San Luis Valley

The San Luis Valley is an extensive high-altitude basin in the U.S. states of Colorado and New Mexico covering approximately 8,000 square miles (21,000 km2) and sitting at an average elevation of 7,664 feet (2,336 m) above sea level. The valley is a section of the Rio Grande Rift and is drained to the south by the Rio Grande River, which rises in the San Juan Mountains to the west of the valley and flows south into New Mexico. The valley is approximately 122 miles (196 km) long and 74 miles (119 km) wide, extending from the Continental Divide on the northwest rim into New Mexico on the south. The San Luis Valley receives little precipitation and is made up of desert lands, but the temperatures can be very comfortable in the summer and very cold on winter nights.

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Southern San Luis Valley Railroad - History
... The original rail line was incorporated July 3, 1909, as the San Luis Southern Railroad ... Development Company, whose purpose was to develop farm land in Colorado’s San Luis Valley ... Consequently, Costilla Estates never prospered, nor did the San Luis Southern Railroad ...

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