• Sub-Alpine Parcels are between 8,800 and 9,500 feet
  • Accessible by car or truck nearly year-round
  • Somewhat remote, with hunting areas nearby
  • Many lots feature a combination of tall trees and native brush

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High Country- Memorial Day, 2011 You Tube Video

Colorado Dept. of Wildlife - Hunting Page

Check out FORBES PARK -small parcels between 8,800' and 10,000'

Sangre De Cristo Ranches Alpine Lots are generally above 9,000' in elevation with some as high as 11,600'.  They have seasonal access, usually between Memorial Day and New Year's day. 
Since the temperature drops 3.2 degrees for every 1000' of elevation, it is often up to 20 degrees cooler up there. Precipitation goes up with elevation, and while at 8,500' in our area we have pinons and cedars, tall trees will be found above 9,200' ( Ponderosas, Spruce, Firs and Aspen). Where Alamosa at 7,500' has a high desert climate with only 7" of average annual moisture, the high country will often see 40"-80" of annual precipitation. Alpine flowers will spring up in late June and bloom most of the summer. Trees and grasses are much more lush and green, and the elk and deer head up in the high country as the snow melts and they are driven back down when the snow up there gets too deep. 

There are many cabins up in the high country and some people keep snow-mobiles to access their cabins after snow drifts or deep snow close the roads in December or January. Wolfgang has been coming to Costilla County since 1969 . He does not remember a year, that heavy snows closed the alpine roads in October or November, when the regular elk and deer hunting seasons are held. 
The area is ideal to sit on the porch of a cabin just to cool off when the temperatures in Denver and Colorado Springs get up close to 100 degrees. With over 400 miles of Costilla County maintained roads -- many of them criss-cross the high country. There are plenty of possibilities for riding ATV's and trail-bikes up there. These roads also are great for cross country skiing.

Most of out alpine parcel customers are hunters. They will use their cabin for family outings in the Summer and bring their hunting buddies up there in September for bow hunting and muzzle loading season or during the regular hunting seasons in October and November. The Sangre de Cristo Elk Herd ranges from 4,000-6,000 animals, and hunting is usually good above 10,000'.  There are thousands of acres of Greenbelt available for hunting and with a large parcel with proper terrain and no occupied cabins within 1/4 mile, it is often possible to hunt on your own land. 
Last season, two bulls were taken on our SDCR D-3.  


SDCR has covenants and is designed for residences

It is required to get permits for building from the county - that includes driveways and septic systems

There is no regulation which prohibits camping, but sanitation and open fires are an issue.  

You must follow the county regulations 

We urge all prospective buyers to read the covenants thoroughly and be familiar with them.  We follow them and we expect you to also, if you purchase from us!

Summer at the top of the World -- From Forbes Rd
View from Jacquez - B-3 Area
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  • Alpine Parcels are between 9,500 and 11,600 feet
  • Accessible by car or truck between Memorial Day and New Year's Day
  • Steep, Remote, Hunting areas
  • Tall trees, lush meadows in places, wildlife

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