Monthly Archives: July 2012

Local Tourist Colorado – Cuchara Country Music Festival

Where does all the time go?  We’re still here and we have lots of material to post, just been a bit BUSY!

By now, many of you know that we live and work in the mountains of Southern Colorado and we enjoy sharing our adventures and experiences here with the world with the world at large through the world-wide web.  We hope that somehow, some way, we will move a few people to see their own surroundings in a fresh light.  We all need to be reminded now and then that if we slow down a bit and look at familiar territory through the eyes of a tourist, we will find new adventures right in our own backyard.

It never ceases to amaze me how many people from the nearby cities of Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver have never heard of La Veta or Cuchara and when they come here, they wonder how they could have missed it, they feel as though they have discovered something really special.  Back in June, our small community rolled out the red carpet and invited the world to attend the Inaugural Cuchara Country Music Festival.  As you might guess, the world didn’t make it but a lot of folks did come who have never been here before.

Check out the Festival Website and plan on attending a bigger and even better event next summer.

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Local Tourist Colorado – Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum

On a recent visit to Trinidad to gather material for the Highway of Legends Video, we had the good fortune of discovering a great little Archaeology and Geology Museum on the campus of Trinidad State Junior College.  Thanks to the museum director Loretta Martin and Geology Instructor Debra Krumm for rolling out the red carpet and giving us the tour.  TSJC is the oldest Junior College in the state and the immaculate grounds and the ornate historic architecture is worth seeing of its own merit.  The museum is open to the public Monday through Thursday, 10am until 3pm and admission is free.  Check out the museum website for more information and plan on spending an hour or two looking over the beautiful campus and visiting the museum the next time you visit Trinidad.

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Let Freedom Ring In Cuchara, Colorado


The tiny and remote village of Vail, Colorado sat at the base of a deep valley and along side a twisting and turning U.S. Hwy. 6 back in the early 1970’s.  At that time, the four lanes of asphalt known as I-70 were only a twinkle in the eyes of the engineers and Vail had a character, unique and different from just about anywhere else in the world.  Growing up that special time and place provided me with some great memories, none being warmer or more vivid than the colorful, informal, perhaps even counter-cultural Fourth of July Parades on Bridge Street.

That was indeed a L-O-N-G time ago and I haven’t been back to a Vail Independence Day Celebration since.  Yesterday, Tammy and I attended the parade and celebration in the tiny Village of Cuchara, which as most of you know is right in our own backyard.  We have lived in this valley for seven years now but have always been too busy to witness the spectacle.  I suppose there was a crowd of about two or three thousand folks in attendance, many of them the same age that I was back in the old Vail days.  Without a doubt, some will carry the memories of Cuchara’s 4th of July Main Street Celebration with them for a lifetime.

The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard!

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A Breath Of Fresh Air Along The Highway Of Legends

As a middle-aged Native Son of Colorado, I count myself as fortunate to have become intimately familiar with so much of this beautiful state.  In my first 26 years I managed to scurry up to the top of exactly one half of Colorado’s fifty-four fourteen thousand foot peaks, an activity that has given me a lasting overview of the geographical, historical and recreational wealth of this region.  The thing that impresses me most about Colorado however, is that no matter how familiar one becomes with it, there seems to be a never-ending supply of new experiences, new views, new discoveries and new adventures lying just around the corner.

June came and went like a thief in the night, stealing away the fresh youth of spring and bringing on the long hot days of summer as Tammy and I worked feverishly to film and edit this piece on the Highway of Legends.  A special thanks to the directors of this Scenic Byway and an acknowledgement that the project was paid for by a grant from the National Scenic Byways Program, The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways.

The Highway makes a loop around the Spanish Peaks and threads its way along the Sangre De Cristo mountain range and it includes an alternate backcountry route over Cordova Pass.  The cities and towns located along the way include Walsenburg, Aguilar, Ludlow, Trinidad, Stonewall, Cuchara and La Veta.  Recreational opportunities can be found in the San Isabel National Forest, Trinidad Lake State Park and Lathrop State Park.  Notable area attractions include the Rio Grande Scenic Railway, Grandote Peaks Golf Course, Cougar Canyon Golf Course, Monument Lake Resort and Blue and Bear Lakes.   The promotional video will be available for viewing at www.spanishpeakscountry.com, www.historictrinidad.com, www.colorado.com, and hopefully it will be streaming live in the Colorado Welcome Center in Trinidad.

If you have never been to the Spanish Peaks Region in Southern Colorado, we hope that this film will entice you to plan a visit.  If you have been here before, we hope that this video might give you a new perspective of the area.  In any event, it is always our intent to remind you that The Greatest Adventures Are Waiting In Your Own Backyard.

 

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