Lathrop State Park: Colorado’s first State park, Lathrop State Park, is located in Huerfano County. The park provides 1,594 acres of year-round water and land-based recreation with Martin Lake, Horseshoe Lake and the 9-hole Walsenburg Golf Course. You’ll have plenty of boating, camping, fishing and golfing opportunities located in one place!
Blue and Bear Lakes:Bear Lake Campground, located in the San Isabel National Forest, offers views of the nearby Culebra Mountain Range with aspen and spruce forests. Bear Lake is 1/8 mile from the campground, and then Blue Lake is one mile away. Both of these small lakes are stocked several times during the summer for fishing.
Sand Dunes: Alamosa County is lucky to have the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the largest dunes in North America! The Great Sand Dunes National Park is 30 square miles of massive dunes, diverse grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes and tundra.
- Off-Road Trails: If you’re interested in off-road trails, you’ll find challenging ones in Southwestern Colorado. These are only a few, but a quick search will point you to all the trails Colorado has to offer.
- Imogene Pass: The entrance to this pass is outside of Ouray and off of Highway 550, which is known as the Million Dollar Highway.
- Duckett Creek Trail Head: This off-road trail is near Westcliffe in the San Isabel National Forest.
- Rainbow Falls Trail: Located in Pike National Forest near Sedalia, this trail is 20 miles long and good for 4X4s and ATVs.
Non-profits and Organizations
Walsenburg, Westcliffe, Alamosa and La Veta have long lists of nonprofits and organizations! Check out Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation’s list if you’re interested in supporting one of these amazing nonprofits. You can also look at nonprofits in Walsenburg, La Veta and Alamosa.
- Spanish Peaks Business Alliance
You’ll find many Southern Colorado art galleries. Here are a few of them:
- SPACe promotes and encourages art-centered educational events in the Spanish Peaks region of southern Colorado. They organize art shows and workshops as well.
- Shalawalla Gallery, Gift Shop and School is located in La Veta. You can visit Beth and Jonathan Evans, internationally-known batik artists who have exhibited their work all over the world.
- The La Veta Gallery on Main showcases ceramic works and also represents many local and regional artists working in paint, jewelry, fiber, photography, scratchboard, wood and paper.
- The Painted Horse Gallery and Studio showcases a unique mix of hand-made art, jewelry, robots, knives, teas, leather vests, gifts, wine and canvas classes as well as private events.
Restaurants and Bars
Alys’ Restaurant calls La Veta home, and is worth a stop for a phenomenal dining experience courtesy of Chef Alys Romer.
Dog Bar & Grill has been called the "Heart and Soul of Cuchara" since its opening in 1980. The restaurant has an award-winning patio and features live music in addition to delicious food.
Timbers Restaurant and Art Gallery offers an upscale dining experience for Cuchara residents and visitors. You can explore the work of Cuchara’s artists while you enjoy delicious food made from quality ingredients.
Chappys is a downtown Westcliffe bar and restaurant that provides flame-cooked steaks, burgers, chicken, dogs and bratwursts.
Mission Deli Mesa is a family owned restaurant on the edge of town near the golf course in La Veta. It has some of the best Mexican food in town!
Walsenburg’s Fox Theater is a historic cinema and event space that opened in 1917. In addition to movies, the Fox Theater also hosts a variety of events. Check their website to ensure the theater is open.
Historic Jones Theater is home to Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts (WCPA). It shows movies, plays and holds productions and classes for children and teens.
Keep in mind that there’s plenty more to do and see in Southern Colorado. It’s time to get outside and start exploring all that Colorado has to offer!