Hiking in Spanish Peaks Country
Hiking is plentiful in Spanish Peaks Country, with landscapes ranging from alpine forests to grass-filled prairies. Whatever type of hike you’re looking for, the towns of Walsenburg, La Veta, and Cuchara have them. Check out some of these local favorites.
#1 – Hogback Nature Trail
2 miles | Gentle
The Hogback Nature Trail at Lathrop State Park winds through sandstone formations before climbing up the rocky Hogback Ridge that forms the park’s northern boundary.
As the trail follows the top of the ridge, majestic views of the Spanish Peaks, Sangre de Cristo, and Wet Mountain Ranges fill the landscape.
Along the two-mile trail, marker posts have been installed to accompany a self-guided brochure containing information about the area’s plant and animal life and its history.
#2 – Fiesta Park/Cuchara River Trail
.61 miles | Gentle
This nature trail follows the Cuchara River, starting at the stone wall behind the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg.
#3 – Second Street Trail
2 miles | Gentle
This two-mile, gravel surface trail starts at 2nd Street and ends at the Walsenburg Golf Course. This trail meanders through pastureland and open range.
#4 – Lily Lake Trail
3.7 miles | Difficult
Walk through a large meadow with views of Blanca Massif. After one mile of flat terrain, continue up through the forests, where you’ll begin to gain 1,500 feet in elevation for almost three miles. Cross some boulders and a river before arriving at Lily Lake at 12,350 feet.
La Veta Trails
1 – La Veta Loop Trail
3 miles | Easy to Moderate
Trail access: Town Park
The La Veta Loop Trail takes you through streets and alleyways and offers exceptional views of the Spanish Peaks, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and Greenhorn Mountain.
2 – Daigre Reservoir Trail
1 mile | Easy to Moderate
Trail access: Drive east on Moore Ave for one mile. A parking area is on the left.
This loop trail has a natural surface encircling Daigre Reservoir. The trail traverses the top of a berm on the south side of the reservoir and goes through the woods on the north side. Enjoy great views of the Spanish Peak and Mt. Maestas.
3 – Indian Trail #1300, South Trailhead
13 miles | Moderate to Difficult
Trail access: Take Highway 12 south 14.2 miles to the Bear Lake/Blue Lake Campground sign (Forest Road 422). Turn right onto frontage road 422 (dirt) and drive 5 miles to the Bear Lake Day-Use Area on the right.
Indian Trail #13000 offers views of Cuchara Valley and the old Cuchara Ski Resort. It can be a loop trail by connecting to the Baker Trail #1301 and Dodgeton Trail #1302.
For more information, visit www.LaVetaTrails.org to find links to all of La Veta’s trails, including trail descriptions, directions to trailheads, trail distance, elevation gain, connections to other trains, and more.
Cuchara, with its lush, pine forests, is made for hiking. Plan your next weekend getaway to Cuchara and spend your days lost in nature on any one of the following trails.
#1 – Spring Creek Trail
10 miles | Moderate to Difficult
The Spring Creek Trail is a moderate to difficult trail that winds up a slope and eventually connects with two other trails, the Baker Creek Trail and Indian Creek Trail. From this one trailhead, you can access miles upon miles of beautiful trails with grand views of the Cuchara Valley and its surrounding peaks.
#2 – Teddy’s Peak Trail
4.3 miles | Difficult
Teddys Peak Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.
#3 – Indian Creek Trail
4.2 miles | Moderate
Indian Creek Trail to Baker Creek is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cuchara, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.
#4 – Blue and Bear Lakes
varies | Easy
Four miles off Highway 12, south of Cuchara. Hiking around and between the lake provides a taste of the surrounding wilderness at high elevation.
#5 – Apishapa Trail
3.5 miles | Moderate
Turn off Highway 12 at the top of Cucharas Pass onto the Cordova Pass Road. It’s about 12 miles to the trailhead. This trail ties into both the Wahatoya and West Peak Trails providing multiple opportunities from one trailhead.
#6 – Dike Trail
3.5 miles | Moderate to Difficult
From the village of Cuchara, hikers can access the Dike Trail by walking up Oak Street to its terminus. Although you will not be able to see the dikes, this 3.5-mile trail climbs, then traverses the slope that separates the White Creek and Cuharas River.
#7 – West Spanish Peak Trail
7.9 miles | Difficult
Turn off highway 12 at the top of Cucharas Pass onto the Cordova Pass Road. Trailhead begins at Cordova Pass. Start early to get off the peak before afternoon weather develops.