Huerfano County Colorado ranches and undeveloped land includes a variety of ecosystems in south-central Colorado. This is a and geologist’s paradise with many formations and unique natural attractions. One of Colorado’s Seven Wonders,” the Spanish Peaks, and the beautiful rivers and protected areas have made this a desirable destination over the last century.
A large expanse, Huerfano County covers 1593 square miles on both sides of Interstate 25. Roadways allow easy access to Pueblo and Colorado Springs to the north and Santa Fe and Albuquerque to the south. A drive along the Highway of Legends Scenic Byway convinces more than the occasional visitor to stay or return often to the area. It connects Walsenburg, the county seat, to La Veta and Trinidad.
Protected Areas and Recreation in Huerfano County
Several protected areas in Huerfano County offer plenty of recreation for visitors. Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness, and Lathrop State Park, San Isabel National Forest, Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, and Spanish Peaks Wilderness are among them. Nearby hunting and recreational ranches are popular for visitors. These tucked away places are great for outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, camping, water skiing, boating, mountain climbing, hunting and fishing.
Charming Small Towns
Although mostly rural, Huerfano County includes some charming small communities. At the city of Walsenburg is the largest with over 3000 residents and many services including a golf course, health center, community Hospital, and veteran’ s retirement home. Walsenburg is along the Cucharas River and next to Lathrop State Park.
Locals enjoy stopping by the towns of La Veta and Farisita for a bite to eat or to browse the art galleries. Another several communities offer friendly welcoming to area ranchers. US Route 160 goes through town and crosses North La Veta Pass on the way to Alamosa; Colorado State Highway 10 goes North East towards La Junta, Colorado.
History of Huerfano County
The Territory of Colorado created Huerfano County in 1861, naming it after the Huerfano Butte, a local landmark. In the first half of the 20th century the community boomed, mostly because of coal mining. Changes sent people away looking for work; younger generations slowly migrated to bigger cities.
In 2015 Colorado legalized marijuana, an event that increased the value of ranches and land in Huerfano County. For the hopeful and creative, be aware of reports of vast amounts of gold hidden in the area hills and mountains. What a bonus if you happen upon a vein or two!