A Small Town with History
Ignacio is located in the Heart of Southwestern Colorado. Named after one of the great Ute Indian Chiefs that led his people through many difficult times, the Town of Ignacio is rich with cultural diversity from Indian, Caucasian and Hispanic heritage.
Ignacio was incorporated in 1913 and is situated along the Los Pinos River in a long narrow valley facing the mountains. The community has a bold small town personality with a walkable center of eclectic shops and hometown restaurants with a hint of southwest flavor. There are a wide variety of events, lodging, camping and recreation centers, too.
Several large community events draw tourists from around the country. Ignacio Bike Week, a motorcycle event held Labor Day weekend each year, brings 40,000 folks to town. The Southern Ute Indian Tribal Bear Dance, held the end of May after the first rumble of spring thunder, draws dancers, crafts, arts and traditional dress from many tribes. The town celebrates San Ignacio Fiesta the last full weekend in July with parades and games. Finally, in December there is the Ignacio Taste of Christmas celebration featuring loca art, crafts and as always, Santa. These events create the small town bonds that link people to the community.