Sierra Vista Interpretive Site

Area Status: Open
This area is 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 HistoricTrail 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 futher 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.

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Parking RV and bus parking available
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4420 feet