|Every year the Angel of Shavano appears on Mt. Shavano, a majestic 14,239 foot high peak west of Salida, Colorado. Long ago, a peculiarly-shaped snow field spawned the legend of the Indian Princess and her loving devotion to her people. As the legend goes, there was draught in the land one year, and the lack of water would soon force the tribe to seek a new home far away.
Undeterred, the Indian Princess hiked to the foot of the mountain to pray for rain. The Indian God of Plenty called for her to sacrifice herself as an offering for rain so that her people might live. Thereafter, the Indian Princess appeared each spring as the Angel of Shavano. Longing for her people, her tears are said to be the melting snow that trickles down the mountain’s slopes, turn into streams and make the valley fertile. The Angel of Shavano appears in the late spring and early winter.