The northern gateway to the ancient San Luis Valley, Villa Grove is surrounded by national forests and massive peaks to the east. The town was founded by Civil War veterans in 1863 and became a lively stop for the area's narrow gauge railroad.
Today, the agricultural and art town might be better characterized as sleepy. For centuries, the picturesque village and its surrounding natural wonders have moved artists. A few local artisans have opened their homes and studios to visitors. Two B&Bs function as cozy retreats and offer an introduction to the art of Raku pottery. From open studios to personal instruction, these art houses are unique aspect of the Villa Grove community.
To celebrate the arts, the La Esquela art school hosts a large Raku pottery celebration in early September.Inside Azul's adobe art house, guests can browse hundreds of handmade pottery pieces. Villa Grove's other main attractions include two natural hot springs: Valley View and Joyful Journey Hot Springs. Both offer overnight accommodations, delightful soaking pools, and great views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Hiking trails abound in San Isabel National Forest and Hayden Pass, just east of town, is a popular launch point for hang gliding.