Monte Vista, Colorado
Real Estate and Community Information

Monte Vista is a city located in Rio Grande County, Colorado and the 81135 and 81144 zip codes. The 2014 population count of the city was approximately 4,444 residents. The city is sparsely populated and the average commute to work is 18 minutes. The city is made up of one neighborhood and enjoys a cost of living considerably lower than the state average.


In 1881, the Rio Grande Western Railroad was extended through the area and became a watering stop known as Lariat Siding. In July 1882, the area was established as a town and called Lariat. In 1884, the town was renamed Henry in honor of the man who worked to promote the area. The town was incorporated in 1886 and renamed Monte Vista which is Spanish for Mountain View. In 1913 the town was organized as a city. The area was primarily a farming and mining community and after the arrival of the railroad, the population grew in response to the prosperity that was found in the community. As the city grew, homes, churches and government buildings were constructed and city became a thriving and vibrant community.


Public school education is provided by the Monte Vista School District and educates children from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. The student to teacher ratio averages 14 to 1, which is lower than the state average of 19 to 1. The schools are highly rated by parents, students, teachers and other educational professionals. The teachers work continuously to meet the academic challenges students of today demand. The school system is large enough to offer a wide variety of educational programs, but small enough to provide individual attention without compromising the needs of the student population.

There is also a religion based private school in the city providing elementary school educational opportunities for children in Kindergarten through grade 8.

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There are more than eight colleges and university within 25 miles of Monte Vista and include Adams State College, Patriot Bible University, Crestone College of Structural Integration and Trinidad State Junior College. The schools provide a variety of course of studies geared to professional and business development, along with a variety of certificates and degress upon completion of the course requirements.

Real Estate

Available real estate in Monte Vista is single family homes, farms and ranches and undeveloped properties suitable for residential construction and farms and ranches. The homes are multi-bedroom and bathroom and vary in architectural style and floor plan. Most of the real estate is moderate in price and ideal for the first time home buyer, family or retiree. There are select properties that are considered high end or expensive. Real estate in Monte Vista is lower than the national average.

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Parks and Recreation

The Monte Vista Recreation Department provides recreational opportunities for residents of all ages. Programs include seasonal sports for all age groups in softball, basketball, soccer, baseball, football and volleyball. The department also provides after school, as well as summer camp programs for children five to eighteen years old.

Residents will also find golf and hunting and fishing along the Rio Grande River and hiking in the city and surrounding area. There is also a ski area with five active lifts and mountain views that are spectacular.

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Attractions, Activities and Events

Residents will find a variety of attractions and activities in the city and surrounding area and include the Monte Vista Historical Society, Monte Vista Golf Club, Rio Grande National Forest, theater, mining museum and a wild life refuge. Residents will also find a variety of events in the city and surrounding area and include lectures, art and cultural exhibitions, charitable events and holiday and seasonal celebrations.

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