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Cyclists in the Mountains

Things To Do in Saguache County

Welcome to Saguache County, Colorado, where adventure meets tranquility! Explore thrilling outdoor activities amidst stunning vistas, or find serenity in serene spiritual retreats. Whether hiking, biking, or rock climbing, immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of valleys and peaks. Unwind in natural hot springs or amidst tranquil forests for rest and rejuvenation. Discover charming small towns with unique shops and galleries and savor delicious meals made from locally-sourced ingredients.

There are so many things to do and see in Saguache County!

Here are just a few:

Explore Penitente Canyon

Known for nearly 300 world-class rock climbing routes, some of which are open year-round. Hike, rock climb, mountain bike, fish, camp or just enjoy the beautiful setting of Penitente Canyon. 

  1. USFS Info - Penitente Canyon | Penitente brochure and map

  2. For information on the rock climbing routes in Penitente Canyon, check out: http://www.mountainproject.com/v/san-luis-valley/105800418

Take a Rejuvenating Soak in Natural Hot Springs

Thermal hot springs flow at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa and Valley View Hot Springs. Soaking in these natural mineral waters is good for what ails you and is the fast lane to relaxation. Both hot springs are open for day use and offer lodging to accommodate longer stays. Both of these hot springs are also amazing spots for stargazing while you soak. For information on hours and pricing please visit Joyful Journey and Valley View Hot Springs. Note, that at Valley View reservations are required for soaking and clothing is optional. 

Spin the Bonanza Off-Highway Vehicle Tour

The Bonanza OHV Tour will take visitors by historic mining infrastructure dating from Bonanza’s silver boom in the 1880s. High-clearance 4x4 vehicles are recommended for this tour as most of the roads are one-lane winding mountain roads with steep sections. Slaughterhouse Road to Mosquito Lake is a popular route and fishing spot along the tour. The adventurous biker who doesn’t mind sharing the road with OHVs will also enjoy pedaling the roads around Bonanza. 

  1. For a Bonanza OHV Tour map and Travel maps for the Rio Grande National Forest call the Forest Service Office in Saguache (719) 655-2547

  2. Interpretive Information

  3. Bonanza OHV Tour Map

  4. Tour description

Be Mindful at Big Stupa or other Spiritual Center in Crestone

Take a 2-mile, mindful hike down the road to the Big Stupa. To access Tashi Gomang Stupa, a beautiful buddhist shrine overlooking the San Luis Valley, park about 1 mile south of the Shumei Institute near a large water tank, and walk down the rough road for 2 miles to the stupa. If you are looking for a spiritual retreat, Crestone is the place! There’s a Hindu temple, a Zen center, a coed Carmelite monastery, several Tibetan centers and several other places providing opportunities to unplug and tune in.

Behold the Dark Skies at Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Recognized as a Dark Sky Park in 2019, the Great Sand Dunes National Park hosts some of the darkest skies in the country.  After dark, the park experience is illuminated by the moon, solar system, and meteorites. For more information on stargazing visit Experience the Night at Great Sand Dunes National Park

Ride the Great Divide

There are miles and miles of gravel roads to ride  in Saguache County. Two established gravel routes based out of Saguache are the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route between Saguache and Del Norte (62 miles, 4004’ elevation gain) and the Great Divide Overland North Route (155 miles, 10,343’ elevation gain).

Visit One of Our Small Towns

Visit Crestone. The little town of Crestone sits at the base of the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains and is a unique haven for new-agers, artists and outdoor enthusiasts. Take "T-Road" from Hwy 17 up to Crestone to grab some food, visit the galleries, get some bodywork, do some shopping, or take a hike.

Visit Saguache. Step back in time as you take a stroll through downtown Saguache (pronounced Sa-WATCH). Quaint shops, historic architecture, and tree-lines streets. Fuel up with food and gas, visit the Saguache County Museum for a historic overview (Memorai Day through Labor Day), shop on main street, catch a movie at the Cozy Castle Cinema. Be on the lookout for tiny fairy houses hidden around town - download the map HERE!

Visit Center. Sitting in the middle of the San Luis Valley, Center is the agricultural center of the Valley, hence the name! Stroll the small historic district for some authentic Mexican food or fresh tortillas from the tortilleria. Enjoy a unique overnight glamping experience and catch an outdoor film at the Frontier Drive Inn. 

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