Colorado State Highway 159

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State Highway 159

Map of Costilla County in southern Colorado with SH 159 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by CDOT
Length33.661 mi[1] (54.172 km)
Major junctions
South end NM 522 at New Mexico state line
Major intersections SH 142 San Luis
North end US 160 near Fort Garland
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Colorado State Highway System
SH 157 US 160

State Highway 159 (SH 159) is a 33.661-mile-long (54.172 km) state highway in far southern Colorado. SH 159's southern terminus is a continuation as New Mexico State Road 522 (NM 522) at the New Mexico state line, and the northern terminus is at U.S. Route 160 (US 160) near Fort Garland.

Route description

SH 159 starts in the south at the New Mexico state line where the road becomes NM 522 which heads south towards Taos, NM. From the state line the road heads north to meet US 160 at its north end just outside Fort Garland. There is only one town along the route, San Luis, which is at the road's midpoint. San Luis is also the site of SH 159's junction with SH 142, the only significant junction along the route.


The route was established in the 1920s and paved by 1938. The route remains as it was when established.[2]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Costilla County.

0.0000.000 NM 522 – TaosContinuation beyond New Mexico state line; Southern terminus
San Luis17.92928.854
SH 142 west – Romeo
Eastern terminus of SH 142
33.66154.172 US 160 – Alamosa, WalsenburgNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b "Segment Descriptions for Highway 159". Colorado Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-03-26.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Salek, Matthew E. "Colorado Routes 140-159". Retrieved 2010-04-09.

External links

Media related to Colorado State Highway 159 at Wikimedia Commons