Southern Colorado has a lot of untapped treasures. Perhaps it is its location, ranging anywhere from 4-10 hours away from the state’s capital, that keeps these small towns small, and their tourism minimal. Southern Colorado, though, shall not be left neglected. From Durango to La Veta, there are many reasons to take a trip down South. La Veta alone is sure to book your itinerary to the brims. Here’s what this Colorado gem has to offer:
Two Fox Cabins- Spend the evening in La Veta, surrounded by local charm and all the amenities you would want. The Two Fox Cabins, offers its guests cozy cottage-style cabins complete with a queen sized bed, kitchenette, and private bathroom. Just outside of your cabin doors you will be greeted by a lush landscape and jagged peaks.
Uptop Ghost Town- Just 15 minutes from the heart of La Veta rests the preserved Uptop Ghost town. In summer and fall months, visitors can tour numerous buildings, museums and land. For those of you who find yourself in La Veta during the winter and spring months, The Chapel at Uptop Ghost Town is open year round. The 40 acre settlement is located on the ridge of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. It is a historically rich landscape and is a wonderful way to spend the day with family and friends.
Francisco Fort Museum- For the history buff, make sure to pay a visit to the Francisco Fort Museum. The museum itself is a piece of history, constructed in an original 1862 adobe plaza. Explore a collection of artifacts from the entire Huerfano County Region. Artifacts range from Native American, Hispanic, Anglo, ranching, blacksmithing, saloon, and the coal-mining era.
San Isabel National Forest- Pay a visit to the state’s highest point, Mount Elbert, located in the depths of the San Isabel National Forest. The Forest, located a ways outside of La Veta is a drive worth making. It is home to 19 of Colorado’s 54 fourteeners and is one of eleven national forests in the state. It is home to the Sawatch Range, the Collegiate Peaks and the Sangre de Cristo Range.
Cuchara Vallley- The Cuchara Valley used to be one of Colorado’s largest ski resorts. Now, though, the land located just South West of La Veta, Colorado, is bustling with alternative activities. The Cuchara Valley is a sweeping landscape that offers everything from fishing, hiking, mountain biking to horseback riding all with an unbeatable backdrop.
The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad- Grab a westbound San Luis Express from Alamosa to La Veta, and enjoy a scenic route through some of Colorado’s most lush and expansive landscapes. With the San Luis Express you have the option to either spend the day in Alamosa, shopping and enjoying local cafés, or you can take a motor coach connection to the Great Sand Dunes. Non-dependent on your final destination, the journey is sure to be memorable.
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