DescriptionWalsenburg is a trade and distribution center for an area devoted to farming, ranching and tourism. It began as the Spanish village of Plaza de los Leones, and now bears the name of Fred Walsen, a German merchant who operated the town's first coal mine and general store during the 1870s. Grateful residents showed their gratitude by renaming the town in his honor.
Nearby Lathrop State Park provides water sports, fishing, camping, hiking, skiing and a visitor center. A popular scenic drive along the Highway of Legends follows US 160 and SR 12 west and south through former coal mining towns and the Cucharas Pass area.
Things to SeeWalsenburg Mining Museum