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1.  Costilla County Sheriff 103 Gaspar St, San Luis, CO  dispatch (719) 672-3302, email costillacountyso @
2.  San Luis Police Department, closed, call Costilla County Sheriff
3.  Costilla County Fire Protection District, San Luis dispatch (719) 672-3302
4.  Costilla County Ambulance District, San Luis, dispatch (719) 672-3302
5.  Colorado State Patrol, Alamosa (719) 589-2939, Alamosa
6.  US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Southern Colorado Drug Task Force, Denver Division Office (720) 895-4040
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

2. Hospitals, Health Clinics, Dentist, Pharmacy, Red Cross, First Aid

1.  San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, 49-bed hospital, 106 Blanca Ave, Alamosa (719) 589-2511
2.  San Luis Health Center, medical clinic, pharmacy, WIC, dental clinic, (Valley-Wide Health Systems) 233 Main St, Suite B, San Luis    (719) 672-3352  open M-F 8am-5pm  Conejos County Hospital, 17-bed, emergency care, 19021 US Highway 285, La Jara   (719) 274-5121
4.  Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center, US Highway 160, west of Walsenburg
5.  San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group, 409 Trinchera, San Luis, (719) 589-3671
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, 275 Broadway Ave, Alamosa, (719) 588-5812
9.  Colorado Rural Health Center, Aurora, CO
10. San Luis Valley Health,  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

3. US Post Office

1.  US Post Office13 9th St, San Luis, CO 81152 (719) 672-3968 Hours M-F 8 AM-noon, 1-3 PM, Sat 10 AM – noon, PO Box Access M-Sat 6 AM -6 PM
2.  US Post Office, 313 Highway 159, Fort Garland, CO 81133 (719) 379-3481
3.  US Post Office, 406 Smith St, Blanca, CO 81123 (719) 379-3654

4. Local Government and Community Information

1.  Costilla County Government  2.  Costilla County Government, Phone Directory
3.  Costilla County Information,_Colorado
4.  San Luis information
5.  San Luis information
6.  San Luis information,_Colorado
7.  San Luis Valley information
8.  San Luis Valley information
9.  San Luis Valley Development Resources Group
10.  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.
11.  Wild Horse Mesa Community Center, 18208 Wild Horse Drive, San Luis, social activities for Mesa residents
12.  Costilla County Senior Citizens Club, 400 Gasper St, San Luis (719) 672-3935
13.  Costilla County Biodiesel Plant, behind county shop, 9532 County Rd H, Mesita
14.  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 

5. Airports

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

6. Banks

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

7. Economic Development, Enterprise Zone, Employment

1.  San Luis Valley Enterprise Zone, Enhanced Rural Enterprise Zone, Tax Credits
2.  San Luis Valley Development Resources Group (SLV DRG) Alamosa
3.  Costilla County bio-diesel refinery  9511 County Road H, Mesita, CO
4.  Costilla County Economic Development Council Inc.  PO Box 9, San Luis, CO
81152, (719) 672-0999
5.  San Luis Valley Jobs,, SLV employment, job listings

8. 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 information, news, classes and events from the SLV Local Foods Coalition
5.  Valley Food Co-op blog, 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

9. Churches

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

10. Animal Control and Welfare

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

11. Food, Groceries, Restaurants, Bakeries, Coffee Shops

1.  Cafe Rosa Mystica, 405 Main St, San Luis (719) 672-3550,, 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
5.  San Luis Valley Brewing Company, 631 Main St, Alamosa, microbrewery and restaurant, menu includes locally raised beef and fish
6.   gas stations have convenience stores with basic groceries, sandwiches, snacks and supplies
7.  small local grocery stores include R&R Market and Family Dollar in San Luis, Red Rock General Store in Blanca. big grocery stores and Walmart are in Alamosa

12. Motels, Inns, Lodging, Campgrounds, RV Parks

1.  San Luis Inn Motel, San Luis
2.  Mountain View Motor Inn, Fort Garland
3.  Alamosa Lodging,
4.  San Luis Valley Camping Directory

13. 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
2.  Family Dollar, Store #8102, 901 Hwy 159, San Luis (719) 672-0377, M-Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9am-9pm, weekly adsprintable couponsmobile phone coupons
3.  R&R Market, 367 Main St, San Luis (719) 672-3346, historic business, oldest store in Colorado

14. Ski Resorts

1.  Taos Ski Valley, Taos, New Mexico
2.  Red River Ski Area, Red River, New Mexico

15. 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
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)
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  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
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
8.  Colorado big game hunting regulations brochure
9.  SLV elk migration/hunting map 
10.  Colorado fishing licenses and information
11.  Mountain Home Reservoir State Wildlife Area, Fort Garland, fishing, boat ramp, rest rooms, wildlife viewing, camping, no water skiing
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
13.  Colorado County Birding, great information on bird watching, including San Pedro Mesa (Wild Horse Mesa), Sanchez Reservoir, State Wildlife Areas and more
14.  Colorado Parks and WildlifeMonte Vista office (719) 587-6900
15.  Lathrop State Park, west of Walsenburg, fishing, boating, swimming, camping, winter camping, hiking, biking, golf, bird watching, hunting
16.  Colorado Operation Game ThiefPoacher Reporting Hotline, stop criminals, protect wildlife, earn a reward, remain anonymous (877) COLO-OGT
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 River Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA), (Rio Grande Natural Area) BLM, 33 miles long, 1/4 of a mile along both banks of the Rio Grande River from Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge to the New Mexico border.  In planning stage, see management plan for details. 

16. Firewood, logs

1.  Allpine Lumber, Log Homes, 19456 County Rd 17.2, La Jara, CO 81140
2.  Big R Store, 148 Craft St, Alamosa, CO 81101
3.  US Forest ServiceRio Grande National Forest, buy permit to cut your own firewood, Conejos Peak Ranger District, La Jara, CO (719) 274-8971
4.  Classified ads
5.  Trinchera Ranch, 24492 Trinchera Ranch Rd North, Fort Garland, CO 81133, (719) 379-3263

17. Water

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, 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 monthsgraph, 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 

18. Electricity

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,
2.  Xcel Energy, (800) 895-4999 

19. Radio, TV

1.  KGIW Radio, 1450 AM, Alamosa, Adult Contemporary, local news, sports  Listen Live
2.  KRZA Radio, 88.7 FM, Alamosa, National Public Radio, local programs,  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 Streaming video    4.  KSPK Radio, 102.3 FM Walsenburg, 104.1 FM Alamosa, Listen Live  Report news: (719) 738-3636, Paul Richards, General Manager  5.  KTAO Radio, 101.9 FM, Taos, New Mexico, Listen Live
6.  TaosVisionvideo news and events from Taos    7.  KWUF Radio, 1400 AM, 106.3 FM, Pagosa Springs,
8.  Radio Durango, Durango
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,
10.  San Luis Valley Television, SLV TVchannel 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,, 322 Walnut St, La Jara, CO 81140, (719) 588-6310

20. Newspapers, News, Publishers, Blogs

1.  San Luis Valley Dweller, Antonito    (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 
2.  Valley Courier, Alamosa newspaper Report news: (719) 589-2553,  
3.  Monte Vista Journal, Monte Vista newspaper

4.  Del Norte Prospector, Del Norte newspaper  5.  The Signature, La Veta newspaper  news feed not found 
6.  Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo newspaper   7.  Daily Record, Cañon City newspaper  8.  Huerfano Journal, Huerfano County news, Walsenburg  9.  Conejos County Citizen, La Jara newspaper

10.  Antonito News, La Voz de la Gente, The Voice of the People, Conejos County, started Aug 2015 
11.  Trinidad Chronicle-News, Trinidad newspaper  12.  Trinidad Times Independent, Trinidad newspaper  13.  The Taos News  14.  San Luis Valley (SLV) Junction
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
17.  Pagosa Sun, Pagosa Springs newspaper
18.  Pagosa Daily Post, online community magazine, Pagosa Springs
19.  Durango Herald, Durango newspaper
20.  The Mountain Mail, Salida newspaper
21.  The Salida Citizen, online news by Salida volunteers
22.  The Chaffee County Times, Buena Vista newspaper

21. Property Owners Associations, Blogs, Community Forums, Groups, Subdivisions

1.  San Luis Valley Property Owners, Yahoo! Group
2.  Sangre de Cristo Ranch Owners Association (SCRO) Sangre de Cristo Ranches (SDCR) (area map), east of Fort Garland, Colorado
3.  Forbes Park Land Owners’ Association (FPLOA), Colorado 
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  
6.  Forbes Wagon Creek Ranch Owners’ Association (FWCROA)   in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, east of Fort Garland, Colorado.
7.  Zapata Homeowners Association, north of Blanca, near Great Sand Dunes
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, administered by Scott Yancey from Aurora, Colorado, started January 2014

22. Builders, Buildings, Permits, Contractors, Construction, Excavating, Well Drillers, Septic, Solar

1.  Growing Spaces, geodesic dome solar greenhouse kits, Pagosa Springs
2.  Crestone Solar School  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,
6.  Costilla County permits, Planning and Zoning office
7.  Costilla County Code Enforcement, Planning and Zoning office

23. 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
3.  Sierra Grande School, 17523 E Highway 160, Blanca, CO 81123, (719) 379–3257 
4.  Adams State University, Alamosa
5.  Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad and Alamosa
6.  Colorado State University (CSU) Extension, Monte Vista (719) 852-7381, La Jara (719) 274-5200

24. History, Archaeology, Geology

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

25. Ecology, Environment, Conservation, Water, Natural Resources

1.  San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC)
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)

26. SLV Heritage, Attractions, Relocation Information

1.  Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area  includes Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla Counties
2.  SLV Heritage
3.  Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, National Park Service
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

27. New Mexico Events and Attractions

1.  TaosWebb    visitor’s guide to northern New Mexico
2.  Red River Chamber of Commerce
3.  Questa Chamber of Commerce 
4.  Taos Mountain Casino
5.  Rio Grande Gorge Bridge  YouTube video 650 feet above the Rio Grande River
6.  New Mexico Tourism Department
7.  North Central New Mexico Tourism
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,

28. 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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