La Veta, Co. is situated on the eastern side of La Veta Pass through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and at the northern opening of the Cuchara River Valley.
In Spanish, La Veta, translates as “the mineral vein”, which is aproppreate, given the town's association with mining claims; like the abandoned mining camp of Ojo which is located a few miles from the town. The concrete foundations of the camp can still be seen upon close inspection. Hiram Vasquez said that the town was named by Mexican settlers from a vein of white mineral which they called “La Veta Tierra Blanca”.
La Veta is surrounded by the Great Dikes of the Spanish Peaks - large, vertical granite formations that radiate outward from the Spanish Peaks. These days the town has become known throughout Colorado as an artist colony, although there are still plenty of cattle ranchers and an elk rancher or two.
Map: La Veta
Region: Southeast Regional Information
Proximity to other towns: Located 58.9 miles from Pueblo, 94.9 miles from Colorado Springs, 17.5 miles from Walsenburg, 23.4 miles from Weston, 29.1 miles from Rye, 29.8 miles from Fort Garland
Elevation: 7013 feet
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