Saguache

Saguache is considered the northern gateway to the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado. Resting at 7,800 feet, the town is flanked by the Sangre de Cristo mountain range on the east and the San Juan range on the west.

Saguache, a Ute Indian name pronounced "sa-watch", means water at the blue earth. After American Indians left their mark here, railroad magnate Otto Mears, who started his fortune with the first toll road above Poncha Pass, discovered the town in 1867.

Today, cattle and sheep ranching is the primary industry in the valley. Artists and crafters, including potters, authors, photographers, weavers, basket makers and painters, also call the valley near Saguache home.

In town, visitors will find a grocery store, restaurants, including a coffee shop, cafe and sit-down diner. There' also a movie theater, plus other basic travel amenities such as service station. To explore the historical significance of the area, consider a visit to the Saguache County Museum. The pioneer museum features historic displays in seven rooms, plus a jail from 1908. In addition, the town's historic Hazard House contains fine furniture and period pieces from the Victorian era.

For outdoor adventure, skiers can head to nearby Monarch Mountain and Wolf Creek Ski Area in the winter; hikers and bikers will enjoy the wilderness areas to east or west of Saguache or trails at Cochetopa and North Passes further west on Colorado 114.

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