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San Luis Hills

San Luis Hills

San Luis Hills WSA (Photo by John Fielder)

The San Luis Hills WSA is characterized by a series of hills, which rise abruptly above the broad San Luis Valley. Most of the hills are rounded, although some cliffs occur in the northern portion of the WSA. John James Gulch and numerous smaller drainages provide topographic screening and create many opportunities for solitude.

Distant views of Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountain peaks, across the broad and sparsely-populated San Luis Valley, create a wonderful image of vastness.


Total Area:
10,883 acres
Elevation Range: ~7,700 to ~9,300 feet
BLM Field Office: San Luis Valley
Designated: 1980 (Wilderness Study Area)

Location: The San Luis Hills WSA is located in Conejos County, approximately three miles southeast of Manassa; 28 miles south of Alamosa.

Flora & Fauna: Vegetation, which is sparse due to the arid climate, consists mainly of low-growing desert shrubs and grasses, pinyon and juniper. Fauna is also sparse due to lack of water, but includes mule deer, antelope, various raptors, and various songbirds.

Recreation: Activities include hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and photography. For more information, visit the Recreation page. Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in wilderness study areas, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.

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San Luis Valley Field Office  |  (719) 655-2547  |  46525 Highway 114, Saguache, CO 81149