Greetings and welcome from Tina & Zell (and cattle dogs Coda & Duke)! This blog focuses on our home and property (which we call Sipapu) in Coaldale, Colorado, located 18 miles east of Salida in central Colorado. We have 39+ acres in classic pinyon-juniper habitat at about 7000′ in the rain shadow of the northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is a very arid area, sometimes referred to as one of the “banana belts” of Colorado. By the way, “sipapu” is a Hopi word that represents a portal into the next world. That’s how we feel when we are there—we’re in another (and better) world. We use the term with the utmost respect, although we acknowledge that it seriously smacks of cultural appropriation.
Sipapu is in the Cedar Canyon Ranch development, created in 1994. Hitting Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land on the north and west sides, the entire development encompasses ~536 acres, divided into 14 35+-acre lots. Trail Ridge Road, a private road, runs through the development, connecting the lots; running about 1.3 miles, it ends at a turnaround. Below is a Google map screenshot of the development, pointing out the homes that have currently been built in the development. (Click on the photo to see a larger version.)
Below is a scan of the plot of the development. (Again, click on the photo to see a larger, almost legible, version.) You can’t really see much detail from the plot, but you get an idea of the shapes and locations of the lots.
If you’re interested, you can learn more than anyone probably wants or needs to know about the pinyon/juniper environment of Sipapu here: Central Colorado’s pinyon/juniper habitat.
© 2014 Tina Mitchell