Museums and Historic Sites

Did you know that the Navajo consider Blanca Peak to be one of four sacred mountains that comprise the borders of their native lands? Or that many southwestern tribes consider the San Luis Valley to be the birthplace of their people, a spiritual place they've termed "Sipapu"?

Did you know that boxing heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey, the Manassa Mauler, was born and raised right here in the valley, and that the cabin of his birthplace still stands as a museum and memorial in the small town of Manassa? Or that the valley is home to both Colorado's oldest town (San Luis), and oldest church (Conejos)?

The pure and palpable cultural and natural history that exists today throughout the San Luis Valley may be one of the best authentic journeys through our country's past. Browse through our area's museums and historic sites to get a taste for the stories that have made us who we are.