Rio Grande Ranches: The Grand River and the Great Outdoors – Landopia

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Property Summary

Your 4.92 acres lies just north of the Colorado – New Mexico border, in picturesque Costilla County. The famous Rio Grande runs through these parts and is just a short stroll from the property. The highest state is rich in history and spoilt with natural beauty and abundant wildlife. You’ve got the makings of something special here; a fly fishing cabin, a holiday retreat, or the ultimate camping spot.

Whatever lifestyle you’re chasing, you’ve got options for the build. The property is zoned residential, with a minimum build of 600 square feet. Manufactured homes are okay, and as long as the primary structure is a residence, you can build almost anything. Turn that notebook sketch into reality and break ground in Colorado.

It’s common knowledge that Colorado is considered one of (if not the) most beautiful states in the country. But, it might also be the most fun. Costilla County and the surrounding area is a playground of natural wonders. From wetlands and grasslands, to lakes and aspen forests; its beauty is like no other. Hike, rock climb, explore canyons or just observe the abundant wildlife. Fly fishing is perhaps the most popular pastime, and the rivers provide an outstanding habitat for fish including large trout. In recent years efforts have been made to create more public access to the rivers. The goal is to both protect wildlife in the area and connect the Costilla County community to the river.

The Rocky Mountain state is, of course, famous for its peaks, and you have a few to choose from around here. The lonely Ute Mountain can be seen to the south, and the Piñon Hills are just west of the property. Just an hours drive north you’ll find perhaps the areas most iconic natural feature, Mt. Blanca. The peak looms large over the county and is the 4th highest mountain in Colorado (14,345 feet at its peak).

Costilla County is an area dotted with quaint towns and friendly local communities. San Luis is just a 30-minute drive away and is Colorado’s oldest town. Here you’ll find a gas station, hardware store, convenience stores, and even a few classic local restaurants. The quaint farming town of Manassa is also just 25 minutes’ drive away, and Fort Garland is 36 miles to the north. The small towns throughout the county are interesting places to explore, and you can pick up some excellent local arts and crafts, like leatherwork and handmade jewelry.

The property is mostly flat with a slight rise to the west. It’s classic high desert, with low laying vegetation making it ideal for the build. You’ll have sweeping 360 views across the plains, with the Piñon Hills visible to the west. Access is a breeze via a well-worn dirt road on the eastern and southern portion of the property. Water would be a well, water haul, and holding tank or other similar options. There are no power lines nearby, so it could be time to take a page out of Elon’s book and go solar.

Whatever dream you are chasing, Costilla County sure would make a fine setting. From the mountains to the banks of the Rio Grande, you’re surrounded by the great outdoors here. Adventure, solitude, and some of the most dramatic natural beauty in the country. Get high on fresh mountain air, in the highest state.

  • Adventure seekers rejoice – hike, sandboard, ski or rock climb.
  • Fly fishing paradise – trout anyone?
  • Abundant wildlife – hunter, fisher, wilderness watcher. 
  • Location – seclusion, just a short drive from San Luis.
  • Build versatility – manufactured homes are allowed with specific guidelines. 
  • Topography – flat, gently sloping land.
  • 20 miles to San Luis
  • 36 miles to Fort Garland (local shops, pizzeria, dinner, steakhouse)
  • 83 miles to Walsenburg (good range of restaurants, fast food, supermarkets)
  • 136 miles to Santa Fe
  • 176 miles to Colorado Springs municipal airport

Property Details

SubdivisionR.G.R. UNIT 49
Street AddressN/A, Russ Rd, Sanford, CO 81151
CountyCostilla County
Size4.92 Acres
Legal DescriptionR.G.R. UNIT 49 BLK 9 LOT 20 CONT. 5.00 AC
Google Maps
Lat/Long CoordinatesNW: 37.174688, -105.674391
NE: 37.174696, -105.673286
SW: 37.172823, -105.674401
SE: 37.172830, -105.673311
Elevation7,593 feet
Annual TaxesApprox. $98 per year
ZoningVACANT LOT - RESIDENTIAL - Site built home 600sqft min and manufactured homes are ok, no live-in rvs (not allowed in Colorado) for more than 14 days. Long term camping/rv permit can be applied for (60 days - with up to 3 renewals, $200 fee - septic & water required). Please contact Costilla Co, CO Planning & Zoning at ‭(719) 937-7668‬ and/or contact SDRCO at 719-672-3613 to discussing zoning regulations in further detail.
AccessProperty can be accessed via Russ Rd.
SewerWould be by Septic
WaterWould be a well, water haul and holding tank or other similar option
UtilitiesOff grid. Power by solar, wind or generator, Phone by cellular, satellite TV/Internet/Phone

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