Experiences

Spanish Peaks Country’s Farmers and Artisans Markets

Spanish Peaks Country offers a variety of markets featuring locally grown food and hand-crafted goods. Check out any one of the following markets. La Veta Farmers Market Website Thursdays, 3 pm to 6 pm Mid-May through Mid-October Location: La Veta Library/Francisco Fort Museum Courtyard The La Veta Farmers Market is a vibrant market venue, offering [...]

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Spanish Peaks County’s State Trust Lands and Wildlife Areas

State Trust Lands Blackhawk - GMU 85 Directions: From Walsenburg go south on -25 to exit 42, Rouse Road. Turn west and then immediately south. The road will turn west again and cross the railroad tracks. Go through the town of Pryor, stay straight, and head past the entry feature at Blackhawk Ranch. The parking [...]

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Lake Isabel

Lake Isabel is a favorite vacation spot in the southern Wet Mountains, offering picnic areas, a campground, and several parking areas scattered around the lake. There is also a number of private vacation homes on the north shore and cabins you can rent at “the Lodge.” The lake welcomes non-motorized boats for fishing in waters [...]

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Cordova Pass

Cordova Pass sits on the western shoulder of the West Spanish Peak, rises to an elevation of 11,2560 feet, and lies just outside the Spanish Peaks Wilderness. Cordova Pass is reached via the Apishapa Road, a leg of the Scenic Highway of Legends. Most of the time, the pass may be traversed by passenger vehicles, [...]

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Blue Lake Campground

Blue Lake Campground, located at 10,440 feet in elevation, has a beautiful little lake ideal for fishing. This rustic campground has 16 campsites, each with a table and fire ring. Some are shaded; others provide full sunlight. An on-site camp host offers firewood bundles for sale. Vault toilets and drinking water are available. No electric [...]

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Bear Lake Campground

Bear Lake Campground is located in the beautiful San Isabel National Forest at an elevation of 10,480 ft. Views of the nearby Culebra Mountain Range with aspen and spruce forests offer campers a genuine Colorado experience. This rustic campground has 14 campsites, each with a table and fire ring. Some are shaded while others provide [...]

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Pass Creek Pass

Pass Creek Pass is a hidden gem in western Huerfano County. It crosses the Sierra Blanca ridge from Costilla County in the south to the Upper Huerfano River Valley in the north. Along the way, it passes through a simply beautiful countryside with some very interesting geology. The mountains to the west of Pass Creek [...]

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San Isabel National Forest

San Isabel National Forest is one of eleven National Forests in Colorado. The Forest includes over one million acres of beautiful scenery with snow-capped mountain peaks, spring wildflowers, autumn colors, crystal clear mountain lakes, and clear blue skies to enjoy. Prior to the establishment of the forest, the presence of American Indians, Spanish Land Grants, homesteading, and the [...]

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Alamosa

Head over La Veta Pass from Walsenburg and discover Alamosa and all it has to offer, from authentic local cuisine to historic train rides through the Rocky Mountains. This city has a unique combination of attractions, most notably the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, which brings nearly half a million visitors annually. Other [...]

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OHVing in Spanish Peaks Country

Relieve stress, enjoy Southern Colorado's great weather, spend time with family and friends, and have loads of fun on a four-wheeling adventure. Spanish Peaks Country offers miles of trails for the novice and experienced rider. From open meadows to forested trails, an OHV ride will showcase the region’s famous landscapes. #1 & #2 - Cuchara [...]

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Frontier Pathways Scenic & Historic Byway

The wishbone-shaped Frontier Pathways Scenic & Historic Byway starts in Pueblo, travels west into Westcliffe/Silver Cliff, and then south into Colorado City. The two-lane highway is 103 miles long and showcases pastoral landscapes, the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, sharp mesas, Hardscrabble Canyon, and the Arkansas River. Once in the San Isabel National Forest, views [...]

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Spanish Peaks Birding Trail

Colorado Parks and Wildlife began building the statewide Colorado Birding Trail in 2000, connecting points rich in birds and wildlife. The trail now consists of three regions—Western Colorado, Rocky Mountains, and Eastern Plains. It's in the Rocky Mountain region that you'll find the Spanish Peaks Birding Trail. The Spanish Peaks Birding Trail follows the Highway [...]

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Walsenburg Wild Waters

Beat the heat at Walsenburg Wild Waters, Spanish Peaks Country’s family-friendly water park. With three different pools, a lazy river, two giant water slides, and interactive water features including fountains, sprays, and dumping bucket, you’re sure to have a splashin’ good time at Walsenburg Wild Waters! The water park’s zero-entry pool allows the youngest of [...]

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La Veta Art Galleries

La Veta may be small and laid-back, but it’s also the art hub of the Spanish Peaks Region. Galleries featuring local, national, and international artists dot La Veta’s quaint Main Street. Art lovers are encouraged to spend time in La Veta and check out the following galleries. #1 - Shalawalla Gallery, Gift Shop, and School [...]

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Lathrop State Park

Colorado’s first state park, Lathrop State Park features two lakes and nearly 1,600 acres of recreational land nestled among the pinyons and junipers of the Spanish Peaks' foothills. Martin Lake offers water skiing, power, and sail boating. It’s also a warm-water lake, making it great for swimming.  Horseshoe Lake is a peaceful haven for canoeists, [...]

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Pueblo

Take a quick and easy drive north of Walsenburg and discover Pueblo, a culturally and historically-rich Colorado city made famous by being one of the largest steel-producing cities in the U.S. Built in 1881, Pueblo's Colorado Fuel and Iron Steel Mill attracted a large number of immigrant laborers, resulting in Pueblo becoming the most ethnically [...]

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Twelve Must-Dos in Spanish Peaks Country

There’s so much to do in Spanish Peaks County, where does one start? Good thing we compiled a list of some of our favorite activities. Take our challenge and try to do all 10! Find that one-of-a-kind item on Walsenburg’s Main Street and at the Antique Mall Go four-wheeling over Medano Pass to the Great [...]

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The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Nestled in Southern Colorado, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve features North America's tallest dunes, which rise over 750 feet high against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This fragile and complex ecosystem, which receives roughly 300,000 visitors annually, is an outdoor playground unlike any other. Hiking is the most popular activity at [...]

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La Veta School for the Arts

Treat yourself to a creative experience you won't soon forget at La Veta School for the Arts. With well-known, respected instructors, La Veta School for the Arts has established a strong reputation for offering quality educational artistic experiences in one of the most breathtaking undiscovered parts of Colorado. Workshops include anything from photography and painting [...]

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Trinidad

Drive half an hour south of Walsenburg and check out Trinidad, a place where no one is a stranger, art thrives, and history runs deep. Just 12 miles north of the New Mexico border and Raton Pass, Trinidad offers visitors grand, historic architecture, a unique blend of culture, wildly fun events, and lots of opportunities [...]

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Fox Theatre

The Fox Theatre, a Walsenburg historic landmark, dates back to 1917 when it was named the Star Theatre. Upon its opening, the Walsenburg World reported, “Besides being a high-class picture show-house, the Star is now Walsenburg’s largest and best-equipped hall for plays, vaudeville or conventions.” In 1929, the theatre began showing talking pictures, its interior [...]

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Francisco Fort Museum

Colonel John M. Francisco founded a trading post at the foot of the Spanish Peaks in Colorado Territory in 1862, around which the small town of La Veta grew. Legend tells us that upon reaching the verdant Upper Cuchara Valley in present-day Huerfano County, he declared, “This is paradise enough for me,” and settled down. [...]

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Golfing in Spanish Peaks Country

Spectacular Mountain Views! The course is located within Lathrop State park. No parks pass is required. Just drive through. If asked, say you are going to the golf course. Come and get right on. Elevated, well-manicured greens. This hidden gem is a must-play. The clubhouse serves great food. The best golf value in Colorado or [...]

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