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Apishapa Arch


Historic photos

These historic photos submitted by Laurie Miller show the construction progress of building the arch

BH Photo #101586



Stone arch tunnel through a rock dike on FR 415 just east of Cordova Pass
Las Animas County, Colorado
Open to traffic
Built 1933-34 by the Civilian Conservation Corps
- Civilian Conservation Corps
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.34004, -104.99783   (decimal degrees)
37°20'24" N, 104°59'52" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
13/500192/4132595 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Herlick Canyon
10138. ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 11933 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • September 23, 2020: New photo from Glenn Celerier
  • August 21, 2009: Updated by John Cross: "Photos Added" "information added"
  • November 21, 2005: Posted photos from Laurie Miller


  • Laurie Miller
  • John Cross - jcrossiam [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Glenn Celerier - celerier [dot] bridgehunter [at] gmail [dot] com


Apishapa Arch
Posted October 16, 2013, by Greg Cocks (skiwi [at] spamcop [dot] net)

Such a beautiful part of the world...

Apishapa Arch
Posted January 29, 2008, by Dottie Feister (ddfeister [at] aol [dot] com)

My father in laws helped build this arch. I found this website through the recent cleanup of graffitti that a boy scout group did. I sent them a thank you as this holds wonderful memories for my husband as well as me. I have a picture where he is standing below the scaffling. the props for the forming of the Archway were cut by my father in law and drug off of Dochter Saw mill which now belongs to us. The shed sitting there was at the sawmill. What history!

The road was built with skids and a team of mules. My father in Laws mule team. I think his brother helped also. He would be Bill Feister. My Father in Law was Dennis Feister. My husband could tell more. This is the road to our high pasture fields. We live below the arch and forest off 21.7

This area holds alot of history. I wish he could be here today to tell you the stories of this area. All summer we pass through this arch. Every year new graffitti is put on it. It was wonderful to drive through this fall and see nothing but the beuaty that the kids left us with.