Intro: We are an artist couple who love the outdoors. We bought our 40 acre property in the Summer of 2018. Our goal is to gradually turn it into a Sculpture Park. Progress is slow but we are really enjoying the journey and the mountain views!
We bought these 40 acre of land as part of an art project in the Summer of 2018. Our plan is to build a remote sculpture park in the High Alpine Dessert of the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado. Read more...
We bought these 40 acre of land as part of an art project in the Summer of 2018. Our plan is to build a remote sculpture park in the High Alpine Dessert of the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado. We chose this particular patch of land because when you pull in here, the rest of the world seems to melt away. It is a remote location where power-lines don't reach so the vistas of the mountains are completely unobstructed. The imposing mountain views are complimented by a more subtle beauty of the sandy desert floor creating a perfect backdrop for sculpture.
This is an arid environment. The landscape has small dunes throughout sections of it and is lined with prickly pear and a variety of native bushes that can handle the cold winters and the strong spring winds as well as the ever present sunshine throughout the year. Depending on where you find yourself on our land, mountain views can be 360 degrees all around, the Sangre de Cristo to the East and the San Juans further to the West. You even get a view of the Sand Dunes which is pretty neat.
We enjoy spending our free time out here, slowly working on bring our sculpture park dream to life. Everything is still in early stages of development but we are close to having our small, three site campground set up. It is a place we initially though would be just for our family and friends and for us to use to use while we work out here but all ideas evolve.
As artists we have a large online following and when we shared that we are building a sculpture park near the Great Sand Dunes National Park, right away people began to ask us if they can come visit us. Our project is very modest and not ready for being an official sculpture park yet but we've decided that we can have a few guests stay at our family camp in the summers. This way we can share the place we love with guests from near and far. Our visitors will help us grow the park as any proceeds from folks staying here will go right back into the park by funding the building of sculpture and trails.
We've built a communal area where in the heat of the day, people can enjoy much needed shade on our patio. Its got a couch and a bar with stools. In that same area there are a couple of Adirondack chairs for viewing the sunrises and sunsets. Near by is a set of corn holes, a basketball hoop and a large checker board to offer additional activities. We hope to add more things like that as we have young son as well as nieces and nephews who visit us here.
Currently we have an outhouse but are in the process of planning for an addition of a septic system and a well which would allow us to build an actual bath house hopefully by 2020.
Below are Few of the Near By Popular Attractions. The San Luis is a very vast part of Colorado and there are many more incredible places to visit but if you only have a couple of days below are are closest options near our place.
*Great Sand Dunes National Park: Climb the dunes or admire them from the many beautiful vantage points in the park and along the Sand Ramp Trail, enjoy Medano Creek in season, hike the Mosca Pass Trail or if you have an appropriate 4x4 vehicle, drive upto Medano Pass.
*Zappata Trails: Take the long hike to Zappata Lakes or the shorter one to the hidden Zappata Falls (note that the road up here is very slow going and to see the waterfalls, you have to walk through a creek so bring water shoes).
*Blanca Peak: Hike to Lake Como or all the way to the summit of Mount Blanca
*Zapata Ranch: A 100,000 acre nature conservancy and working ranch where you can schedule a tour to see a herd of 2,000 bison.
*San Luis Lakes State Wildlife Area: A peaceful park set against the sand dunes, with seasonal lakes and great opportunities for nature walks and fishing.
*Blanca Wetlands: Open from Mid July to Mid February. A secluded wildlife/bird sanctuary perfect for a peaceful work, a great way to appreciate the beauty of the valley.
*Sand Dunes Swimming Pool at Hooper
The above are a few of the areas of interest nearest our property, depending on where you are coming from, the below may be on your way.
There are also three hotsprings near by: Joyful Journey Hot Springs in Moffat, Valley View Hot Springs in Moffat (our favorite - there is also a bat cave you can hike to here) and Splash Land in Alamosa.
Crestone is a neat tiny mountain town with more amazing mountain hikes. Hike North Crestone Creek to South Crestone Lake and North Crestone lake or Willow Creek to Willow Lakes. All these hikes are long but are beautiful dayhikes for those with endurance. They can be extended to climbing a few of the surrounding 14ners.