Places: The Historic Town of San Luis

By Mike Rosso Fans of Colorado history and culture should consider making the trip to the town of San Luis, Colorado. The town, which lies about 16 miles south of Fort Garland on Colo. Hwy. 159, at the intersection of Colo. Hwy. 142 is the oldest continuously-occupied town in Colorado. It consists of historic Spanish-style …

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About the Cover Artist: Evy McLean

Evy’s work is inspired by nature, especially the tenacious, inconspicuous forms growing in the rugged Southwest. Seedpods, thistles, fungi and cones fill the frame with their intricate structures, and the complex micro-landscapes are aggrandized in oil on canvas. Evy began her art career at a young age, making posters and signs for local events in …

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Places: San Luis State Park and Wildlife Area

By Ericka Kastner

I’ll admit it. I’m usually not much of a state parks gal. I tend to migrate toward wilderness areas, BLM  lands and National Forests. So when my friends asked me to join them on a warm July weekend last summer for a boat outing to the San Luis State Park and Wildlife Area, I almost didn’t go.

But from the moment of my arrival to the park, I was glad I’d come. The first thing I noticed was the incredible tranquility as there wasn’t another car or boat in sight. Beyond that, the views from the lakeshore were breathtaking. The Sangre de Cristos have long been my favorite Colorado mountain range, so the idea of being able to glide my stand-up paddle board on glassy water with gorgeous mountain peaks and the Great Sand Dunes National Park looming in the distance quickly became a perfect reality.

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Stations of the Cross

Story and photos by John McEvoy

The roots of Hispanic history in Colorado lie beneath the charming little town of San Luis and radiate throughout the San Luis Valley from there.

San Luis is the oldest town in Colorado and is located in one of the world’s highest desert valleys; at over 7,000 feet in elevation, it is bordered by the 14,000-foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east and the volcanic San Juan Mountains to the west.

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