Highway of Legends - Stonewall, Cuchara & La Veta, CO

State Highway 12 is the Highway of Legends
The tourism promotion in Las Animas and Huerfano counties make a big deal about the Highway of Legends Scenic Byway. With State Highway 12 as the key road, it can be done as the loop with Trinidad, Stonewall, Cuchara, La Veta and Walsenburg on the route. On this page are some of my photos from today's drive. Honestly, the most exciting parts of the drive are on Highway 12 through the towns of Stonewall, Cuchara and La Veta.

Highway of Legends, CO
The Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range comes into view while headed west near Weston.

Photos by Steve Garufi, a.k.a. Colorado Guy. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Highway of Legends, Colorado July 4, 2016 - From Trinidad, drive west on Highway 12. You'll pass the Trinidad Reservoir (a state park) and continue through Cokedale, Segundo and Weston.

Then the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range comes into better view.

Stonewall, CO t-shirt I stopped at the general store in Stonewall and bought a t-shirt. I will be wearing this a lot. :)

By the way, did you know I made a video promoting tourism in Stonewall? Watch... :p)

Spanish Peaks & Monument Lake, CO

North Lake, CO

TOP: I passed Monument Lake and got a shot that included the Spanish Peaks in the background.

SECOND: Then there's another lake that I'm pretty sure is named North Lake, but don't hold me to it. Highway 12 wraps around much of the lake. I'd think these spots would be excellent choices for fishing.

Highway of Legends Colorado Heading north towards Cuchara Pass.
Highway of Legends Scenic Byway At Cuchara Pass, I photographed this "Highway of Legends Scenic Byway" sign.
John Farley Overlook, CO

Overlook in Cuchara, Colorado

Cuchara, Colorado Overlook

If you take County Road 364 at Cuchara Pass about 0.5 miles, you'll reach an overlook, named the John Farley Overlook.

Those homes in the distance are part of the village of Cuchara. A commercial ski area was once in operation in the region. Interestingly, a local told me that skiiers used to come to this very spot and ski downward all the way into Cuchara!

I made a 180-degree video at the overlook.

Colorado Wildflowers

Colorado Wildflowers

The wildflowers were teeming at Cuchara Pass.

Trinchera Peak, Colorado At a hairpin turn, I headed west on a dirt road to Blue Lake and Bear Lake.

I investigated Trinchera Peak, a 13er in the Sangre de Cristo Range, and found the trailhead. I'm hopeful to hike this mountain soon. :)

West Spanish Peak, Colorado West Spanish Peak kept popping its head here and there on my excursion.
1967 Oldsmobile Toronado Rear My last photo was taken in La Veta. Someone's 1967 Oldsmobile Toronado had a great view of the Spanish Peaks. ;) A sign said it was for sale.

Not Too Shabby!
The overlook in Cuchara made it in the not too shabby series. :)

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