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Huerfano Butte

Ten miles north of Walsenburg, just off Highway 25, is Huerfano Butte, a conical-shaped circular plug that draws hundreds of visitors every year. It rises from the ground, contrasting the surrounding gently rolling hills of sagebrush and sparse grass, and gives the impression of being out of place. The butte stands 300-foot high like a [...]

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Top Reasons to Visit La Veta and Cuchara

The La Veta - Cuchara Chamber invites you to visit its special piece of Spanish Peaks Country. Here are its top reasons to visit La Veta and Cuchara. La Veta and Cuchara have some of the most unique geological features in the country. The 82-mile Highway of Legends was selected by The Lonely Planet as one [...]

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La Veta Oktoberfest

If you haven’t had a chance to attend La Veta’s Oktoberfest, what are you waiting for? Held on the first Saturday of every October, this incredible day includes a car show, German band, dancing in the street all day long, over 60 arts, crafts, and food vendors, a Veteran's tribute, and a German Biergarten. Festivities [...]

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Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival

Attend the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival and become enchanted by world-renowned Celtic artists and scholars guaranteed to keep you singing, dancing, and enjoying music day and night in various locations throughout Spanish Peaks Country! Hundreds, maybe thousands of years ago, Spanish Peaks Country became an intersection of cultures and traditions. Indigenous natives, Spanish [...]

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Huajatolla Heritage Festival

The Hujatolla Heritage Festival is a special three-day event in Spanish Peaks County that honors the area's Hispano and Native American cultures. This June, come and honor Hispano and Native American Cultures through music, art, food, dance, education, and more in the shadows of the beautiful Spanish Peaks (The Huajatollas or Wahatoyas). The Huajatolla Heritage Festival is [...]

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Gardner Chuckwagon Dinner

Each summer, hundreds of old friends from throughout the nation travel to Gardner to reminisce about old times and enjoy pleasant camaraderie during the Annual Gardner Chuckwagon Dinner. The smells of pit-roasted beef and buttered corn-on-the-cob fill the air along with the aromas of baked beans, hot biscuits, potatoes and gravy, strong cowboy coffee, iced [...]

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Francisco Fort Day

Francisco Fort Day is a celebration of the Francisco Fort Museum and the beginnings of La Veta, Colorado. Admission is free, and visitors are treated to special presentations. This celebration is a day filled with fun activities for everyone, such as bed races, duck races, chicken drop, activities for kids, performers, and a craft and [...]

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Art in the Park

The Spanish Peaks Art Council (SPACe) hosts Art in the Park in La Veta every year on the weekend closest to Independence Day. During this art festival, all kinds of handmade arts, crafts, jewelry, apparel, paintings, ceramics, wood, and more are available for purchase. There are no factory-made items at this event nor are there [...]

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Mountain Mining Days

Each September, the Walsenburg Downtown Revitalization Committee presents Mountain Mining Days, an end of summer celebration at Miners Plaza in Walsenburg. The fun starts with a downtown parade featuring marching bands, horses, collectible cars, and so much more! Along 6th street, food and artisan vendors, a kids’ zone with fun games, face painting, and other [...]

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Spanish Peaks Music Festival

The Spanish Peaks Music Festival comes to La Veta for two days each July and features a solid lineup of awesome country music. People come from all over and pour into the La Veta Airport along the Scenic Highway of Legends for this jam-packed concert. Parking is easy, camping is available, and kids are welcome. View [...]

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Dog Days of Cuchara

Bring your dog! Dress up like a dog! Wear a crazy hat! Anything goes! This street party and parade offers live music, a family parade, kids games, big dog and little dog races, face painting, a photo booth, a dog jog, a corn hole tournament, a hat party, fundraisers for the firefighters, and more! Pleases [...]

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Cuchara

Cuchara is a charming, mountain village tucked on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the heart of the Cucharas River Valley. Surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest with all its lakes, mountains, and wilderness, this village is a favorite respite for Colorado hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. At the heart [...]

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Walsenburg

Walsenburg, Huerfano Country’s county seat, sits in the heart of Spanish Peaks Country. With I-25, Highway 160, and Highway 10 meeting in Walsenburg, this quaint, Southern Colorado gem is a popular stop for travelers who delight in its small-town charm and history, natural wonders, and artistic inspiration of the surrounding area. Visitors enjoy Walsenburg’s antique [...]

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Huerfano County Historical Society

Take a deep dive into Huerfano County’s history with the Huerfano County Historical Society. This organization collects archival photos, newspapers, and Huerfano County records from the 1890s to the present. It also manages the Walsenburg Mining Museum and the Francisco Fort Museum. Find the Huerfano County Historical Society at the Huerfano Heritage Center in Walsenburg. [...]

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The Spanish Peaks

The Spanish Peaks are geologically distinct from the faulted and uplifted mountains of the Sangre de Cristo range to the west. To the geologist, the Spanish Peaks are prime examples of stocks—large masses of igneous rock layered by sedimentary rock and exposed by erosion. Stocks 27 million years ago, pressures and stresses built up by [...]

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A People’s History of the Spanish Peaks

The Spanish Peaks of Southern Colorado have been among the most important landmarks of the southwestern United States, guiding Native American tribes, Spanish and French trappers, gold seekers, hunters, and American settlers. The Ute, Comanche, Apache, and other, earlier Native American tribes held the peaks in religious awe and named the mountains Wahatoya, meaning “Breasts [...]

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The Sangre de Cristo Mountains

The Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range is one of the longest ranges on Earth. It stretches from Poncha Pass in Central Colorado to Glorieta Pass southeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Sangres consist of ten 14,000-foot peaks and more than two dozen 13,000-foot peaks. Hundreds of miles of excellent alpine hiking trails weave throughout [...]

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Gardner

Gardner is a small community halfway between the Wet Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in upper Huerfano County. Historically, the area was crisscrossed by Ute, Comanche, and Apache hunting parties, Spanish conquistadors, and French trappers. While a few groups of early Americans came and went in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, [...]

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The Ludlow Massacre and the Colorado Coalfield War

During Colorado’s coal mining days, colliers experienced twice the number of deaths compared to anywhere else in the world. These high death tolls reflected the mine owners’ gross negligence to safety. Though colliers wished to complain about their working conditions to mine owners, without a union, they would be fired on the spot. Moreover, companies [...]

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