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Bikes, History, No Bad Vibes, and More in

Spanish Peaks Country

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2016 Stonewall Century Ride

Saturday, August 6 2016

The Stonewall Century is a challenging road bike ride along the beautiful Highway Of Legends. We welcome you to come and enjoy some of the best road riding in Southern Colorado.

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The Huerfano County Historical Society Celebrates 140 Years of Railroading in Spanish Peaks Country

The tour finishes near Gardner just as the Historical Gardner Chuckwagon Dinner Begins!

Tour the “Old La Veta Pass” Route – August 6, 2016

William Jackson Palmer built the first railroad in southern Colorado. He finished laying track from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1871, extended his line to Pueblo in 1872, to La Veta in 1876, and on to Alamosa in the San Luis Valley by July 4, 1878.

See and learn about Oakview Mine’s Gun Turrets for 1913-14 Coal Strike; Mule Shoe Curve; Windy Point; the Old La Veta Pass 1876 Depot; the ghost town Uptop and more!

This section of the D&RG route was known as “The Railroad Above The Clouds.”

And see for yourself why Helen Hunt Jackson wrote in 1878 about her journey to the top of “Old La Veta Pass”: 

“From the mouth of the pass to the summit is

Measured in miles – fourteen miles;

Measured in hours – three hours;

Measured in sensations – the length of a dream.”

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Historical Gardner Chuckwagon Dinner 8/6/16

Celebrating 74 years in the same location!

 Chuchwagon signsml In 1904, ranchers on the upper Huerfano River formed the Cuerno Verde Cattle Association so they could act as a unit in protecting brands, rounding up rustlers, and lobbying government agencies. These stockmen and their hired cowboys branded calves together in the spring, drove their herds together onto the lush pastures atop Greenhorn Mountain in the early summer, and herded their steers to market together in the late fall. The association’s autumn roundups often included more than 10,000 cattle and took up to six weeks to complete. Every morning and every evening during those six weeks all the riders from outfits large and small ate their meals together around the same chuckwagon. 
August 6, 2016, marks the 74th time that the Gardner ChuckWagon Dinner will be held in the yard behind the Methodist Church. The actual chuckwagon has been replaced with a church kitchen and a large underground roasting pit; but the corn is still boiled over an open flame in cast iron kettles and many of the makeshift picnic tables are supported by hay bales, giving the scene a genuine rustic flavor. 

Don’t Miss the Best Pit Roasted Beef You Have Ever Tasted!

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No Bad Vibes Music Festival

July 29 & 30, 2016

Gardner Colorado

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There is a Lot More to See and Do 

in Spanish Peaks Country!

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Studio and Gallery Tour – 8/6 & 8/7

Taos Trail Tour – 8/13/16

Battlemoor VII – 8/31 – 9/5/16

Mountain Mining Days – 9/3/16

Celtic Fest – 9/22 – 9/25/16

Oktoberfest – 10/1/16


Don’t delay.  Schedule your dream getaway weekend
right here in Spanish Peaks Country…. and discover all
there is to love about this little slice of Heaven on Earth.

 


 

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Explore a land rich in history, natural wonders and artistic inspiration. Experience the small town charm of Walsenburg, La Veta, Gardner and Cuchara. Spanish Peaks Country also offers art & history museums, a water park, shopping, Lathrop State Park and more. At the cross roads of Southern Colorado you will also find many other outdoor activities available in San Isabel National Forest and the Spanish Peaks Wilderness area.


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