Sierra Vista Interpretive Site

Area Status: Open

For Santa Fe National Historic 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. A view very similar to that seen by early travelers. Hikers and horseback riders can follow a 3-mile section of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail to Timpas Picnic Area. No bathrooms or water are available at this site.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: All day
Rentals & Guides: None
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: None
Permit Info: Commercial tours required to have a special use permit. Fees vary. Contact the Forest Service office in La Junta phone 719-384-2181, for further information.
Open Season: Open Year Round
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Park in designated areas only. No shooting.
Closest Towns: La Junta, Colorado
Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: USDA Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From La Junta, Colorado drive southwest on highway 350 for 13 miles. Turn right (north) at Highway 71 for 1/2 mile, then turn left (west) to the parking lot. From Trinidad, Colorado drive northeast on Highway 350 for 56 miles. Turn left (north) at Highway 71 for 1/2 mile, then turn left (west) to the parking lot.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Horse Riding

All livestock brought onto the Comanche National Grassland must use certified weed free hay and feed.

Status: Open
Fees: None
Hours of Operation: Year around
Difficulty Level: Easy
Rental info: None available

Viewing Scenery


Parking: RV and bus parking available

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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