La Veta Creative District

The La Veta Creative District is a hub of arts and cultural activity located on the Highway of Legends, a National Scenic Byway nestled below the majestic Spanish Peaks. Early traders built Francisco Fort in 1862, which served as a trading source for Denver. Since then, the area has served as a destination for an eclectic mix of artists, photographers, musicians, thespians, dancers, writers, practitioners of the healing arts, and people seeking a creative experience.

There is truly an eclectic mix of cultural opportunities here, from poetry readings to a wide range of musical concerts to art exhibitions in every medium. It is as if life slows down and becomes more focused here, allowing a real peace to flourish, creativity to blossom, and a sense of well-being to grow in every person.

La Veta Creative District was certified as an official Creative District by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) in November 2021.

#1 – Shalawalla Gallery, Gift Shop, and School

Visit Beth and Jonathan Evans, internationally known batik artists who have exhibited their work and taught in the U.S and abroad.

#2 – La Veta Gallery on Main

The La Veta Gallery on Main is known for its extensive offering of ceramic works, and also represents many local and regional artists working in paint, jewelry, fiber, photography, scratchboard, wood, and paper.

#3 – SPACe

The Gallery displays the works of regional artists in a variety of changing exhibits throughout the year, while the gift shop provides Spanish Peaks Art Council members a year-round outlet for their arts and crafts. Most of the exhibits shown in the gallery are open to all artists.

#4 – La Veta Mercantile

This place has super cute items, special souvenirs, fun gifts plus beautiful jewelry–all reasonably priced! They also host a variety of concerts where you can buy beer, wine, or other refreshments. 

#5 – Kathy Hill Studio

Local Artist Kathy Hill’s work reflects the scenery and wildlife in the Cucharas Valley in Spanish Peaks Country. You will find works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Prints and reproductions are also available. Hill also paints commissions and offers classes.

#7 – La Veta School for the Arts

With well-known, respected instructors, La Veta School of the Arts has established a strong reputation for offering quality educational artistic experiences in one of the most breathtaking undiscovered parts of Colorado.