Colorado State Highway 15

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State Highway 15

SH 15 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length22.834 mi[1] (36.748 km)
Major junctions
North end US 160 / US 285 in Monte Vista
East end US 285 / SH 17 near La Jara
CountryUnited States
CountiesRio Grande, Conejos
Highway system
  • Colorado State Highway System
SH 14 SH 16

State Highway 15 in the U.S. state of Colorado is a north–south, then east–west, state highway in the San Luis Valley region of Southern Colorado. It connects the two towns of Monte Vista and La Jara. There is a gap in the route.

Route description

SH 15 looking west in Capulin,
April 2018

SH 15 begins at a concurrency between US 285 and US 160. After heading south for about 12 miles (19 km), at the Rio Grande-Conejos county line, there exists an 8-mile (13 km) gap[1] filled in by Conejos County Route 6.[2] After the gap, SH 15 reappears in Centro and heads east to pass through Capulin, cross over the La Jara Creek, and end at US 285, north of La Jara.


The route was established in the 1920s as a much longer route, but it was gradually cut down to its current length. The route was paved in 1957.[2]

Major intersections

Rio GrandeMonte Vista0.0000.000 US 160 (1st Street) / US 285Northern terminus; highway continues as US 285 north (Broadway north)
SH 370 east
Rio GrandeConejos
county line
12.3719.91 CR 12SEnd state maintenance
Road 6 continues south
ConejosCentro20.3932.81 FH 255Begin state maintenance
26.5642.74 SH 371 – Carmel Dist.
30.91549.753 US 285 (SH 17) – Alamosa, La Jara, AntonitoEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Segment list for SH 15". Retrieved 2007-05-12.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Colorado Routes 1-19". Retrieved April 1, 2010.

External links

Media related to Colorado State Highway 15 at Wikimedia Commons