The newly renovated historic La Veta Inn
The town is located on the Cuchara (Spanish for spoon) River. The expansive valley is bordered on the west by the Sangre de Christo (blood of Christ) mountain range that is part of the Rocky Mountains . This range extends from the middle of Colorado well south into New Mexico . It was named by Spanish explorers because of the way the sunlight at dawn turns the snowy peaks red each morning.
Of particular interests are the Great Dikes of the Spanish Peaks . These dikes, or walls, are the world’s best examples of natural dike walls. They stretch like spider legs reaching out from the West Spanish Peak . The same volcanic upheaval that created the mountains, created long cracks in the earth that filled with molten rock. In time, the earth eroded around these as well, leaving these walls that tower over 100 feet and crawl across the landscape for miles. These are reminiscent of the Great Wall of China – only they are not man made. La Veta flourished due to successful ranching and nearby mining operations. The historic Denver Rio Grand Railroad, once boasted the highest narrow gauge railroad in the world as it topped La Veta pass. Don’t come with expectations of anything that is posh and swanky. Rather, expect to travel back to the bygone days when soda bar and the neighborhood bakery are the local meeting places. La Veta boasts only two paved streets – and we like it that way. The locals are down to earth and very friendly. More recently, La Veta has attracted artists, musicians, authors, and others who are tired of the hustle and bustle of big city life. The wealth of arts within this small town is astounding. Local art galleries and shops offer an array of items to those wanting to enhance their collections. One visit here and you’ll understand why so many have chosen to make the area under the Wahatoya their home.