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  • Start in Walsenburg, a charming town originally settled as Plaza de Los Leones in 1862 and visit the Walsenburg Mining Museum housed in the former jail. There is memorabilia from the original jail including a “furnished” cell and displays of vintage photographs of the miners, their families, homes, and camps. Also on display are maps and charts, miners’ personal gear and belongings, tools and equipment. There also is much genealogical material for those searching for their roots.
  • Follow CO 12 to La Veta 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 even though there are still plenty of cattle ranchers and an elk rancher or two.
  • Tour the 1862 Francisco Fort Museum, a regional history museum with a collection representing multiple eras. See the Native American room, an old school house, saloon, mining exhibits, and more. Enjoy views of the Spanish Peaks, which can be seen for miles and used as a landmark by all those who passed through this area.
  • Explore downtown La Veta and then go south to Cuchara, a hidden wonderland. On the west side of town are the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The Cucharas River flows through the middle of town. 
  • Travel on to Cokedale, a National Register Historic District named after the nearby rows of coke ovens. This is the most significant example of an intact coal camp in Colorado.
  • On the way to Trinidad, enjoy Trinidad Lake State Park. The 2,500-acre park with an 800-acre lake offers a spectacular backdrop for a wide variety of recreational activities.
  • End in Trinidad.