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Spanish Peaks Country: A Piece of Heaven in Southern Colorado

Spanish Peaks Country: A Piece of Heaven in Southern Colorado
3 days

Take in the fresh air and spectacular views of the Spanish Peaks in the small and affordable towns of Walsenburg, La Veta, Cuchara and Westcliff, as you explore ghost towns, go horseback riding, discover Lathrop State Park and much more. A visit to Spanish Peaks Country is an affordable way to experience Colorado. These communities offer some of the most amazing scenery with restaurants, activities and places to stay that are, on average, less expensive than most other Colorado destinations.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places:

La Veta Trails has several projects where visitors can help them maintain the area's scenic routes.

Insider's Tip

The Reel Deal:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Day 1
Activity

Mission: Wolf

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Mission: Wolf is a sanctuary for captive wolves and wolf-dog crosses. At present, we care for 27 wolves and wolf-dog crosses. We welcome visitors Monday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday. We highly... Read More

Lunch

George's Drive Inn Restaurant

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This is the hottest thing going in the area. Nearly every day it’s obvious when you look at the multitude of parked vehicles, that the food is good. Read More
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Walsenburg Mining Museum

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Explore the stories of coal miners and the struggles between the miners and operators. Located in a 1896 jail, the museum also has memorabilia from the original jail. Exhibits include... Read More

Dinner

La Plaza Inn - Historic Hotel B&B and Restaurant

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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 elevator. Read More
Activity

Lathrop State Park

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Nestled in the shadow of the Spanish Peaks, this park offers a gentle climate, 103 campsites, fishing, waterskiing, golfing, hiking and great views of the nearby mountain ranges.

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Lodging

La Plaza Inn - Historic Hotel B&B and Restaurant

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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 elevator. Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Tina's Family Cafe

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American and Mexican home cooking, with great green chili! Read More
Activity

Blue & Bear Lakes Hikes

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Just 4 miles off Hwy. 12, south of Cuchara, several trailheads start at these peaceful lakes.
Lunch

Dog Bar & Grill

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Long considered the Heart and Soul of the Cuchara Valley,  Dog Bar & Grill is the place to enjoy lunch on the outdoor deck with your favorite canine or a casual dine-in evening for dinner and... Read More

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Yellow Pine Guest Ranch

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Enjoy a trail ride on horseback, flyfishing and delicious barbecue - all without leaving the ranch! Serving families Western hospitality for 87 years.

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Dinner

The Timbers Restaurant and Gallery

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The Timbers is an upscale mountain restaurant. Specializing in made-from-scratch items and we use locally grown and organic foods when available. If you have special dietary needs we can usually... Read More

Activity

Stargazing at Uptop Ghost Town

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You're almost guaranteed no light pollution in a ghost town! Head up Old La Veta Pass to see this abandoned treasure. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/Larry Lamsa.)
Lodging

La Veta Inn

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This isn't your basic franchise cookie cutter property. Originally built as the La Veta Hotel and featuring the ledger in the lobby dating back to 1883, you're sure to find this property special... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Corners Diner

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Breakfast, burgers, steaks and delicious daily specials. Read More
Activity

Tour La Veta's Art Galleries

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Check out La Veta Gallery on Main, Shalawalla Gallery, Pinon Hill Gallery, Funky Monkey Art Space and more to glimpse the creative side of this beautiful community.
Lunch

Mission Deli Mesa

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Mexican and American food. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Bar open nightly, with weekend dinner menu. Read More
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Francisco Fort Museum

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An original adobe fort in continuous use since 1862. Saloon, log school, blacksmith shop, exhibits of  geology, Native and Hispanic cultures, anglo settlement, local industry. Special free... Read More

Dinner

Alys' Restaurant

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Each evening, we offer a delicious selection from our menu choices of lamb, steak, chicken, seafood or vegetarian complemented with fresh vegetables and potato, rice or pasta, along with soup or... Read More
Activity

La Veta Mercantile

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Live music venue hosting a diverse lineup of performances. Read More
Lodging

Best Western Rambler

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Looking for access to the great outdoors but want to stay somewhere that feels like home? This conveniently located Walsenburg hotel is perfect for you. Read More