Sapinero, Colorado

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Sapinero, Colorado
Unincorporated community
Sapinero in 2014
Sapinero in 2014
Sapinero is located in Colorado
Sapinero is located in the US
Coordinates: 38°27′35″N 107°18′12″W / 38.45972°N 107.30333°W / 38.45972; -107.30333Coordinates: 38°27′35″N 107°18′12″W / 38.45972°N 107.30333°W / 38.45972; -107.30333
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Gunnison County[1]
Elevation[1] 7,621 ft (2,323 m)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[2] 81247 (Gunnison)
Area code(s) 970
GNIS feature ID 0188204

Sapinero is an unincorporated community located on U.S. Highway 50, along the shore of Blue Mesa Reservoir in the Curecanti National Recreation Area in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. The U.S. Post Office at Gunnison (ZIP Code 81230) now serves Sapinero postal addresses.[2] The community was named after Chief Sapinero, a Ute Indian.[3]


Sapinero's original location was on the north bank of the Gunnison River, just downstream from the mouth of Soap Creek, at approximately (38.47042, -107.30600), about one mile north of its current location. Sapinero was originally a stop on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad's narrow gauge main line between Denver and Salt Lake City. Eventually, a standard gauge route supplanted the Gunnison line, and the narrow gauge's final abandonment came in 1955. In about 1963, when Blue Mesa Dam was built on the Gunnison River below Sapinero, the town was moved and re-established in its present location, prior to the area's inundation by the water of Blue Mesa Reservoir.


Climate type is dominated by the winter season, a long, bitterly cold period with short, clear days, relatively little precipitation mostly in the form of snow, and low humidity. The Köppen Climate Classification sub-type for this climate is "Dfc" (Continental Subarctic Climate).[4]

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  1. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. January 3, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2007. 
  3. ^ Dawson, John Frank. Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 45. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Sapinero