Image is of 13,450' Horn Peak

Sierra Mojada: Between Heaven and Earth


Nestled at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness in south central Colorado this 1600 acre ranch is known as "Sierra Mojada" which is Spanish for "The place where the waters come from up high". Spanish land grants first established this area and set the theme for naming much of the area. We are looking West from the Western edge of the property with snow covered 13,450 foot Horn Peak in the center. Horn Peak; whose ridges seem to lovingly embrace Sierra Mojada; is part of the Sangre de Cristo Range; our newest Colorado Wilderness area. In Spanish, Sangre de Cristo means "Blood of Christ"; an appropriate name coming from a people with such a strong Spiritual heritage.

Let the words from noted writer and photographer, John Fielder's book "Colorado's Hidden Valleys" take you mentally to this area...........

"This valley is situated between the Wet Mountains on the East and the northern one-third of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the West. It is unique because of its utter beauty. The Sangre de Cristo Range contains dozens of peaks stretching above 13,000 feet in height, and many that go beyond 14,000 feet. With the valley floor lying at 7800 feet, one can imagine the sensation created by looking up at these mountains from below. A thrill, that for me has not abated in intensity during over 100 trips to the valley, occurs when I descend into it.

The access road from the East, State Highway Ninety-Six , crosses over the Wet Mountains at about 10,000 feet and proceeds due West towards the town of Westcliffe in the center of the valley. As if the entire range were being hydraulically lifted up into the sky, the Sangre de Cristo's rise and rise, and continue to rise upward until you can hardly believe the height they attain. This particular procession into the valley is extremely dramatic.

The valley is very lush in some places and almost arid in others. Tremendous amounts of water flow out of the Sangre de Cristo's into the valley's creeks and ditches but much of it goes deep into the ground beneath the alluvial deltas of the foothills. Only in the worst of years is there a shortage of water for the valley's farms and ranches. The eastern slope of the range is not precipitous and the gradual descent of the snowmelt has allowed vast forests of aspen and conifers to take hold. From Spring to Fall to Spring again, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains create vistas the likes of which I have seen nowhere else."

Civil Engineeer Markus Herzog is responsible for the planning, design and construction of all aspects of Sierra Mojada. Born in Switzerland, with a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and over twenty years experience in his field; Markus insists on perfection in all details of the project. Markus is legendary for his thoroughness in developing beautifully planned and executed designs.

Accepting nothing less than the best, Markus has even taught himself to operate the heavy equipment used to construct the roads and utility systems. Markus feels that his vision is best turned into reality by being part of all phases of this project. In addition to his contributions to society as a Civil Engineer; Markus pursues independent research in the field of Physics. We are indeed fortunate to have Markus Herzog as a resource on this project!

Sierra Mojada consists of 41 lots of approximately 35 acres each with gravel road systems, electrical and telecommunications utilities in place. A declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions has been filed in Custer County, State of Colorado, USA to protect your investment.

Many of the lots have year round streams with combinations of Aspen, Oak, Willow and Pine trees. Where native prairie grasses are predominate a profusion of wildflowers carpets the landscape.

We have constructed landscaped entrance structures out of huge logs harvested locally from the native pine forests. The entrances are gated, and the gate is enhanced with an artifact created by local artist, Ardith Stewart. The artifact is a large silhouette of the Sangre de Cristo range made of 1/8 inch thick steel plate that we cut out with and acetylene torch and tack welded to the gate. The metal will be allowed to oxidize for a few years before we fix the surface with a sealer.

We also have created landscaped settings at each of the road intersections by relocating five foot diameter boulders. We basically put four to seven boulders in a large dump truck along with several tons of topsoil and "spilled" the load into the locations we wanted to create landscaped settings. Gravity and friction worked together as the boulders tumbled out of the truck and created natural looking combinations of different sized and shaped rocks. We shaped the topsoil around the rocks with rakes and added a few flowering plants and trees.

Each 35 - 70 acre lot has a four to five acre building envelope approximately where the lot numbers are positioned on the Sierra Mojada lot map. This design concept creates a substantial open space between Hennequin Creek and Dry Creek.


Questions? Comments? E-mail thoughts to Arthur Vyn Boennighausen : mailto:arthurvb@qwest.net or call 719.783.4073