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Cultural History of the San Luis Valley


Article and Photos by URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo The San Luis Valley has a long history of human habitation. From early native peoples and Spanish explorers to modern agricultural communities and new industries, the valley has long been a significant place of religious significance, recreation, farming and other forms of land use, [...]

Cultural History of the San Luis Valley2019-03-24T18:58:50-06:00

Jeeping Through Ghost Towns


Article & Photos b y URGGuide Field Editor Ryan Michelle Scavo Colorado’s long history of mining provides off-roaders and 4x4 enthusiasts with a plethora of unique, off-the-beaten bath places to explore! Visitors to the San Luis Valley and surrounding area will find that off-road travel opportunities abound, from casual dirt road driving to technical [...]

Jeeping Through Ghost Towns2020-03-31T13:00:15-06:00

Photographer’s Paradise


Tips for the perfect photos: Photograph during the magic hours (one hour after sunrise, one hour before sunset) when the sun is at a low angle creating a warm color balance, long shadows and stunning effects. Take several options with varying depths of field. Look for leading lines that take viewers' eyes through images. [...]

Photographer’s Paradise2017-04-24T12:19:47-06:00

Creede Underground Mining Museum


The town of Creede evolved from a history rich in mining and scenic surroundings. Silver was first discovered in Creede in 1889. Mining was the area’s main industry for almost 100 years until the Homestake Mining Company closed down the Bulldog Mine in 1985. The idea for the Underground Mining Museum was birthed in 1990 [...]

Creede Underground Mining Museum2015-05-31T10:00:05-06:00

Shrine of the Stations of the Cross


The Stations of the Cross are a series of graphic meditations of the last hours of Christ’s life – His judgment, sufferings, death and resurrection. Sculpted by internationally know artist Huberto Maestas, the meditations are truly beautiful. The Shrine is located on a mesa in the center of San Luis which is Colorado’s oldest town. [...]

Shrine of the Stations of the Cross2015-05-31T10:00:37-06:00

The Historic Windsor Hotel


Gold and silver discoveries near Summitville in 1870 fueled the mining rush to the San Luis Valley. While other mining settlements quickly followed at Creede and Bonanza, the history of the Valley’s settlement was greatly influenced by the railroad, farming, ranching, and timber. Armed with pick, shovel, and gold pan fortune seekers floated into the [...]

The Historic Windsor Hotel2019-06-22T12:49:12-06:00

Our Lady of Guadaupe – Oldest Church in Colorado


Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish is the oldest church in Colorado. The church was constructed in 1856. The first settlers into the area were from New Mexico, primarily from Abiquiu. As more people arrived, mission churches were set up and all had the records housed with Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. When the neighboring [...]

Our Lady of Guadaupe – Oldest Church in Colorado2015-05-31T10:05:34-06:00



The San Luis Valley is filled with historical treasures! Enjoy a day or two exploring the Valley's Indian heritage, mining boom days and the role it has played in Colorado's rich legacy. Conejos County Museum 5045 US Highway 285 Antonito, CO 81120 Learn More Creede History Museum 17 Main Street Creede, CO 81130 Learn More [...]


Penitente Canyon


Penitente Canyon, while quite secluded, has emerged as one of Colorado’s premier rock climbing areas. The area includes Penitente, Rock Garden, Sidewinder, and Witches Canyons with a high concentration of world class routes. Along with unparalleled rock climbing, the newly reworked trail systems offers 17 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking to enjoy [...]

Penitente Canyon2020-03-17T18:16:26-06:00

The Bachelor Loop Historic and Scenic Byway


Beautiful scenery and historic markers await travelers along the Bachelor Loop route north of Creede. The loop is one of the many ways historic Creede acknowledges and embraces its past as a mining town and the continuation of the mining industry in town. Maps are available around Creede and are made by the Creede/Mineral County [...]

The Bachelor Loop Historic and Scenic Byway2017-01-06T20:19:48-07:00