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Downtown Antonito: Architecture and Murals

Experience the history and culture of the Valley through the eyes of an artist. Antonito's many prominent and colorful murals tell the stories of the settlement of the San Luis Valley and express the local artistic spirit. The town of Antonito was founded in 1880 by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad as the junction point for the "Chili Line" (the railroad branch to Santa Fe, New Mexico) and the San Juan Extension from Alamosa to Durango and Silverton. The original depot and several downtown structures such as the stone Palace Hotel mirror the original character of the town as a busy trade center.

Mostly along US Hwy 285 (Main Street)
AntonitoCO  81120
(719) 376-2049

Hours of Operation
Downtown area
Located 10 miles north of the New Mexico border, downtown Antonito's Main Street overlaps with US Hwy 285, 111 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico and 30 miles south of Alamosa, Colorado. The town's most significant original architecture is located in or near the central blocks on Main between Third and Seventh Avenues.
Visitor Services
Snack Bar / Restaurant
Visitor Information
Picnic Area
ADA Accessibility
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places
Travel Tips
The Antonito Visitor Center, 5252 US Highway 285, is open 9am-12:30pm, 1-5pm, 7 days a week Memorial Day through mid-October, (719) 376-2049. See individual listings on this website for the D&RG Antonito Depot and the SPMDTU building. Antonito is also home to the steam-powered Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, which operates as a living museum on the narrow-gauge rails between Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico. (See also the separate listing on this website for more information.)
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