This elevator is owned by Coors. The San Luis valley growns barley. Of course, this barley is moved to the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO.
This was a Rio Grande branchline that ran from Alamosa to Creede many years ago. The UP sold this line to a shortline railroad. It is called the San Luis & Rio Grande. They run a tourist train from Alamosa to the town of La Veta.
Monte Vista is 17 miles northwest of Alamosa.