At 8,400 feet, the Main House and its vegetable and flower gardens look out over the San Luis Valley, an ancient dry lake bed. From the monastery you can see 50 miles across to the San Juan Mountains in the west and about 80 miles each direction, north and south.
Ten miles below in the valley to the south you can see the Dunefield of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the tallest sand dunes in North America. Beyond that lies Mount Blanca, 14,345 feet high, one of the sacred world mountains of the pre-historic Anasazi and present-day Native Americans in the Southwest.
Behind the campus the land rises steeply into the mountains bordering Rio Grande National Forest land. Along the north border of our campus you can walk up Spanish Creek into a verdant aspen and spruce covered canyon; to the east, a Chinese-scroll-looking rocky peak called Dragon’s Rock dominates the view.
Behind and above the whole property, lifting into another world of weather and spirit, are the impressive fourteen thousand foot mountains: Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle, Kit Carson, Challenger, and Columbia Point. Many hiking trails are available in the area.