WELCOME TO THE
SAN JUAN CATHOLIC SPIRITUAL CENTER
Walk the same path where courageous Hispano settlers journeyed into Southern Colorado
from New Mexico to live their Catholic faith at the foot of the La Garita Mountains.
The SAN JUAN CATHOLIC SPIRITUAL CENTER is a unique 10-acre site that offers a historical view of cultural traditions and a Catholic way of life brought from old Spain by the first Hispano settlers who traveled to the Spanish northern frontier from New Mexico.
As a place of panoramic beauty, it is located in the northern portion of the San Luis Valley, protected by the rugged San Juan Mountain Range to the west and looks across the vast Valley floor towards the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east.
As a visitor, you can trace the path of the Hispano settlers when you see St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Iglesia de San Juan Bautista); as you pause at the site of the ruins of the old convent, now a monument dedicated to San Juan Bautista (Casa de Cura/Convento); as you walk the St. John Paul II Rosary Walk with original buon fresco painting depicting Jesus' life; and as you wander through the rows of graves in the Carnero Creek Cemetery (Cemetario del Carnero).
St. John the Baptist
La Iglesia de San Juan Bautista
The original church was built in 1879, burned down in 1924, and rebuilt in 1926. Construction completed and paid through the efforts of the church's parishioners.
San Juan Bautista
Casa de Cura/Convento
A last remaining wall of a rectory/ convent was preserved as a monument dedicated to
St. John the Baptist and displays a buon fresco painting depicting Jesus' baptism.
St. John Paul II
San Juan Pablo II Paseo del Rosario
Dedicated in 2012 as a place for visitors to experience a spiritual journey through the mysteries of Jesus' life, with Mary, Mother of God, as the intercessor.
El Camposanto del Carnero
The cemetery has been in use since the church was built
and is still used today for
burials by descendants of the earliest settlers and other