Land donated by a prominent rancher in the San Luis Valley is the basis for the USFWS’ Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area.
Colorado's San Luis Valley
Tracing the route back to the campground, it occurred to me that while the stunning dunes are the marquee attraction here, it is up the lonely trails into the preserve that other, forgotten treasures may be found.
At just over 151 square miles, the Baca Ranch ranges in elevation from 7,500 feet on the valley floor to 14,165 feet at the top of Kit Carson Peak.
The dunes, in the San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado, are among the most biologically significant areas in Colorado, where 700-foot-high dunes rise against the backdrop of the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
After two years of relative quiet, reports of unusual activity in the San Luis Valley have increased in recent weeks.