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Hikes Near La Veta and Walsenburg

Hikes Near La Veta and Walsenburg

The La Veta and Walsenburg areas offer tons of trails at all levels of difficulty. Whether you want to get outside to run, walk, hike or bike, Southern Colorado has you covered. And don’t worry, there is something for everyone in the family! (That means you, doggo!)


This easy 0.8 mile hike, in San Isabel National Forest, offers views of the West and Trinchera Peaks and is used for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and, in the winter, cross country skiing. Bring your kids or your pup along! Bear Lake Trail has two trailheads–one from the north and the other from the south.

How to Get There

North Trailhead access:

From La Veta take CO Highway 12 south 14.2 miles to Bear Lake/Blue Lake Campground sign (Forest Road 422). Turn right onto FR 422, which is a dirt road, and drive for 5 miles to the Bear Lake Day-use Area on the right.

South Trailhead access:

From La Veta take CO Highway 12 south 14.2 miles to Bear Lake/Blue Lake Campground sign (Forest Road 422). Turn right onto FR 422, which is a dirt road, and drive 3.5 miles to Blue Lake Day-use Area and trailhead on the left.


This one-mile, loop trail, in the Wahatoya State Wildlife Area, is rated easy to moderate and has a natural and gravel surface. You can bring your leashed dog, or your unleashed child, along on this hike. It is also a great spot for fishing, canoeing, and in winter, snowshoeing.

The trail winds through fields, woods, and into a deep arroyo on the south side. Take the bypass trail if you’d prefer to skip the arroyo. The trail follows a berm on the north side where you have views of the Spanish Peaks and Mt. Maestas. This trail connects to Daigre Reservoir Trail and La Veta Loop Trail if you’d like to add on for a longer walk.

How to Get There

Parking is available at the entrance to the Wahatoya State Wildlife Area on Elm St. From Walsenburg, take US-160 W to CO-12 E. Take a left (east) on Moore Ave., a right (south) on Spruce St., and then another left on Francisco St. The road bears to the right to become Elm St. and the parking area will be on your left.


This one-mile trail is rated easy to moderate. A loop trail, it has a natural surface and encircles Daigre Reservoir. The trail traverses the top of a berm on the south side of the reservoir and goes through the woods on the north side. Enjoy great views of the Spanish Peak and Mt. Maestas. This trail is used for hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, and snowshoeing. It is also family and dog friendly!

How to Get There

From Walsenburg, take US 160 West. Take a left onto CO-12 E and then another left on Moore Ave. Continue onto County Road 358 and the trailhead will be on your left in a 0.5 mile.


If you’re looking for an easy to moderate trail, the La Veta Loop Trail takes you on a 3-mile stroll through streets and alleyways and offers exceptional views of the Spanish Peaks, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and Greenhorn Mountain. More of a walking tour of town, you can easily add on the Wahatoya Lake and Daigre Reservoir trails for a little nature. La Veta Trails created this handy map to guide you!

How to Get There

Parking is available at the Town Park of La Veta.


This 2-mile walking trail, in Lathrop State Park, is rated as a moderate hike. It’s a loop trail with a natural surface that meanders through sandstone formations and scales a rocky hogback ridge. A hike both kid and dog friendly, enjoy views of the Spanish Peaks, Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, Wet Mountain Range, and Green Mountain. Best used from April to October, this trail is family friendly and welcomes leashed dogs. Lathrop State Park charges an entrance fee and be sure to pick up a brochure for the self-guided walking tour of plants and wildlife along the trail.

How to Get There

You can access the trail through Lathrop State Park. Take US-160 W to County Road 502 and turn right. Turn right again to stay on Co Rd 502. Pass the Yucca and Piñon campgrounds and then make a right to the trailhead.


Try out this 7.4 mile, difficult, out-and-back trail near Walsenburg. The elevation gain is 1,500 feet over almost three miles. The walk begins with a stroll through a large meadow and views of Blanca Massif. The first mile is flat terrain, and then you’ll continue up through forest, crossing some boulders and a river before arriving at Lily Lake at 12,350 feet. “Expect lush forest down low and a grassy basin up high,” The Hiking Project advises, with lots of marmots and pika along the way. This challenging hike also offers great fishing and backpacking!

How to Get There

From Walsenburg, take CO 69 to Gardner. 0.5 miles west of town take a left on Mosca Pass Rd and there should be a sign for “Huerfano and Lily Lake Trailheads” (21.5 and 22.5 mi.). The road will go from paved to dirt (should be okay for 2WD, but can be rough in early summer). At 11.8 mi., stay left on Forest Road 580. In another 3.4 mi. you will enter private property, and in another 3.4 mi., stay left at the entrance to Singing River Ranch. It is in another 6 mi. that you will find the Lily Lake Trailhead in the San Isabel National Forest. Road is closed in the winter.

Check out La Veta Trails for details on trails in the La Veta area and AllTrails for up to date hiker tips like this:

As of July 2020, Colorado is requiring all hikers in Colorado wildlife areas to have a hunting/fishing license before hiking. More info can be found here:

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