Highway of Legends

The “Scenic Highway of Legends” is one of the first three Scenic Highways in the State of Colorado. It runs from Trinidad west on Hwy 12 to Stonewall and then north to Cuchara and La Veta to Highway 160 and back to Walsenburg and then back to Trinidad.

A view along Highway 12 not far from Weston and Stonewall as you are going west from Trinidad Colorado


This is an incredible drive and one of the most beautiful in Colorado so don’t miss the Scenic Highway of Legends drive when you visit here. It is approximately 110 miles round trip and will take most of a day to enjoy the views along the way.

Some old small historic towns and sites that you will see along the Highway of Legends is:

Trinidad
Jansen
Trinidad Lake State Park
Cokedale
Madrid
Tijeras
Valdez
Segundo
San Juan
Lorencito
Velasquez Plaza
Medina Plaza
Primero
Purgatorie River
Cordova Plaza
Weston
Bosque del Oso
Zamora
Vigil
New Elk Mine
Stonewall
Tercio (*Don’t forget to take this side trip in Stonewall)
Monument Lake
North Fork Recreation Area (Potato Patch)
North Lake
Cuchara Pass
Cuchara River Recreation Area
San Isabel National Forest
Cuchara
Dakota Wall
Devil’s Stairsteps
Three Bridges
Profile Rock
La Veta
Lathrop State Park
Walsenburg
Pryor
Rugby
Ludlow
Aguilar
Gulnare
Cordova Pass
Apishapa Arch
Spanish Peaks

Photos of the Scenic Highway of Legends

I have posted a lot of photos that we have personally taken of areas along the Highway of Legends and in Trinidad at our web page here HighwayofLegends.com and these photos are larger beautiful high quality photos that you will really enjoy as they give you a better feel of what you will see in this area west of Trinidad Colorado. This area is our back yard and we sure enjoy it every chance we get.

Side Note

Since this is not a big tourist area and is off the beaten path many people, even those that are Colorado natives, have never experienced the beauty of the Highway 12 area from Trinidad to Stonewall then north to Cuchara and La Veta. If you are looking for a spectacular visit be sure to make time for this trip and enjoy a wonderful leisurely drive in one of the most beautiful areas of Colorado and the West!