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Spring Adventures Await in Spanish Peaks Country

Spring Adventures Await in Spanish Peaks Country
3 days

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 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

Busy Bee Cafe & Malt Shop

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To-die-for green chili, chicken-fried steak, fried mushrooms, triple-decker sandiches and much more. Read More
Activity

Hike to Apache Falls on Green Mountain

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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 Bugling Bull

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La Veta's newest ice cream shop serving soft serve ice cream as well as quick bites to accommodate anyone's hunger. Read More
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Francisco Center For The Performing Arts

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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 available, normally go on sale online... Read More
Lodging

Two Fox Cabins & RV's

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

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Day 2
Breakfast

Ryus Ave Bakery

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Serving artisan breads, pastries, breakfast and lunch. Read More
Activity

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

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Because the dunes and surrounding mountains are designated wilderness, this is a great place to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty in a variety of ways. Whether you play in Medano Creek, build a sand... Read More

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

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The Oasis Restaurant and Store, located at the main park entrance, is the only restaurant within 25 miles of the national park. The Oasis is open April through October. Read More
Activity

Hang Out at Medano Creek

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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

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
Activity

Stargazing at La Veta Park

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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.
Day 3
Breakfast

Corners Diner

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

Highway of Legends - Scenic and Historic Byway

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Enjoy dramatic settings that have inspired tall tales. Read More

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

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

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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.

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
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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Insider's Tip

Visit Colorado's First State Park:

Lathrop State Park features two lakes and nearly 1,600 acres of recreational land nestled among the pinyons and junipers of the Spanish Peaks’ foothills.

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