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San Luis, Co., the oldest town in Colorado, is also likely the most spiritual. Populated by the primarily Hispanic families who settled there in 1851, the town remains small and, in some ways, unique.

Situated in south central Colorado, not far from the New Mexico border, San Luis boasts the oldest church in Colorado and La Vega, a rare public commons - a place where communal grazing of livestock is allowed.

The town is most famous, however, for its Stations of the Cross, a string of bronze statues climbing the mesa adjacent to town. Each station represents a moment during the crucifixion of Christ, and the locale is a Mecca for Christians each Easter. Art aficionados might like to visit the sculptor's studio, located in town at the bottom of the hill.

San Luis also celebrates an annual posada, a Christmas-time procession representing the journey of Mary and Joseph from house to house, seeking shelter for the birth of their child.

Map: San Luis

Region: Colorado South Central Regional Information

County: Costilla

Proximity to other towns: Located 92 miles from Pueblo, 122.8 miles from Colorado Springs, 15.8 miles from Fort Garland, 17.6 miles from Blanca, 35.2 miles from Alamosa

Population: 680

Elevation: 7965 feet

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