A Landmark for People

A Landmark for People (HM1CIC)

Location: Londonderry, CO 81146 Alamosa County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 42.355', W 105° 32.085'

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"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.
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 4:12am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 452863 N 4173321
Decimal Degrees37.70591667, -105.53475000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 42.355', W 105° 32.085'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 42' 21.30" N, 105° 32' 5.10" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)719
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9 Unnamed Road, Londonderry CO 81146, US
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