Mosca in Alamosa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
A Landmark for People
“We can see the Dunes and the Crestone Needles from all over our ranch. When we are lost, that’s what we navigate by.”
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 Touch 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 6 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); Dimensions (approx. 2˝ miles away); Stepping into Wilderness (approx. 2˝ miles away).
Categories. • Environment • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 475 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 2. submitted on February 13, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 1, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.