Nestled in a valley with the Wet Mountains to the west lies the charmingly quaint town of Beulah.
Marvel at the superb craftsmanship that went into the historical Dotson Cabin, the 1870s-era home of U.S. Marshall Peter Dotson and his family. The Dotsons played a significant role in settling the area, and even owned a sizeable portion of land in Pueblo County. (Another famous property owner was rancher Charles Goodnight whose life inspired the Lonesome Dove novels by Larry McMurtry, along with the TV mini-series and several other books.) The log cabin was painstakingly disassembled, relocated and rebuilt by the proud locals of Beulah.
Or, turn off Hwy. 78 to Muldoon Hill and snap a picture of the Solid Muldoon’s burial marker. The Solid Muldoon was a petrified man that measured 7.5-feet tall and even had a tail. Though it turned out to be a hoax concocted by famed showman P.T. Barnum, a visit to the site makes a great vacation tale.
Beulah has plenty of natural beauty to offer, as well, and the 600-acre Beulah Mountain Park is certain to delight outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy miles of hiking trails that traverse canyons, stands of ponderosa pines and wildflower-dusted glades while, of course, offering picture-perfect Colorado views. (The park is also host to December’s Beulah Yule Log Festival — a fun and quirky event that you shouldn’t pass up if you’re in town.)
A leisurely drive along the nearby Frontier Pathways scenic and historic byway is a must when visiting Beulah. While the byway is gorgeous any time of year, a fall drive brings extra bursts of color, as foliage shocks with reds, oranges and golds that provide stunning contrast to snowy mountain peaks.