Cuchara Valley Area - South Central Colorado

Includes Cuchara, La Veta


Cuchara was home to settlers who found the soil ideal for growing potatoes. In 1908 George Mayes and his wife moved here and decided the valley was ideal for a summer resort and modern Cuchara was born. The Cuchara Valley Resort offers many winter activities, including downhill skiing. La Veta, settled in 1862, began when Colonel John M. Francisco and his partner Henry Daigre build a fort here for commerce and protection. Threats from Native Americans managed to be resolved without bloodshed and the town survived with the coming of the railroad.

The town of La Veta, located North East of Cuchara, was once a vital life source for the area. Translated as "The Vein," La Veta provided the area with a trading area, supplying area with supplies. La Veta is home of the Historic Fort Francisco Museum built in 1862. The nine buildings on the site were formerly the site of an adobe trading post, and now housing many collections of furnature, tools and clothing: Open Memorial Day - Oct 15th.

The Scenic Highway of Legends (Highway 12) was designated as a Colorado State Byway in 1987 and a National Byway in 1988. Like its name, the highway passes through numerous towns which played a part in forming Colorado's fascinating historical legacy. Monument Lake is nestled among the pines and high altitude lakes. A legend here tells of two Indian chiefs who, in search of water for their thirsty tribes, met and embraced in peace, crying for the lack of water. A lake formed at their feet and a volcano erupted, enclosing the two chiefs in rock in the center of the lake. Today both this lake and nearby North Lake offer fishing and other year round outdoor activities.

It's been over 50 years since passengers have traveled this historic pass over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between the towns of Alamosa, Antonito and La Veta. Steep grades and cliff-hanging curves await you. Once the rail hub of the region, Alamosa is the departure point for Colorado's newest scenic railroad!

Cuchara Valley Area is near: Stonewall & Walsenburg

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Featured Cuchara Valley Area Businesses

Cuchara Inn, The  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Cuchara Valley's lodging destination with remodeled rooms & suites. Brewed Awakening is here at the Inn. Ask about our Palmer King Suite that sleeps 4; families will prefer the Kitchenette Units. Free WI-FI.


Cuchara Vacation Rentals  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
Affordable vacation rentals in the heart of the Cuchara Valley, WI-FI and pet friendly cabins and condos available. A mountain destination: hike, fish, bike, four-wheel, wildlife watch, and along the Scenic Byway.


Harding's Corner B&B
Along the Scenic Highway of Legends, on the corner, 5 blocks from downtown La Veta CO, sits this family friendly B&B. No Smoking or Pets. Harding's Welcomes Children! 5 bedrooms with private baths.

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Ranch House Inn  link to Colorado vacation
Cozy lodging rooms along the Scenic Highway of Legends in La Veta across from the Grandote Golf Course. Queen-size beds, satellite TV, coffee pot, hair dryer, microwave-fridge, and FREE WI-FI.

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Two Fox Cabins and RVs  link to Colorado vacation
Along the Highway of Legends Scenic Byway; make Two Fox Cabins your base in the Cuchara Valley. Fish, relax or hike in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with cozy CABINS and RV SITES along the River.

cabins RV Parks and Resorts Scenic Byways 

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Cuchara Valley Area Activities and Maps

National Historic Sites and Landmarks:
Raton Mesa

Scenic Byways:
Highway of Legends Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

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