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Relax, Play & Stay in Spanish Peaks Country Spend the night after a day of activities in Spanish Peaks Country. Choose from a cabin on the creek, a beautiful RV park, a quaint B&B, rent a house, experience a guest ranch or unwind in a luxury loft.

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WALSENBURG ALPHA MOTEL ANCHOR MOTEL BEST WESTERN RAMBLER BUDGET HOST MOTEL & RV PARK DAKOTA CAMPGROUND & RV SERVICE KNIGHTS INN LA PLAZA INN RIO CUCHARAS INN SANDS MOTEL

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715 WALSEN AVE. 1001 S. MAIN ST. 457 US HWY 85/87 553 US HWY 85/87 1079 US HWY 85/87 22808 US HWY 160 118 W. 6TH ST. 77 TAYLOR BLVD. 533 W. 7TH ST.

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NEW BOOKS CAPTURE ESSENCE OF SPANISH PEAKS REGION A half-dozen recently published books reveal what makes the Spanish Peaks area special. They include a photography book, a trail guide, two novels and two history books.

the people and their traditions still cherished in Huerfano County today. Available at THE SIGNATURE NEWSPAPER.

The Orphan

by John Sharpe

by John W. Manos The Orphan is a collection of articles written for THE SIGNATURE NEWSPAPER under the title “Do You Know Huerfano?”. The book tells the stories of remarkable and notorious characters who their made mark on the Spanish Peaks region. Legends and facts bring to life the fur traders, Native Americans, frontiersmen, gold seekers, entrepreneurs and pioneer settlers of the frontier Southwest. Civil War Confederate guerillas, the serial killer Espinosa brothers, the tragedy of the Ludlow Massacre and the freewheeling life of 1960s communes make the book an absorbing read. One hundred essays and more than 90 photographs trace Huerfano history and more contemporary developments in agriculture, ranching, coal mining, arts, economy, sports life and the environment. The Orphan (Huerfano in Spanish) reveals the lives and culture of

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No More Bull

An action packed mystery novel that takes place in Huerfano county, No More Bull, immerses the reader in the world of ranching, breeding and veterinary care. The story tracks a rodeo riding veterinarian trying to clear his name in the disappearance of a prize breeding bull, the death of a racehorse and the murder of a rancher. Much of the action takes place in Walsenburg and La Veta in actual places like George‘s restaurant, Ryus Avenue Bakery and the old Covered Wagon. Sharpe balances his cowboy tale with descriptions of veterinary practice and livestock production.

Around the Spanish Peaks

by Mike Butler This pictorial history with more than 200 vintage images gives visitors a view of the area, past and present. The author includes his own photographs and historic ones from Denver Public Library Western History Collection, Huerfano County Historical Society,

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Francisco Fort Museum and other sources. Readers will geological see wonders and historic buildings of the area as well as the impact of coal mining and the railroad. Available at La Veta Public Library and Francisco Fort Museum.

Walsenburg: Crossroads Town

by Dorothy Rose Ree Telling the story of Walsenburg’s 150 year old history is not easy, but Ree has created an effortless read of the town’s colorful and sometimes violent past. Nearly 90 historic photographs show civic leaders, the town’s livery stable, early department stores, banks, and hotels, the Mazzone Opera House, Mother Jones on a march and a policeman pointing a shotgun at the photographer during a strike. Available at Huerfano County Historical Society Mining Museum or Main Street Office Supply, Walsenburg.

Colorado’s Spanish Peaks Region by Richard C. Keating

This book is the first comprehensive look at the history, natural history, trails

and drives of this little known part of southern Colorado. Originally intended to be a trail guide, the book evolved into a tome of information about the area’s botany and ecology. This 350 page volume has something for everyone. It is chock full of maps, photographs, human history, geologic history, drives, hiking trails and over 1,000 named flora and fauna in the Spanish Peaks region. Available at La Veta Public Library.

Uncle Josh

by Eugene C. Vories Vories has been writing western fiction for over 50 years and has produced over a dozen novels. They are not typical cowboy thrillers, but involve characters facing moral dilemmas. Drawing on his own experiences as a third generation rancher, Vories blends fiction with historical facts about southern Colorado and describes ranch life in realistic detail. His stories tell of the hardships and challenges of ranching and frame the importance of making right and honest decisions. Available at La Veta Public Library and Charlie’s Market.

Get to know Huerfano

The Orphan by John W. Manos

267 pages of illustrated Huerfano County history, tales and truths

Beautifully decorated…

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Index of Advertisers Rio Cucharas Veterinary Clinic established in 1980 is committed to providing the highest quality primary care veterinary medicine for both large and small animals. Services Include: DELUXE Boarding Kennel • Examinations • Vaccinations • In-House Laboratory Testing • Dentistry • Surgery • Wound Management • Nutrition Counseling

5 miles West of Walsenburg on Highway 160

719-738-1427

~ OPEN ~ Monday through Thursday 8 am to 4 pm Friday 8 am to 2 pm Saturday 8 to 11 am

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All That Is Energy Ann Gethen Casa de Pajaros Dakota Dukes Edla’s Yarns First Choice Market Granpa & Granma’s This & That Hollowpoint Sporting Goods Kathy Hill's Studio Gallery North by Southwest Peachtree Gifts Pieces of My Heart Gift Shop Pinon Hill Pottery Shops on the Boardwalk SPACe Gallery Stonewall Shopping Bag The Salon

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Cuchara Hermosa Club Francisco Center for the Performing Arts Francisco Fort Museum Friends of Francisco Fort La Veta School of the Arts Museum of Friends Read a Book by Gene Vories Read a Book by John Manos Rio Grande Scenic Railroad Two Peaks Fitness Uptop Ghost Town9 Walsenburg Golf Course Walsenburg Mining Museum Walsenburg Wild Waters

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All Seasons Real Estate Bachman & Associates Fuller Western Jerry Henson/Joe Edens Reata Realty Spanish Peaks Land Co.

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PLACES TO EAT Deer Print Wine George’s Drive Inn Grubsteak Café KFC/Taco Bell La Plaza Inn & Restaurant La Veta Loco Legends Cafe Mike’s Coffee Barn Next Door Deli Paradise Coffee Ryus Ave Bakery Sammie’s The Dog Bar The Shopping Bag Timbers Restaurant

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Anchor Motel Cuchara Inn Huerfano County Tourism Board La Plaza Inn Olive Tree Bed & Breakfast Picketwire Lodge Rambler Best Western Sammie's The Warehouse Suite Yellow Pine Guest Ranch

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23 A Taylor Made Haircut 21 American Family Insurance 17 Cuchara Chapel 22 Dr. Phil Warlick 16 Huerfano County Branch Bank 3 Huerfano County Commissioners 15 KSPK Radio

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14 La Veta-Cuchara Chamber 24 Rio Cucharas Vet Clinic 24 San Isabel Electric Association 16 Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center 23 State Farm Insurance 23 The Gathering Place 15 The Signature Newspaper


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Websites offer local information

Online Huerfano County Tourism www.spanishpeakscountry.com Huerfano County Chamber of Commerce

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“Specializing in Cuts, Color & Perms” Taylor

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at the GATHERING PLACE OPEN: Tuesday - Saturday 7 am to 4 pm

DROP-OFF laundry service, ironing Service with a Smile

Owner/Barber

903 S. Oak, La Veta 742-3567 hm: 742-5197 Self Service Laundry Next Door New LARGE Capacity Machines

P.O. Box 255 • 313 W. Ryus, La Veta

OPEN Daily: 7 am to 8 pm A Peace-Full Place

Call for an appointment 719-742-3289

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www.walsenburgchamberofcommerce.com

museum friends of

La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce www.lavetacucharachamber.com Cuchara Valley Recreation www.cucharavalleyrec.com

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Open Tuesday — Saturday Noon to 4 PM

Huerfano County Government www.huerfano.us

600 Main Street - Walsenburg

City of Walsenburg www.cityofwalsenburg.com

SUGGESTED DONATION: $5 adult / $3 child Group Tours & School Visits, please call 738-2858 www.museumoffriends.org

Town of La Veta www.townoflaveta-co.gov

Visit GRANPA & GRANMA’S

La Veta Public Library www.lavetalibrary.org

136 W. 7th in Walsenburg, Colorado

Spanish Peaks Library District www.spld.org

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a BLUE BELL Ice Cream Cone Popcorn or an Iced Tea

Local News www.signaturenewspaper.com www.kspk.com

Check Out “This & That” Antiques & Collectibles • Gifts • Jewelry Serado Valley Jams & Jellies

Huerfano School District Re-1 www.huerfano.k12.co.us

Call GRANPA & GRANMA’S 719-989-0093

La Veta School District Re-2 www.laveta.k12.co.us Southeast Colorado Tourism www.exploresoutheastcolorado.com Colorado Road Conditions www.cotrip.org Colorado State Parks www.parks.state.co.us Burgers • Milk Shakes • Fried Chicken

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Colorado Division of Wildlife www.wildlife.state.co.us

Tues. thru Sat. 6 am to 3 pm 564 HWY 85 & 87, Walsenburg 738-3030

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Sheriff ’s Office 719-738-1044 La Veta Marshal 719-742-3344 Walsenburg Police Dept. 719-738-1056 Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center 719-738-5100

Walsenburg Mining Museum 112 WEST 5TH WALSENBURG WEST OF COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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Anchor Motel 1001 Main St., Walsenburg

“A great little motel” Family Owned & Operated

719-738-2800 719-738-2821

Mining Tunnel NOW OPEN OPEN MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10 am to 4 pm - Mon. - Fri. 10 am to 1 pm - Sat. Open by Appointment on Sunday Admission Fees:

ADULTS - $2, TEENS - $1, CHILD - FREE GROUP RATES & SPECIAL TOURS AVAILABLE

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Campfire Safety Tips Located along the Scenic Highway of Legends

in STONEWALL, COLORADO

If fires are allowed follow these safety precautions:

• Have a shovel nearby to help smother the fire

• Keep fires small

• Do not store wood or flammable items next to the fire

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• Only start a fire in a fire pit or fire ring made of solid construction

Hunting & Fishing Supplies & Gear License Services

• Always keep water near in case of emergency

“Best little gift shop on Highway 12”

Summer Hours: 10 am to 6 pm

Gas Pumps • Open 24/7

Comfor table Lodging

• Do not use flammable liquids such as gas, diesel fuel or lighter fluid • Avoid starting a fire under low hanging branches or shrubs

• Never leave fire unattended

Before your trip, find out if a fire ban is in place.

Motel Rooms w/Full Kitchens

www.lavetafire.org La Veta Fire Chief 719-989-0295

Phil Warlick DDS, Inc. Family Dentistry

• Tooth Conserving Cosmetic Dentistry

• Tooth Colored Fillings • Crowns & Bridges • Mini Implants • Extractions • Dentures/Partial Dentures Emergencies Welcome • New Patients Appreciated

620 S. Albert - Walsenburg

738-6446

www.drphilw.com Most Insurance Accepted

• Teach children about fire safety, especially Stop, Drop and Roll for clothing fire • Keep free standing charcoal grills on level ground and do not let wind blow it over Be safe and enjoy your summer!

• Always put a fire completely out, making sure its cold, before leaving – even for a short time. Just because there may not be any smoke does not mean the fire can reignite. A fire is not out until it is cold and out.

Unleaded and Diesel Available

7600 Highway 12, Stonewall, Colo. 719-868-2265

• Never let children or pets play near the fire

Information provided by La Veta Fire Protection District.

Huerfano County Dispatch 719-738-1044 Colorado State Forest Service 719-742-3588 U.S. Forest Service 719-553-1400 photo by Renee Rinehart

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When camping or picnicking be sure your fire or coals are completely extinguished before leaving the site. Also be cautious with smoking and fireworks. Campgrounds can be found at Lathrop State Park, Bear and Blue Lake, Monument Lake, and RV parks.

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Serving you with care… Vanessa, Lluvia & Jennifer Appointments Suggested … Boutique browsing WELCOME 208 South Main Street in La Veta

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Galleries & Museums Huerfano County boasts a variety of museums offering a look at the history that shaped the rugged region. Art galleries include pottery, fine art, photography, jewelry and other crafts.

Francisco Fort Museum Francisco Fort is the oldest known standing structure in Huerfano County, built with adobe by La Veta founders John Francisco and Henry Daigre in 1862. The Fort is now the Francisco Fort Museum that includes eight historic buildings with an impressive variety of exhibits. Weapons, wagons, saddles and photo by Renee Rinehart clothing used by pioneers and their Cuchara Hermosa club hosts an annual art show and sale as children are on display. A saloon a fundraiser. Other galleries host shows throughout the year. from old La Veta’s Main Street contains the bullet scarred bar owned by Bob Ann Gethen Local artist Ann Gethen paints oils and Ford after he shot Jesse James. Allow an hour or two to tour the watercolors in her La Veta studio. Gethen buildings and to view the wide range of offers a collection of books and cards. Studio artifacts. Located in La Veta. Entrance on at 382 Willis Dr. in La Veta. 719-742-3452. Main Street next to the Library. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.—4 p.m., Kathy Hill’s Studio Gallery Sundays 12-5p.m. Phone: 742-5501. Local artist Kathy Hill’s paintings reflect the scenery and wildlife in the Cuchara valley. You can get an original piece, Walsenburg Mining Museum Located in the historic jail next to the or pick up some note cards or prints. Hill county courthouse in Walsenburg, the also paints commissions and offers classes. Mining Museum displays artifacts that Her studio gallery is located at 512 S. tell the story of king coal which dominat- Spruce. Open daily. Call 719-742-5756. ed the economy in Huerfano County from La Veta Fine Art Gallery the 1870’s through the 1930’s. Exhibits offer a picture of the huge Stop in the gallery, located on Main St. volume of coal produced, the hardships of in La Veta, and meet one of the artists. the miners and the conflict between mine owners and labor that led to deadly Piñon Hill Pottery strikes. Visit the little white house on the north Hours: Mon.- Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., end of La Veta to see magical and sophistiSat. 10-1 p.m., Sunday by appointment. cated works of clay by resident clay artist Walsenburg, 112 W. 5th Street Phone: Nicole Copel. The studio and gallery offer a 738-1992. variety of collectible pieces, gifts and unique items.

Museum of Friends Located on Main St. in Walsenburg, the Museum of Friends is an eclectic personal collection of art. The museum features contemporary art and will host “Where’s Walsenburg?” community action project and exhibition of portraits during the summer of 2012. August will feature an exhibit of Eudora Welty Portrait photographs. The entrance to the museum is located on the side of the building on Sixth Street. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m - 4 p.m. 600 Main Street, Walsenburg.

Spanish Peaks Arts Council — SPACe Gallery in the Park Located at the west end of La Veta Town Park, is the gallery for the Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe). The nonprofit group is comprised of artists from around the county and is host to numerous art shows year-round.

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Yellow Pine Guest Ranch Located on the Scenic Highway of Legends 1/4 Mile North of the Village of Cuchara 15880 Highway 12, Cuchara, CO 81055 www.yellowpine.us

(719) 742-3528

Offering a relaxing, cool and refreshing stay with views, from our 8,500-foot elevation, of the majestic Sangre de Cristos. On Site: • Stocked pond (for guests only) • Catch and Release Fishing in River • Hiking • Picnicking • Campfire Barbecue • Horseback Riding Nearby: • World Class Golf Course • Tennis Courts • Fishing and Hiking in National Forest

1 LODGE (accommodates 15 people) 9 Clean and nicely FURNISHED CABINS that accommodate 2 to 8 people. Comfortable beds. Fully equipped kitchens. Showers or tub-shower combinations. 7 CABINS HAVE FIREPLACES.

To insure a restful stay, there are no phones or televisions in the cabins.

Summer Rates: Lodge: $500/night Cabins: $100 to $175 per night.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:

Horseback Riding, Private Rides, Riding Lessons

Barbecue Dinners with Entertainment Thursdays Through Summer

Great place for wholesome family vacations and reunions.

Call Manager Jo Anne Van Lue to book your reservations. 719-742-3528

Lunch and Dinner Open Daily 11 am Deck Open

SHOPS ON THE BOARDWALK

Live Entertainment WEEKENDS Memorial Day — Labor Day Cuchara Country Store Into the Woods Goods Cuchara Wine & Spirits

Featuring fused glass art, jewelry and wall art. Located on Main St. in La Veta.

My customers are the greatest. The Shops on the Boardwalk are the perfect place to spend time exploring the quaint Village of Cuchara. Located on a rustic wood boardwalk straight out of a Wild West main street, our friendly staff can help you find that special item to remind you of your stay in our little piece of paradise.

As an American Family agent, I consider it an honor to be trusted with helping you protect your family through good times and bad. Thank you. Jacque

Cuchara Country Store has a full selection of groceries, snacks, and drinks for a family picnic

Jacque Sikes Agency

in the woods, or munching s’mores by the campfire. A wide selection of apparel, unique souvenirs and old fashioned candy make this the perfect stop for everyone on your list.

610 W. 7th St. Walsenburg, CO 81089-2312

(719) 738-5717

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Open: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Jacque Sikes American Family Insurance Agent

Krissy Montoya Fully Licensed Representative

Enjoy the collection of Colorado and USA made gifts, home accessories and Dog Bar & Grill Logo apparel at Into the Woods Goods. Chock full of wonderful fragrances, warm textures and loving sentiments, you are sure to find a special gift, even for yourself.

Peruse the wine selection in Cuchara Wine and Spirits for the perfect accompaniment to dinner with the one you love or for sharing a glass with a gathering of friends. This is what Cuchara is all about – creating a lasting memory while sharing precious moments together. In the Village of Cuchara • Hwy 12 www.dogbarcuchara.com

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Take a Drive Huerfano County provides an array of scenic drives, from the paved Highway of Legends to the four-wheel drive roads over Mosca and Medano passes to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. So pack some snacks and drinks, bring your camera and get out for a day.

Scenic Highway of Legends - Hwy 12 The Scenic Highway of Legends provides something for everyone: great opportunities to hike, fish, picnic, shop, golf are found along the way. More details of this drive can be found in a free 20-page booklet found at local retailers and visitor’s centers. Don’t miss the off-the-beaten-path trip over Cordova Pass, best in late summer and early fall in a car.

photo by Renee Rinehart

The Scenic Highway of Legends (hwy 12) offers views of forest, meadow and aspen groves. The paved road invites year round travel.

Pass Creek Loop - La Veta to Gardner A beautiful loop drive on maintained county roads. Beware the only restroom on this route will be in Gardner, if the store is open. Take the back way out of La Veta to Highway 160 (follow Ryus Avenue west out of La Veta). Go west on Highway 160

CASA de PAJAROS GUATEMALAN IMPORTS Clothing, Jewelry, Gifts

Come visit the talking Birds! OPEN Everyday 10 am - 6 pm

213 S. Main La Veta 719-742-3417

SUMMER CHILDREN’S CLASSES

FRIDAY’S FOR FUN

Paint Yourself 7/20 Collage Fun 6/8 Jewelry Making 7/27 Photo Shoot 6/15 Clay for All 8/3 Sculpture 6/22 Fusing Glass 8/10 Tie Dye 6/29 Paint Play 7/6 THE LA VETA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Fishing & Hunting Licenses Bait & Tackle

Guns & Ammo

Camping Supplies

Binoculars & Knives

Novels by Local Author EUGENE C. VORIES Learn about your surroundings with a realistic western novel set in Huerfano County—maybe on the street where you live. Choose from 12 exciting titles, of which the latest adventure is “Uncle Josh”. Buy signed copies direct from the author, or save shipping and handling by purchasing from Charlie’s Market, 214 S. Main St., La Veta, Colorado. Why not curl up tonight with a great book? You will be glad you did!

HOLLOWPOINT SPORTING GOODS

342 W. 7th St. Walsenburg 738-3426

over La Veta Pass. About a mile west of the pass, turn right on CR 572 (a.k.a. Pass Creek Road). You will drive by the subdivision of Paradise Acres. CR 572 will merge with and become CR 570. The road winds along aspen groves and Pass Creek flows next to the road at times. Sheep Mountain and Little Sheep Mountain dominate your views to the east. Continue until the intersection with CR 550 at Malachite. Turn right (east) and follow 550 until Highway 69. Follow Highway 69 east to Gardner. Drive east on Highway 69 for 8 miles until CR 520 (a.k.a Yellowstone Road) branches off to the south, with Badito on the north of Highway 69. A quarter mile on CR 520 is a Historical Marker for the Taos Trail. Drive the length of CR 520 until Highway 160. You will see many working ranches and cattle may be in the road. Turn left and go east on Highway 160 for about 100 yards and turn right on CR 410. Take CR 410 until you reach Highway 12 again just north of La Veta. Detours: Take Highway 69 from Gardner to Walsenburg. Or, follow South Oak Creek Canyon. When on CR 550, before reaching Gardner, turn south on CR 560 to CR 540 to CR 531 to CR 530 which will lead you to Yellowstone Road.

Upper Huerfano River State Wildlife Area From Gardner go west to CR 550 to Red Wing. Then it is up CR 580. Follow signs to Lily Lake Trailhead. The road is passable without 4WD, however, higher clearances may be required in the upper reaches. The gravel road requires slow driving and follows the Huerfano River to its source on the north side of Blanca Peak (14,345’). The Huerfano State Wildlife Area is available for hiking, fishing and camping. Outhouses can be found along the way.

Old La Veta Pass

105 W. Ryus/P.O. Box 33, La Veta, CO 81055 719-742-3083 LVArtSchool@yahoo.com www.theLVSA.org

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AUTHOR EUGENE C. VORIES P.O. BOX 214, LA VETA, CO 81055 719-742-5426 ecvories@centurytel.net

Go west on Highway 160 and turn left at the sign marking Old La Veta Pass on CR 443. This dirt road takes you to elevations over 9,000’ and can be traversed in most cars. At the summit is UpTop ghost town (see the ad on page 6). Stop and visit the church and other old buildings. You can either turn around and go back the way you came, or keep driving west. The road will intersect with Highway 160 on the west side of La Veta Pass.

Farley Overlook One of the finest displays of alpine wildflowers is yours to view this summer at the top of Cuchara Pass. The John B. Farley Wildflower Overlook in the San Isabel National Forest puts on an amazing show of color, covering a whole mountain meadow. More than a dozen kinds of wildflowers create a beautiful setting so don’t be surprised to see a wedding going on, especially in July. Farley was a Pueblo native and served as a troop ship Chief Medical Officer in World War II, returning home to become a prominent physician and surgeon. To get to the Farley Memorial Wildflower Overlook, take U.S. Highway 12 (Highway of Legends) from La Veta for 17 miles to the top of Cuchara Pass. Turn left onto the dirt road marked Cordova Pass Road (CR 364). Go about one-half mile and look for the Farley Overlook sign. Park your car before the fenced area enclosing the overlook. Beyond the fence is private land. The Forest Service asks that you respect the entire vicinity as you enjoy and learn about alpine flora.


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Custom Built Log Home with an amazing view of West Peak. Located on 2 lots with detached garage. $549,000.00

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Great Small Business Opportunities

The Bear's Den $395,000

Great business opportunity. Unlimited options. Several downtown lots to work with including 2 structures. Outside wired for previous 18 hole mini golf. Operating now as an antique consignment shop. Upstairs 2 bedroom apartment for onsite live-in owner or manager.

$649,500.00 Located on 39.766 acres with a year round stream. Log Home Built in 1999.

Dakota Dukes

$325,000

Woerdehoff Luxury Retreat PRICE REDUCTION See our website for more details and pictures.

Commercial/Retail Shop

Dog Bar & Grill and Shops on the Boardwalk Cuchara, Colorado

This unique and fun family destination is located in a rustic mountain setting with access to Highway 12 (Scenic Highway of Legends) in Southern Colorado. Established in 1980, the Dog Bar & Grill is open fulltime for lunch and dinner throughout the summer season and is the premier venue for live music every weekend from May through October. The main dining room and bar seats 85, another 40 seats are situated under a covered outdoor deck and an open air deck seats an additional 35. Renovations include a gourmet chef kitchen, all new plumbing, heating, lighting, and sound system, and locally crafted wood tables.

The new outdoor deck wraps around the side and front of the building in full view of the bar webcam which is accessed via the website at www.dogbarcuchara.com. Strongly supported by the local community and summer residents, the current owners have more than doubled seasonal sales in past 5 years with the potential for a year round business if desired. The entire complex has long-term employees that add to its stability and top-notch customer service. The complex includes a recently remodeled gift shop as the outlet for logo clothing, gifts and home accessories. The Country Store and a small liquor store complete the business mix. The character and energy of this complex is one of a kind – a must see!!

Terri & Jimbo Wetsel H: 719-742-3104

Diane Broce H: 719-742-3319

Office:

(719)742-3343 1-800-453-2241

Cal Sandbeck H: 719-742-3383 O: 719-742-6366

For more information on our properties and others, please give us a call, come by, or visit our website. 50 Cuchara Avenue East ~ Cuchara, Colorado 81055

Website: www.realestateincuchara.com

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Offering some of the most exceptional properties in Cuchara Views/Wooded

$479,000 Surrounded by National Forest on 7.53 acres overlooking the Cuchara Valley

River/Wooded

$449,000

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Reduced to $330,000 Rare opportunity Acreage in Cuchara 70 (+ or -) acres w/2 EQR's water Could be split

River/Wooded

Lots Available Build Your Dream Home

$325,000

Views/Professionally Decorated

Price Reduction to $325,000 All offers considered

Views

We have some incredible lots on the Cuchara River, views of West Peak, views of picturesque valleys, situated in pine forest and aspen groves. You can visit our website for pictures and info on all our listings. We have adjoining lots available for purchase for larger sites. Some of the lots already have water & sewer taps paid. Spanish Peaks Lot #9 $29,000.00 Lot #10 $29,000.00 Lot #32 $48,000.00 Lot #60 $35,000.00 Lot #76 $40,000.00 Lot #91 $45,000.00 Lot #104 $35,000.00

Condo

From $199,000 Condo

Panadero Sunwatcher 4 units on each of 3 lots - $165,000.00 Panadero Villas 3 units on 1 lot $35,000.00

$149,000

Condo

Sunwatcher Condo

$179,500

Condo

Lot #31 Lot #32 Lot #37 Lot #38 Lot #39

$55,000.00 $55,000.00 $75,000.00 $70,000.00 $95,000.00

Stream/Wooded

$298,500

Views

$290,000

Views/ Wooded

Adj. lot $25,000 w/cabin

$279,500

Views/ Wooded

All offers considered.

Development Property $250,000

Panadero Lot #8 $85,000.00 Lot #27 $68,000.00

$495,000

Blackmer Addition Lot #4&5 $59,000.00

Lot #42 $45,000.00 Lot #63 $59,900.00 Lot #67 $75,000.00 Lot #68 $62,000.00 Lot #70 $77,500.00 Lot #107 $23,000.00 Pinehaven Lot #2 $75,000.00 Lot #26 $95,000.00

Visit our office in Cuchara

Aspen Leaf Condo

Reduced to $245,000 River/ Wooded

$195,000 Views Walk to the Village

$245,000

$127,890

Views Walk to the Village

Wooded

Terri & Jimbo Wetsel H: 719-742-3104

Office:

(719)742-3343 1-800-453-2241

Cal Sandbeck H: 719-742-3383 O: 719-742-6366 Diane Broce H: 719-742-3319

For more information on our properties and others, please give us a call, come by, or visit our website. 50 Cuchara Avenue East ~ Cuchara, Colorado 81055

Website: www.realestateincuchara.com

email:allseasonsrealestate@centurytel.net

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Take a Hike Gentle, Moderate and Difficult hikes can be enjoyed in the Spanish Peaks area

(photo by John Schum)

Gentle hikes Cuerno Verde Trail Hogback Nature Trail Both are located within Lathrop State Park on Highway 160, two miles west of Walsenburg. The Visitor’s Center can provide detail on the hikes and collect your fee. Blue and Bear Lakes Four miles off of Highway 12, south of Cuchara. Hiking around and between the lakes provides a taste of the surrounding wilderness and a hint of the more strenuous hiking opportunities available.

Cordova Pass offers the West Spanish Peak trail which can offer forests and meadows.

Lake to Sulphur Springs off County Road 421. Numerous side hikes are available, including an access along the Spring Creek Trail which begins next to Cuchara Sanitation and Water District offices on Highway 12 in Cuchara. From the Spring Creek trailhead, hikers have several options. It is a moderate 1.5 mile walk to Aspen Meadows, a wide-open space perfect for a picnic. Just above the meadow hikers can access the Dodgeton Loop to the north, or Baker Creek trail to the south. Both of these options lead Moderate hikes up to Indian Creek Trail. Indian Creek Trail (photo by Renee Rinehart) Dike Trail The Indian Creek Trail A variety of hikes can be enjoyed in From the village of is a 13-mile trail from Bear the Huerfano State Wildlife Area.

Cuchara hikers can access the Dike Trail by walking up Oak Street to its terminus. Although you will not be able to see the dikes, this 3.5 mile trail climbs, then traverses the slope that separates the White Creek and Cucharas River. Rainbow Trail Located on the Huerfano and Custer county border, this trail can be accessed from Highway 69, five miles south of Westcliffe and then 10 miles south on Custer County road 119.

Difficult hikes West Spanish Peak Trailhead begins at Cordova Pass. Start early to get off the peak before afternoon weather develops. Lily Lake Go west from Gardner on CR 550. Turn onto CR 580 at Red Wing and follow the road to the trailhead. The trail begins at about 10,000’ and the lake is at 12,900’, so the elevation gain is impressive on this walk.

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Altitude Sickness: The ups and downs of it

Many visitors traveling to our area blood. Those prone to anemia should who live at lower elevations may experi- consult a doctor regarding an iron supence altitude sickness. People who nor- plement. Drink plenty of fluids, especially mally live at or near sea level are more prone to acute mountain sickness, espe- water, avoid alcohol, and eat regularly. Foods should be relatively high in carcially upon exertion. bohydrates. Acute mountain People with undersickness is brought on lying heart or lung disby the combination of eases should avoid high reduced air pressure altitudes. and lower oxygen conElevation Early diagnosis is centration that occur at Location important. Acute high altitudes. Symptoms can Walsenburg 6,171’ mountain sickness is easier to treat in early range from mild to 6,969’ stages. life-threatening. In Gardner The main treatmost cases the sympLa Veta 7,037’ ment for all forms of toms are mild. mountain sickness is to Approximately 20 8,650’ Cuchara descend to a lower altipercent of people will develop mild symp- La Veta Pass 9,413’ tude as rapidly and safely as possible. You toms at altitudes between 6,300 to Bear & Blue Lake 10,000’ should not continue climbing if you develop 9,700 feet. Symptoms gener- Cordova Pass 11,243’ symptoms. Extra oxyally associated with gen should be given, if mild to moderate alti- Greenhorn available. tude illness include: Mountain 12,334’ People with severe mountain sickness may • Difficulty sleeping E. Spanish Peak 12,683’ need to be admitted to a • Dizziness or hospital. W. Spanish Peak 13,625’ light-headedness Call 911 or seek • Fatiguue emergency medical Mt. Blanca 14,345’ • Headache assistance if severe difficulty breathing devel• Loss of appetite ops, or if you notice a lower level of • Nausea or vomiting alertness, or other severe symptoms such • Rapid pulse (heart rate) as confusion, coughing up blood, or • Shortness of breath with exertion shortness of breath at rest. People with anemia have a reduced Enjoy your visit to our valley. red blood cell count, and therefore have Malea Schmidt, EMS Director a lower amount of oxygen carried in the La Veta Fire Protection District

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L a Veta - C uchara Chamber of Commerce

LA VETA MEMBERS

Real Estate Bachman & Associates 222 S. Main St., 742-5551/800-933-3911 Eric B. Bachman, Owner Henson, Jerry, Bachman Broker Assoc. 742-5161 / 877-452-8382 Capture Colorado Mountain Properties 220 S. Main St. … 742-6000 Jacky & Mike Christian, Owners

Builders/Homes Jim Hoobler General Contractor Jim and Peggy Hoobler …742-5496

Churches La Veta United Methodist Church 420 S. Main St. …742-3241 Mountain View Baptist Church Main St. & Cascade …742-3549 St. Benedict Episcopal Church 113 W. Field St. … 742-5202 Upon the Rock Christian Camp By Appointment Only … 742-6777

Community Services La Veta Public Library 310 S. Main St. … 742-3572

Dining/Food Charlie’s Market - Groceries & Ice Cream 214 S. Main St. … 742-3651 Deerprint Wine - Bar, Cheese and Meats 106 E. Francisco St. …742-6132 La Veta Loco 923 S. Oak St. …742-3925 Next Door Deli 107 W. Francisco St. …742-3540 Ryus Avenue Bakery 129 W. Ryus Ave. … 742-3830 Sammie’s Restaurant 124 N. Main St. … 742-5435

Health/Beauty A Taylor Made Haircut By Appt. Only 313 W. Ryus Ave. …742-3289 Cuchara Valley Physical Therapy, P.C. 137 W. Ryus Ave. … 738-3160 Dream Mountain Healing Arts 115 W. Ryus Ave. . . . 742-5717 The Salon LTD 208 S. Main St. … 742-3019 Two Peaks Fitness 206 S. Main St.

Galleries/Artists Kathy Hill’s Studio Gallery By Appointment Only … 742-5756 La Veta Fine Art Gallery 210 S. Main St. … 742-3115 La Veta School of the Arts 105 W. Ryus Ave. … 742-3421

Fuller Western Real Estate 215 S. Main, 742-3605/ 800-754-0544

Services Peggy Zehring, Artist By Appt. Only… 742-5193 Piñon Hill Pottery, Clay Studio &Gallery 221 N. Main St. … 742-0213 Ricky Tims, Inc. P.O. Box 392 … 742-3755 Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) 132 W. Ryus Ave. … 742-3074

Lodging B&Bs, Cabins, Motels, RV Parks 1899 Inn 314 S. Main St. … 742-5445 Adagio House 818 S. Oak St. …505-466-8385 Circle the Wagons RV Park 126 W. 2nd Ave. … 742-3233 Harding’s Corner Bed & Breakfast 140 W. Grand St. … 742-5423 Inn at the Spanish Peaks B&B 310 E. Francisco St. … 742-5313 La Veta Inn & Restaurant 103 W. Ryus Ave. … 742-3700 Ranch House Inn 1012 S. Cherry St. … 742-5234 Sammie’s Motel & RV Park 124 N. Main St. … 742-5435 Sulphur Springs Guest Ranch 5218 County Rd. 421 … 742-5111 The Olive Tree Bed & Breakfast 902 S. Oak St.. … 742-5778 The Warehouse Suite 202 W. Ryus Ave. (2nd Floor) 742-5278 Two Fox Cabins & RV 404 Oak St. 742-0260

The Signature Newspaper 124 N. Main St. … 742-5591

Custom Care Carpet Cleaning 742-3239 Cuchara Valley Mini Storage 305 N. Main St. 742-3547 La Veta Oil 114 S. Main St. … 742-3664 La Veta Propane, Inc. 132 W. High St. … 742-3291 Mark Sladek’s Heating & Appliance By Appointment Only … 742-3015 Mountain Disposal Inc. 719-489-3456 / 1-800-489-3457 The Ladies at the Gathering Place 903 Oak St. … 742-3567 Valley Winds Fibers 3812 CR 360 … 742-6053

Professional Services

Shopping

Joel Strasser, Attorney at Law Social Security Benefits …742-3011 RW Appraisals 309 S. Oak St. …742-3888 La Veta School District RE-2 …742-3662 Bree Lessar, Superintendent

Desert Expressions 202 S. Main St. … 742-3067 La Veta Liquors 105 W. Francisco St. … 742-3216 La Veta True Value Hardware and Building Supply 1010 S. Cherry St. … 742-3626 North by Southwest 205 S. Main St. … 742-3307

Museums/Theaters Francisco Center for the Performing Arts 127 W. Francisco St. … 742-5767 Francisco Fort Museum 306 S. Main St. … 742-5501 Friends of Francisco Fort History Museum 742-5496 UpTop Ghost Town www.uptop-ghosttown.com

Newspaper

Special Events/Clubs La Veta Rotary Club Oktoberfest - First Weekend in Oct. 719-989-0890 / 742-3035 Stonewall Century Ride Spanish Peaks Cycling Assoc. Info at: www.spcycling.org Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival, September 23-26 www.celticmusicfest.com

CUCHARA MEMBERS

WALSENBURG MEMBERS

Churches Cuchara Chapel 73 Cuchara Ave.

Community Services KSPK Radio 102.3 FM Huerfano County Chamber 516 Main St., ...738-3636 of Commerce 400 Main St., Walsenburg … 738-1065 Services First National Bank in Trinidad Health Huerfano County Branch Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center 135 West 6th St., Walsenburg 23500 U.S Hwy 160, Walsenburg 738-3594 738-5100 Judith A. Hammernik, CPA Newspaper/Radio 214 W. 6th St., Walsenburg … 738-2224 Huerfano World Journal Peachtree Gifts & Ceramics 500 S. Main St. … 738-1415 528 Main St. … 738-2005

Dining/Food Dog Bar & Grill/ Shops on the Boardwalk 34 Cuchara Ave. E. 742-6366 Timbers Restaurant 23 Cuchara Ave. E. 742-3838 Recreation Cuchara Mountain Resort 946 Panadero Ave. . 742-5400 Shopping Dakota Duke’s 4 Cuchara Ave. E. 742-5529 Pieces of My Heart Gift Shop 35 Cuchara Ave. E. 620-355-8168

Lodging Cuchara Inn 73 Cucharas Ave. E 742-3685 Cuchara Mountain Escape Property Mgmt. 33 Park Rd. 742-5490/3121 Van Lue’s Property Mgmt & Cabin Rentals 15880 Hwy 12 742-5490 Yellow Pine Guest Ranch 15880 Hwy. 12 742-3528

AREA MEMBERS Wildflower Cafe and Grocery Gardner, CO 746-2100 Premier Alfalfa, Inc. Hugoton, KS 620-544-4545 Trinidad/Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce 309 Nevada Ave., Trinidad 846-9285 /866-480-4750

Rio Cucharas Veterinary Clinic 22540 W. U.S. Hwy. 160 … 738-1427 Star Drug 628 Main St., Walsenburg … 738-1130 State Farm Insurance-Fred Ettleman 320 W. 7th St. 738-1953 / 800-707-1175 Real Estate Black & White Real Estate, Inc., 5427 C.R. 520, Walsenburg …738-3074

For more information, please contact: La Veta/Cuchara Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 32, La Veta, CO 81055 719-742-3676

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Be Bear Aware Black bear encounters can occur on the trail, in town and at home

(photos by Cathy Mullens)

by Cathy Mullens

Black bears are fairly common in the La Veta and Cuchara area. It is estimated there are between 16-18,000 bears in Colorado and while the colors vary from honey-colored, brown, blonde, black or cinnamon — they are all black bears. The black bear is an omnivore and will eat just about anything. A bear’s natural diet is grasses, berries, fruits, nuts and plants, as well as insects and scavenged carcasses. Follow a few simple tips if you are camping or visiting in bear country so both people and bears remain safe. It’s important to stash your trash. Their noses are very sensitive, about 100 times better than ours and they can smell food five miles away. Use a bear-proof garbage bin and don’t keep garbage or other food stuffs in the garage. Keep your camp clean. If you are camping in bear country keep your camp clean. Double bag your trash and put it in your RV or vehicle if there is no bearproof container near-by. Don’t leave your coolers, bags or boxes outside. Never feed a bear. There is a saying among locals: A fed bear is a dead bear. It is against the law to feed bears in Colorado.

This yearling black bear was feasting on chokecherries near La Veta last fall. Cubs often stay with their mother for the first year of life then move out to forage on their own.

Encountering a bear. When hiking in bear country it is wise to have bear repellant with you and be alert. Be extra cautious at dawn, when the wind is in your face, visibility is limited or when walking by a noisy stream. A firm clap or a quick shout warns bears that people are around. Wild black bears seldom attack unless they feel threatened, cornered or are provoked. If you surprise a bear on a trail, stand still, stay calm and let the bear identify you, then leave. Talk in a normal tone of voice, be sure the bear has an escape route. Do not run. Back away from the bear and slowly move away. You can make eye contact with the bear but don’t stare. Continue to watch to see what it is doing. Never climb a tree to escape a bear. If you see cubs, their mother is near and you need to leave the area immediately. A bear standing up is just trying to identify what it’s seeing. It wants a better view and smell. Wave your arms slowly overhead and talk calmly as you are backing away. Sometimes it may be aggressive but this is rare. If it approaches to within 40 feet, use the bear spray. If you are attacked by a black bear, do not play dead, fight back. Fight with anything available. People have successfully defended themselves with pen knives, trekking poles and even bare hands. Bears generally want to avoid confrontations with humans. Most human injuries occur because a person got too close to a bear, not because the bear initiated the contact, according to Colorado Wildlife Officers.

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by Cathy Mullens

Visitors to the La Veta/Cuchara area will be pleased to know there is a lot of wildlife out there to see, if you know where to look. In the mountains you will find various birds such as Dusky Grouse, Mountain Bluebirds and Gray Jays. There are also pronghorn, elk, mule deer, black bears and jackrabbits. Since vegetation can be thick in the summer these creatures are often hiding in plain sight. But a hike through the forest can bring a visual treat. Binoculars are (photo by Cathy Mullens) helpful as well as a long lens on a camera. This cinnamon teal was seen at Lathrop State At the two lakes at Lathrop State Park last summer in one of the many wetland Park, just west of Walsenburg on Hwy. areas near the large lakes. These reddish brown 160, birders can find many varieties of birds are often seen with blue-winged teals. waterfowl. Canada Geese are at the lakes year round but there are many visitors durRed foxes are a familiar sight in and ing the year such as brilliantly white, around La Veta and the surrounding freshwater pelicans and Great Blue countryside. While some don’t like the Herons, which nest here in the spring and crafty animal, others say it’s great to have stay through summer. Egrets and White- them around as they keep the small rodent faced Ibis often come by in the spring and population in check. summer and osprey circle the skies above In the Whahatoya Valley there are both Martin and Horseshoe Lake search- some birds not seen in other areas including for fish. ing: Dusky Grouse, American Three-toed Other birds sighted at the lakes Woodpeckers and sapsuckers. There are include Cinnamon and Blue-winged Teals, also pine squirrels, snowshoe hares and Coots and Double-crested Cormorants, chipmunks. swans and loons. In the winter months, The dense spruce canyons of especially January and February, Bald Cuchara-Wahatoya Camps hold Eagles are common to the area. Dry land nuthatches and Kinglets. The Devil’s birds such as roadrunners, Flickers and Stairsteps often host golden eagles and Piñon Jays are also found here. On the other raptors. This miles-long rock formasouth side of the tion also finds lakes good stands W hite-throated of yucca sometimes Swifts perched on host Ladder-backed and soaring along Woodpeckers. Redthis geologic wonwinged and der. Swainson’s Hawks The Stonewall are often seen in and area often sports circling above the herds of elk, usualpark and near-by ly more visible areas. from the highway On the plains in the early mornpronghorn abound ing or evening. as well as mule deer Sometimes the and jackrabbits. An wildlife come to occasional mountain you and if you are lion or bobcat sightstaying in Cuchara ing occurs but while or La Veta, don’t be these stealthy crea(photo by Cathy Mullens) surprised if you see tures are here, they This red fox kit and his four siblings were raised last a mule deer grazing usually shy away summer in a den near La Veta by their very attentive in the yard when from confrontations mom. These canine creatures with cat-like behav- you open your door with people. in the morning. iors eat small animals such as rodents.

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Monument Lake 17 miles south of Cuchara on Colorado Hwy 12 Cuchara River Recreation Area Blue Lake and Bear Lake – flies or lures only Three miles south of Cuchara on Colorado Highway 12 North Lake Famous for being home to four species of trout, Cutthroat, rainbow, Kokanee and Brown 13 miles south of Cuchara on Colorado Hwy 12 Bosque del Oso State Wildlife Area Stream fishing when running 21 miles west of Trinidad on Colorado Hwy 12

Lathrop State Park Offering two lakes, Martin (all motorboats) and Horseshoe (wakeless) Lakes Two miles west of Walsenburg on U.S. Hwy 160

Trinidad Lake State Park Five miles west of Trinidad on Colorado Hwy 12

Wahatoya State Wildlife Area Wahatoya Lake – flies or lures only Daigre Reservoir One mile east of La Veta on Moore Street

Upper Huerfano River Lily Lake – strenuous hike to pristine lake Coldwater stream 13 miles west of Gardner on County Road 580

Anglers enjoy the sport at many lakes, reservoirs and rivers in the area.

Above right: A boater floats in the reservoir at Wahatoya State Wildlife area east of La Veta. Left: Fly fishing - Wahatoya Lake near La Veta.

photos by John Manos

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Restaurant • Motel • RV Park

124 N. Main ~ La Veta ~ 719-742-5435

Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner / Dine-in or Carry-out Tues.-Sat. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sun. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Restaurant closed Monday

FULL BAR Open Daily at Noon

Delicious

Mexican* & American FOOD *Mexican Food served after 4 p.m.

Home-Made PIES Navajo Ranch Estates This 2 bedroom property is in excellent condition with a great location and views of the mountains. Mostly new appliances and fresh exterior stain. Sun porch. Oversized one car garage. Dog kennel. Perfect retirement or seasonal home. Close to Lathrop State Park and La Veta. $159,000

Sammie’s

Mandella Bar and Restaurant Gardner - 25255 Hwy 69 Take over this property which has operated as a bar/ restaurant for 23 years. Includes some fixtures and bar equipment. Zoned for other business opportunities as well. Property includes seperate 2 bedroom residence. Price Reduced to $90,000

Commercial • Rural & Ranches • Residential For details on these listings, visit our website: ReataRealtyColorado.com

Don’t hesitate to call us at: 719-738-1830

Motel & RV Park RV spaces from $25.00 Rooms starting at $45.00

Train Stop Ryus Ave.

Main St.

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T h e F r i e n d s of Francisco Fort History Museum

The Fort’s 150th Year Invite You to a Celebration of

Speakeasy Night presenting

Michael Shults Jazz Saxophonist

at The Francisco Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday June 2, 2012 7:30 pm

$20 per person Proceeds to benefit Francisco Fort History Museum

FRANCISCO Fort DAY July 28, 2012

8 a.m. Pancake Breakfast in front of La Veta Public Library

10 a.m. Parade on Main Street 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free Francisco Fort Museum tours, food vendors, arts and craft vendors, live entertainment, live demonstrations and much more! Proceeds to benefit Francisco Fort History Museum

OLDER THAN DIRT 5K Run/Walk

in the La Veta Town Park followed by lunch and live entertainment.

Saturday June 23, 2012 10 am $25 per person

Sign-up by calling Peggy Arnold-Hoobler at 742-5496 or sign up at the park between 9 - 9:30 a.m. Adult entry fee: $25.00 includes your OLDER THAN DIRT t-shirt, lunch and live entertainment. Children under 12 entry fee: $15.00 includes OLDER THAN DIRT t-shirt, lunch and live entertainment. Non-run/walk participants also welcome to purchase t-shirts and lunch!! JOINT FUNDRAISER Friends of Francisco Fort History Museum and La Veta Rotary Club

Fort Day is followed by

LA VETA HIGH SCHOOL ALL CLASS ALUMNI REUNION

in the La Veta High School Gymnasium Gathering 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Catered Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. DANCE with Live Music from the Silver Eagle Band ~ 8 - 11 p.m.


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The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad operates between La Veta and Alamosa during the summer season offering half-day and full-day excursions and special concert dates. The scenic La Veta Pass route is breath taking in summer and fall and you can spot a variety of wildlife, including brown bears. Bring your camera for a day of beautiful memories. Choose from Club Cars, Dome Car, Coach or Adventure Class seating. Some routes include a steam engine.

Mountain Rails Live - Summer Concert Series

2012 Schedule: La Veta to Fir/Fort Garland Runs most Fridays - Sundays | May 26 - September 22 | Diesel Powered Ticket prices range from $19 to $129 for adults and $9 to $119 for children.

Alamosa to La Veta Runs most Fridays - Sundays | May 25 - September 23 | Steam Powered Select dates | October - April | Diesel Powered Ticket prices range from $49 to $149 for adults and $39 to $139 for children.

The 2012 concerts features a great line up of memorable shows for young and old to enjoy at the summit at Fir Station. Make plans to ride with your friends and family to this unique mountaintop concert experience. Trains depart from La Veta and Alamosa. July 6, 7, 8 John McCutcheon with Anne Hills June 16, 17 Michael Martin Murphey with The Rifters

July 13, 14, 15 Trout Fishing in America with The Barrymans

June 22, 23, 24 The Rifters with Chuck Pyle

July 20, 21, 22 Michael Martin Murphey with Cathy Barton and Dave Para

June 29, 30, July 1 Special Consensus with Anne Hills

July 27, 28, 29 Roy Rivers with Chuck Pyle

UPTOP GHOST TOWN Old La Veta Pass On top of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Come Tour Uptop National Historic District

August 3, 4, 5 Don Edwards with Syd Masters August 10, 11, 12 Michael Martin Murphey with Dana and Susan Robinson August 17, 18, 19 South by Southwest with Bovee and Heil August 24, 25, 26 John McEuen with Bovee and Heil

Tickets: Visit www.coloradotrain.com for information, the ticket off at the La Veta depot building, or call 1-877-726-RAIL.

Enjoy Other Unique Summer Happenings at Uptop!

Photo: Colo. Railroad Museum

(mark your calendars) ~ MUSIC & DANCE AT UPTOP! 7 p.m. $15 @ door TBA 7/6 ~ Tom Munch 8/3 ~ The Rifters 9/14

~ OPENING CELTIC FESTIVAL on Friday, Sept. 28, Noon – 3 p.m. (See the Festival Brochure)

Drive the original 1877 train route • Visit the original D&RG Depot Museum • Photograph the gorgeous views • Add a wish to the Wind Wishes Tepee • Visit the Chapel-by-the-Wayside • Belly up to the Tavern’s famous S-curve Bar • Join activities in the Dance Hall

2012 Tours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $5 per person Saturday & Sunday July 7th – 8th Saturday & Sunday Aug 4th – 5th

Saturday & Sunday Sept 15th – 16th

Directions: Easy Drive. 15 min from La Veta and Fort Garland. Turn off Hwy 160 at mile marker 276 or 281 (Old La Veta Pass) and drive to the top!


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Golf at Altitude Trinidad Golf Course Trinidad 719-846-4015 1417 Nolan Dr. Open to the public. Open year round. 9-Hole course. Fee range: $17 (9H), $22 (18H). Shirt and shoes required. Cart and club rentals available. Tee times: Call in advance.

Hollydot Golf Course photo by Renee Rinehart

Colorado City 719-676-3341 55 N. Parkway. Open to the public. Open all year. 27 Hole Regulation course. Fee range: $19-$25. No tank tops and spikeless shoes required. Tee times: For weekdays, call 7 days in advance. For weekends, call the Monday prior.

Grandote Peaks Golf Course La Veta 719-742-3391 or 800-457-9986 5540 Hwy. 12 Open to the public. Open April 1 to October 31. 18 Hole Championship course. Fee range: $45-$75 Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. $35 - $55 weekdays. Senior and Junior discounts, special Twilight rates. No metal spikes. Driving range, club/cart rental available.

Walking Stick Golf Course Pueblo 719-584-3400 4301 Walking Stick Blvd. Open to the public. Open all year. 18 Hole Regulation course. Fee range: $26-$32. No tank tops/cut-offs. Tee times: For weekdays, call the Saturday prior at 8 a.m. For weekends, call Wednesday at 8 a.m.

Walsenburg Golf Course Walsenburg 719-738-2730 Hwy. 160 West (next to Lathrop State Park), Open to the public. Open all year. 9 Hole course. Fee range: $14$20. Shirt and shoes required. No metal spikes. Driving range, restaurant, cart rental available. No tee-time necessary.

Elmwood Golf Course Pueblo 719-561-4946 3900 Thatcher Ave. Open to the public. Open all year. 18 Hole Regulation course. Fee range: $22-$36 for residents. Call for tee times.

Raton Country Club Raton, NM 575-445-8113 510 Country Club Dr.

Edla’s Yarns 302 W. 7th St. Walsenburg 738-3318

The Best little Yarn SHop

in Southern Colorado!

For all your knitting, crocheting, quilting & sewing needs.

Open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday - Friday 1 to 5 pm - Monday • 9 am - 2 pm - Saturday

Mike’s Coffee Barn For the Best Coffee in town & free WIFI Serving cappuccino, latte, chai, smoothies, fresh donuts, cookies & much more. Open 7:30 am to 5 pm - Weekdays • 9 am - 2 pm - Saturdays 304 W. 7th St. Walsenburg 738-3318

Come join us in maintaining the beauty of the LA VETA/CUCHARA VALLEY 2012 Summer Activities June 21 “Welcome Back” Potluck 5:30 pm at Rec. Hall

July 20, 21, 22 47th Annual Art Show Rec Hall NO ADMISSION FEE

July 12 Luncheon, Speaker: Kent Weber of Mission Wolf 11:45 at Rec. Hall

August 16 Luncheon/Annual Meeting, Speaker: Nancy Cox “High Country Gardening” 11:45 Rec. Hall

Now on Sale: Cuchara Scenic Calendar & Cuchara Valley Directory CALL 719-742-3565 OR GO TO www.cucharahermosa.org FOR INFORMATION


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photo by Renee Rinehart

Whoop it up at the Huerfano County 4-H Fair in La Veta. Bid on a prizewinning steer.

Dine in diverse and wonderful places… from diners and family cafes to fine dining.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Lathrop State Park, Colorado’s first state park.

Enjoy interpretive lessons and talks by numerous experts on summer weekends at the amphitheater at Lathrop State Park.

Load up on Christmas presents at the annual Gardner Craft Fair in December. Enjoy a live performance at the Francisco Center for Performing Arts. Catch a play by the Spanish Peaks Players.

Celebrate the Hispanic Culture of the region at La Plaza De Los Leones Festival in Walsenburg. Slow down and settle in to watch a diverse abundance of western birds.

Tour our Native American Room, Old School House, Saloon, Mining Exhibits and More! Visit our Gift Shop - Books, Jewelry, Keepsakes 2012 Hours

May and September: Weekends Only (Fri.-Sun) Noon to 4 pm June, July and August Tue.-Sat. 10 am - 4 pm Sun. Noon - 5 pm October: Special Events Only

The Fort turns 150 in 2012

Enjoy the fine music and dancing at the Celtic Music Festival in Sept.

Take a ride on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad traveling between La Veta and Alamosa.

Relax with a therapeutic massage with one of many massage therapists in the region.

Experience Francisco Fort Day in La Veta with parades, food and history of the early settlers.

June 2, 7:30 pm Speakeasy Night Museum Benefit Jazz Saxophonist, MICHAEL SHULTS at the Francisco Center for Performing Arts

Find a one of a kind gift at downtown Walsenburg’s antique shops.

Shoot pool, throw darts and eat pie at Sammie’s in La Veta.

July 14, 5 pm Movie Night Rango at the Saloon

Attend a show opening at one of the area’s galleries or studios.

Sign the kids up for a summer art class in La Veta.

DAKOTA D UKES

Always fully stocked for year-round shopping convenience.

Located on the Scenic Highway of Legends in Historic Cuchara, Colorado

Open 10 am to 9 pm, 7 Days a Week (719) 742-5529 CUCHARA VALLEY’S BIGGEST “LITTLE” SHOP • Gif ts • Sou venirs Toys • Sof t Drinks • Ice Cre am • Snacks

Convenience/Grocer y Store

Wildlife T-Shirt and Fleece Jacke t He adquarters Unique Holiday Gif ts

S T O N E WA L L S H O P P I N G B AG

Summer Hours: 7 am t o 8 pm E ve r yd ay Country Store • Liquor Store Gifts • Fishing Licenses Meeting Room Full-Service RV Park

Restaurant B re ak fas t • L unch • D i nne r featuring:

Find us in

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Scenic Highway of Legends (HWY 12)

Buffalo Burgers & Elk Burgers Stonewall Breakfast Burritos Chicken Fried Steak • Green Chili

STONEWALL on the

6689 H WY 12 • S TONEWALL , C OLO . • 719-868-2255 • www.stonewallshoppingbag.com

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306 S. Main La Veta Colorado

August 12, 2 - 4 pm Women’s History at the Library October 13, 1 - 3 pm Hispanic Heritage at the Saloon October 27, 7 - 9 pm Haunted Museum at The Fort

719-742-5501

For COMPLETE EVENT LISTINGS

www.franciscofortmuseum.com

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Panini Sandwiches Salads & Sweets

305 S. Main La Veta Colorado 719-742-3680

Serving You Thursday ~ Monday 7 am to 3 pm

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Join in celebrating America’s birthday in Cuchara. Watch or join in the parade that started in 1966. Bring your appetite for the big street barbeques.

Shop the diverse stores of La Veta. Take in the historical exhibits at the Francisco Fort Plaza in La Veta. This plaza-like fort was constructed in 1862 by Colonel John Francisco.

Read a book about Huerfano County history by a local author.

Take in a gentle day hike complete with a picnic lunch from Next Door Deli.

View the blooming of thousands of wild Iris near the John B. Farley Wildflower area.

Enjoy a country cookout at the annual Chuck Wagon Dinner in Gardner.

Catch a movie or a live performance at the historic Fox Theater in Walsenburg.

Sample a variety of wines at Deerprint Wines in La Veta.

Make the kid in you happy, buy an ice cream cone at the soda fountain in Charlie’s in La Veta, or Granpa & Grandma’s in Walsenburg.

Find great art and crafts at La Veta’s annual Art in the Park on the July 4th weekend.

Enjoy a cup of latte at a local coffee shop.

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GIFT SHOP Mountain/Lodge Decor & Crafts featuring Cuchara’s artists

The Olive Tree

Bed & Breakfast 902 S. Oak Street La Veta, Colo. 719-742-5778

1 Master Suite w/private bath 2 Bedrooms w/shared bath

(private bath available for additional charge)

2 Large Patios w/Hot Tub and Fire Pit

theolivetreebandb.com

Take an ultimate golf challenge at the Grandote Peaks Championship Golf Course in La Veta. Hit the ball farther at 7,100 ft. Take a guided horseback ride at Yellow Pine Guest Ranch. Socialize on the deck at The Dog Bar in Cuchara or shop on the Boardwalk. Take the kids for a splash at Walsenburg Wild Water’s. Visit Mission: Wolf for a truly unique educational experience. This peaceful wolf sanctuary is located in a remote area north of Gardner and serves to promote better understanding of these interesting creatures nationally. Buy wonderful original work of art at the annual Hermosa Art Festival and Sale in Cuchara. Ride your bike in the Stonewall Century Ride. Starting in La Veta this ride follows the Scenic Highway of Legends over Cuchara Pass. Or cheer them on! Enjoy a round of golf with a wonderful Spanish Peaks view at the Walsenburg Golf Club near Lathrop State Park.

The Cuchara Inn

Come see La Veta’s most amazing & interesting store ~ A bit of everything • • • • • •

Antiques Gifts Candles Home décor Pendleton products Western items

• Colorado Gourmet Foods • Scarves/purses • Native American Items including rugs and pottery • Jewelry …and MORE

the BEST Coffee, Espresso & Lattes in Town

LL featuring: Acupuncture, Massage, Jin Shin Jitsu & handcrafted local herb products. Call for appointment ~ 719-742-3307

JOIN US FOR SPECIAL GUESTS, MUSIC, ARTISTS, AUTHORS MOST EVERY SATURDAY!

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

205 S. Main LL www.northbysouthwest.com

The Cuchara Valley’s Preferred Lodging Destination

Tucked into the village of Cuchara we’re the perfect base for your get-away. We invite you to visit us. Let us be your home away from home while you explore the Cuchara village for a day … or the Cuchara valley for a week. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast on us when you stay at The Cuchara Inn...

Or experience our Brewed Awakening just down the boardwalk!

At The Cuchara Inn, you'll always find a warm welcome awaiting you... Please come see us soon.

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May 2012

July 20-22 Cuchara-Hermosa Art Show at Cuchara Valley Rec. Center

July 28 Francisco Fort Day 150th Anniversary 8 a.m. Pancake Breakfast 10 a.m. Parade on Main St. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Francisco Fort Museum tours, food vendors, arts and craft vendors, live demonstrations and entertainment. No admission fee.

May 26-27 SPACe Gallery Grand Opening Celebration of recent gallery expansion in La Veta. May 26-28 “Town Meeting” play at Francisco Center for the Performing Arts in La Veta.

June 2012

June 14-16 La Veta Painting En Plein Air Artists paint in locales in and around La Veta. Sponsored by SPACe.

July 14 Francisco Fort Movie Night “Rango” 8 p.m. at the Saloon

July 26-29 Melodrama “Someone Save My Baby Ruth” at Francisco Center for the Performing Arts in La Veta.

May 26 Photography Show Opening reception 5-7 p.m. at SPACe Gallery in the Park. Show through June 16.

June 9 50th Anniversary of Lathrop State Park Colorado’s first state park will hold special events. Located just west of Walsenburg on Hwy. 160.

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July 20 Relay For Life 7 p.m. Opening Ceremony at La Veta Football Field

May 12 Francisco Fort Opening 4-6 p.m. Featuring photography by John Schum at Deerprint Wine in La Veta.

June 2 Jazz Concert featuring Michael Shults, 7:30 p.m. at Francisco Center for the Performing Arts. $20 per person. Fundraiser for Friends of Francisco Fort History Museum.

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July 28 La Veta High School All Class Reunion 5:30 – 11 p.m. LVHS Gymnasium

June 23 Colorado Expressions Opening reception 5-7 p.m. at SPACe Gallery in the Park. Show through July 21.

July 28 Western Art Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. at SPACe Gallery in the Park. Show runs through August 18.

Sept. 8 La Plaza de Los Leones Annual Celebration in Walsenburg Sept. 18 Fall Art Show Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. at SPACe Gallery in the Park. Show through October 13. Sept. 27-30 Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival

October 2012

October 6 Oktoberfest Annual celebration on Main Street in La Veta with music, crafts, beer garden, dancing and car show.

June 30 Rotary BBQ in La Veta Town Park 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. June 30 Art in the Park La Veta Town Park 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. June 30 4-H Independence Day Ranch Rodeo & Bull Riding at La Veta 4-H Arena, 6 p.m.

July 2012

July 1 Art in the Park La Veta Town Park 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. July 1 4-H Mud Bog 12 p.m. 4-H Fairgrounds in La Veta

June 16 Cuchara Country Music Festival Featuring Due West, Keith Sykes, Michael Hearne & South by Southwest, Jason James Band, and Charlie Jenkins. Held on Cuchara’s main street. June 23 Older Than Dirt 5K Run 10 a.m. at La Veta Town Park. Adult: $25 Under 12: $15 includes t-shirt, lunch and live entertainment. Fundraiser for Rotary Club and Friends of Francisco Fort History Museum.

August 2012

October 13 Second Annual Cuchara Village Bear Fair Food, crafts, entertainment in Cuchara Village.

July 4 Cuchara Family Run/Walk 8 a.m. at Cuchara Valley Rec Center. Join in the 21st year of family fun.

August 4 Gardner Methodist Church Chuckwagon Dinner 2-6 p.m. August 8-12 Huerfano County 4-H Fair and Rodeo

July 4 Cuchara Independence Day Parade 11 a.m. on Cuchara’s main street.

August 11-12 Studio and Gallery Tour Arists open their homes and studios to October 27 Haunted Museum Francisco Fort Museum, 7-9 p.m. the public. Sponsored by SPACe.

July 9-13 Children’s Art Workshop at SPACe Gallery in the Park.

August 11 Stonewall Century Ride 10th annual bicycle ride along the Scenic Hwy of Legends from La Veta Town Park. August 12 Women’s History Presented by Francisco Fort Museum, 2-4 p.m. at La Veta Public Library

October 13 Hispanic Heritage Presented by Francisco Fort Museum, 1-3 p.m. at museum.

November 2012

Nov. 13 Gift of Art Show Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. at SPACe Gallery in the Park. Show through January 5.

December 2012

August 26 “Passages” Art Show Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. at SPACe Gallery in the Park. Show through September 10.

Dec. 1 Progressive Dinner Diners enjoy appetizers, main dish and dessert at three galleries. Sponsored by SPACe.

Sept. 1-3 “Town Meeting” play at Francisco Center for the Performing Arts in La Veta.

Dec. 13-15 “Christmas in a Small Town”, Local musician and artist Ricky Tims performs a Christmas show at Francisco Center for the Performing Arts.

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WE’RE OPEN YEAR ROUND HUERFANO COUNTY, COLORADO 1600 SQUARE MILES

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Business Opportunities Land Available Manufacturing Retail Space Office/Professional Hospitality/Tourism Agriculture

Recreation Lathrop State Park San Isabel National Forest State Wildlife Areas BLM Recreation Areas

Visitor Information LA VETA:

WALSENBURG:

~ The Ladies at the Gathering Place 903 S. Oak St.

~ Huerfano County Chamber in the Depot Bldg at Main St. & 4th St.

~ Kiosk at Main St. & Ryus Ave.

CUCHARA:

~ The Signature Newspaper 124 N. Main St. (Sammie’s Bldg.)

~ Dakota Dukes ~ Cuchara Country Store ~ Cuchara Rec. Center

~ La Veta-Cuchara Chamber of Commerce 719-742-3676 www.lavetacucharachamber.com ~U.S. Forest Service 103 E. Field (at Main St.)

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AREA: ~ Lathrop State Park Visitor Center (Hwy 160 west of Walsenburg) ~Ask at a local business or library P.O. Box 154 124 N. Main Street La Veta, CO 81055-0154 (719) 742-5591 Fax: (719) 742-3183 email: editor@signaturenewspaper.com www.signaturenewspaper.com

Editors................................................... Renee Rinehart, David Rinehart Production & Ad Design......................... Renee Rinehart, Donice Manos Photography..................... John Manos, Cathy Mullens, Renee Rinehart, David Rinehart, John Schum Contributors............................................... John Manos, Cathy Mullens, David Rinehart, Renee Rinehart Advertising Sales............................................................. David Rinehart The Signature Newspaper Visitor’s Guide is published annually by Rinehart Publishing, Inc. Second Class postage paid at La Veta, CO, 81055 and additional mailing offices. USPS 1453. All contents of the Visitor’s Guide are copyrighted 2012.

Huerfano County Government 401 Main Street Walsenburg, CO 81089 719-738-3485 www.huerfano.us

Table of Contents Calendar of Events Things to Do & See Golf Courses Rio Grande Scenic Railroad Uptop Ghost Town Fishing Holes Wildlife Spotting Bear Aware Maps of the Area Altitude Sickness Hiking Take A Drive Museums & Galleries Website Addresses Local Books Lodging Directory

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