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La Veta, Colorado

Welcome to La Veta!

Frederick Bonfils, a 19th Century entrepreneur who helped found the Denver Post, wrote "'Tis a privilege to live in Colorado."

Never was it more true than in La Veta, a small town in one of the most beautiful settings on earth.

La Veta lies in the center of a fascinating geological region. For a discussion of the area try this: http://academic.emporia.edu/aberjame/field/rocky_mt/rocky.htm For some interesting area history, click here: http://www.huerfanocounty.org/

Huerfano County was one of seventeen original counties created in Colorado Territory in 1861. It encompassed nearly all of the Mexican St. Vrain land grant. It occupied almost all of the southeast quadrant of the state except for the Arapahoe and Cheyenne Indian Preserve. Its land was at times claimed by Spain, Mexico, France, the Texas Republic and various Plains Indians. In 1861 the county was divided into five townships and precincts, with the County Seat at Autubis (Autobees) Ranch near the junction of the Cuchara and Arkansas Rivers. The Indians were quickly dispossessed, and over the next fifty years Huerfano was divided and divided again. Parts of the original Huerfano County were portioned into present-day Baca, Bent, Prowers, Kit Carson, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Otero, Las Animas, Kiowa, Crowley and Pueblo Counties.

To the west of La Veta lies La Veta Pass, which opens into the San Luis Valley after taking a long detour around Mt. Blanca. Blanca (Sisnaajinii) is one of the four sacred mountains of the Navajo Nation.

Of historical note, the eastern grassland counties which were formed out of Huerfano contained Bent's Old Fort and Fort Lyon, and were the site of the Sand Creek Massacre.

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t4%2f17%2f586817%2f4%2f144523838.ykkg6oSz.jpg Reflecting the Spanish Peaks
Reflecting the Spanish Peaks
Coming Soon to a Location Near You
Coming Soon to a Location Near You
Crystal Morning
Crystal Morning
Latent Power
Latent Power
Portion of West Peak
Portion of West Peak
t4%2f17%2f586817%2f4%2f138511788.PdhB1HLq.jpg Butte, Nearly Sunset
Butte, Nearly Sunset
October First
October First
September Around the Lake
September Around the Lake
July Colors
July Colors
Big Eyes
Big Eyes
To Fix a Broken Sky
To Fix a Broken Sky
More Smoke from Los Alamos
More Smoke from Los Alamos
Smoke from Los Alamos
Smoke from Los Alamos
Smoky Sunset
Smoky Sunset
Fall Glow
Fall Glow
View from the West Peak Trail
View from the West Peak Trail
Fading Light
Fading Light
Sunset
Sunset
Jo Etta on the West Peak Trail
Jo Etta on the West Peak Trail
Farley Overlook, Cuchara Pass
Farley Overlook, Cuchara Pass
The Spanish Peaks
The Spanish Peaks
Town Bucks
Town Bucks
July's Clouds
July's Clouds
Spanish Peaks, Early Fall
Spanish Peaks, Early Fall
Tendrils
Tendrils
Sunset over Front Range
Sunset over Front Range
The Corrupting Influence of Ice
The Corrupting Influence of Ice
Summer Horizon
Summer Horizon
t3%2f17%2f586817%2f4%2f120884936.fvJlnF9X.jpg Pond Reflection
Pond Reflection
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