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Stonewall Century Ride

OUR WORLD  —  Register for the 18th Annual Stonewall Century Ride, Saturday August 14th. The Stonewall Century is a challenging 102-mile out-and-back road bike ride along Highway 12, the scenic Highway of Legends, from La Veta to Segundo and back. Turn around wherever you like. For more info, see


MoF hosts two art exhibitions dealing with conflict

WALSENBURG  — The Museum of Friends is hosting two unique art exhibitions until July 24.  Talking it Out Coming to An Agreement & Contemporary Artists Dealing with Conflict. The works on view are not decorative nor depict light subject matter and as such it is recommended that children who visit are accompanied by a parent or care-giver. This content is highly recommended for middle and high-school aged children. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm or by special appointment.

Walsenburg Mining Museum and Huerfano Heritage Center opening

WALSENBURG —  The Walsenburg Mining Museum is now open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. Phone:  719-738-1992        Website:
The Huerfano Heritage Center will also be open for historical and family information, historical archives, newspapers back to 1898, historical photos and more year-round. The hours are:  Wednesday 2 to 5p.m., Thursday 11 to 3 p.m. and Friday 2 p.m to 5 p.m.  Phone:   719-738-2346 , E-mail:,     Facebook:    The Huerfano Heritage Center-Home/Facebook.
Tours are back! To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, the Huerfano County Historical Society will offer a tour of the Taos Trail, which was an important branch of the Santa Fe Trail, on Saturday, August 28. Historical re-enactors will be at each stop. There will be further details as they are finalized.  For reservations or more info call or leave message at 719-738-2346.

Fun Fridays!

HUERFANO COUNTY — Field Trips for kids on Fridays. All kids are welcome to join; maximum of 15 kids/activity. Cost: $10 for children of gym members, $15 for non-members.
Registration must be completed the Wednesday prior to each activity for logistics planning.
Drop-offs at Two Peaks Fitness at 8:45 am the morning of each activity.
Our Activities:
• July 9- Colorado Reptile/Gator Farm 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• July 23 – Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center Pool 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Aug. 6- Rock Climbing in Stonewall 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Aug. 20- Cuchara Mountain Park Mini Golf and Frisbee Golf 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

2021 Western Rendezvous Art Show at SPACe

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Art Council proudly presents the Western Rendezvous art show which will be on display until July 31st. The opening reception will take place on Friday, June 25th from :p.m.-:p.m. Images of the artists’ works can be seen on the SPACe website,, A YouTube video is also available from the website
The SPACe gallery is located at 132 W. Ryus in La Veta and is open Tuesdays and Thursday – Saturdays from 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
There is no admission fee to SPACe, but donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be provided at the reception. Call 719 742-3074 for information.

Fox Theater Weekend Movie

WALSENBURG – This weekend the Fox Theater in Walsenburg will be showing the film “12 Mighty Orphans,” which stars Luke Wilson, Martin Sheen, Vinessa Shaw, Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, Treat Williams, Ron White, Scott Haze, and Robert Duvall.
The film tells the true story of the Mighty Mites, the football team of a Fort Worth orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships. The film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Showtimes this weekend are as follows:
Friday July 2: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday July 3:   7:30 p.m.
The Fox will be closed on Sunday the 4th of July, however, they *might* screen Independence Day at their pop-up drive-in screen at the Walsenburg Golf Course after the fireworks.  Update on the  Fox Theatre Walsenburg Facebook page.

Lathrop State Park Events

WALSENBURG – This week at Lathrop State Park, join us for a study of trees and tree ring dating as well as antlers, horns, hides, and on the Fourth of July: FIREWORKS!
On Friday, July 2nd at 7:00p.m., Dr. Ron Towner from the ASU Dendrochronology Lab will be presenting on trees and tree ring dating at the Lathrop Amphitheater.
On Saturday, July 3rd at 7:00p.m., Wildlife Officer travis will present on horns, antlers, and animal hides with lots of hands-on excitement at the Lathrop Amphitheater.
There are also Junior Ranger activities this weekend, with fishing games for casting practice at Culebra Cove taking place at 10:30a.m. on Thursday July 1st, a Riparian Habitat Hike at the Wetlands trailhead on Friday July 2nd at 1:30p.m., and Junior Dendrochronology at the Visitor Center on Saturday July 3rd.

Spanish Peaks Library Summer Program

WALSENBURG – Bubbles on the lawn will be our kick-off event for this year’s Summer Reading Program.  It will take place on Thursday, July 1 at 1:00 pm.  Come play with bubbles and register for summer reading.  On Friday, July 2 there will be an animal themed story time at 10:30 am.  Then get ready for some excitement when we have Ann Lincoln’s Marvelous, Amazing and Magical Animals ( A Magic & Juggling & Comedy Performance with Real and Pretend Pets) on Monday, July 5 at 11:00 am.  For more information contact Ms. Sherry at 719-738-2774 or

Free bicycle repair clinic

LA VETA — Need a new tube? Lube? Bring your bikes and trikes to the Spanish Peaks Cycling bicycle repair clinic, Thursday July 1, 2-6 pm, to get them fixed for free!
In front of the La Veta Public Library, 310 S Main St in La Veta.
We will have a few free bikes to give away!
Donations always appreciated to help us purchase more bike parts. For questions, email

Free Admission to  Francisco Fort Museum

LA VETA — Francisco Fort is offering free admission on July 2nd and 3rd. Friday and Saturday. Kids are free all summer long! Regular hours Tuesday through Saturday 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.   Check our website for additional details.
Francisco Fort Day has been scheduled for August 21!   Save the Date and watch for the upcoming schedule of events!

Sidewalk Book Sale and Bake Sale at the Book Nook

LA VETA — On Saturday, July 3rd, from 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m., there will be a sidewalk booksale in front of the Book Nook on Main Street in La Veta. At the same time, in the same place, the La Veta Auxiliary will be having a bake sale.

Rockabilly Concert, La Veta

LA VETA — On Saturday, July 3, at 7:00p.m., “The Floras” a 50’s and 60’s Rockabilly/Rock n Roll band will be performing at Jim and Peggy Hoobler’s open outdoor concert venue, 707 E. Virginia St., La Veta, Co. $20.00/person. Bring your lawn chairs, drinks, friends and have a “Rockin” time. No reservations required.

Art in the Park

LA VETA — On Saturday July 3rd and Sunday July 4th, the annual Art in the Park event will take place in the town park. Vendors will be limited and there will only be foot traffic allowed in one direction, but the fun will be as present as every year. Come on out to see some booths, vendors, and above all local crafts and goods.

La Veta Independence Day Parade

LA VETA — Hallelujah as we slowly return to normalcy!  The Spanish Peaks Chamber of Commerce is again organizing this year’s La Veta Independence Day Parade, which will be held Saturday July 3rd on Main St in downtown La Veta. (For those participating with floats, line up for the parade starts at 9:30 at the La Veta Schools on E. Garland.)
This year the Las Animas-Huerfano County District Health Department requires that no candy be thrown to the spectators and that bystanders do not gather close together in the downtown proper area. Please find your place along the parade route and spread out.
The theme of the parade this year is Memories of History.
We welcome participation by individuals, organizations, agencies, civic, and church, and school groups. Please contact LaRissa Morris for more information  808-936-0663,

La Veta Youth art workshop

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks Arts Council in La Veta is holding an art workshop for young people ages 9 – 14 in the La Veta Town Park July 5 – 9 from 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
Sign your girls and boys up to be trekkers, exploring the arts of the desert Southwest. Cochiti storytellers from clay, Zuni charms or Anasazi bowls, and Navajo painted rug designs with drawings of elk skulls are among the possibilities. All materials are provided for a fee of $25 per child.
Upon attending all 5 days of the workshop, the fee will be refunded, thanks to a generous grant from the Bar NI Community Service Fund. Register online through the SPACe website or come in to SPACe to sign up. You can also print the registration form and mail it with a check. Call Becky at 719-964-0451 for more information.

La Veta Public Library Summer Program

LA VETA — Next week we will be celebrating pets! Come make a dog toy for your dog or a dog you know.
This is a “drop by” program and will be held outside on the La Veta Library’s lawn. Come by Wednesday, July 7 th – 10:00 AM for story time and anytime between 10:30a.m. and 12:00p.m.  for activity. For more info visit our website or call 719-742-3572.

Huerfano County Historical Society

HUERFANO COUNTY — The next meeting of the Huerfano County Historical Society (HCHS) will be held on Wednesday July 7 at 4:00 pm, in the Capps Building, 115 West Francisco Street, at the Francisco Fort Museum in La Veta. All HCHS members are invited to attend. Per current CDC guidelines, masks are required for individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

Story Time at Spanish Peaks Library

WALSENBURG – What happens when the farmer’s cow takes a car for a ride?  How can one small squeak from a mouse cause a big ruckus in the forest?  Come to the library on Friday, July 2, to find out. Story time will start at 10:30 am in the community room.  Next Friday, July 9 join our special guest presenter, Sharona Whitley.  She will be doing a chameleon program at 10:30 am in the community room.  Kyle Groves will be presenting a magic show on Tuesday, July 13 at 1:00 pm.  For more information contact Ms. Sherry at 719-738-2774 or

Gardner Chuckwagon Supper Canceled

GARDNER — The Gardner Chuckwagon Supper, which is traditionally held on the first Saturday of August, will sadly not be held this year.

Ranch Rodeos
LA VETA — Rodeos are back in Huerfano County.  There will be a woman’s ranch rodeo and an open ranch rodeo at the La Veta Fairgrounds on July 10, 2021. Gates will open at 10 am, first performance at 11 am followed by kids mutton bustin, then the second performance at 4 pm.  Kurt Corsair’s cowboy music will begin at 6 pm.  Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 6 – 18 and under 5 is free.   Food venders will be onsite.

Mud Fest
LA VETA — The Huerfano County 4-H Fair Board is having their 17th  annual mud fest at the La Veta Fairgrounds on July 11th.  Spectator gate opens at 8am and the race begins at noon.  Classes in open, super stock, woman’s, street stock, pro stock, stock, and modified. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 13, under 5 is free.  Food vender will be onsite.

Peaches Peaches Peaches

LA VETA — Delicious, #1 Palisade peaches will be available again this summer. La Veta United Methodist Church  is proud to serve the communities of Cuchara and La Veta in managing peach orders for 2021.
We are currently receiving pre-orders. Pickup date will be Sunday, August 22, 2021. ANY ORDERS NOT
La Veta United Methodist Church will have a booth at this year’s Art in the Park—so drop by to fill out your form—and remember, all pre-orders must be accompanied by cash or check. Forms
for pre-order will also be available at select locations throughout La Veta and Cuchara.

Spanish Peaks Half Marathon

LA VETA — The Spanish Peaks 3rd Annual Half Marathon is an out and back run on Highway 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends, designated a National Scenic Byway in February 2021. This year on Sunday September 19, the course includes a gradual outbound ascent totaling 756 feet of elevation gain and a smooth, even downhill cruise when the first half’s work is done. The turning point is arguably at one of the most scenic areas of the Highway of Legends with the stone dike formations looming to the east.
The Half Marathon is a Raba Cinco event.
New this year is the 2-person Half Marathon Relay. Also available is a Fun Run option.
The Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay begin at 8:30 am, with the Fun Run at 9:00.
All runs begin and end at the La Veta Town Park.
Information at Registration at
Scholarships for the half marathon and relay available for teens; contact to register.

Huerfano area AA and NA meetings

HUERFANO COUNTY — AA in Walsenburg meets Tuesday and Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ, across the street from the Spanish Peaks Library.
In  La Veta, AA will meet on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in La Veta at the Methodist Church on Main St.
NA meets Saturday at noon at the Huerfano Community Center.


CPW loaning backpacks & park passes

AGUILAR — Colorado State Parks & Wildlife offers backpacks containing a free pass to entrances into Colorado State Parks that can be checked out for 1 week. Must be 21yrs & present current drivers licenses upon check out. Ask about reserving your free State Parks Pass and Backpack @ Aguilar Public Library 719-941-4426 or just drop in @ 146 W Main St, Aguilar CO 81020, during business hours – Sun & Mon CLOSED,Tues,Thurs,Fri,Sat 10:00am – 2:00p.m., Wed 12:30-4:30.

First National Bank School Supply Drive

TRINIDAD — Our students need your help! Every year First National Bank gives the community an opportunity to support the youth in our community by holding an annual School Supply drive. This year they are asking for cash donations to purchase supplies for Back to School! First National Bank will match the first $1000 in donations. Please consider making a donation for the betterment of the children of our community. In order to do so, drop off or mail your donations to any branch location by July 31st.
Main Bank – 100 E. Main St.
Motor Bank – 122 E. First St.
Wal-Mart Branch – 2921 Toupal Dr.

Grand Opening of Trinidad Trends

TRINIDAD — The Grand Opening of Trinidad Trends, 131 E. Main will take place on Friday, July 2nd. Trinidad Trends is a multi-vendor marketplace at
131 E. Main St. in Trinidad. We provide affordable spaces for artists, collectors, and others to display and
sell their work. Trinidad Trends is owned and operated by Urban Neighborhoods, Inc.

Trinidad First Friday Art Walk

TRINIDAD — First Friday Art Walks in Trinidad are back! This month, on Friday July 2nd from 5:00p.m-8:00p.m., there will be free admission to 7 art galleries, extended business hours, 2 bands, a fire breather circus act, and a live-stream comedian show. This will be recurring first Friday of each month.

Senior Day at Books & More

TRINIDAD — Senior Day at Books & More bookstore 132 N. Commercial St., Trinidad, is Friday, July 2, 2021.  Most items 50% off. Store hours 11:00a.m.-4:30p.m.  Phone: 719-846-8522.

Art Carnage, Demolition Derby, Sumo Push-off at Art Cartopia Museum

TRINIDAD — From 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. on Saturday July 3rd, the Art Cartopia Museum at 2702 Freedom Road will be hosting a “Mini-Art Car Demolition Derby” and “Sumo Push-Off.” It’s going to be an explosion of art car parts and silly destruction fun.

Historic Church in Aguilar

AGUILAR — The Apishipa Valley Chapel (an USA Presbyterian Church) located at 309 S. Romero Street in Aguilar will resume weekly services on July 4th  featuring guest pianist and soloist, Paula West, for the month of July.  The congregation looks forward to her beautiful music every summer.  Everyone is welcome as we affirm the joyous reality of the grace of God led by our guest Pastors.  Due to the Covid pandemic, services had been limited to accommodate visiting Pastors who alternate every week.    Services start at 10:40 AM at this historic church erected in 1906.   Come as you are & see our latest renovations.
Call 719-406-5203 for more info,

Spanish Peaks Backroads 5 Miles Race

AGUILAR — The Spanish Peaks Backroads 5 Miles is a new five mile race course at the base of the East Peak of the twin Spanish Peaks (Wahatoya) in the Las Animas/Huerfano County border area of Southern Colorado. Access is made easy from I-25, with a pre-race assembly point in the town of Aguilar – at 146 West Main Street (Park site near the Library and Fire Station) – in preparation for a pleasant 15 minute caravan to the “backroads” location.
Packet pickup and pre-race instructions will take place at the 146 West Main location in Aguilar between 7:30 and 8 a.m., Saturday, July 24th.  Online registration ($25) is strongly encouraged, however, late registration ($30) is permitted for those arriving no later than 7:45 a.m. Race officials/hosts will lead the participants by vehicular caravan from the packet pickup location to the starting point for the race at the intersection of Las Animas County Roads 54.2 and 41.4.   To register or for more inf, visit

Aguilar Public Library Summer Reading Program

AGUILAR — Due to inclement weather, the Aguilar Public Library  rescheduled the Summer Reading Program for 2021  themed “Tails and Tales” for Wednesday, July 28th
Activities will include crafts, workshops on juggling and making balloon animals, and a puppet show.
Weather permitting, there will also be a foam party at the Aguilar School Football Field at 12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.
If weather doesn’t cooperate, there will be a Magic show at the Community Center starting at 12:30 instead.
For more information, please call (719) 941 -4426 Tuesday through Friday between 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.


Ribbon Cutting at Dulces Encantados

RATON — The Raton Ambassadors will provide a ribbon cutting at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 1st to celebrate the one year anniversary of Dulces Encantados located in the 100 block on Historic First Street

Services at Little Rock Church on Johnson Mesa

COLFAX COUNTY— On July 11th, and July 18th, services will be held starting at 2:30p.m. at the little rock church  on top of Johnson Mesa.
On July 11th, there will be a message by Ernie Vineyard, the Clovis Distr. Supt., NwTX Conf, from the United Methodist Church.
On July 18th, the message will be delivered by Ned Ortiz, the Ret. Salvation Army Minister from the Lay Speaker-Methodist Church in Raton.

Raton Methodist Women’s Bazaar

RATON — Raton’s Methodist Women are having an Outdoor Bazaar,  Saturday,  July 10th, 2021 from 9 am to 1 pm behind the church at 4th and Tiger Drive.
Come and get some crafts and homemade baked goods!

Raton AA meeting

RATON — AA meetings are every Sunday and Wednesday at 6:00p.m. and Friday night, at 7:30p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 4th and Tiger Drive in Raton.  Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.\