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A Day In The San Luis Valley

San Luis, Ft. Garland Museum, Zapata Falls, Sangre De Cristo Mountains, UFO Watchtower

San Luis Prayer Shrine San Luis Prayer Shrine

Stations of the Crosses Prayer Shrine in San Luis, CO

April 3, 2007 - I started my morning with a visit to the Stations of the Crosses Prayer Shrine in San Luis, located in the far south area of the San Luis Valley. The New Mexico state line is about 10 to 12 miles south of there.
Station of the Crosses Christian Sculpture The sanctuary (above) is beautiful and peaceful, and there is a trail with prayer stations and sculptures that can't help but touch one's heart.

This reminded me of the shrine in Colorado Springs, but on a much larger scale.

Psalm 141:2-5 There were so many plaques with scriptures, but this one really hit home with me. God welcomes honest prayers like these!
San Luis, Colorado Here's the view of San Luis, which apparently is the oldest settled town in the entire state.

Fort Garland, Colorado
Fort Garland Museum

The Fort Garland Museum (Fort Garland, Colorado)

After San Luis, I drove north to the small town of Fort Garland and visited the Fort Garland Museum. This was a relatively small and minor fort in old western days and was abandoned before the turn of the 20th century. Still, all of the buildings have been restored and the museum offers a lot of information about Colorado's history during the settlement era. (Top photo: The Sangre De Cristo Mountains in the background with a large U.S. flag in the middle of the museum grounds.)
Fort Garland Museum At the entrance.

Zapata Falls Area Zapata Falls

Zapata Falls

I paid a visit to Zapata Falls near the Great Sand Dunes, and I had the waterfall all to myself! :)

You can see my larger photo gallery here: Zapata Falls.

Blanca Peak

Mountain Scenery In The San Luis Valley - Sangre De Cristo Mountains

With it being such a bright and sunny day in the 50's, I couldn't help but pull over frequently to take various pictures of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. (Adjacent: The Blanca Peak cluster from Highway 160, east of Alamosa.)
Blanca Peak and Mt. Lindsey
Sangre De Cristo Mountains
Two more views of the Blanca Peak cluster. 14er Mt. Lindsey is the peak on the far right in each photo.
Northern Sangre De Cristo Mountains The view of the northern Sangre De Cristo Mountains from the small town of Villa Grove in Saguache County.
Great Sand Dunes The view of the Great Sand Dunes and surrounding mountains from the trail leading to Zapata Falls.

U.F.O. Watchtower In Hooper, Colorado
UFO Watchtower
UFO Watchtower
If you haven't seen them already, check out my photos from the U.F.O. Watchtower in Hooper. It's a unique place.

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