Huerfano County, Colorado

Towns and Villages in
Huerfano County

Attractions in
Huefano County

Las Animas County, Colorado

Towns and Villages in
Las Animas County

Attractions in
Las Animas County


Southern Colorado
Your Guide to Las Animas County and Huerfano County in Southern Colorado

Photo by Linda Nusser


Cuchara, Colorado is situated on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the heart of the Cucharas River Valley. The town is surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest with all its' lakes, trees and mountains. On the east side of town is the West Spanish Peak. On the west side of town are the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The Cucharas River flows through the middle of town.

As you go south out of Cuchara on Highway 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends, you will find some of the most spectacular aspen groves and wild iris fields in Colorado. On your way up the hill you pass over the Cucharas River where it comes out of the valley leading up to Bear Lake and Blue Lake. Then the highway winds through several switchbacks until it finally opens out at the top of Cuchara Pass, elevation 9,995'. Here is where Forestry Road #46 goes east and crosses Cordova Pass on the shoulder of the West Spanish Peak and continues eastward through the Apishapa Arch, Gulnare and Aguilar to the I-25.

About 8 miles south of Cuchara Pass is North Lake State Wildlife Area, a trophy fishing area. A little further south is Monument Lake Resort, a full service resort on the shores of Monument Lake.

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Cuchara at a glace...

  • Elevation: 8,500 feet
  • Average annual precipitation: 36.0 inches
  • Terrain: Alpine mountain valley filled with Aspens, Ponderosas and Blue Spruce
  • January temperature: High: 45 Low: 10
  • July temperature: High: 85 Low 52
  • Days of Sunshine per year: 300+
  • Cuchara Population 2000 census: 150
  • Huerfano County Population 2000 census:7,862

Photo by Linda Nusser

For more information...

La Veta Cuchara Chamber of Commerce. La Veta, CO 81055. Phone: (719) 742-3676.
Cuchara Association. 16500 State Highway 12, La Veta, CO 81055. Phone: (719) 742-3734.
Post Office. 34 Cuchara Road, La Veta, CO 81055. Phone: (719) 742-3450.
Cuchara Sanitation Water District. 16925 State Highway 12, La Veta, CO 81055. Phone: (719) 742-3108.

Attractions in and near Cuchara

Great Dikes of the Spanish Peaks.  

Monument Lake.  This high-altitude lake was constructed by the WPA in 1937.

North Lake - North Fork State Wildlife Area.  North Lake is home to four species of trout.

Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  

San Isabel National Forest.  San Isabel National Forest is one of eleven National Forests in Colorado. The Forest includes over one million acres of beautiful scenery with snow-capped mountain peaks, spring wildflowers, autumn colors, crystal clear mountain lakes, and clear blue skies to enjoy.

The Scenic Highway of Legends.  State Highway 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends ties Trinidad, Weston, Stonewall, Cuchara, La Veta, and Walsenburg together with a ribbon of asphalt that journeys through some of the most beautiful mountain countryside in the world.

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