San Acacio, Colorado

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San Acacio, Colorado
Census-designated place
Entering San Acacio from the east on State Highway 142
Entering San Acacio from the east on State Highway 142
San Acacio is located in Colorado
San Acacio
San Acacio
Location in Costilla County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 37°13′23″N 105°39′55″W / 37.22306°N 105.66528°W / 37.22306; -105.66528Coordinates: 37°13′23″N 105°39′55″W / 37.22306°N 105.66528°W / 37.22306; -105.66528
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Counties Costilla County
Elevation[1] 7,730 ft (2,356 m)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[2] 81151 (Sanford)
GNIS feature ID 204786[1]

San Acacio is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Costilla County, Colorado, United States.[3] As of the 2010 census it had a population of 40.[4] The U.S. Post Office at Sanford (ZIP Code 81151) serves postal addresses in San Acacio.[2]

Government Robert Quintana is, by proclamation, the mayor of Old San Acacio, Regina Romansky is the mayor of New San Acacio.


San Acacio is located in western Costilla County at 37°13′23″N 105°39′55″W / 37.22306°N 105.66528°W / 37.22306; -105.66528 (37.222947,-105.665302), in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. Colorado State Highway 142 runs through San Acacio, leading east 8 miles (13 km) to San Luis and west 25 miles (40 km) to U.S. Route 285 at Romeo.

One will notice a trash-filled hole in the center of New San Acacio, which is surely a health hazard. Our county commissioners have assured us for years that they will "look into" remediation of this problem. The commissioners' frequent assurances have been in place for over a decade and are restated every time a citizen shows up to a meeting asking about our infamous trash hole.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the San Acacio CDP has a total area of 1.26 square miles (3.26 km2), all of it land.[4]


Viejo San Acacio, the original San Acacio, was founded in 1853. The first settlers fought the Indians in the name of San Acacio (Saint Acacius). Viejo San Acacio is located 4 miles (6 km) east of present-day San Acacio, which was laid out 56 years later by the Costilla Estate Development Company in 1909. It was the most promising of the company's towns. Offices of the development company and a ditch and reservoir company were there, as well as a post office, a hotel, and a vegetable warehouse. The San Luis Southern Railroad arrived in 1910 and built a two-story depot there.

The present-day San Acacio CDP encompasses the community laid out in 1909 but not Viejo San Acacio.

Historic buildings and landmarks[edit]

The Capilla de Viejo San Acacio in Viejo San Acacio
  • San Acacio Mission Church (Capilla de Viejo San Acacio) – Built early in the 1860s, the Mission of San Acacio is the oldest standing church in Colorado. Constructed with 24-inch adobe walls, the mission underwent extensive restoration during the 1990s. In addition to stabilizing the foundation, several wooden columns were added to the interior to take the weight of the roof off the fragile walls. An altar screen, or retablo, was commissioned from Maria Romero Cash, a New Mexican artist specializing in religious folk art.
  • San Acacio Bank
  • Old San Acacio Cemetery – In old San Acacio there is a cemetery nicknamed Viejo Cemetery. The cemetery is located in a churchyard in Old San Acacio. The oldest marked grave in the cemetery is from 1907, and the cemetery is currently full.
  • New San Acacio Cemetery – The new cemetery is located 3/4 mile south of San Acacio. It is a public cemetery, and the oldest marked grave in the cemetery is from 1906. It is currently in use.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: San Acacio, Colorado
  2. ^ a b "ZIP Code Lookup" (JAVASCRIPT/HTML). United States Postal Service. January 3, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2007. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): San Acacio CDP, Colorado". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
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