Suggested Itineraries

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. Watch a video focusing on La Veta and Cuchara. 

Highway of Legends Scenic Byway Audio Tour
Audio tour brought to you by the Tourism Board of Huerfano County and made possible by a grant from the Colorado Tourism Office. Download the app from

Uptop Ghost Town
Come 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.

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.

Trinchera Peak
Standing at 13,517 feet, Trinchera (“trench”) Peak is the northernmost thirteener in the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristos.

West Spanish Peak
The prominent 13,631 ft peak is located in the Spanish Peaks Wilderness of San Isabel National Forest, 9.1 miles south of the Town of La Veta, Colorado.

Wahatoya State Wildlife Area
The Wahatoya Lakes State Wildlife Area—one mile east of La Veta on Bear Creek Road—offers the perfect respite for fishing, picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing, and non-motorized boating.

Taos, New Mexico
An old Spanish town, Taos is well known as an art colony. Also visit the Taos Indian Pueblo.

Lake Isabel
Lake Isabel is a beautiful lake in the San Isabel National Forest near Greenhorn Mountain. It's a great place to fish and picnic.

Royal Gorge
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.

Colorado Springs
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.

Cripple Creek
Once a gold mining town, it now is one of Colorado's few towns where gambling is legal.

Bent's Old Fort
The fort reenacts daily life of 170 years ago when it was a busy stop on the Santa Fe Trail.