La Veta is a picturesque, railroad time nestled in the foothills of Southern Colorado. The historic district is lined with cozy shops and restaurants.
The artsy town sits at 7,037 feet in Huerfano County. The population was 800 in 2010. Incorporated in 1886, La Veta translates to “the vein” in Spanish. It began as a supply town, offering products from nearby farms and ranches.
Historic Downtown – There are a few colorful blocks of La Veta’s historic district that are a beautiful stroll. Check out the shops, galleries and interesting bars and restaurants around town.
Old La Veta Pass – Uptop Ghost Town was created on Old La Veta Pass from old buildings, which include the Chapel, Tavern, Dance Hall, School House, Patriarch’s Homestead, Barn and out buildings. The pass summits at 9,382 feet. This was the main pass until Highway 160 was pushed north in 1964, creating North la Veta Pass.
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad – It’s the longest and highest route on standard gauge. The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad leads over La Veta Pass.
Spanish Peaks – Situated just south of town, the twin Spanish Peaks hold a treasure of recreation in the San Isabel National Forest. There is a West and East Spanish Peak. The dikes there make the Spanish Peaks a National Natural Landmark. They hold a range of recreation and wildlife.
Highway of Legends – Beginning to the east in Walsenburg, the Highway of Legends continues south on Highway 12 all the way to Trinidad. It passes numerous natural landmarks, historic ruins and charming towns.
Camping: Read about the camping near Trinidad, Walsenburg and La Veta.
Hiking: Read about the hiking trails near Walsenburg, La Veta and Trinidad.
Hotels and lodging:
- Read about the best hotels in La Veta.
Antiques at the Spanish Peaks – This Vintage Trailer Rally is in its first year this August, happening later in the month. At least a dozen classic campers form the 40′ through 70’s will be on display.
Activities near La Veta
- Grandote Peaks Golf Club
- Cuchara Mountain Park (14mi)
State Wildlife Areas:
- Aguilar (34mi)
- Blanca (39mi)
- Chama (54mi)
- Colorado City (41mi)
- Cuchara (11mi)
- Fort Garland (34mi)
- Monument Park (28mi)
- San Luis (50mi)
- Stonewall (33mi)
- Trinidad (53mi)
- Walsenburg (16mi)
- Weston (44mi)
Visit the town’s official website.
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