Beulah

Nestled in a valley with the Wet Mountains to the west lies the charmingly quaint town of Beulah.

 

Dotson Cabin blanketed in fresh snowfall
Dotson Cabin blanketed in fresh snowfall
Beulah Yule Log Festival
Beulah Yule Log Festival
Beulah General Store
Beulah General Store
Dotson Cabin Preservation League
8674 School House Lane, Beulah, CO 81023

Once used a tucked-away hideout for cattle-rustling outlaws, the town — just 26 miles southwest of Pueblo — is now home to an abundance of history and natural wonder.

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 Pueblo 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.