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    Penitente Canyon

    Estes Park, Colorado

    Penitente Canyon

    Penitente Canyon Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "Tucked away on the west side of the San Luis Valley, Penitente Canyon is a unique gallery of southwestern history. Penitente Canyon was known as Capulin Canyon through much of the twentieth century, because of the abundant wild cherry bushes. Before that, during the nineteenth century, it was called Cañon de Rajadero, because of a nearby sawmill.

    A devout sect of Roman Catholic monks, commonly called Los Penitentes, started to use the secluded canyon as a retreat after 1918. The name Penitente Canyon was cemented in the public consciousness only in the mid-1980s, after some dedicated Hermanos Penitentes conspired to paint the Virgin of Guadalupe high up on the canyon wall."

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    Trail Information

    Estes Park
    Nearby City
    Trail Guides
    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    1.4
    Distance
    Loop/Lollipop
    Trail Type
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    1- 2 hours
    Duration
    Year-round
    Season
    Bureau of Land Management, San Luis Valley Field Office, 46525 CO 114, Saguache, CO 81149; (719) 655-2547; www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/slvfo.html
    Local Contacts
    Penitente Canyon Recreation Management Area mountain bike map
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