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The open road stretches out to the north and south, and runs parallel to the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Cradled between mountains in central Colorado, the San Luis Valley remains rural and sparsely populated. Home to the headwaters of the Rio Grande, the San Luis Valley was ceded to the United States by Mexico following the Mexican–American War, historically this large swath of land belonged to the Utes.