Sanford & the San Luis Valley
Welcome to the Town of Sanford. Sanford was founded in 1885 by Sanford Silas Smith. The Town officially incorporated as a Statutory Town on April 9,1907, and became a Home Rule Town in 2006. Sanford is in the Center of the San Luis Valley.
The San Luis Valley is an extensive alpine valley in the United States states of Colorado and New Mexico covering approximately 8,000 square miles (21,000 km2) and sitting at an average elevation of 7,500 feet (2,300 m) above sea level. The valley sits atop the Rio Grande Rift and is drained to the south by the Rio Grande River, which rises in the San Juan Mountains to the west of the valley and flows south into New Mexico. The valley is approximately 122 miles (196 km) long and 74 miles (119 km) wide, extending from the Continental Divide on the northwest rim into New Mexico on the south.
Views of Mt. Blanca from Sanford
This page was last updated: May 22, 2018
Pike's Stockade-Gain insights into the adventures and capture by the Spanish of U.S. Explorer Zebulon Pike, who built a stockade on this site on the banks of the Conejos River in 1807 while exploring in Spanish territory. Pike likely knew he was on Spanish land and that his capture was imminent. The journals written during his captivity in Santa Fe and published in the nineteenth century gave an expanding U.S. a hunger for the West. Pike's Stockade is located 7 miles N by NE of Sanford, Colorado, at the intersection of County Road Y and County Road 24.