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Mosca in Alamosa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

A Landmark for People

 
 
A Landmark for People Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 1, 2008
1. A Landmark for People Marker
Inscription.
“We can see the Dunes and the Crestone Needles from all over our ranch. When we are lost, that’s what we navigate by.”
--local rancher

Whether traveling on foot, by horseback, Model A, or the latest-model car, the dunes and mountains behind them were—and still are—used as landmarks by travelers in and around the San Luis Valley. The oldest evidence of humans in the area dates back to about 11,000 years ago. Perhaps echoing your own experience in driving here, those people probably saw the dunes as a tan blur in the distance from miles away.

On the far horizon, the San Juan Mountains rim the San Luis Valley to the west. Behind you, mountain passes through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains were used by people traveling between the San Luis Valley and communities to the east. The Medano Pass Primitive Road (4-wheel-drive, high clearance required) and the Mosca Pass trail both follow rough historic routes over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 42.355′ N, 105° 32.085′ W. Marker is in Mosca, Colorado, in Alamosa County. Marker can be reached from Highway
A Landmark for People Marker image. Click for full size.
By Google Street View (© 2014 Google), July 2013
2. A Landmark for People Marker
View to the north towards the Great Sand Dunes
150. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11999 Highway 150, Mosca CO 81146, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Totally Unique and Unexpected" (approx. 0.9 miles away); Zebulon Pike's "sand-hills" (approx. 2.1 miles away); Sangre de Cristo Ecosystem (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Mountain Barrier (approx. 2.2 miles away); Stepping into Wilderness (approx. 2.5 miles away).
 
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Sign at the Entrance to the Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 1, 2008
3. Sign at the Entrance to the Park
Sangre de Cristo Mountains image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 1, 2008
4. Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Walking in the Sand Dunes image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 1, 2008
5. Walking in the Sand Dunes
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 413 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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