Spring Adventures Await in Spanish Peaks Country

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Spring is an ideal time to visit Spanish Peaks Country in southern Colorado. Warm sunshine melts the snow, causing creeks and rivers run, and makes for days perfect for playing outside. 

Sustainability Activity
Support a Worthy Cause

Donate to the Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth, an organization that works to positively engage the youth of Huerfano County through character-building, personal and social responsibility and life-skills development.

Day
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Mission: Wolf in Westcliffe Photo
Activity
Mission: Wolf

Mission: Wolf is a sanctuary for captive wolves and wolf-dog crosses. At present, we care for 23 wolves and wolf-dog crosses. We welcome visitors/…

Lunch
CoCo's Kitchen
Offering Cuban, Greek and traditional fare for lunch and dinner.
Activity
Hike to Apache Falls on Green Mountain

Take a beautiful hike to Apache Falls on Greenhorn Mountain in northern Huerfano County. This 11-mile round trip hike starts at Rye’s Bartlett Trailhead and meanders deep into the dark woods of the San Isabel National Forest and Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness before reaching a stunning horsetail waterfall.

Dinner
The Timbers Restaurant and Gallery

The Timbers is an upscale mountain restaurant. Specializing in made-from-scratch items and we use locally grown and organic foods when available…

Activity
Francisco Center For The Performing Arts
Catch a performance at the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts. Doors open at 6:30 pm for 7 pm performances. Advance tickets to shows, when made…
Lodging
Two Fox Cabins & RV's

Twelve rental cabins in La Veta. The property abuts the Cuchara River. We do daily, weekly and monthly rentals.

Day
2
Breakfast
Ryus Ave Bakery

We are a small-town artisan bakery in the heart of Spanish Peaks Country serving artisan breads, pastries, breakfast and lunch.

Activity
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Because the dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness, this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways…
Insider's Tip
Hike or Sled

Hike the dunes in the morning before the sand gets too hot. For an extra bit of fun, rent a sand sled or board from Great Sand Dunes Oasis inside the park.

Lunch
Great Sand Dunes Oasis
The Oasis Restaurant and Store, located at the main park entrance, is the only restaurant within 25 miles of Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Activity
Hang Out at Medano Creek

Back on the sand, set up some chairs and an umbrella along Medano Creek. This special creek only runs during the spring and offers a delightful experience for people of all ages. Bring a tube for a fun float!

Dinner
Alys' Restaurant
Each evening, we offer a delicious selection from our menu choices of lamb, steak, chicken, seafood or vegetarian complemented with fresh vegetables…
Activity
Stargazing at La Veta Park

After a busy day at the Sand Dunes, relax at a La Veta Park and watch the stars appear. Low light pollution in the area facilitates excellent stargazing.

Lodging
Two Fox Cabins & RV's

Twelve rental cabins in La Veta. The property abuts the Cuchara River. We do daily, weekly and monthly rentals.

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3
Activity
Highway of Legends - Scenic and Historic Byway
Enjoy dramatic settings that have inspired tall tales.
Insider's Tip
Cruise to Trinidad

Drive the Highway of Legends (while listening to the Highway of Legends Travel Storys App) to Trinidad, an almost perfectly preserved Victorian city with a historic downtown studded with Italianate stonework facades that give the city a European look.

Lunch
Nana & Nano Monteleone's Deli and Pasta House

Fresh deli meats, domestic and imported cheese, local goat cheese. Spaghetti, ravioli, gnocchi, fettuccine alfredo and sandwiches. Dine in or take…

Insider's Tip
Drive to Walsenburg

Drive north to Walsenburg, where you’ll discover antique shops, the Walsenburg Mining Museum, the Museum of Friends and the Walsenburg Golf Course.

Activity
Lathrop State Park

Nestled in the shadow of the Spanish Peaks, this park offers a gentle climate, 103 campsites, fishing, waterskiing, golfing, hiking and great…

Dinner
La Plaza Inn - Historic Hotel B&B and Restaurant
Historic 1907 Hotel that operates as a B&B with a fine dining restaurant, patio dining, lobby bar and library cafe. All rooms upstairs without an…
Activity
Museum of Friends

Opened by artists Brendt and Maria Cocchiarelli Berger, this contemporary arts museum houses over 600 pieces of art, the majority of which has ben…

Lodging
La Plaza Inn - Historic Hotel B&B and Restaurant
Historic 1907 Hotel that operates as a B&B with a fine dining restaurant, patio dining, lobby bar and library cafe. All rooms upstairs without an…