Spanish Peaks

Spanish Peaks in southern Colorado
November 27, 2011

Staff writer The Spanish Peaks are a pair of volcanic mountains rising 7,000 feet over the Plains in south-central Colorado. They have been revered by Native Americans and served as guideposts for early white explorers. The West Spanish Peak stands 13,623 feet above sea level while the East Spanish Peak reaches 12,708 feet. They are located about 20 miles southwest of Walsenburg. The peaks serve as religious symbols for the…

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Grandote Peaks Golf Course

Staff writer The Grandote Peaks Golf Course, designed by PGA golfer Tom Weiskopf, calls itself one of Colorado’s most affordable courses. That may be, but there’s a million-dollar view from the course at the base of the Spanish Peaks. Details Grandote Peaks Golf Course 5540 US 12 La Veta CO 81055 719-742-3391 800-457-9986 Website

November 3, 2011
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La Veta and Cuchara history

Cuchara Valley in southern Colorado
November 3, 2011

Staff writer The town of La Veta dates back to 1862, when Fort Francisco was built. Col. John Francisco came to the valley in 1840 from Fort Garland, building his plaza as a ranch headquarters. The adobe fort, which still exists, was also the railroad station and the post office at various times. The railroad came through in 1876 and the town was renamed La Veta, Spanish for “the vein.”…

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La Veta

Spanish Peaks near La Veta
November 3, 2011

By Sue Deans La Veta is a little jewel of a town, rough around the edges but shiny inside. Dusty streets and some empty storefronts are the rough spots. But lovely Victorian cottages, some good restaurants, shops and galleries are a bright plus that only adds to the beauty of the setting. Known as an artists’ colony, La Veta is enough off the beaten track to stay quiet and picturesque….

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