Surface rights are added to the existing well rights now comprising approximately 2,700 acre feet of water annually.
Extensive water rights highlight this ranch in the fertile San Luis Valley, making it one of the last of its kind. This ranch includes six wells court decreed at a total of 1,440 gallons per minute, with four of those six wells being artesian. The largest is decreed at 1,000 gallons per minute, and is a free flowing warm water artesian well. In addition to these substantial ground water rights, the parcel also includes significant surface rights. Included are 3 3/8 shares of the Costilla Ditch Company, with each share allocated to irrigate 160 acres. The ranch is currently set up for flood irrigation, however a pivot system off the large well is also possible. Over 2 miles of new fencing has recently been installed, and there are two irrigation and livestock ponds fed from the wells. Year round County road access is in place with over one mile of road frontage, and electric service has recently been installed.
Numerous improvements exist, however, they have not been is use for the last ten years and are in need of maintenance and repair. There is an original 700 sq. ft. log cabin homestead built in the late 1800s which is weather tight but requires renovation to be habitable. Also included are two wood sheds, a 1,800 sq. ft. metal roofed barn with dirt and concrete floors, corals, two forty foot storage containers, and enclosed work area between the containers.
The ranch is located in Alamosa, Colorado, in the San Luis Valley, nestled between the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range to the East, the San Juan Mountains to the West, and the La Garitas Mountains to the North. It is about a 10 mile drive North and East of the City of Alamosa, which is the County seat. The ranch is 200 miles South of Denver, 120 miles West of Pueblo, 145 miles East of Durango, and 100 miles North of Taos, New Mexico.
The topography of the ranch is flat with slightly rolling pasture and an average elevation of approximately 7,500.
The climate in the Valley is dry, with an average of 330 days of sunshine, 6-8 of rainfall, and 30 of snowfall annually.
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