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Santa Fe National Historic Trail - Sierra Vista Interpretive Site

Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Recommended Season: Fall
Reservation Status: Not Accepted
Usage: Heavy in Spring and Fall
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle




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General Description

For Santa Fe Trail travelers heading south, the changing horizon from plains to mountains was a major milestone on their journey. One of their guiding landmarks was the distant Spanish Peaks, which came into view along this section of the trail. A short walk up the side of a bluff, will give you a commanding view of the Rocky Mountains and surrounding prairie, much like that of the early travelers. Individuals wanting more than a view can follow a three mile section of the Santa Fe National Trail to Timpas Picnic Area. Stone posts mark the trail, beginning from the shelter.

This site provides a scenic overlook, horse hitching rail, RV and bus parking and interpretive signage. No drinking water is available.

Directions from La Junta: Drive 13 miles southwest on Highway 350 to Highway 71. Turn right (north) on 71 and travel 1/2 miles to the parking lot.

Directions from Trinidad: Drive 56 miles northeast on Highway 350 to Highway 71. Turn left (north) on to Highway 71 for 1/2 miles to the parking lot.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Sierra Vista Interpretive Site
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Sierra Vista Interpretive Site
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Sierra Vista Interpretive Site
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Sierra Vista Interpretive Site
Yes
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs Santa Fe National Historic Trail - Sierra Vista Interpretive Site
Yes



Related Activities
Santa Fe National Historic Trail - Iron Spring Int - This site marks a spring accessible to travelers on the Santa Fe Trail.

Timpas Picnic Area - The Timpas Picnic Area lies 16 miles southwest of La Junta. The site is one of many along the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, 302 North Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 697 , Pueblo, CO, 81003, Phone: 800-233-3446, www.pueblochamber.org

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