Costilla County, Colorado

Sangre De Cristo Ranches

Acreage Range 5.02-5.12 Acres
Price Range $12,000-$15,000
Photograph of Hemingway Land Company property

Notes about Purchasing

The page you are currently reading is what we like to call a "master information page" which we create for subdivisions where we have a larger volume of inventory than normal. We provide this as a way to concentrate all of the available information about this region, and the properties within it, into one page where buyers can better learn about the zoning, road conditions, availability of utilities and any of the other salient details we feel a prospective landowner would want to know. We also use this page as a way to present important details about all of the available properties within the region, this way potential buyers won't have to click from listing to listing.

For anyone interested in purchasing land in the subdivision profiled here, we encourage you to read over the information provided to better compare and contrast individual listings and ultimately choose the one that is best for you. While you cannot purchase a specific property on this page, the table of available listings linked below will give you the opportunity to navigate to individual listings pages, where payments options will be presented, and purchases can be made.

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Subdivision Details

Location & Size


The Sangre De Cristo Ranches is a sprawling rural subdivision found just outside Fort Garland where the high plains desert of the San Luis Valley meets the foothills of the surrounding mountain territory.

This community extends roughly twelve miles from Fort Garland south along the 159 and another twelve miles east along Highway 160 and spans over 60,000 acres in between. In addition, it is also home to the Mountain Home Reservoir and State Wildlife Area.

Costilla County, Colorado

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Fort Garland

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Legal Information


When we speak of property we typically use an address -- 123 Main Street for instance. 

As most vacant land does not have a physical address, however, county governments will identify it in other ways, such as a "legal description", a parcel number or a tax code. The information provided in the table to the right are the ways in which the various state and county agencies will identify this specific parcel of land. These signifiers are important to have when speaking with these agencies - whether they be the assessor, the zoning office, or even the local utilities - and may prove invaluable when initiating conversations about whatever research a buyer intends to do.

Whenever one exists or has been assigned to the land, the physical address will be included in this table.

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Access & Utilities


Roads & Access: All roads throughout Sangre De Cristo Ranches consist of graded dirt and gravel, are County-maintained and can be navigated by any vehicle type. 

Power & Utilities: While residential power lines and underground utilities can be found in pockets of the subdivision typically close to already established home sites, the vast majority of land in this region is not serviced by local utilities. Because of this, anyone looking to develop property in this region is encouraged to research alternative energy sources such as solar panels. Anyone looking to investigate the costs associated with connecting power in this region is encouraged to contact the San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, the utility company which services this region.


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All Roads Are County-Maintained

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By Well or Holding Tank

Septic Or Alternative System

Zoning & Restrictions


Zoning: Properties in the Sangre De Cristo Ranches are zoned E-R or Estate Residential, a designation which allows for residential areas developed at a higher density and where agricultural use is of incidental value. To learn more about the ER Zoning Designation, please see the attached PDF.

No HOA: While the Sangre De Cristo Ranches has an Owner's Association, it serves less as a governing body to enforce rules and more as a group tasked with arranging events which foster community pride. In short, it's an organization which has no say over how you use your land, inclusion in their ranks is voluntary and there are no mandatory dues associated with land ownership here. To learn more about this organization you can visit their website or their Facebook page.

Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions: When the Sangre De Cristo Ranches subdivision was created in the early 1970's, the developer drew up a set of covenants and restrictions to run with the land. While most of these are what we like to refer to as "reasonable, good neighbor restrictions" dealing primarily with the disposal of trash and prohibitions on excess noise, there are a few covenants that deal with acceptable structures for the region as well as minimum square footage requirements of those structures. Because of this, anyone considering purchasing the land is encouraged to review the Sangre De Cristo Ranches Covenants and Restrictions document found here.

Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions, Cont'd: Notable restrictions enumerated in the above linked document include: Minimum square footage requirements are 600 sqft for a one-story dwelling and 800 sqft for a two-story dwelling. All construction must be completed within one year from the time of ground-breaking.

Short-Term RV Use:  It should be noted that short-term camping, meaning up to fourteen days per three consecutive months, is allowed within this region. Anything longer than that will require a "long-term camping permit" which can be obtained from the Costilla County Planning & Zoning Department.

Long-Term RV Occupancy: Long-term RV Occupancy, typically done during construction of a permanent dwelling, generally requires both a hookup to an approved On-Site Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) as well as a well permit or cistern installed. The cost for the Long-Term permit is $350, is valid for 90 days and may be renewed for up to 18 months. It should also be noted that RV inspection is required before this permit will be issued.

Estate Residential (ER)

No Formal HOA, Only An Owner's Organization


$25.00 Voluntary

1 Year From Ground-Breaking

Title Info


Free & Clear




Yes - Insured Through Allpine Title Company

Warranty Deed



Helpful Links


The Hemingway Land Company does our best to represent the properties we list as accurately as possible. Our research, however, will always be limited. 

Because of this, included in the table to the right is a list of the relevant state and county governments, agencies and authorities as well as local utilities (and all their respective websites and contact information) which should help to answer any questions a buyer may have about developing this specific property.

Whenever possible it is best to speak with these agencies first as they will always be a far greater source of information about the local region and the regulations which govern it. 

(719) 937-7670
(719) 937-7668
(719) 852-3538
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(303) 866-3581



Mountain Home Reservoir: Located within the Sangre De Cristo Ranches is Mountain Home State Wildlife Area. This region, which includes a 130-acre lake stocked with rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout is an ideal spot for fishing in the spring and summer months and ice fishing during the winter. It should be noted, however, that while there are four boat ramps here, the lake is only a fishing lake and not a place where one might take a speed boat or jet ski.

Blanca Peak and Mt. Lindsey: Situated due north of the Sangre De Cristo Ranches are Blanca Peak and Mt. Lindsey, both of which overlook most every parcel in this region and will provide a stunning backdrop to your new home or seasonal campsite.

Elevation: The elevation within Sangre De Cristo Ranches tends to graduate from 8,000 feet in the western regions of the subdivision to 8,300 in the east.

Unit Map: The Sangre De Cristo Ranches subdivision consists of over 9,000 lots spread across 64 Units of land. Each Unit is home to roughly 140 parcels.

Average Lot Size: Land in Sangre De Cristo Ranches was originally subdivided into generously portioned 5 acre parcels. While there will always be anomalies in the plat and some parcels may be larger, the vast majority will be 5 acres.

Subdivision FAQ

Only where indicated on the above property list. If we have two or more properties that are next to one another we will always sell them that way as they are normally more valuable than if sold separately. 

No. If they were adjacent, we’d combine them into one listing.

No. If you look at the property list on this page, you’ll see the Legal Descriptions of the properties. These are written logically. Unit 1, Block 1, Lot A would be adjacent to Unit 1, Block 1, Lot B. So on and so forth. If you’re looking at two properties wondering if they’re adjacent - or even close by - simply review the legal descriptions or their locations on the map.

No. This entire area was subdivided over fifty years ago into 5 acre lots. While there are anomalies in the plat that might allow for a 6, 7 or 8 acres, the standard way to get something larger is to purchase adjacent lots. In the rare circumstance we have adjacent lots totaling larger amounts of acreage it will be clearly indicated on the above property list.

Highly unlikely. But if it’s that important to you we’d encourage you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter or YouTube channel. New properties debut on our site every Friday and are announced in those platforms first. By subscribing to either, you’ll be among the first to know should we ever have a listing like that.

No. That’s what the website, the email blast and the YouTube channel are for. 


Roads throughout Sangre De Cristo Ranches are County-maintained, meaning as long as the weather is good they can be navigated in any vehicle type.

Yes, they are linked on this page as well as each property's individual listing page under the Zoning and Restrictions tab.

This region is zoned ER or Estate Residential. For more details on what this entails as well as acceptable uses for land in this region, please see the Zoning and Restrictions tab on either this page or any of the individual listing pages for properties in this region.

Both are acceptable but only for fourteen days at a time in a three month period.

RVs can not be used a permanent dwelling.

If you have a building permit, however, you can RV on the land for longer periods while you’re constructing your permanent residence.

For specific questions about zoning, building plans or the permitting process, buyers are encouraged to contact the Costilla County Planning & Zoning Department.

There is but not up and down each road and not on every parcel. For notes on the presence (or lack thereof) of power on a given property, please refer to that property's individual listing page and check the Access & Utilities tab.

Questions like this are best addressed to well driller local to the region. They will always have a far better sense of viability, logistics and cost than we ever could.

Having no first-hand experience with it ourselves, we can’t speak to this issue directly. That being said, we’ve had our photographer as well as a number of buyers scout properties in this region, and no one has ever reported any problems using their smart phones to locate the lots. 

Yes. Please do. We encourage anyone who’s going to buy from us to view the land they’re interested in prior to purchase.

No. We’re investors, not realtors. Additionally, we have no office in Colorado nor staff on standby waiting to give people guided tours.

It’s easy. Each listing page will have an interactive map you can study to locate both the property as well as the best route to take to access it. In addition, there are a number of mapping apps which can help with locating vacant land or land which doesn't have a formal address. LandID (formerly MapRight) is one our photographers use all the time and recommend highly. 

In addition, anyone purchasing from us will be provided with GPS coordinates for the four corner points and center of the parcel. While these are not a substitute for having the land professionally surveyed, they can provide a reasonable sense of the property's location.


Not recently and not by us, no.

This entire region was platted out years ago. Stakes or pins may have been used to mark property boundaries but it’s questionable they still exist or can be found. While they may be there, we’re not making that guarantee to our buyers.

The GPS coordinates we give you to locate the lots are fairly accurate and should get you to a location that will give you an excellent sense of precisely what chunk of land it is that you’d be buying. For a specific sense of where the lot begins and ends, it is ultimately best to hire a local surveyor.

Three reasons:

1 - For our purposes of creating listings, we have software that tells us everything we need to know about the property’s size, shape and location.

2 - We never know if our end buyer will want or require a survey.

3 - If the survey costs us $1,000 we’re simply going to goose the price of the land $2,000. Hence, it’s ultimately cheaper for the buyer to pay for the survey themselves.

Plat Maps for each property are provided on their individual listing pages. 

No. And even if we could create such a thing it would require updating on an all-too-frequent basis to be convenient for us.

Simply click the ‘Buy Now’ button at the top of the listing page of the property that interests you most. All properties can be purchased with a credit or debit card and some properties are offered with affordable financing options.

Yes. Anyone who wants to close through a title company is welcome to do so. 

Please Note: Anyone electing to fund and close their purchase this way will be required to make a NON-REFUNDABLE $500.00 Earnest Money Deposit.

For more on the Buying process please visit our How It Works - Buying From Us page.

Yes, though not on all properties.

To see if a specific parcel is being sold with a financing option, it is best to view that property's listing page. All purchasing options will be presented there.

Only if you pay it off as slowly as humanly possible.

Our contracts contain only pre-payment incentives and no pre-payment penalties.

Additionally, every contract will come with some sort of X Number of Days Same-As-Cash provision. For instance, 90 Days Same As Cash.

If you pay us all the money at once, it will be deeded into your name immediately. If you elect to finance the land, we will not deed it into your name until such a time as all the payments have been made. Until that time, the land contract will be the document that demonstrates your equitable interest in the property.

As soon as you give us money, it’s yours to do with as you please.