101 Things 2019


Things to do in the San Luis Valley, Colorado.

Page 12 Summer in the San Luis Valley 2019

Saguache County

Historic Saguache Ranger Station

26 WAGON WHEEL TRACKS — Along the trail

system of Penitente Canyon are tracks from early wagons

worn into the rock. It’s an amazing sight about a half-mile

hike from the Penitente Canyon Trail Head.


Luis Valley’s hidden treasures is the La Garita Natural

Arch located in Penitente Canyon. To reach the volcanic

rock arch, go north out of Monte Vista on Highway 285

for 18 miles to County Road G and turn left. Go west

to the “y” intersection just past the La Garita Store and

take the dirt road south, following the signs to the arch,

turning west on Forest Road 660. The arch is located just

west of Forest Road 659.

File photo

28 DRIVE COCHETOPA PASS — Cochetopa Pass,

or Pass of the Buffalo, is the northwest route out of the

San Luis Valley. At just over 10,000 feet, Cochetopa is

a scenic mountain drive into the Gunnison River valley.

Take Colorado 114 west out of Saguache.

29 BONANZA MINE DISTRICT — With a population

of 16, Bonanza is Colorado’s smallest incorporated town.

Points of interest in the Bonanza area include a former

toll road, cemeteries, and spectacular views of the aspencovered

hills where prospectors once hoped to strike it rich.

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