Today's route makes a nice little 32 mile loop and included a couple of roads we had not ridden before. Since it made sort of a circle around the La Veta area we named the route after the RV park that has been our home for the past month, Circle the Wagons RV Park!
Just a short drive up Cordova Pass Road north of Cuchara, Colorado will get you to the Schafer Trail. Most folks pass this trailhead by as they are headed up to the top of Cordova Pass to hike the West Spanish Peak Trail. The trailhead has parking for about two cars and only offers an out and back route that goes down then back up.
I couldn't resist hiking up West Spanish Peak near La Veta this morning. Heather and the Bryant's decided to hike from Cordova Pass to the treeline on the West Spanish Peak trail - I left earlier so I could hike to the summit and enjoy some stunning views.
Today Heather had an afternoon appointment - so we did a shorter bike ride this morning on several gravel roads we have not ridden before. One road in particular (County Road 363) - I figured we could try now since she rides an e-mountain bike with bigger tires. Well the roads did not disappoint and we now have a new favorite gravel road!
We had some errands to run in Alamosa, Colorado on Tuesday and I received a text from my former boss, Don Wendell - there was going to be a small get-together of Plano Parks and Recreation staff on Wednesday afternoon in Red River, New Mexico. So we decided that the two hour drive from La Veta to Red River wasn't that bad - so off on a side trip to visit friends and former co-workers from Plano. We stayed overnight in Red River and then went for a hike at the nearby Middle Fork Lake Trail.
Just a short drive up past Rye, Colorado to San Isabel National Forest Trail #326 - a nice out and back hike to the Natural Arch. One of the few hikes we've done recently where we went downhill to our goal and then uphill the whole way back.
Heather and I have wanted to ride this route from La Veta on the back roads to Old La Veta Pass since last summer. Unfortunately the 2018 Spring Fire went through much of this route and it was not accessible last year after the fire. Today we got to ride up to the pass and it was really an enjoyable ride.
We went to a nearby trail in Cuchara that parallels one on the many dikes in the area. The Dikes trail runs primarily north and south along the east edge of the Cuchara River Valley.
It's July so we got on the road in the morning for a bike ride up to Cuchara Pass. From our RV park in La Veta it is a simple route on Highway 12 south along the Highway of Legends Scenic Byway. The traffic is very light and the views along the way are nice!