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Culebra Creek
Culebra Creek
The creek near the town of San Luis
Country United States
Location Costilla County, Colorado
Physical characteristics
Main source Junction of El Valle Creek and Carneros Creek
37°10′58″N 105°14′13″W / 37.1827°N 105.2369°W / 37.1827; -105.2369 (Culebra Creek, source)
River mouth Rio Grande
37°10′44″N 105°43′47″W / 37.1790°N 105.7297°W / 37.1790; -105.7297 (Culebra Creek, mouth)
Length 30 mi (48 km)

Culebra Creek (also called Culebra River, Río de la Culebra or Río Culebra) is a stream in Costilla County, Colorado. It begins at the junction of El Valle and Carneros creeks and flows into the Rio Grande 11 miles east of Manassa, Colorado.


In 1851, the first Europeans to live permanently in Colorado settled along the banks of Culebra Creek. The creek is the source of the San Luis People's Ditch, an acequia, which was given the highest priority water rights in the state. The entire Culebra Creek Watershed supports fourteen acequias.

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