melby ranch estates logo a subdivision of the wild horse mesa estates
hikers walking along the sangre de cristo mountain range
shrubbery and beautiful clouds from the wild horse mesa little norway estates

The Melby Ranch Estates

A Subdivision of Wild Horse Mesa Estates

Little Norway is a developing Colorado mountain subdivision located in Melby Ranch in Southern Colorado. Our pristine properties are located on Wild Horse Mesa overlooking the beauty of Sanchez Reservoir and the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range.

Little Norway is a remarkable escape from the hectic pace of today’s life to the glorious peace and quiet of the Rocky Mountains. Sit back… relax… and enjoy!

History of the San Luis Valley

The Melby Ranch subdivision is close to some of the best hunting and fishing in Colorado. Because its surrounded by mountains in almost every direction, the San Luis Valley is a prime hunting location. The valley is home to many types of wildlife including mule deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, coyotes, small game, birds, eagles, black bears, mountain lions and bighorn sheep.

On the east side of Melby Ranch sits the Sanchez Reservoir. It is a state wildlife area with a 4-mile long, 2,000 acre lake that provides excellent fishing for northern pike, walleye, trout, yellow perch and catfish.  It is a home for water fowl, including ducks, geese, loons, and grebes, and shore birds, including passerines and swallows.  

Other birds in the area include Western Scrub and Pinion Jays, Rock Wren and Black-chinned Hummingbirds. There is another fishing and recreation spot, about 4 miles southwest of San Luis. The reservoirs are owned by the Sanchez Ditch and Reservoir Company in Sanford.

beautiful mule deer from the melby ranch estates


The Rio Grande River flows south through the valley to Mexico.  The elevation of San Luis is 7,980 feet.  Wild Horse Mesa ranges from about 7,900 feet to 8,800 feet, with a few peaks at 9,200 feet.  Snow-capped Mount Blanca Peak towers at 14,345 feet to the north, and Culebra Peak rises to 14,047 feet to the east on Cielo Vista Ranch.

To get a more in-depth look at the properties, we’ve included a parcel map on our site that can help you out. This helpful tool will help you see the properties, whether they are owned or available, which subdivision they belong to, their proximity to the reservoir, and more!