Another fantastic property from Mile High Rural Land
A 0.84 Acre Lot with breathtaking views of the San Luis Valley and the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Take advantage of our seller financing option and pay the property off in 3 years:
Term: 3 years, Payment: $89/mo, Interest rate: 0%. Total price, $3,204.00. All you need to do to get the process started is make a one-time document processing fee of $299. HOA is $14/mo, which we will invoice you for annually ($144.00) and pay until you pay off the loan, then you can take over that payment directly. Or you can pay $1,997.00 cash discount and own the property today.
The Zapata subdivision was carved out of the Medano-Zapata Ranch, a 100,000-acre ranch in the San Luis Valley, in the mid-1970s, by a developer who had the vision of an Aspen-like community in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos.
Parcel Location: 207 Navajo Rd, Mosca CO. 81146
GPS Coordinates: 37.639655, -105.550963
Zapata Unit 2 Lot 1 Blk 41 .84ac Including An Undivided Interest In Common Property Jttd B 465 P 240 6-10-93
After the initial creation of the Zapata subdivision, development was slow and gradual. Of the original 900+ lots that were plotted, today the Zapata has around 70 homes, roughly half of which are full-time residences. The community is quiet, well-maintained and the homes scattered throughout the 1000 acres that make up the subdivision boundaries, affording solitude and open views.
Most of us have moved to the Zapata because of its quiet and its wildness.
— KB, fulltime Zapata resident
The San Luis Valley
The San Luis Valley, North America’s largest alpine valley, sits on the south-central border of Colorado and New Mexico, beginning just above of Taos, NM and extending north to Poncha Pass, near Villa Grove, CO. Highways 160 (east-west) and 285 (north-south) are the region’s primary transportation veins.
Zapata is located at the eastern edge of the valley, at the junction of Highway 150 and Lane 6 North — about 15 miles east of the town of Mosca and five miles south of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
The San Luis Valley sits at about 7,500 feet above sea level, in a semi-arid region ringed on all sides by mountains. The climate is dry and temperate for three seasons, with sunny, warm, pleasant summers and cool, breezy springs and falls. Winters can be harsh, with daytime temperatures averaging in the 20s and often dipping well below zero at night. Snowfall is common from October through April and accumulates in the foothills and mountains (including Zapata), usually melting off quickly in the lower elevations.
GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE
Just north of Zapata is one of North America’s largest dune fields, and one of the most biologically diverse parks in the United States. Miles of drifting, changing, ethereal dunes stretch out in every direction and soar as high as 700 feet above visitors. In the lush landscape surrounding the dunes, mule deer, elk, black bears, mountain lions, coyotes, eagles, hawks and other wildlife share the park with more than 300,000 visitors each year. Many of these animals share a community backyard with Zapata residents.
More information about the park
MOSCA AND HOOPER
These two small, rural towns on State Highway 17 serve as the gateway to Zapata and the Great Sand Dunes for travelers coming from points north. Mosca is home to the Colorado Gator Park and the Mosca Pit Stop – a convenience store, gas station and popular, local watering hole. Just north of Mosca near Hooper is the famed UFO Watchtower, a collection of other-worldly memorabilia and a raised platform for prime outer space viewing. Hooper is also home to the Sand Dunes Swimming Pool – a family-friendly, geothermal swimming and soaking experience.
Called the Hamlet of the San Luis Valley, Crestone is a small but active arts community on the north side of the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Holistic living, eco-building, solar power and other modern, back-to-the-land values are popular here, as is a connected community devoted to artisan culture.
BLANCA, FORT GARLAND, AND SAN LUIS
This trio of small towns on the southeastern edge of the San Luis Valley has a rich Hispanic history visible in their architecture and community events. Blanca’s two small grocers are a popular place for Zapata residents to stop for the basics, and the community center along US Route 160 between Blanca and Fort Garland offers residents an array of fitness and educational opportunities at low cost.
San Luis, just a few miles from the New Mexico border, is seeing a resurgence in its arts and cultural community. Between these three towns, there’s no shortage of hometown-style diners – both Mexican and American – to choose from.
ALAMOSA AND MONTE VISTA
The business and cultural center of the San Luis Valley, Alamosa is home to just under 10,000 people, dozens of dining options, several hotels, retail stores, grocery stores, parks, galleries, the fabled Rio Grande and its namesake, the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.
Despite being just half that size, Alamosa’s sister city, Monte Vista, is also bustling, with a charming, active downtown, a rural livestock events center and a wildlife refuge that’s home to some 25,000 migrating Sandhill Cranes each spring and fall.
Find out more about these and other San Luis Valley communities and attractions
Other unique facts and fables about the area
The San Luis Valley covers an area of about 8,000 miles, about the size of the state of Connecticut, but its total population is less than 50,000.
The valley’s economic engines are tourism and agriculture. Potatoes and barley are the main crops.
There are more than 500 known artists living in the San Luis Valley today.
Native American legend holds that the San Luis Valley is the site of “Sipapu,” or place of emergence. They believe their ancestors gathered to this special place to be led underground and await the cleansing of the earth and the coming of the new world. It’s believed that the exact spot of Sipapu is near the San Luis Lakes, not far from Zapata.
Eighty acres of fields outside Mosca are now home to the largest solar installation of its kind in North America.
Zapata is a small, gated mountain community in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley, with about 950 homesites freckling the western slope of Blanca Massif.
Most lots range from .8 acres to 1.5 acres and enjoy a combination of sun and shade from plentiful pinon, evergreen, aspen and cottonwood trees. Residents enjoy the use of two stocked lakes, a large, year-round stream and numerous hiking and recreation opportunities.
Zapata looks out over the expansive valley to the San Juan mountains on its far western edge, and residents enjoy colorful sunsets and some of the most striking views in the area. The dramatic, ever-changing dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve are visible from many lots and common areas, and enchanting Zapata Falls is just down the road to the south. Across the street from the gated Zapata entrance is the historic Zapata Ranch, owned by the Nature Conservancy and operated by Ranchlands.
Zapata has an active homeowner’s association that governs its development.
The San Luis Valley enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.
Alamosa often makes the list of coldest spots in the U.S. each winter, with temperatures sometimes diving as low as -50. (Because of inversion, the Zapata enjoys temperatures that average 10-20º warmer than Alamosa in the winter, and 10-20º cooler in the summer.)
The Zapata Homeowners Association strives to keep our community connected and our amenities functioning so that living on the edge of a wilderness doesn’t always feel so….wild.
The ZHA provides trash removal for residents and their guests. A dumpster is located at the front entrance of the subdivision. We ask that you recycle as much as possible (Alamosa has a recycling center) and that no hazardous materials be placed in the dumpster. The dumpster is bear proof — but only effective if the doors are slid shut and secured with the cotter pin. We remind residents to never store trash outdoors or in a vehicle on your property as it will attract bears and other animals.
Recycling is available in Alamosa at the Rickey Recycling Center 1130 Old Airport Road. Find hours, directions and details here.
Mailboxes are located at the entrance of the subdivision. Residents must go to the Mosca post office to set up a mailbox and receive a key.
UPS/Fed Ex Drop Off
UPS and Fed Ex deliver to the ZHA, either to the door or to a common drop site.
Fishing is allowed at the upper and lower lakes for property owners and their guests only. Each spring (funds permitting) the lakes are stocked with trout. However, the property owner or his guest must carry a ZHA issued the fishing permit when fishing in one of the lakes. Fishing permits are sent in the quarterly newsletter. More detailed fishing regulations are described in a policy.
Greenbelts and other common property
The ZHA owns and maintains greenbelts and other common property on the subdivision. Property owners are encouraged to enjoy the greenbelts. To help preserve the greenbelts there are a few guidelines for use as detailed in the ZHA policies. Please familiarize yourself with these policies and the location of the greenbelts. Some, but not all, are marked with posts. Greenbelts are marked on the subdivision map. Contact the Welcome Committee for your copy of the subdivision map.
THE WILDER SIDE
Predators: mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, weasels, and black bear Ungulates: elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep
Squirrels: Abert (with tufted ears), rock (with spotted back), and red squirrels Rodents: golden-mantled ground squirrels, chipmunks, pack rats, voles, kangaroo rats Others: shrews, raccoons, skunks, rabbits
Birds abound in the area, especially in spring, summer, and fall.
Raptors: redtail hawks, great horned owls, northern goshawk, Cooper’s hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, northern harrier, and saw-whet owl
Songbirds: western tanagers, hermit thrushes, chickadees, bushtits, Steller’s jays, Piñon Jays, Clark’s Nutcrackers, woodpeckers, sapsuckers, flickers, 3-4 types of hummingbirds, flycatchers, grosbeaks, towhees, sparrows, swallows, and swifts.
Complete lists can be obtained from the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge, or the Forest Service.
For complete details regarding building, well permits, etc. go to the Zapata homeowners dot org site. (CL does not allow links).