On Sacred Ground

On Sacred Ground (HM1D3R)

Location: Alamosa, CO 81101 Alamosa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 28.653', W 105° 36.125'

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Majestic Mount Blanca that stands bgefore you is surrounded by history and legend from the first people who inhabited this valley. Many Native American groups believe that this valley is the source of life where humans and spirit enter and leave this world.

"We are the ?Dine' (pronounced dee neh); the Spanish called us the Navajo. We call the mountain that stands before you ?Sisnaajinii'. This mountain is one of our four sacred peaks in the Navajo Land. You may now know this mountain as Mount Blanca; it was given this name by the first Spanish explorers who came to the San Luis Valley.

"?Sisnaajinii', or ?White Shell Mountain', is the eastern boundary and the doorway into Navajo Land. We believe that the first beings, ?First Man' and ?First Woman', came up from the underworld and placed a grain of sand that made these four mountains. We dressed them in four colors and put them at the edge of Navajo Sacred Land."
The Navajo People

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The Sangre de Cristo Mountains were given their name by Spanish explorer Francisco Torres. After an encounter with Native Americans, he was lying wounded and looked up at the mountains and cried out "Sangre de Cristo, Sangre de Cristo!" (Blood of Christ).

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"Dinetah" was homeland to these Athabascan people called the Navajo. Wars between the Utes and other people forced the Navajo to move west.

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When you arrive here, you climb 2000 feet into this high mountain desert. You are over half way to the top of Mount Sierra Blanca!

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Did you know that you are standing over a giant aquifer?

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Medano Creek disappears into the earth to replenish the giant aquifer flowing beneath you.
HM NumberHM1D3R
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 9:13am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 446765 N 4148020
Decimal Degrees37.47755000, -105.60208333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 28.653', W 105° 36.125'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 28' 39.18" N, 105° 36' 7.50" W
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Area Code(s)719
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 23833-23999 Front St, Alamosa CO 81101, US
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