Rio Grande: Vargas Crossing

Rio Grande: Vargas Crossing,
11.5 miles east of Manassa on CO Hwy. 142,
Manassa , CO 81141

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.