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Sapinero, Colorado
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Sapinero, Colorado is located in Colorado
Sapinero, Colorado
Sapinero, Colorado
Location in Colorado
Sapinero, Colorado is located in the United States
Sapinero, Colorado
Sapinero, Colorado
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Gunnison County
7,621 ft (2,323 m)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
81247 (Gunnison)
Area code(s) 970
GNIS feature ID 0188204

Sapinero is an unincorporated community located on U.S. Highway 50, along the shore of Blue Mesa Reservoir in the Curecanti National Recreation Area in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States.


Sapinero's original location was on the north bank of the Gunnison River, just downstream from the mouth of Soap Creek, at approximately (38.47042, -107.30600), about one mile north of its current location. Sapinero was originally a stop on the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad's narrow gauge main line between Denver and Salt Lake City. Eventually, a standard gauge route supplanted the Gunnison line, and the narrow gauge's final abandonment came in 1955. In about 1963, when Blue Mesa Dam was built on the Gunnison River below Sapinero, the town was moved and re-established in its present location, prior to the area's inundation by the water of Blue Mesa Reservoir.


Climate type is dominated by the winter season, a long, bitterly cold period with short, clear days, relatively little precipitation mostly in the form of snow, and low humidity. The Köppen Climate Classification sub-type for this climate is "Dfc" (Continental Subarctic Climate).

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