Rio Grande: Vargas Crossing

11.5 miles east of Manassa on CO Hwy. 142, Manassa, CO 81141
Local: 719-852-5941


Interpretive site marking Don Diego de Vargas's 1694 crossing of the Rio Grande. Fearing retaliation by the Taos Pueblo Indians for raiding their village to feed hungry Spanish settlers, de Vargas, the governor-general of New Mexico, rode north into the San Luis Valley.