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Culebra Creek (also called Culebra River, Río de la Culebra or Río Culebra) is a stream in Costilla County, Colorado. It begins at the junction of El Valle and Carneros creeks and flows into the Rio Grande 11 miles east of Manassa, Colorado.[1]

Culebra Creek
Culebra Creek
The creek near the town of San Luis
CountryUnited States
LocationCostilla County, Colorado
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationJunction of El Valle Creek and Carneros Creek
 ⁃ coordinates37°10′58″N 105°14′13″W / 37.1827°N 105.2369°W / 37.1827; -105.2369 (Culebra Creek, source)
 ⁃ location
Rio Grande
 ⁃ coordinates
37°10′44″N 105°43′47″W / 37.1790°N 105.7297°W / 37.1790; -105.7297 (Culebra Creek, mouth)Coordinates: 37°10′44″N 105°43′47″W / 37.1790°N 105.7297°W / 37.1790; -105.7297 (Culebra Creek, mouth)
Length30 mi (48 km)


In 1851, the first Europeans to live permanently in Colorado settled along the banks of Culebra Creek.[2] The creek is the source of the San Luis People's Ditch, an acequia, which was given the highest priority water rights in the state. The entire Culebra Creek Watershed supports fourteen acequias.[3]

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