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Saguache, Co. (pronounced “sah-WATCH”) and the land surrounding it have been inhabited for thousands of years. First by unnamed nomads, later by the Utes (who camped here seasonally), and later still by Mexican traders bound for California on the Old Spanish Trail. Hispano farmers first settled the area in the early 1860s, followed by Anglos after the Civil War. By 1874, the year of its formal incorporation, Saguache anchored one of Colorado’s most important agricultural regions, supplying the mining camps of the Arkansas Valley and the San Juan Mountains. Despite its prosperity and county-seat status, however, the town never obtained the railroad access that would have enabled it to grow. It nonetheless evolved into a leading cattle center and remains the county seat. Saguache today is one of Colorado’s deepest-rooted towns, with ranches worked continuously since the late 1800s.

Map: Saguache

Region: Colorado South Central Regional Information

County: Saguache

Proximity to other towns: Located 105.3 miles from Pueblo, 107.2 miles from Colorado Springs, 17.3 miles from Moffat, 29.8 miles from Poncha Springs, 31.7 miles from Del Norte

Population: 595

Elevation: 7694 feet

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