On our way to Salida for our weekly grocery shopping at Walmart, we decided to go a different way and check out the tiny town of Poncha Springs. We found it to be another one of those special towns in Colorado you don’t want to miss. This area is absolutely blessed with beauty and incredible scenery everywhere you go. Poncha Springs is the closest town to the Monarch Ski Area.
To paint a portrait of Poncha Springs is to picture the diversity and richness of the Old Western Colorado alongside the image of a typical small town in rural America. Located in Chaffee County Colorado, in the upper reaches of the Arkansas River Basin, Poncha Springs is nestled in a valley surrounded by the scenic San Isabel National Forest. Poncha Springs calls itself the Crossroads of the Rockies, an appropriate nickname given that the town, at an elevation of 7,465 feet, is nearby to 14 mountain peaks of more than 14,000 feet above mean sea level and is situated at the junction of two transcontinental highways.
The immediate area and surrounding region are blessed with natural beauty and environments sought out by many visitors who arrive to enjoy the numerous available leisure-time activities. Winter sports and skiing are possible at Monarch Ski Area approximately 15 miles west of Poncha Springs. The area is surrounded with wide open spaces and lots of cattle ranches. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Another great day of exploring in Colorado, check back later for more.