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The '''San Luis Valley''' is a broad mountain valley at the headwaters of the [[Rio Grande]]. For the most part it is in [[Colorado]]. It is a dropped fault in the Rio Grande rift filled with alluvium and water. It has a cold desert climate, but broad areas of wetland and irrigated agriculture. After removal of the Utes It was settled in its southern portions by Hispanic settlers from similar regions in northern New Mexico.
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The '''San Luis Valley''' is a broad mountain valley at the headwaters of the [[Rio Grande]]. For the most part it is in [[Colorado]]. It is a dropped fault in the Rio Grande rift filled with alluvium and water. It has a cold desert climate, but there are broad areas of wetland and irrigated agriculture. After removal of the Utes It was settled in its southern portions by Hispanic settlers from similar regions in northern New Mexico. After the Civil War Anglo settlers followed establishing ranches and towns. The waters of the valley were appropriated to raise hay and other crops. After wells became practical irrigated agriculture produced potatoes, head lettuce and beer barley in [[Saguache County]] where Crestone is located. There was some metal mining on the perimeter of the valley, and a major silver strike at Creede in Mineral County at the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
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Revision as of 03:21, 24 July 2016

The San Luis Valley is a broad mountain valley at the headwaters of the Rio Grande. For the most part it is in Colorado. It is a dropped fault in the Rio Grande rift filled with alluvium and water. It has a cold desert climate, but there are broad areas of wetland and irrigated agriculture. After removal of the Utes It was settled in its southern portions by Hispanic settlers from similar regions in northern New Mexico. After the Civil War Anglo settlers followed establishing ranches and towns. The waters of the valley were appropriated to raise hay and other crops. After wells became practical irrigated agriculture produced potatoes, head lettuce and beer barley in Saguache County where Crestone is located. There was some metal mining on the perimeter of the valley, and a major silver strike at Creede in Mineral County at the headwaters of the Rio Grande.