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Old 01-22-2011, 10:36 AM
 
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I am working on building and living on my homestead in the san luis valley of colorado. I was wondering if anyone else is doing the same. I just retired and this is my year to start. Sure could use some help finding things in the area, like where to get wood for building and burning.
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:10 PM
 
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I am working on building and living on my homestead in the san luis valley of colorado. I was wondering if anyone else is doing the same. I just retired and this is my year to start. Sure could use some help finding things in the area, like where to get wood for building and burning.
Thanks
Its a lot harder to get your own wood. There is a logger north of Alamosa...Hwy 17? They supply firewood and logs for homes.
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I didn't know you could still homestead land.
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:33 PM
 
Location: N. Colorado
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I didn't know you could still homestead land.

Huh??
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:40 PM
 
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Huh??
Homestead Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

According to that, it was discontinued in the 70s. All lands should have been deeded to the owners by now.
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:47 PM
 
Location: N. Colorado
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It is another word for farming, living off your land, livestock, gardening and such. Nothing to do with deeds, titles and etc.
Even if you own your land here in CO like I do, I still do not own my mineral or water rights. I am lucky to have a full use well for the land and my animals.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:43 AM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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I like that area but I would think you would need a lot more water than a good well could do. What is the rain fall there. I drive through that area from Trinidad to Chama every year.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:11 AM
 
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The San Luis valley is rather extensive & certainly not all dry; however, it has often been the coldest spot in the nation since it is a high valley so I would plan on a lot of firewood. When I lived in Alamosa the oil in my VW froze, expanded & burst, a rare happening. If you are near Crestone there are quite a few other back-to-the-basics folks in the area.

debbie, you are probably thinking of Conjejos/La Jara/ Antonito areas south of Alamosa rather than all of the valley stretching north of Alamosa.
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:24 PM
 
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Very little of the San Luis valley gets more than 9" of precipitation per year, some of it less than 7.5". Manassa is officially the driest location in Colorado.
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Old 01-26-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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Yet it has tremendous water supplies in the aquifers at 60 and 180 (the best one) feet. This is due to the snow melt from the surrounding mountains.

But water rights are pretty tough. The potato farmers kind of run things and they want the water. You need about 35 acres (I think) to be able to irrigate 1 acre.

The SLV is not for everyone but certainly has its attractions.
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