1 week ago
#tbt to this cute cub! Captured by Kelly Burgess ... See MoreSee Less
Reminds me of "The Bear". Great movie.
Every picture has a story .... While hiking the Lily Lake Trail about a half mile in there is a large meadow on the north side of the trail going up the mountain. Near the top I saw a clump of wildflowers , mom likes flowers so I had to get pictures of the flowers. While taking the pictures facing the forest I hear movement behind me and find this young cub romping in the tall grass about 15 feet away .... camera up click,click,click.... then form the deep sub-cortex of my brain comes the question , where is mom ... that quickly translates to the fore brain question ... WHERE IS MOM ? I look behind me into the forest, scan both sides then check the cubs location only to find he has moved off to the side and is now standing on his hind legs batting at a monarch butterfly. I took this opportunity by giving the cub a wide berth and hastily moved to the valley floor. After I arrived safely and ensured that I was not being chased it occurred to me, I SHOULD OF TAKEN THE PICTURE !
Adorable cub 🐾❤️
Spanish Peaks Country shared La Veta Gallery on Main's post.
2 weeks ago
La Veta Gallery on Main opens next weekend! Be sure to stop in for a visit.The Gallery is closed now for winter break. We'll be open again on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm, beginning January 18th! ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
Do you have a New Year's resolution? Ours is to see more of this! Photo by Kelly Burgess ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful my husband & boys have enjoyed many years camping/working on Spanish Peak Scout Ranch & rebuilding after the fire a few years back.
Myself enjoyed every moment during our trips through out the years dropping & picking the boys up to see this Beautiful Mountin ❤
4 weeks ago
Happy Holidays from Spanish Peaks Country! Photo by Kelly Burgess ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful, was this taken today?
Thank you for a slice of home to enjoy was in the flatlands of MO with family for xmas. Sure needed it!
The Cuchara night sky via @scot_mangold on Instagram ✨ ... See MoreSee Less
Oh, my goodnesss... beautiful, Scot.
Very informative and fresh
This is my screensaver. Love it
Get away from the city to the quaint town of La Veta. ... See MoreSee Less
It is so beautiful there! Went for a ride and found this beautiful little place quite some time ago. I still think about it often and want to go back.
Love this beautiful town! Would love to live there!
My heart is there 💖💓💗😍
Come and you will never want to leave❤️
Me, too . . . Well . . . Adopted home town. 😎
my brother lives there now and loves it- the people have been so friendly and welcoming- can't wait to visit
I miss my home town.
Love this little mountain village 😘
A little hidden gem of a chapel. Have you been? ... See MoreSee Less
Yes! It was a foggy day but it was beautiful and peaceful! Easy drive from La Veta.
Love to go every time we are in Colorado! One of my favorite little chapels
It‘s a beautiful and very serene place.
They've restored it since I went through it in the early '80's. It's beautiful.
My grandmother taught in a one room school house in Kansas back around 1900 :) <3
Did it survive the recent wildfire?
Uptop Church. Love😘 Love 😘Love😘
Le Veta ghost town chapel. I’ve got some great pictures from up there.
Good memories when I was growing up yearly the 4th .of July big family gathering and fun memories
I love it!!
Yes. As a child we went at least every summer if not twice during the summer. Linda Bush. Remember those trips?
Spend time with three special girlfriends at Uptop! Wonderful memories.
would love to go in !😍
Good memories there.🤗
So lovely and peaceful.
Reminds me of the old small Baptist church maxdale tx
Love to go
It's been the Catholic Church on old La Veta pass for years. I have heard that the Vigil family were the last ones to have regular service there. They sold it to Lyman Brigham in 1969.
No! I would love to know where it is!!
2 months ago
2018 Annual Holiday La Veta Arts Fundraiser, Dec.1st, 5-7:30pm. SATURDAY. Tickets on sale now at participating galleries- SPACe, Shalawalla, LVSA, Funky Monkey Art Space, Silvershoe, La Veta Gallery on Main. Tickets online at www.lavetagalleryonmain.com $25. Stroll La Veta's galleries and enjoy a sampling of holiday foods from around the world while supporting local arts programs. ... See MoreSee Less
Take a peek into the Walsenberg Mining Museum! ... See MoreSee Less
Isn’t it closed until May?
Very nice!! Great Mining Museum!!
It's a great museum!
Next Friday at 6:30pm! Come out for Walsenburg's 29th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights!youtube.com ... See MoreSee Less
Great day for a drive! Photo by @goatdogjack on Instagram. ... See MoreSee Less
A ride over Apishapa Pass, aka Cordova Pass, in the summer is intense and beautiful. Drive a 4wd vehicle for this trip, worth your effort.
I really need to take a ride through there again.I love it.
Caught Some Nice Trout On Vacation Up That Way Years Ago!
I dream of living in country like this💖
It was thank you!
I love this area
Nice drive any time of the year!...gh
Huerfano County. That’s home for City Girl these days. Never would have expected that as a kid growing up in Chicago or a career Mom in Denver. But I’ve become fascinated by the geography, culture, and history in this iconic county.
Huerfano, as most of you know, is the Spanish word for “orphan” and if you believe that names help shape identity, as I do, then you’ll agree that our county fits its name well. We are often forgotten and overlooked in politics, economic development, and bragging rights. Usually, we are at or near the bottom on Colorado lists of healthiest, wealthiest and most educated counties. But, don’t let that fool you, Dear Readers. There is much to love about and appreciate here in Huerfano
Did you know that Huerfano County:
1. Was once part of Mexico? Mexico owned the land up to the Arkansas River until it lost the Mexican – American War and ceded the land to the US.
2. Contains the landmark Huerfano butte that was used by Native Americans, Spanish explorers, fur trappers, and early settlers to guide their way. This assured that from early times what was to become Huerfano County was the crossroads of the southwest. Our area was indeed a multi-lingual place with several Native American languages, Spanish, French and finally English spoken here.
3. Was originally the largest county in the state. It's w borders extended from the Arkansas River on the north to the New Mexico border on the south and from the mountains on the west to Kansas on the east. The size was reduced a couple of times until the current borders were set in 1874,
4. Was changed by early settlers who brought land ownership, farming and ranching to the area. There are several hundred cemeteries in the county that give glimpses into their lives. Today, Huerfano County is the home of 13 Centennial farms, owned and continuously operated by the same family for 100 years. You can see a list of these on a plaque at the Huerfano Heritage Center in Walsenburg and learn more at a future event.
5. Coal mining became the primary industry of Huerfano County by the early 1900’s. Records show 75 mines listed in our county. https://colorado.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,mine,scfips,08055.cfm
6. Mining brought an influx of people from around the world to work the mines and service the workers. Huerfano once again became a rich mix of cultures and languages.
7. Some of the biggest and longest lasting communes are in Huerfano County.
(City Girl drew on information from "The Orphan" by John Manos, published by Rinehart Publishing, 2012 for some of these items.)
So, how has the history of Huerfano influenced what it is today, City Girl wonders and continues to ask as she learns more and more about our area. Discovering the county’s history has been like peeling an artichoke leaf by leaf, always looking for the juicy heart and always surprised that there is more to come.
Are you, too, curious about how the past influences our present? Well, here’s just the thing for you.
The Huerfano County Historical Society is hosting a series of History Happenings, featuring events and information that influence our county today. These are set up as an informal Sunday Salon-type of event where an HCHS member hosts and shares interesting information to inform and stimulate discussion.
Sunday, November. 4th is the first History Happenings Salon. It will be hosted by the HCHS Heritage Center Director, John Van Kueren. He has scoured the very extensive collection of photos and newspapers at the Heritage Center to prepare a presentation of photos of Huerfano County. Many of these are rare and seldom seen, others more common, but all give a sense of what has helped our county be what it is today.
As far as the HCHS Board knows it is the first of its kind that pulls together old photos of our county in one show. Today's photos are just some samples of what's to come on Sunday.
We hope you will join us at 2 PM at the Spanish Peaks Library, 415 Walsen Avenue, Walsenburg. We’ll have cookies and cider to add to your pleasure.
Future History Happenings Salons
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, La Veta Library, 2 PM Tracing Your Roots and Ethical Implications, the hostess is Mary Ann Nelson, Ph.D.
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2 PM, La Veta Library, The German Colony: An early Commune? The host is David Steffan, local historian
Sunday, May 19, 2 PM, Spanish Peaks Library. Huerfano’s Centennial Farms, Highlighting the newest one – the Sporleder Farm. Hosts will be the Sporleder Family and Sharon Vezzani. ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday we posted a few photos of the big snow in Cuchara. Today we share a collage of photos from some of the Rounders who were out with their cameras.
Please enjoy these photos from some of the Rounders.
Laura Lee Carter - Spanish Peaks
Cuchara Vacation Rentals - Cuchara Valley
Pamela Ward - ghost tree
Heather Curtis - path shoveled through snow
Lisa Dasenbrock - pine tree covered in snow
Jessica Ayers - young Ayers examines his first snow man
Andy Ayers - snow in the meadow
Heather Curtis - dogs enjoying the snow ... See MoreSee Less
Yeeeessssssss .... Awesomeness
Beautiful. I miss being there.
Spanish Peaks Country shared Funky Monkey Art Space's photo.
3 months ago
Come see the Mad Scientist at the Funky Monkey! ... See MoreSee Less
Alrighty, then. When City Girl last posted the snow had just begun to fall in the Cuchara Valley.
Well, it fell and fell all night and into the morning. A wonder deep drop after such a lean snow winter last year.
City Girl hasn't actually ventured out yet to get photos. Hopefully, some of our amazing photographers will do that for us. But just so you can see how much we got I'm including the lazy-person's photos - taken from the front door and windows.
We're guessing, without actually getting Lisa Dasenbrock's snow stick out, that we have between 18 and 24"! Good start for the winter, don't you think? Let's hope! ... See MoreSee Less
Sheila Susen Kruepke
Braden Woods the pics from cuchara I was talking about
Dave Furry took this photo of the Moon last June, showing it embedded deep in some thick clouds. The clouds form what looks like a scary "face" with the Moon under its left eye. ... See MoreSee Less
Spanish Peaks Country added 4 new photos.
3 months ago
OK - 4 AM ... still snowing ... storm is supposed to move out about Noon today - so could get another 4 to 6 inches ... the hill at Cuchara Mountain Park should be good for some runs for the human-powered skiers ... and check-in with Spanish Peaks Alpine Alliance (SPAA) on how the cross country trails at Cuchara Mountain Park are doing after this early season gift from Mother Nature - www.facebook.com/spanishpeaksalpinealliance/ ... See MoreSee Less
Spanish Peaks Country added 3 new photos.
3 months ago
Update from the hill! ... 2 AM and still snowing! ... See MoreSee Less
Spanish Peaks Country added 2 new photos.
3 months ago
Still snowing in the highlands of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Southern Colorado ... The first photo was taken at 10 PM and the second at midnight ... looks like we are accumulating about an inch an hour ... or more! All is welcome! ... See MoreSee Less
10/30/18 @ 10 PM in the upper Cucharas Valley in SpanishPeaksCountry.com - snowing hard - may it continue!
Looks like we will not be having coffee on the deck in the morning ... and the little goblins may need snow shoes to visit tomorrow night! ... See MoreSee Less