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Basic Information

  • Name: San Luis
  • Where: Colorado, USA
  • Founded: 1851
  • Population: 750
  • Elevation: 7,979 feet
  • More Info: Costilla County website

Picture from San Luis, Colorado

Narrative

The village of San Luis would likely be just another obscure small town in Colorado if it wasn’t for a couple of facts about the village that makes it stand out from its peers.  The first thing that San Luis is well known for is being the oldest town in all of Colorado.  In fact the origins of San Luis is so old that it pre-dates this section of Colorado being part of the United States.  The beginnings of this village can be traced to the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant given to Charles Beaubien by the Mexican government.  Here is a brief history of this land grant:

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Basic Information

  • Name: Punta Serpiente
  • Range: Sangre de Cristo Mountains
  • Where: San Luis, Colorado
  • Max Elevation: 13,436 feet
  • Distance:  2 miles one-way
  • Elevation Gain: -611 feet from Culebra Peak
  • Time: 1 hour one-way
  • Difficulty: EasyModerateHardDifficult
  • More Information: 13ers.com

Route Down to Punta Serpiente

Punta Serpiente Route

Narrative

After finishing the traverse from the 13,908 foot Red Mountain back over to the 14,047 foot Culebra Peak I decided to go ahead and hike up to another peak since the weather was so good.  The peak I decided to check out is the point at the end of the long serpent like tail of a ridgeline that leads to Culebra Peak that is called Punta Serpiente.  In the picture below Punta Serpiente can be seen below the false summit of Culebra Peak on the bottom right:

Picture from Culebra Peak, Colorado

The descent down from Culebra Peak was an easy hike where I enjoyed the views looking down into the beautiful Coneros Basin:

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Basic Information

  • Name: Red Mountain
  • Range: Sangre de Cristo
  • Where: San Luis, Colorado
  • Max Elevation: 13,908 feet
  • Distance:  1 mile one-way
  • Elevation Gain: 500 feet one-way
  • Time: 1 hour one-way
  • Difficulty: EasyModerateHardDifficult
  • More Information: 13ers.com

Route Up Red Mountain

Red Mountain Route

Narrative

After completing my climb up to the summit of the 14,047 foot Culebra Peak I left to do the traverse to the neighboring 13,908 foot Red Mountain.  This peak is the 70th highest in Colorado which makes it one of the 100 highest mountains in the state which are known as Centennial Peaks.  The hardest part of the traverse is the descent from Culebra Peak.  The descent is some what steep and requires some careful rock scrambling.  Here is a photo looking back at Culebra Peak after I reached the saddle between the two mountains:

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On Walkabout On: Culebra Peak, Colorado

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Basic Information Name: Culebra Peak Range: Sangre de Cristo Where: San Luis, Colorado Max Elevation: 14,047 feet Distance:  4 miles one-way Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet Time: 2-4 hours one-way Difficulty: Easy – Moderate – Hard – Difficult More Information: 14ers.com …

 

On Walkabout On: Mt. Columbia via the Mt. Harvard Traverse

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Basic Information Name: Mt. Columbia Range: Sawatch Where: Buena Vista, Colorado Max Elevation: 14,073 feet Distance:  15 miles round-trip via Mt. Harvard Elevation Gain: 6,100 feet Time: 10-14 hours round-trip Difficulty: Easy – Moderate – Hard – Difficult More Information: …

 

On Walkabout On: Mt. Harvard via the Horn Creek Basin Trailhead

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Basic Information Name: Mt. Harvard Range: Sawatch Where: Buena Vista, Colorado Max Elevation: 14,420 feet Distance:  7 miles one-way Elevation Gain: 4,600 feet Time: 4-6 hours one-way Difficulty: Easy – Moderate – Hard – Difficult More Information: 14ers.com Route Up …

 

On Walkabout at: The Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Basic Information What: The Great Sand Dunes Where: San Luis Valley, Colorado Founded: September 13, 2004 Fee: $3 per adult More Information: NPS website Narrative My four year old daughter has been asking me to take here to the beach.  …

 

Exploring “The Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” Exhibit

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Basic Information Name: Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science Cost: $22 adult non-member More Information: Museum website Narrative My family and I are big fans of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  We have …

 

On Walkabout On: La Plata Peak via the Northwest Ridge

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Basic Information Name: La Plata Peak Range: Sawatch Where: Leadville, Colorado Max Elevation: 14,336 feet Distance:  9.35 miles round-trip Elevation Gain: 4,300 feet Time: 6-8 hours round-trip Difficulty: Easy – Moderate – Hard – Difficult More Information: 14ers.com Route Up …