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Come visit Southern Colorado’s Scenic Highway of Legends


The Scenic Highway of Legends

A Colorado & National Forest Service Scenic Byway

From La Veta to Walsenburg

the Highway of Legends, Colorado

Looking north at sunset, coming out of La Veta

State Highway 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends travels about 5 miles northeast
from downtown La Veta, going quickly uphill near the La Veta-Cuchara Valley Airport,
to its’ junction with US Highway 160, a primary route between the I-25 at Walsenburg
and the San Luis Valley, Pagosa Springs, Durango and Cortez.

the West Spanish Peak at sunset

The West Spanish Peak at sunset, from near La Veta

Looking back at La Veta

Looking at La Veta from the north

The Scenic Byway route goes east to Walsenburg, paralleling the Cuchara River. Along
the way there are some great views of the Spanish Peaks to the south. You will also
come by a Santuario on the north side of the road.

Four miles west of Walsenburg is the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center on the
south side of the road and Lathrop State Park on the north side of the road.
Lathrop State Park is Colorado’s oldest State Park. Lathrop features two boating
and excellent fishing lakes (Horseshoe and Martin) with a swimming beach on Martin
Lake. Lots of picnic sites and camping spots in the Park, too. The Visitors Center
walls are covered with murals depicting the history of the area from the days of
the Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellers to the coal strikes of the early 1900’s. From almost
anywhere in the Park, the views of the Spanish Peaks are spectacular. On the east
side of Lathrop is the Walsenburg Municipal Golf Course (9 holes).

Lathrop State Park

On Horseshoe Lake at Lathrop State Park

The Spanish Peaks

The Spanish Peaks

Coming into Walsenburg, the speed limit drops at the edge of town. That’s fine because
there’s only a mile to go before turning right on Main Street and heading out onto
the I-25 for the journey back to Trinidad. Along the way you’ll find restaurants,
gas stations, convenience stores and motels in Walsenburg. You’ll also pass by the
city park, complete with swimming pool. If you turn left at Main Street and head
north, that road leads to Exit 52 on the I-25, just after the intersection with
State Highway 69, the road to Westcliffe and Custer County.

You are in the “La Veta to Walsenburg” section – follow the links below –

The Scenic Highway of Legends – Map and descriptions of sections:

Scenic Highway of Legends Map

Trinidad to StonewallStonewall to Cuchara PassCuchara Pass to La Veta

La Veta to Walsenburg Walsenburg to Trinidad

Aguilar to San Isabel NFSan Isabel NF to Cuchara Pass