Several Colorado attractions are easily reached from the Cucharas Valley within a few hours. Some Suggestions:
Highway 12 to Trinidad
One of the most scenic drives in Colorado, Hwy 12 goes past Monument and North Lakes (great fishing), through several small towns, and past Trinidad Reservoir before reaching Trinidad.
Uptop Ghost TownCome enjoy the history of Uptop Ghost Town on Old La Veta Pass. Just 15 minutes west of La Veta (mile marker 276)! The original 1877 Depot Museum, Chapel-By-The-Wayside, Tavern, & Dance Hall have stories to tell! Gift Shop. Games. Snacks. Uptop Ghost Town website.
Great Sand Dunes National Monument
About 60 miles from the Valley, it offers the chance to spend a day at the beach in the mountains.
West Spanish Peak
Wahatoya State Wildlife Area
Taos, New Mexico
An old Spanish town, Taos is well known as an art colony. Also visit the Taos Indian Pueblo.
Lake Isabel is a beautiful lake in the San Isabel National Forest near Greenhorn Mountain. It's a great place to fish and picnic.
Just outside of Canon City, the Royal Gorge is crossed by the world's highest suspension bridge.
This growing city has great museums, theaters and shopping. Pueblo Reservoir is on the western edge.
From the Garden of the Gods to Pikes Peak, this area has lots to see and do. Also, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs are full of charm.
Once a gold mining town, it now is one of Colorado's few town where gambling is legal.
The for reenacts daily life of 170 years ago when a busy stop on the Santa Fe Trail.