4.4 out of 10

Monte Vista

37.5792730207912 -106.143909297011
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
Not great for
  • Public Transport
  • Nightlife
  • Childcare
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"Monte Vista is for the birds:)"

Monte Vista is a small town desert town of about 5,000 people. It is just about 10 miles or so west of Alamosa along HW 160 in the heart of the San Luis Valley. The town is surrounded by agriculture and mountains on the horizons.

The average household income is about $28,000, below Colorado's average. This is a nice little town but it is not "in the mountains" and can be super hot, dry and windy in the summer and desolate and cold in the winter. Monte Vista is pretty especially during the spring and fall and is also famous for the sand crane migration. There is the annual Monte Vista Crane Festival each during the first week of March.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
KristinB Interesting! For some reason I thought Monte Vista was in the mountains - probably because of the name. :)
LoganMntMan "mountain view" but pretty flat and agricultural really
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5

"A pretty little town in southern Colorado"

Monte Vista, which means 'Mountain View' is located in southern Colorado and is near many different water sources. Due to this, the town is really green with foliage and nice big trees lining most of the streets. This is really a nice little town to drive through and the homes all seem well tended. Many of the homes are smaller than you'd find on the front range, but they all have nice sized yards and there seems to be a friendly atmosphere wherever you go. There are several parks in town for the kids, which may be on the smaller side, but they are also well kept.

Accommodation and food services is the largest industry in Monte Vista, followed by educational services. The median household income here is $28,893 with almost 32% of the homes living below the poverty rate. The price of homes here is also low and you can get an average sized single family home for right around the $100,000 mark.

Many crops grow around Monte Vista such as alfalfa, carrots, and potatoes, but most notable is the amount of barley this area produces, which ends up in Golden, Colorado. Golden is home to the largest single site brewery in the world, Coors. Also located here is the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1953, this refuge is home to a large variety of migratory birds. There are some Native American petroglyphs located here which which show the Sandhill Crane's migration, leading scientists to believe these birds have been using the area for over 2,000 years.
  • nice looking town
  • well kept homes
  • interesting petroglyphs

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