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.