Welcome to San Luis
Its character – today and throughout history – is largely the result of its isolation. For Spain, the upper Rio Grande was a lost province best left to the nomadic Native American tribes that Spain was unable to dominate. Under the threat of Ute raids, and far from the mercantile and spiritual centers at Taos and Santa Fe, San Luis developed as a self-sufficient outpost and largely escaped the ‘progress’ that revoked Hispanic tenure in other parts of the valley following the arrival of the railroad; today the town remains almost 90% Hispanic, a harbor of cultural diversity among Colorado’s predominantly white population.
San Luis is worth a detour for those who want to experience the slow, scenic pace of the deep San Luis Valley.