The Sangre de Cristo or Trinchera Ranches were developed in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range, with Mt. Blanca at over 14,000 feet, highlighting the scenery. The Ranches are not gated, the roads are public roads maintained by the Costilla County. In the winter the county plows the roads up to 9000 Ft. Membership of the The Sangre de Crristo Ranch Owners Association (SDCRO) is voluntary.
To the west, the San Luis Valley is a fertile High Plains Desert, roughly 7,500 feet above sea level. The landscape of the 44,000 acre Ranches consists of mostly sagebrush and Pinon at the lower elevations, and Aspen and various tall pine varieties above 9000 ft. The Ranches are located about 5 miles to the south and east of Fort Garland, Colorado.