Badito, Colorado

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Coordinates: 37°43′38″N 105°00′51″W / 37.72722°N 105.01417°W / 37.72722; -105.01417

Ruins in Badito, Colorado

Badito is an unincorporated community in Huerfano County, Colorado.[1] It is located at the intersection of Colorado State Highway 69 and County Road 520.


Badito, located at the crossing of the Huerfano River, marks a path used by the Ancestral Puebloans during the Basketmaker era.

Badito Cone, a prominent peak just north of Badito.

A Spanish expedition led by General Juan de Ulibarrí is the first known recorded journey through Badito. He documented the journey through Cuchara Pass, west of the Spanish Peaks in 1706. Juan de Ulibarrí's command reached the Rio de San Juan Baptista (currently named the Huerfano River) at Badito.

In 1819, Jacob Fowler noted an abandoned Spanish adobe fort at the location.

Some ruins in Badito

Later, the Taos Trappers Trail, joining the Santa Fe Trail with the Cherokee Trail, passed through this location. In 1867, as part of the U.S. Territories, Badito became the Huerfano County seat. Later the county seat was moved to Walsenburg.


  1. ^ "Badito". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.

Further reading[edit]

  • Whiteley, Lee. (1999). The Cherokee Trail: Bent's Old Fort to Fort Bridger. Boulder, Colorado: Johnson Printing. ISBN 0-9671351-1-7
  • Historic Marker #13. Posted by the Territorial Daughters of Colorado, Badito, Colorado.
  • Juan de Ulibarrí. Juan de Ulibarrí's Diary. Translated and posted by the Territorial Daughters of Colorado.