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.
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.
- 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.