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Painted Plains

Sangre de Cristo stands for “Blood of Christ” in Spanish. Though this may seem like an ominous namesake, one view up at the jagged peaks will leave the spectator simply yearning for more. The mountain range almost equals the beauties of more famous places, such as Aspen and Telluride. This area is quite different from its brother and sister ranges, though. Click HERE for further details. Vast plains skirt both the East and West sides of this range, and 10 remote 14ers call this place home. Aside from lush green and golden plains, the southeastern portion of the range offers attractions such as Great Sand Dunes National Park. Everything from rampant rivers to towering dunes call this remote portion of Colorado home.

Glowing Plains of the Sangre de Cristos

A homestead in Wet Mountain Valley, Sangre de Cristos, Colorado

German settlers moved into the southernmost areas of the range in the late 1800s, and the English followed suite in the North as well. Even though Spanish explorers were the first to canvas these lands, the South is still considered ‘Germanic,’ while the North is ‘English.’ Up until recently, there were even segregated schools as well. Click HERE for further history and facts.

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