Mail: P.O. Box 32 La Veta, CO 81055 Phone 719-742-3676
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Mail: P.O. Box 32 La Veta, CO 81055 Phone 719-742-3676
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Day Trips

Suggested Itineraries

Was designated a Colorado Scenic Byway in 1987 and a National Byway in 1988. Download the Free TravelStorys App and enjoy hands free exploring and GPS navigation at from the App Store or Google Play.

Spend a day at Colorado’s first state park with 1,594 acres of recreation activities. Enjoy archery, biking, birding, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, golfing and more. At 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, Colorado.

Come see this historic coal mining town.  The town of Walsenburg is home to some of southern Colorado’s richest history.  Stay, dine, shop for antiques, visit the galleries and our new brewery.

The Walsenburg Mining Museum, housed in an 1896 jail, exhibits not only the stories of Huerfano County’s mining camps, but memorabilia from such notable characters as Bob Ford (famous for killing Jesse James) and labor leader Mary “Mother” Jones. Season begins May – September and open Monday-Friday 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday 10 am to 1 pm.

Lathrop State Park is the only Colorado State Park with a golf course.  The Walsenburg Golf Course is a regulation 9-hole course with a driving range, club house bar, and grill.

The Francisco Fort Museum is an original 1862 adobe plaza!  Exhibits featuring artifacts from the entire Huerfano County region, including: Native American cultures, Hispanic legacy, Anglo settlement, ranching, blacksmithing, saloon, log school house, the mining era, and MORE!  The adobe buildings are artifacts themselves, so take a step back in time.  Self-guided or guided tours are available Memorial day to Labor day Weekend, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.  Admission is $5.00 over the age of 12 and $4.00 Seniors, Military free.

Located on the Highway of Legends and in the San Isabel National Forest, spend the day hiking, dining, shopping on the Boardwalk, or playing miniature golf.

An undiscovered corner of Colorado that is open 365 days per year and free to the public. Surrounded on two sides by San Isabel National, this park offers hiking opportunities, a Day Lodge rental for country-style weddings, reunions, celebrations, and other events.

The Sourhern Colorado Astronomical Park is located one mile west of La Veta on County Road 421.  Here you will find a crossroads of ancient and modern astrology, including the “Stone Calendar” and two observation structures,

Our mission – to support the member museums in their efforts to celebrate, preserve and promote the history of the Valley through its collections and in the study of the people, culture, places, and events of the San Luis Valley.

Our also supports and promotes the three scenic byways that are in this part of Southern Colorado that includes – Highway of Legends Scenic and Historic byway; the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway, and the Silver Thread Scenic Byway.

Wahatoya State Wildlife

The Wahatoya State Wildlife area is a 78-acre recreational destination for hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, canoeing and kayaking and it is maintained by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  There are two walking trails for you to enjoy.  The Wahatoya Lake Trail and the Daigre Reservoir Trail are each 1-mile in length.

The historic Yellow Pine Ranch located at 8,500 feet elevation offers horseback trail rides.  The trail rides provide a relaxing tour of the ranch pastures, streams, and the San Isabel National Forest.  Horseback rides are available during the summer months to adults and children ages 7 years and up. Reservation are required.

Explore the San Isabel National Forest with campgrounds at Blue Lake, Bear Lake, Cordova Pass, and Purgatoire River.  Enjoy camping, fishing, hiking and biking, ATV, and day-use-sites along the Cuchara river.  There  are miles of multi-use trails that offer spectacular views of the Spanish Peaks and Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. 

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