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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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Skyworks, July 4, La Veta
Skyworks, July 4, La Veta
Breaking Up to the East
Breaking Up to the East
Bluebonnet (Lupine)
Bluebonnet (Lupine)
Bear Lake
Bear Lake
Earth Day, 2009
Earth Day, 2009
West Peak after a Dusting
West Peak after a Dusting
Celebration of Spring
Celebration of Spring
Sunset on the Front Range
Sunset on the Front Range
Early Morning, March
Early Morning, March
Culebra Range from Cuchara Pass
Culebra Range from Cuchara Pass
A Peaceable Sky
A Peaceable Sky
W-w-west P-p-peak
W-w-west P-p-peak
North Town Lake
North Town Lake
Venus, Far from the Sun
Venus, Far from the Sun
A High-Albedo Morning
A High-Albedo Morning
Curling Up for a Nap
Curling Up for a Nap
Evening in the Valleys
Evening in the Valleys
Blue Lake
Blue Lake
Storm on the First of Summer
Storm on the First of Summer
Dike Face with Precambrian Inclusions
Dike Face with Precambrian Inclusions
After the Comet
After the Comet
Patty Bugner's Trinchera Peak
Patty Bugner's Trinchera Peak
Translation
Translation
The Milky Way Core, August
The Milky Way Core, August
The Galaxy from La Veta
The Galaxy from La Veta
The West Peak
The West Peak
Summer Laying on the Peaks
Summer Laying on the Peaks
Snow Squalls
Snow Squalls
Clash
Clash
Snowset
Snowset
Votives to Blanca
Votives to Blanca
Gazebo in Memory of Reg Farber
Gazebo in Memory of Reg Farber
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