Explore La Veta and Cuchara

La Veta and Cuchara bookmark a gorgeous valley filled with geological wonders and lush riverbanks. Fill your cultural bucket in La Veta before driving into Cuchara for a hike through the forest.

Activity #1 – Francisco Fort Museum

The Francisco Fort Museum is the last surviving original adobe fort in the state. It houses artifacts representing multiple eras of Huerfano County’s history, including American, Spanish settler, and pioneer artifacts. More specifically, visitors to the museum will view weapons, wagons, saddles, clothing, a one-room schoolhouse, and a saloon from Old La Veta’s Main Street containing the bullet-scarred bar owned by Bob Ford after he shot Jesse James.

Activity #2 – La Veta Art Galleries

Walk downtown La Veta and stop in the town’s stellar art galleries—SPACe, Shalawalla Gallery, Gift Shop, and School, and La Veta Gallery Main. These innovative spaces exhibit regional, national, and international artists working in a wide range of mediums, including, but certainly not limited to batik, clay, fiber, metal, paint, photography and more.

LUNCH: Corners Diner

Activity #3 – Hiking in Cuchara

Cuchara, with its lush, pine forest, is made for hiking. Hike Indian Creek Trail from Bear Lake or test your stamina on Teddy’s Peak Trail.

DINNER: Dog Bar and Grill

Activity #4 – Mini Golf

After a full day and a filling dinner, relax with a game of mini golf. Play a round at the Bears Den in Cuchara. Or, if you’re staying in Walsenburg, you can also play a round at Lathrop State Park.