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Close to Heaven…Down to Earth
Time to hit the refresh button? Disconnect and take a break from you hectic lifestyle this summer. Retreat to the enchanted land called Spanish Peaks Country. Set up base camp in the charming towns of Walsenburg, La Veta, Gardner or Cuchara and then relax and enjoy the area’s natural wonders and artistic ambiance.
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Play in Colorado’s first State Park and enjoy swimming, hiking, biking, wildlife, a 9-hole golf course, a Nature Center with gift shop, kayaking, boating and archery. Everyone loves Lathrop State Park. Just 3 miles west of Walsenburg on Hwy 160.
To really disconnect from life’s hectic pace, hike the gentle trails that can be found throughout Spanish Peaks Wilderness areas. Or take a drive and enjoy the breathtaking views and unspoiled vistas. Marvel at the Endless expanses of wilderness and wildlife.
Take your enjoyment to a higher level…hike the Spanish Peaks. All told there are 65 miles of trails in the Spanish Peaks Wilderness Area, all accessible from Highway 12, the Highway of Legends. Stop by the U.S. Forest Ranger’s office in La Veta on your way south on Hwy 12 or stop in Cuchara at the Visitor’s Center for maps and trail info. Guided hikes are also offered by the Cuchara Valley Recreation Programs, accommodating all ages and skill levels.
Parades, Rodeos, Art, Music & BBQs
In Spanish Peaks Country, they take the 4th of July very seriously. Throughout the County, you will find parades, festivals, fun-runs, old-west movies, rodeos, a mud-fest, BBQs and the customary fireworks display.
La Veta traditionally celebrates the 4th of July with ‘Art in the Park’ which is a 2 day event and a long running institution. No factory made items here and NO Admission fees either. What you will find is plenty of distinctive handmade artesian wares, antiques, farmer’s market, food and live music. The booths in the Town Park open for business at 10 am on both Saturday and Sunday of the July 4th weekend.
This year’s theme for La Veta’s Independence Day Parade is “The American Dream”, with participants showing their interpretation of the American Dream in costume, contraption, or a traditional float.
Saturday evening local Ranchers show off their bull-
riding, mutton bustin’ and team roping skills at the Ranch Rodeo on the Huerfano County Fair Grounds in La Veta.
Also on Saturday, the Francisco Fort Museum will be showing old west movies in the Saloon on the Museum’s campus.
Never to be outdone by their neighbors, the small mountain community of Cuchara puts on a 4th of July like no other. Cuchara’s Americana 4th of July kicks off with a Family Fun Run/Walk which is followed by the DIY Parade on Main Street at 11 am. All day Saturday, the Village of Cuchara will be a buzz of excitement with live music, dancing, food, drink, miniature golf and a BBQ. Then of course there is the Deck at the Dog Bar and at the Timbers Restaurant.
July 25, 10am – 4pm Francisco Fort Day: Year of the Cowboy
A celebration of the American Cowboy Heritage in Spanish Peaks Country. Full day of fun, demonstrations, music and hands on learning. Click here for more information.
July 30 and August 1 La Veta’s Art & Garden Tour
Free Admission. This multi-day event has something for everyone – art, gardens, fiber demonstrations, classes and food. The kick-off will be Friday evening, with events scheduled through out the weekend. Click here to download the full calendar of events.
Every Thursday, 3-6pm LaVeta Local Market Vibrant market offering locally grown produce. Fruit, herbs, flowers and vegetables.Baked goods, jams, tamales and local arts and crafts. La Veta Public Library 310 South Main, La Veta
Open Daily thru Labor Day Walsenburg Wild Waters Weather Permitting (719)738-2628 Open Sun, noon – 7pm Mon – Sat, 11am – 7pm
June 24-27, 7pm-10pm June 28, 2pm Quilters – A Musical A not-to-miss Summer Musical. Francisco Center for the Performing Arts 127 W. Francisco St., La Veta
June 20 – 28, 1pm – 6pm Ricky Tims Quilts on Display Exhibition of the work of a World Renowned Quilter. Francisco Crossing 300 S. Main Street, La Veta
June 27 Hispano Heritage Celebration Celebration of Hispano Heritage in Spanish Peaks Country Francisco Fort Museum 306 S Main Street, La Veta
July 10, 7-9pm The Story of Mary Thomas A Ludlow story written by Barbara Yule and performed by New York actress Tanya Perkins. Francisco Crossing 300 S Main Street, La Veta
July 11, 10am – 4pm Native American Celebration Northern Pueblo Dancers and Artisans. Artist Timothy Tate Nevaquaya will be showing his work and answering questions. Francisco Fort Museum 306 S Main Street, La Veta
July 18 La Veta/Stonewall Century Ride Challenging road bike ride along one of Colorado’s most beautiful scenic byways, Highway of the Legends. Start Time is 6:30am – 8:30am Meet at La Veta Town Park
July 18, 10am – 5 pm Cuchara Hermosa Art Show FREE admission to the show. Variety of art and wares available for sale. A portion of each sale supports the arts. Cuchara Recreation Center 16500 Colorado 12, Cuchara
Explore a land rich in history, natural wonders and artistic inspiration. Experience the small town charm of Walsenburg, La Veta, Gardner and Cuchara. Spanish Peaks Country also offers world-class golf, art & history museums, a water park, shopping, Lathrop State Park and more. At the cross roads of Southern Colorado you will also find many other outdoor activities available in San Isabel National Forest and the Spanish Peaks Wilderness area.