"Water at the Blue Earth"
Saguache (a Ute word meaning "blue earth" or "water at blue earth") is the northern Gateway to the San Luis Valley. I
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The Ute Indians, who camped here before the settlement of the Whites, called it "Sa-gua-gua-chi-pa", which means blue earth or water at the blue earth. Shortened to Saguache (Sa-watch), has been a tongue-twister through the ages.