SKIING--There are several Ski Areas within a 90 minute drive from our area.
Wolf Creek Ski Area averages 40' of snowfall per season. As of February 15, 2012 they have received  301" of  snow.  The ski area is open daily for the season.   http://www.wolfcreekski.com/wolf-creek-web-cam.php
Red River  and Angel Fire have above average snow . As of February 15,  2012 they have received over 50". These closest ski areas are across the NM border and are a favorite with local skiers.    http://www.redriverskiarea.com/
Santa Fe and Taos are other ski areas in northern New Mexico

Wolf Creek Web Cam

Fishing in the San Luis Valley--
 
Cold water streams and lakes in our area have a good population of Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout and our native Brown Trout.
 
You can fish in Colorado without a license during the first week of June.  The remainder of the year, a Colorado fishing license is required.  A one-day license is available for $9 and a 5-day license is $21. Colorado residents over 65 can fish without a license.
Close to Fort Garland,  Mountain Home Reservoir has a nice population of rainbow trout. It can be fished from shore or boat. Wolfgang's brother pulls out 20"+ trout on a regular basis. Mountain Home is fed by Trinchera Creek, and immediately upstream from the reservoir, Brookies and an occasional Brown can be angled.  There are many camping sites around Mountain Home and camping there is free.
San Luis Lakes are another cold water fishing spot, located about 5 miles west of the Sand Dunes National Park. This is a Colorado State Fee Area and there is a scenic Campground at San Luis Lakes.  A little farther to the  south west, is the Conejos River, which is a medallion fly fishing river.
The Rio Grande River, Smith Reservoir, Lake Sanchez, and many high country lakes and streams (and beaver ponds) also attract local and visiting fishermen.

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Smith Reservoir - 2006
Mountain Home Reservoir-3 Miles from Ft. Garland
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Brother Hans on Mountain Home Reservoir
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