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Cuchara, Co. is classic Colorado - where snowcapped mountains meet lush green fields and rushing rivers. Tucked in the eastern shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this serene town rests between the rich forests of the San Isabel National Forest and the Cucharas River, which cuts right through town. The National Forest offers more than one million acres of Colorado's finest scenery - including the 14,433-foot Mt. Elbert, the highest mountain in Colorado.

Cuchara affords splendid views of dramatic West Spanish Peak, one of two geological towers once used as guideposts for traveling Native Americans and pioneers. These awesome landmarks are visible up to 100 miles away.

South of town along Colorado 12, part of the scenic Highway of Legends, travelers find stunning views, which top out at the 9,995-foot Cuchara Pass. This drive offers abundant opportunities for hiking, fishing, hunting and camping, especially at North Lake State Wildlife Area and at Monument Lake Park.

Map: Cuchara

Region: Southeast Regional Information

County: Huerfano

Proximity to other towns: Located 79.4 miles from Pueblo, 13.4 miles from La Veta, 29.5 miles from Walsenburg, 50.5 miles from Trinidad

Population: 150

Elevation: 8600 feet

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