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  San Luis Valley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
San Luis Valley is a large broad alpine valley in the Rio Grande Basin of south-central Colorado.
The valley is drained to the south by the Rio Grande which rises in the San Juan Mountains to the west of the valley and flows south into New Mexico.
The San Luis Valley is generally considered to be comprised of 6 counties: Saguaghe, Alamosa, Rio Grande, Conejos, Costilla and Mineral.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/San_Luis_Valley   (759 words)

The valley extends south from Poncha Pass to beyond the Colorado-New Mexico state line, and is bordered on the east by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and by the San Juan Mountains and the Continental Divide to the west.
The Colorado gold rush of 1859 passed the valley by, and agriculture remained the primary economic activity in the valley.
All operations of the San Luis Valley Project are subject to the provisions of the Rio Grande Compact of 1938 regulating the development of the waters of the Rio Grande River north of Fort Quitman, Texas.
www.usbr.gov /dataweb/html/sanluis1.html   (5991 words)

 San Luis Valley, Colorado
The San Luis Valley is part of the Rio Grande Rift system that extends from central Colorado southward through New Mexico and West Texas into northern Mexico.
The upper portions of the fans are composed of coarse, cobble and boulder gravel derived from the crystalline mountains.
The sand is blown by prevailing southwesterly wind from alluvial sediments of the San Luis Valley.
academic.emporia.edu /aberjame/field/rocky_mt/zapata.htm   (1404 words)

 San Luis Valley   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
San Luis Valley is a large broad alpine valley in south-central Colorado.
The valley is approximately 122 miles long and about 74 miles wide extending from the Continental Divide on the northwest to the New Mexico state line on the south.
Elevation rises as you go north in the valley to Poncha Pass, used now by US Hiway 285 and historically by the narrow gauge tracks of the D.
usapedia.com /s/san-luis-valley.html   (312 words)

 Colorado - The San Luis Valley
Colorado's San Luis Valley is a vast, high-elevation basin flanked by the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges.
The San Luis Valley has tremendous scenic beauty, rich natural resources, rich history, and diverse ethnic roots, but these also are some of the poorest counties in the state.
The Valley's economic health has become a significant local issue, and because local pride in the resources and beauty of the Valley runs high, community leaders have begun looking for ways to create economic opportunities that are compatible with protection of the Valley.
www.nature.org /wherewework/northamerica/states/colorado/work/art382.html   (535 words)

 SLV Dweller: SLV Historic Photos Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
San Juan Ranch was before known as San Juan City and was the first county seat of Hindsdale County.
Today, the SLV is the largest producer of spring wheat in the state of Colorado.
Undated photo of lambs feeding on a pea field in San Luis Valley near Monte Vista, CO. Feeding peas to animals seems to be a luxury of the past, as seen in this early 1900's photo of pea fed hogs.
www.slvdweller.com /archives/cat_slv_historic_photos.html   (5932 words)

 adventure journalist : the notebook: san luis valley Archives
You know you're in the San Luis Valley when you're driving down long, dusty, unmarked roads to deliver your daughter to her friend's 10th birthday party at an outdoor geothermal pool in the middle of the wide open empty desert, in the dead of a Colorado winter.
The San Luis Valley is one of the highest, and largest, alpine valleys on earth - roughly the size of the state of Connecticut.
The San Luis Valley is said to be the oldest settled area in all of Colorado.
www.adventurejournalist.com /notebook/archives/cat_san_luis_valley.html   (10213 words)

 San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuges - Site Tours and Maps - Environmental and Conservation Education Council
The Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is a 14,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge that lies the foot of the San Juan Mountains approximately six miles south of the town of Monte Vista.
Water is the lifeblood of the San Luis Valley, and our wetland ecosystems provide a mosaic of life on the arid landscape of the San Luis Valley.
Even then the San Luis Valley was a tapestry of wetland habitats woven by the winding Rio Grande River as well a many naturally occurring springs.
www.slv-ecec.org /sites/almo01.htm   (830 words)

 San Luis Valley Operations   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The remote San Luis Valley of Colorado is host to some interesting railroad activity.
One recent addition to valley operations (2001?) is based in the west yard in Alamosa.
So far I haven't seen the Antonito local nor the San Luis Central in operation, and it would be fun to chase the train through La Veta pass, but timing usually doesn't permit it.
www.geocities.com /drgwlpd2/SLV.html   (899 words)

 San Luis Valley Aquifers - Aquifers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The San Luis Valley aquifer clay cap is 10 to 80 feet thick.
A well drilled into the aquifer beneath the valley into the 30,000 feet of sediment will flow freely from depth, because of this pressure, and such a well is called an artesian well.
Although it is one of the largest in the west, the Stockman water project proposes to pump 200,000 acre feet of water, or 65 billion gallons, out of the rural San Luis Valley.
carbon.cudenver.edu /stc-link/slv/engr3400d.html   (339 words)

 San Luis Valley: SLV Dweller   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It is associated with Valley Artists and encourages the growth of other such sub-groups in the hope of fostering a vibrant arts community in Southern Colorado.
San Luis Valley residents interested in having their household drinking water well water tested for potential contaminants have a choice to attend one of two community meetings to be held May 17 in Alamosa, or May 18 in Monte Vista.
Although this article is not SLV centered, it coins a new title for the San Luis Valley: "Colorado's Biodiesel Breadbasket".
www.slvdweller.com   (2411 words)

 San Luis Valley Project
The San Luis Valley in Colorado is an 8300 km2 area.
The natural vegetation of the San Luis Valley floor is mostly phreatophytes, xerophytes, and some deciduous trees in riparian areas.
The San Luis Valley has been used for agriculture at least since 1630’s when it was settled by the Spanish, but the irrigated area was quite small then.
www.coloradocollege.edu /dept/gy/Faculty/WPhillips/SLV.htm   (2614 words)

 Nature Field Guide :: Nature Project Profiles :: San Luis Valley, Colorado
Water is the highest stake in the San Luis Valley -- for farmers, wetlands and wildlife, and for the towering dunes whose sands are continuously replenished by the flow of water itself.
To stand in the greasewood flats of the San Luis Valley and look eastward to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is a fantastic, otherwordly sight: Pale, sinuous sand dunes twist and rise hundreds of feet in the foreground, a startling contrast to the snow-capped mountains looming behind.
Running 150 miles long and 50 miles wide, flanked by the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountains, it encompasses cottonwood-lined creeks, shrubby expanses of rabbitbrush and sagebrush, shallow lakes, piƱon and juniper hillsides, forests of aspen, pine and spruce, and the strange sand dunes themselves.
www.nature.org /wherewework/fieldguide/projectprofiles/slv.html   (530 words)

 Valley Community Fund   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Valley Community Fund (VCF) is a non-profit agency in southern Colorado's San Luis Valley.
Volunteer Connections of the San Luis Valley is a volunteer center run under the guidance and support of Valley Community Fund.
All the inforamtion is avaliable in the San Luis Valley by dialing 2-1-1 or on a cell phone dial 589-0211, Monday - Friday from 8 am - 5 pm.
www.vcfvolunteering.org   (180 words)

 San Luis Valley Regional Airport - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
San Luis Valley Regional Airport / Bergman Field
San Luis Valley Regional Airport (IATA: ALS, ICAO: KALS), also known as Bergman Field, is a public airport located 2 miles (3 km) south of the city of Alamosa, in Alamosa County, Colorado.
San Luis Valley Regional Airport covers 1,700 acres and has two runways:
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/San_Luis_Valley_Regional_Airport   (156 words)

 Tomorrow: San Luis Valley: Can the Internet Help Improve Rural Economies?
The Valley is isolated by the 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo range.
Eppie Archuleta, a seventy-four year old weaver in the tiny San Luis Valley town of Capulin, now displays, describes, and sells her weavings via Eppie's Wool Page.
In a few years, it will be time to check back into the San Luis Valley to find out what enduring socal impact, if any, the introduction of the Net brings.
www.well.com /user/hlr/tomorrow/sanluis.html   (542 words)

 Colorado's San Luis Valley
The semi-arid desert valley floor, perched at an elevation of 7,600 feet, averages less than 6 inches of rainfall a year and is completely ringed by majestic mountains, many of which are over 13,000 feet high.
Although no Indians lived in the San Luis Valley full-time, the oldest known continuously inhabited dwellings in North America, the Taos Pueblo, are found at the extreme southern edge of the valley.
The '75 through '78 period in the San Luis Valley reflected what was going on throughout most of the United States and in parts of Canada: Unmarked helicopters buzzing mutilation sites, numerous UFO and anomalous light sightings, widespread press coverage, and a general indifference by federal authorities concerning these baffling crimes.
www.cyberwest.com /cw06/v6alwst1.html   (1392 words)

 The San Luis Valley   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The San Luis Valley of south central Colorado sits at a soaring 7800 feet above sea level.
The Valley extends over 80 miles from north to south and 50 miles from east to west, with dwarfing mountains in three directions.
Water is the lifeblood of the San Luis Valley.
www.r6.fws.gov /alamosanwr/SLV.html   (130 words)

 Sierra Club Opposes Initiatives on San Luis Valley Water   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Stockman's proposal is opposed by residents and farmers in the valley, those who understand the damage it would do to agriculture in the valley and most of the legislature, so the company is trying to side-step the opposition by persuading the voters of the entire state to override it.
Amendment 15 would require groundwater users in the San Luis Valley to have flow meters installed, certified by the state engineer and read monthly by the engineer at the well owner's expense.
This year the legislature passed HB 1011, calling for a study of the complex and unique aquifer of the valley, to ensure that pumping of groundwater would not reduce the water table, drying up native vegetation and streams.
www.rmc.sierraclub.org /pandp/1998-10/slv.htm   (473 words)

 San Luis Valley Cranes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Most of the Rocky Mountain Population of San Hill Cranes breed in the greater Yellowstone area and winter along the middle Rio Grande Valley on the Bosque del Apache NWR near Socorro, New Mexico and in Northern Mexico.
The RMP of Greater Sandhill Cranes spends more time in the San Luis Valley than combined time at their wintering and breeding grounds.
En route, in the SLV, breeding adults begin renewing pair bonds and the juvenile leaves (or is forced out of) the family group.
mountain-prairie.fws.gov /alamosanwr/Cranes.html   (408 words)

 Northern San Luis Valley, Colorado-Cabins, Lodging, Camping
The San Luis Valley is one of the largest high desert valleys in the world, lying at an altitude of over 7,000 feet.
Surrounded by the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains to the east and the San Juan mountains to the west, the valley is the size of Connecticut.
A peaceful spa retreat, where the healing waters flow, at the northern gateway to the San Luis Valley in Mineral Hot Springs, CO. All pools are natural mineral water with no chemical treatment of any kind.
www.coloradodirectory.com /northernsanluisvalley   (497 words)

 San Luis Valley. The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000
San Luis Valley, in S Colo. and N N.Mex., irrigated area, extending S from E Saguache co., through Alamosa, Conejos, and Cortilla cos.
Bounded E by Sangre de Cristo Mts., N by Sawatch Mts., W by San Juan Mts.; watered by Saguache and San Luis creeks in N and by Rio Grande, which flows S through middle of valley.
Chief valley towns: Monte Vista and Alamosa, Colo.; Taos, N.Mex.
www.bartleby.com /69/29/S03829.html   (135 words)

 Bureau of Reclamation - San Luis Valley Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Pike was the last recorded explorer into the valley until 1848, when John C. Fremont entered the valley in search of a rail route through the Rockies.
By 1852, these farmers realized irrigation was necessary, and they constructed the San Luis People's Ditch.
It is hopeful that in the future the water situation under the terms of the Rio Grande Compact will allow irrigators in the San Luis Valley to benefit more fully from the project.
www.usbr.gov /history/sanluisv.htm   (5767 words)

 Colorado's San Luis Valley - Largest High Alpine Valley
Between the 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountains, atop the second largest aquifer on the continent.
You can see the world famous Stations of the Cross in San Luis, oldest city in Colorado, or one of the oldest churches in the state in Conejos.
The San Luis Valley is an unspoiled and largely undiscovered gem in south central Colorado.
www.sanluisvalley.org /alpine.htm   (401 words)

 The San Luis Valley of southern Colorado
Spanning 8,000 square miles, the San Luis Valley is the world's largest alpine valley.
The San Luis Valley sits atop the Rio Grande Rift, a split in the crust of the Earth where the sides are pulling away from each other.
The only surface water to leave the Valley is the Rio Grande itself, flowing to the south along the crack named for it.
sangres.com /places/slv   (337 words)

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