The Spanish Peaks Country of southern Colorado is one of the most scenic areas in the state. Fortunately for us, we’re a bit “off the beaten path”, so we remain a quaint and rural area. The Spanish Peaks are two mountains that are just on the east side of the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains. The Sangre de Cristo range runs from the Arkansas River (i.e. Canon City) to Albuquerque. This area is rich in unique geology and biodiversity. The Spanish Peaks were masses of molten igneous rock which pushed toward the surface, but never reached it. Over the millennia, the surrounding surface materials eroded away, leaving the Spanish Peaks to rise majestically over the plains. The Sangre de Cristos were formed by glaciers. The unique radial dikes that surround the Spanish Peaks are found in only one other location in the world.
Huerfano County (Huerfano is Spanish for “orphan”) ranges from an elevation of just over 5000 ft to the top of Blanca Peak, Colorado’s 4th highest mountain at 14,351 ft. The “Huerfano Butte” is another geologic feature that sits about 5 miles north of Walsenburg just on the east side of I-25. It served as a landmark for Native Americans, early mountain men, traders, soldiers and settlers.
Late September is usually the peak of the fall colors. Come early and stay late! Enjoy the peaceful and scenic beauty that Spanish Peaks Country offers. We have an abundance of National Forests and Federal lands in the area, complete with hiking trails, wilderness areas, fishing lakes, ATV trails and beautiful mountain scenery.
Elevation: We’re in the semi-arid southern Rocky Mountains where the humidity is low and the elevations are high! Here are the elevations for the main venues:
Walsenburg: 6182 ft
La Veta: 7000 ft
Cuchara: 8600 ft
Gardner: 6966 ft
For more information on Huerfano County, visit: www.sangres.com/colorado/huerfano/index.htm