DescriptionLa Veta is a quaint town nestled in the Upper Cuchara Valley. In 1859, John M. Francisco purchased land here and constructed Fort Francisco; the adobe structure soon became the commercial center of the area. The fort now serves as the Francisco Fort Museum.
Twin mountains known as the Spanish Peaks, visible from 100 miles away, serve as landmarks for all who pass this way. The Apache, Cheyenne, Comanche, Navajo and Ute tribes hunted and camped there often. The Comanche Indians named the Spanish Peaks “Wahatoya,” meaning “breasts of the world.” Giant rock walls (dikes) radiate out from these peaks.
The town, now known for its art galleries and shops, is on the Scenic Highway of Legends (SR 12), which follows the Cucharas River past ranches, aspen groves, clear lakes and the small town of Cuchara. Recreational options include fishing, biking, hiking and hunting. The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad schedules daily trips to and from La Veta in the summer and fall seasons over the scenic La Veta Pass.
Visitor InfoLa Veta-Cuchara Chamber of Commerce Information Center Address not available LA VETA, CO . Phone:(719)742-3676
Things to SeeFrancisco Fort Museum