Capilla de San Juan Bautiste. Photo: slvheritage.com
La Garita is an unincorporated community in Saguache County. There’s nothing really in the town, except for some residential, a historic church, the Capilla de San Juan Bautiste, and a Trading Post, which serves up the best hamburgers in the San Luis Valley.
There was a post office that operated in La Garita sporadically from 1874 to 1972. The close by La Garita Mountains gives the town its name.
The area is full of natural landmarks, with plenty of hiking and climbing opportunities in the Penitente Canyon and surrounding Rio Grand National Forest. The Natural Arch is one local attraction worth visiting.
La Garita Days – The town celebrates its heritage in late July.