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Living La Veta

Living La Veta

Whether you’re new to the area and want to take full advantage of your new home or you’re thinking about buying a home in La Veta or Huerfano County, we thought we’d compile a list of some of our favorite things to do locally! A little recreation, some scenic drives, a festival or two, a bit of history and so, so much wonderful art—we love our community and there’s a great deal to see and do. We hope to meet you out there!


If you’re looking for some outdoor recreation, take a lovely nature walk around the Wahatoya and Daigre Reservoirs. A charming little escape, especially if you bring your fishing pole! You can also fish at the La Veta Town and Lake North Reservoirs. For more adventure, take a look at a list of the many hikes in and around La Veta.

Get To Know You Walk About Town

If you’d like to get to know La Veta—take a walk! Or five! Follow this map from La Veta Trails to get a feeling for your new town and its surroundings. And while you’re soaking up the La Veta culture, keep an eye out for “The Great Dikes of the Spanish Peaks—large, vertical granite formations that radiate outward from the Spanish Peaks” surrounding town.

Scenic Drives

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La Veta Pass: Get a little bit of history and a whole lot of beautiful views on this drive that connects the Old La Veta Pass with the New La Veta Pass. The new pass is paved while the old one is not. And while you’re up there, check out the Uptop ghost town. Learn more below.

Highway of Legends: We’ve curated an awesome day trip along the Highway of Legends in another blog. No matter how you do it, it is a gorgeous, historic drive. Download the Travel Tour to guide you, and be sure to save at least two hours for your trip.


There are abundant events to get you out of the house and canoodling with your neighbors!

First Friday Art Walk: On the first Friday of the month from June to September each year, join in the festivities sponsored by the La Veta Creative District. The free event starts at Main & Ryus and encourages you to “Explore shops and galleries. Meet local, national, and international artists. Dine at breweries and restaurants.”

La Veta Oktoberfest: This annual event has fun for the whole family with live music, a Biergarten, kids’ activities, and tons of arts & crafts and food vendors.

Spanish Peaks Country Fest: Another annual event, the premier Southern Colorado country music festival brings bands and fans to the foot of the Spanish Peaks. Plan on attending multiple days or camp right next to the venue!

Art In The Park: Every year on the weekend closest to Independence Day comes Art in the Park! Handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, photography, ceramics, clothes—you name it—and yummy food over two days with no admission fee. (Learn more about SPACE—Spanish Peaks Art Council below)

Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival: This event is a full four days of music, workshops, and demos. Celtic music, storytelling, dancing, tea and scones, and some of the best musicians sharing their experience and love of craft.


Uptop Ghost Town: Take a trip up to this Colorado Historic District that was a bustling little town over a hundred years ago. Many of the buildings have been preserved, and there are hiking trails to take in views of the Spanish Peaks.

Francisco Fort Museum: A delightful and educational museum in an adobe fort dating back to 1862. “We house the heirlooms of Huerfano County including locally and nationally important collections of Native American, Spanish settler, and pioneer artifacts.” Take a free tour of this fascinating piece of history.


La Veta is called the art hub of the Spanish Peaks area for a reason. The community fosters and nurtures the artistic spirit. And the landscape is rife with inspiration.

Spanish Peaks Art Council (SPACe): “…community-based and member-owned organization dedicated to [the] support of the arts and art education.” From gallery and studio shows to workshops to town events, SPACe showcases and educates.

Artisans On Main: This lovely gallery on Main displays ceramics, fiber art, jewelry, paintings, photography, wood, and mixed media from many talented local artists, some of whom you’ll likely run into on your visit!

Shallawalla Gallery: This batik gallery has been a La Veta staple for a decade. Peruse, shop, or take a workshop with Beth and Jonathan Evans.

La Veta School of the Arts: LVSA was “designed to administer quality educational experiences in the arts for everyone, emphasizing creativity, originality and self–expression.” In addition to the wonderful classes and workshops, they also bring art to every corner of town with their Public Works Projects on benches, trash cans, walls, paving stones, etc.

H’s Place: This addition to the La Veta art scene showcases the photography and mixed media art of Heather Curtis. You can also pick up inspiring and witty gifts and delicious treats.

The Parkside Art Gallery & Cafe: The historic Parkside building houses a new gallery and cafe. They showcase local and national artists, and the art is complemented by a cafe, serving coffee and pastries! Check their site to see who is displaying currently.

Judith Baker Montano: Longtime resident and fiber artist whose work has been shown around the world, Baker Montano also teaches classes and lectures about quilting, embellishments, and “painting on fabric” from her Judith Designs Studio.

Kathy W. Hill: A local painter whose work “capturing the beauty of Southern Colorado” can be spotted around town, including at Space and Artisans, also teaches classes in drawing, watercolors, oils, and acrylics.

For more on the many creative spaces of the Creative District and upcoming exhibits and shows.

See You There!

Now that you’ve decided to make Southern Colorado and La Veta or Huerfano County your home, get out there and discover all the things that make it such a special place to live. These suggestions highlight only a fraction of the amazing things to see in Spanish Peaks country. Go exploring and be sure to let us know about your favorite stops and spots!



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