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Monte Vista
Rio Grande County, Colorado


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History & History-related items

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Chamber of Commerce.

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Statistics & Facts

The Colorado state capital is Denver.
The population of Monte Vista is approximately 4,324 (1990), 4444 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,760 (1990), 1774 (2010).
The amount of land area in Monte Vista is 4.136 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.134 sq kilometers.
The distance from Monte Vista to Washington DC is 1654 miles.
The distance to the Colorado state capital is 167 miles. (as the crow flies)
Monte Vista is positioned 37.57 degrees north of the equator and 106.14 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Monte Vista elevation is 7,666 feet above sea level.
Monte Vista average annual precipitation is 5-7 inches peryear.


in south-central Colorado near the center of the San Luis Valley at the crossroads of U.S. Highways 160 and 285
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nearby mountains in the east tower over 14,000 feet. Ranges in the west are somewhat lower. In the valley, the altitude ranges from 7,500 to 8,000 feet and is mostly flat land.
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seasonal. The winters have light snow which falls frequently. It is usually cold during the winter months. In the summertime, the temperature usually ranges from the mid 80's to the 40's. Most of the precipitation falls from April through October. Generally, this precipitation is in the form of afternoon showers.
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History & History Related Items

Monte Vista is Spanish for Mountain View. It was aptly named by the early settlers for the large mountains they could see in every direction.

A history page for Alamosa and the San Luis Valley.
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Alamosa/Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge Complex
US Fish and Wildlife Service
9383 El Rancho Lane
Alamosa, Colorado 81101Phone: 719-589-4021Email:

San Luis Valley Information Center
The Information Source for Colorado's San Luis Valley
947 First Avenue
Monte Vista, Colorado 81144
Phone: (719) 852-0660
Toll-free: 1-800-214-1240

In western Rio Grande County, you can find:
Silver Thread Visitor Center
28 Silver Thread Lane
P.O. Box 1030
South Fork, Colorado 81154
Phone: 1-719-873-5512
Toll-free: 1-800-571-0881Fax: 1-719-873-5693e-mail:
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Economy & Industry

The main segment is agriculture. The government runs second in economic importance with the headquarters of the Rio Grande National Forest being located in Monte Vista.
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Monte Vista City Government

Monte Vista City Hall
4 Chico Camino St
Monte Vista, CO 81144-1016
Phone: 719-852-2692

Monte Vista Chamber

Chamber Of Commerce
1035 Park Ave
Monte Vista, CO 81144-1758
Phone: 719-852-2731
Toll-free: 1-800-562-7085

Monte Vista Organizations

Chamber Of Commerce
1035 Park Ave
Monte Vista, CO 81144-1758
Phone: 719-852-2731
Toll-free: 1-800-562-7085

Monte Vista Libraries

Carnegie Public Library
120 Jefferson St
Monte Vista, CO 81144-1734
Phone: 719-852-3931

Monte Vista Schools

Monte Vista Public Schools
345 E Prospect Ave
Monte Vista, CO 81144-1175
Phone: 719-852-5996 Monte Vista


The population of Monte Vista was:
1980 - 3,902
1990 -4,324

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