Bicycling in the Spanish Peaks

Colorado Biking Law

 

www.colobikelaw.com

 

Maps and Information

 

 

https://www.codot.gov/programs/bikeped/information-for-bicyclists/colorado-bicycling-maps

 

Bicycle Lending

 

 

La Veta Library

310 S. Main St., La Veta, CO 81055

(719) 742-3572         www.lvpl.org

Hours: Monday, Wednesday 10:00am-8:30pm

Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday 10:00am-5:30pm

 

 

Paved Routes on Public Roads

 

La Veta to Cuchara Pass (South on CO Hwy 12 known as the Highway of Legends)

Distance: 35 miles round-trip                                 Trail Rating:  Not rated

Elevation at Trailhead: 7,013                                 Elevation Gain:  2,932

Elevation at Summit:  9.945

Route Description: From the center of La Veta, ride south on CO Hwy 12 to Cuchara Pass.

 

La Veta to La Veta Pass (West on US Hwy 160)

Distance: 27 miles round-trip                                 Trail Rating:  Not rated

Elevation at Trailhead: 7,013                                 Elevation Gain:  2,400

Elevation at Summit:  9,413

Route Description: From the center of La Veta; ride west on Ryus Ave. to County Road 450 to US Hwy 160. Ride west on US Hwy 160 to La Veta Pass.

 

Pass-to-Pass (both Cuchara Pass and La Veta Pass)

Distance: 62 miles round-trip

Elevation: See above for elevations and elevation gains for both passes.

Route Description: See above.

 

La Veta to Lathrop State Park Entrance

Distance: 24 miles round-trip                                 Trail Rating:  Not rated

Elevation at Trailhead: 7,013                                 Elevation Gain: n/a

Lathrop State Park Elevation:  6,428

Route Description: From the center of La Veta; ride north on CO Hwy 12 to US Hwy 160. Ride east on US Highway 160.

 

La Veta to Walsenburg

Distance: 31 miles round-trip                                 Trail Rating: Not rated

Elevation at Trailhead: 7,013                                 Elevation Gain: n/a

Walsenburg Elevation:  6,170

Route Description: From the center of La Veta; ride north on CO Hwy 12 to US Hwy 160. Ride east on US Highway 160.

 

 San Isabel National Forest Trails

Maps and information can be found at the San Isabel National Forest La Veta Work Center, 103 E. Field St., La Veta, CO 81055. (719) 742-3681. Alternatively, contact the San Carlos Ranger District Office in Canon City at(719) 269-8500.

 

Maps and information about the trails in the San Isabel National Forest can be found at www.lavetatrails.org.

 

Lathrop State Park

Lathrop State Park Visitor’s Center, 70 County Road 502, Walsenburg, Co 81089. (719) 738-2376

http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/lathrop

 

Cuerno Verde Trail

Distance:  3.0 miles                                                 Trail Rating:  Easy

Elevation at Trailhead: 6.440                                 Trail Uses: Foot, biking, fishing

Elevation at Summit:                                               Amenities: Drinking water, restrooms, paved trail

Elevation Gain:                                                        ADA accessible

 

Stonewall Century Ride 

 

Saturday, August 5, 2016

Register at www.spcycling.org/stonewall-century.php

 

The Stonewall Century is a challenging road bike ride along one of Colorado’s most beautiful scenic highways. We welcome you to come and enjoy some of the best road riding in Southern Colorado.

Can you make the grade?

  • This is an out-and-back ride. Turn around wherever you like and head back to the party in the La Veta Town Park
  • Start/end in La Veta Town Park Start time: 6:30 am – 8:30 am
  • Ride along beautiful Colorado State Highway 12 to Segundo and back – 102 miles
  • Registrationfee covers 7 SAG stations (including a mid-ride lunch stop), mechanical assistance, a post-ride barbeque, t-shirt and more
  • Visit the Stonewall Century web-site for the Route and Profile map. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • You’ll start in La Veta at 7,013 ft elevation, climb to the top of Cucharas Pass (9,945 ft), descend to 8,400 ft then climb to the second feed station at North Lake (8,600 ft). The route descends to the beautiful town of Stonewall and on to the lunch stop in Segundo, where the route reverses and returns, climbing along Highway 12. You’ll encounter the back side of Cucharas Pass, which some have called the “Soul Crusher” at 83 miles into the 102-mile ride. The grade on this beast exceeds 10%. Have no fear, the steepest section lasts only one mile and the grade lessens toward the top. Then you’ll enjoy the 17-mile descent into La Veta, where a BBQ dinner, live music, and massage tables await you in Town Park.
  • Early registration is $70 (postmarked before June 1). Standard registration is $75 (postmarked between June 1 and July 15). Late registration – July 15 through event day – is $85. This ride is a great value with lots of extras. You get a t-shirt, seven SAG stops with food, water and sports drink (including a real lunch at the 51-mile turnaround), mechanical and SAG support, and a post-ride dinner. We are an all-volunteer effort so you are helping to raise money for our local non-profits who provide dozens of hardworking volunteers for the event.