Saguache County, Colorado
|Saguache County, Colorado|
Location in the state of Colorado
Colorado's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 29, 1866|
3,170.25 sq mi (8,211 km²)
3,168.44 sq mi (8,206 km²)
1.82 sq mi (5 km²), 0.06%
2/sq mi (1/km²)
|Time zone||Mountain: UTC-7/-6|
Saguache County (pronunciation: //) is the seventh most extensive of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 5,917 at U.S. Census 2000. The county seat is the Town of Saguache.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 3,170.25 square miles (8,210.9 km2), of which 3,168.44 square miles (8,206.2 km2) (or 99.94%) is land and 1.82 square miles (4.7 km2) (or 0.06%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Chaffee County, Colorado - north
- Fremont County, Colorado - northeast
- Custer County, Colorado - east
- Huerfano County, Colorado - southeast
- Rio Grande County, Colorado - south
- Alamosa County, Colorado - south
- Mineral County, Colorado - southwest
- Hinsdale County, Colorado - southwest
- Gunnison County, Colorado - northwest
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,917 people, 2,300 households, and 1,557 families residing in the county. The population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 3,087 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.29% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 2.06% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 23.00% from other races, and 3.08% from two or more races. 45.26% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,300 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 26.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $25,495, and the median income for a family was $29,405. Males had a median income of $25,158 versus $18,862 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,121. About 18.70% of families and 22.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.60% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
National park 
National forests 
National wilderness areas 
Trails within the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve 
- Liberty Road historic mail route open to foot, horse, and bicycle travel between Crestone and the ghost towns of Duncan and Liberty crossing the Baca Mountain Tract Rio Grande National Forest.
- Medano Pass Primitive Road
- Montville Nature Trail
- Mosca Pass Trail
- Sand Ramp Trail, a hiking trail within the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve which skirts the east and north of the dune field.
Bicycle routes 
National Register of Historic Places 
Saguache County locations listed in the National Register of Historic Places:
|Landmark name||Image||Date listed||Location||City or Town||Summary|
|1||Capilla de San Juan Bautista||February 8, 1980||NW of La Garita
|2||Carnero Creek Pictographs||June 5, 1975||Address Restricted||La Garita|
|3||Crestone School||January 9, 1986||Cottonwood St. and Carbonate Ave.
|4||First Baptist Church of Moffat||July 24, 2008||401 Lincoln Ave.||Moffat|
|5||Indian Grove||March 24, 2000||Address Restricted||Mosca|
|6||Saguache Flour Mill||September 18, 1978||W of Saguache
|7||Saguache School and Jail Buildings||May 2, 1975||U.S. 285 and San Juan Ave.
See also 
- Outline of Colorado
- Index of Colorado-related articles
- Colorado counties
- Colorado municipalities
- State of Colorado
- The place name "Saguache" is pronounced //. This name derives from the Ute language noun "sawup" (pronunciation: //) meaning "sand dunes". The Spanish language version of this name is usually spelled "Saguache", while the English language version is usually spelled "Sawatch".
- Merkl, Dameon (February 26, 2013), "What's in a Colorado name pronunciation?", The Denver Post, retrieved March 7, 2013
- "Annual County Population Estimates and Estimated Components of Change: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2006 (CO-EST2006-alldata)" (CSV). 2006 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
- "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Forest Service issues management plan for Baca Mountain Tract:" Creation of Great Sand Dunes National Park gave 14,000-acre parcel to Forest Service." article by Matt Hildner in The Pueblo Chieftain November 14, 2009, Updated May 11, 2010, accessed August 30, 2010
- Hiking and Backpacking accessed July 16, 2010
- List generated using the tool "Create a Wiki-formatted table of National Register properties in a given county" at "National Register Tools" "The data here was downloaded from the National Register Information System with a date of March 13, 2009" Accessed July 15, 2010
Further reading 
- Lindsey, D.A. et al. (1985). Mineral resources of the Black Canyon and South Piney Creek Wilderness Study Areas, Saguache County, Colorado [U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1716-A]. Washington, D.C.: U.S Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
- Saguache County Government website
- Crestone and Saguache County Visitor's Agency website
- Colorado County Evolution by Don Stanwyck
- Colorado Historical Society
||Gunnison County||Chaffee County||Fremont County|
|Mineral County and Hinsdale County||Rio Grande County and Alamosa County||Huerfano County|