Chamber of Commerce.
Here is a map page for La Veta and Cuchara.
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an Alpine mountain valley bridging mountains and high plains. La Veta is located against the Spanish Peaks. One of the features of the Spanish Peaks are the dikes that radiate out. These were formed when molton magma moved up through vertical cracks. They hardened and were eventually exposed due to erosion.
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"One branch of the Santa Fe Trail led westward into the San Luis Valley via the Sangre de Cristo Pass in northwestern Huerfano County. In 1862, a former sutler with the US Army at Fort Garland, Col. John M. Francisco, and Judge Henry Daigle built Fort Francisco on land purchased from the Vigil-St. Vrain Land Grant, significantly south and west of most of the San Luis Valley-bound traffic. Originally the Fort was a complete square built around an open plaza in the center. The only gateway opened to the north. The Fort was built of adobe one foot thick, with dirt floors and dirt roofs with parapets for defense.
As more settlers moved into this beautiful and fertile valley, the Fort increased in importance as shelter from Indians and as the commercial center for the area. The first Post Office, named Spanish Peaks, opened in the Plaza in 1871. By 1875 the Indian threat was almost completely gone. In 1876 the narrow gauge railroad came through La Veta several blocks north of the Fort on its way westward through the newly surveyed La Veta Pass. In 1877 the permanent rail depot was built beside the rails and the business community slowly moved north to it. For many years, this stretch of the line between La Veta and Wagon Creek was the highest in the world. The old grade can still be seen to the west of La Veta and higher up across Old La Veta Pass. The old depot building at the summit is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1877 La Veta Depot still stands next to Main Street by the tracks." excerpt from the Sangre.com page at http://www.sangres.com/laveta.htm. This page also has some good pictures of the area.
La Veta means the vein in Spanish. The exact origin of the name for the town is unknown, but it is possible it is in reference to the gold or coal veins found here.
La Veta has long been a ranching community and still remains so, but the area has been greatly enhanced by a more diverse and creative populous, both year-round and seasonal. The community has many arts and craft galleries along with shops, restaurants and other amenities.
See a photography page for La Veta.
Francisco Fort Museum
306 South Main Street
P.O. Box 263
LaVeta, CO. 81055
An Adobe structure, Francisco Fort was built in 1862 by Col. John M. Francisco and Judge Henry Daigre on land purchased from the Vigil-St. Vrain Land Grant. It was the first settlement in the Upper Cuchara Valley.
Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival
held each year in September
This page has information about La Veta as well as a number of nice pictures of the area.
Grandote Peaks Golf Course
Designed by Tom Weiskoff
La Veta, Co
Toll-free: 800 457-9986
Phone: 719 742-3391
Scenic Highway of Legends
This route, Highway 12, was designated as one of Colorado's scenic and historical byways in 1987. It was named a National Forest Byway in 1988. The 80 mile route passes through wonderfully beautiful scenery on its course. It can be driven in about two hours. It winds through Walsenburg, La Veta, Cuchara, Monument Lake, Stonewall, Vigil, Weston, Segundo, Cokesdale and Trinidad crossing the Cuchara Pass at 9,994 feet above sea level part way along the byway. A welcome center is located in Trinidad with more information about the route. Here is a map page for the highway.
La Veta is a Statutory town in Huerfano County.
La Veta Historical Events date unknown
Legend of the Devil's Stairs
A long time ago, the Devil came out from hell to survey the world. He chose the Cuchara Valley as his entrance. He would climb the steps and sit on the twin mountains, plotting how to make it his. God learned of this, and noticing the beauty of the mountains and valley, claimed the valley. He told the Devil never to come here again, but the steps still remain.
La Veta Chamber La Veta Cuchara Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 32
117 West Grand
La Veta, CO 81055
The number of housing units was:
2000 - 552
Median household income:
2000 - $ 29,342
2005 - $ 29,400
Median house value:
2000 - $ 110,100
2005 - $ 128,500
La Veta is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.