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Magic in the Southern Rockies

Music in the Mountains
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Music in the Mountains 

cuchara-signOn June 13th this magical mountain village in southern Colorado becomes the backdrop to Cuchara Country Music Festival.

SP Festival crowd shot

Cuchara oozes old west charm and has been described by some as the absolute essence of Colorado. Nestled in the middle of a Ponderosa pine forest it shows off rough-hewn wood buildings with covered boardwalks on both sides of the single main street. Watch the Video.


Headliner for this year’s festival is Nashville singer, Craig Morgan. Charley Jenkins, Kinsly Sadler, Lucus Hoge, Cappton Reid and Jessie Funk complete this year’s festival line-up.

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To find out more about this full day of top-notch, family entertainment in the most captivating place you’ll ever discover, click here. We cannot gaurantee that tickets will be available the day of the concert, so purchase your tickets online NOW!

If the festival won’t fit into your calendar, there are several other reasons to visit Cuchara throughout the season. The town offers lodging and dining that span the range from casual to elegant.

SP Main Street

For hikers and nature lovers, the options are numerous. If you need a place to unwind, just sitting outdoors and enjoying food and drink amongst the pines are a great way to relax and forget the stress of city life.


Tips from “Joe” the Travel Writer

JoeYou will approach Cuchara via Highway 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends.  This year-round 2-lane road was the first to be honored as one of Colorado’s Scenic Byways because of its stunning beauty, as well as its significant geological formations. Just before the road starts to rise up in front of you, you will come to the small hamlet of La Veta, reported by 9NEWS as one of the “Top 9 Places to Visit in 2015”.  Get out of the car here to visit the galleries, the Francisco Fort Museum and you must order an ice cream at the soda fountain in “Charlie’s” grocery store –and take it outside to the benches.  Talk to the locals.  Ask them what they love about this place.  If you need any help finding your way to Spanish Peaks Country or have any questions, email me at JoeHanneken@gmail.com.

Charley Jenkins Loves Cuchara

SP Charley

It’s no surprise that Nashville Star finalist, Charley Jenkins, will be returning to the Cuchara Country Music Festival. When asked what is it he loves about the mountain festival, Charley shouted out, “It’s the setting…the atmosphere…and the people.” He went on to say, “There’s nothing else like it and there never will be. It’s so much more than good music. The way the western style, store-fronts become the backdrop to the event and the locals all wrap their arms around you like family, you can’t help but feel a bond to the area. There is no other place like this…on earth.” Charley admits that the Cuchara Country Music Festival is his favorite event to perform at, and Cuchara is his favorite place to visit. He’s been known to return to Cuchara for a hunting trip in the fall and again, with his family, at Christmas time.

Summer 2015 Events

Memorial Day – Labor Day 
Walsenburg Wild Waters
Closed Tuesday – Thursday

SP WaterPark

May 14
Screening of “Drop City” and “Flashing on the 60s” 

Francisco Crossing, La Veta

May 18-22
Art Classes

Experimental Drawings/Painting Workshop
La Veta School of the Arts

SP Produce from farmers market

May 21 – August 6, 3pm-6pm
La Veta Local Market

Local food, art and crafts. Next to the Library, La Veta.

May 23
Opening Day for the Francisco Fort Museum

SP francisco fort
Join us for our open house, first day of the season!!!
Francisco Fort Museum, La Veta

May 23, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Opening Reception
Artists’ Choice and Inner Idea Artists
Show runs thru June 6th
SPACe Gallery, La Veta

May 30, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Frontier School Days

SP Museum
Classes will be held in the old log school house! Bring your best IQ, those schools might have been small and drafty, but they were centers of great learning! FREE!!
Francisco Fort Museum, La Veta

SP Prong horm

June 6, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Walsenburg Food & Art Fair
Local Food and Art
Heritage Park, Walsenburg

June 6
National Trails Day

SP hikersHike the Spanish Peaks – a National Landmark
Huerfano County, Colorado

June 13
Cuchara Country Music Festival

Craig Morgan headlining full day of Music

Main Street, Cuchara

June 27
Hispano Heritage Celebration
Francisco Fort Museum – Celebration of Hispano Heritage in Spanish Peaks Country
Francisco Fort Museum, La Veta

For the full Spanish Peaks Country Calendar of Events click here 

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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.


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