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Welcome to the Town of Saguache

Saguache (a Ute word meaning "blue earth" or "water at blue earth") is the northern Gateway to the San Luis Valley.  It is a rural/agricultural community located on Highway 285 and Highway 114 in southern Colorado.  We are surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo mountain range on the east and the San Juan range on the west. With a population of around 500, we enjoy the small town life.  We have abundant trees and wildlife. In the evening you can see deer walking around the neighborhoods.

Clean Water.  We are located in a high alpine valley with the second largest aquifer in the country providing fresh, clean water in our town which is better than any bottled water. No fluoride or chlorine is added to our water.

Close Recreation.  We are 10 miles from a hot springs spa, and 40 miles from the Sand Dunes hot spring pool. With an elevation of 7800 feet, this area is known for its rock climbing, hunting, biking and hiking up many mountain trails (many of the peaks are 14,000 feet, a great challenge to climbers) as well as soaking in the many hot springs. Horseback riding is abundant with trail systems which seem to go on forever.  River rafting and the Great Sand Dunes National Park are about an hour away.

We invite you to come and enjoy our Paradise.

Downtown Saguache Business District

Saguache Highway Business District

Saguache Walking Tour--Thank you to ScSEED for developing the Walking Tour Booklet and allowing us to post it on the Town of Saguache website! 

Local Conveniences

We have local grocery stores and a convenience store, restaurants and gas stations, a public library, a privately owned welcome center, thrift store, and a theater that has both movies and live entertainment.  We also have an incredible pioneer museum, which has one of the largest arrowhead collections in Colorado. The museum features historic displays in seven rooms, plus a jail from 1908. For lodging there are a motel and several bed and breakfast inns. Artists and crafters, including potters, authors, photographers, quilters, weavers, basket makers and painters, call Saguache home. There are antique shops and art galleries to browse.

2019 Town of Saguache News

Public Notice of Passage - Ordinance 2019-2
Notice is hereby given that on Monday, August 12, 2019, the Town of Saguache, Board of Trustees passed and adopted ordinance 2019-2 - An ordinance regulating the placement of intermodal container (cargo container) upon public and private property in the Town of Saguache, Colorado.  

Full text can be found under New - Newly adopted ordinances 

Published in the Saguache Crescent - August 22, 2019



Elvie Samora 131 votes - Elected as Mayor
Michael Ray Wheeler 58
Julian Scott Miller 6

Amber Wilson 152 votes (4 year term)
Wyoma J. Hansen 142 votes (4 year term)
Loren J. Aldrich 132 votes (2 year term)
Janice Torrez 123 votes (2year term)
Randy Arredondo 122 votes (2year term)
Timothy Chittum 112 votes - not elected
Terry Gillette 102 votes - not elected


The Town of Saguache Regular Municipal Elections are held on the first Tuesday of April in even numbered years by polling place ballot locations.  For the 2018 election that date will be Tuesday, April 3, 2018.  At each election, eligible electors can vote for candidates nominated to fill vacancies on the Board of Trustees.  Eligible electors must have resided within the State of Colorado for at least 22 days prior to the election and be properly registered with the Saguache County Clerk and Recorder.  Voter registration materials are available at the Saguache Town Hall (504 San Juan Ave, Saguache, CO) and at the Saguache County Clerk and Recorder (501 4th Street, Saguache, CO).  The designated polling place is Saguache Town Hall (504 San Juan Ave., Saguache Colorado) and polling hours on Election Day are 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

In 2018 the office of the Mayor and five Trustee positions are open for election, (3) four-year positions and (2) two-year positions.  The three four-year Trustee positions (2018-2022) shall be awarded to the candidates receiving the highest number of votes.  The two candidates receiving the next highest vote totals will fill the two positions with a term expiration of 2020. 


Candidates must meet the following criteria pursuant to C.R.S 31-10-301:

  • Must be a registered voter by the time of the candidate's nomination;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age by the date of the election;
  • Must be a primary resident of the Town of Saguache for a period of at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the election;
  • Must maintain residency throughout the term in office
  • May not be a candidate for more than one office at the same election or hold two municipal offices. 

Candidate packets can be obtained at the Saguache Town hall at 504 San Juan Avenue.  For information regarding the election and the election calendar please click the link below or contact the Town Clerk at 719-655-2232 or by email at or visit town hall.

Candidate Information and Calendar

Notice of Election