Saguache is a small historic town in the agricultural area of southern Colorado at the northern gateway to San Luis Valley (population around 500). It's the county seat of Saguache County, and is located right along highway 285. Its 7800-ft. elevation and southwestern Colorado location puts it in proximity to the wonders of the San Juan Mountains just to the west and the Sangre de Cristo Range (location of the Great Sand Dunes National Park) to the east.
looking in Saguache will find a town steeped in
history. The name "Saguache" is word of the Native-American Ute tribe, meaning "blue earth." The purchase of real estate here will bring
you to the wide open spaces, close to the majesty of two great mountain ranges.
Saguache has a number of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For example, the old flour mill is one of a very few water-powered grist mills in the state. Enos Hotchkiss built the three-story structure back in 1873. A year later, adjacent adobe buildings to house both the school and the jail were constructed. Today, the buildings are home to the Saguache County Museum. The Classic Revivalist county courthouse is a distinctive landmark that dates to 1910. In 2019, the town got a new state-of-the-art PreK-12 school building. Walking tours of Downtown Saguache offer a fascinating look at a historic town.
Recreation, Attractions & Events
A great place to live that is close to hot springs, the Great Sand Dunes, Penitente Canyon, and Cochetopa Pass (Continental Divide). Skiing, hang gliding, mountain biking, backpacking, river rafting, camping, fishing, hunting, and rock climbing are among the richly varied experiences found near Saguache. Whether you hunt with bow, firearms, or camera, Saguache County wildlife will not disappoint. Fishing and hunting at nearby Russell Lake Wildlife area. Elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats inhabit this high elevation valley. Even mountain lions, bobcats and bear appear on occasion.
There are many events through out the year including Hollyhock Festival, Art Festival, and Inter-tribal Pow Wow. Each September residents look forward to the Saguache Fall Festival at Otto Mears Park.
Enjoy live theater or see a new movie at one of two theaters in town. There are several places to eat and shop. Check out the library, museum, art galleries, antiques, grocery stores, gas stations, thrift store, coffee shop, exercise studio and several churches. There is a local medical clinic and hospitals are located in the towns of Alamosa, Del Norte and Salida (within an hour drive).
Call Nielsen Real Estate to Find a Home in Scenic Saguache
The landscape, historic locale and attractions of Saguache will make for a unique and interesting rural lifestyle. Please call Anne Nielsen, 719-655-2255. She is an experienced professional in Colorado and Saguache County, and has the latest information and deals. Let her guide you to your mountain retreat in Saguache.