The Namesake of Stonewall Colorado
Stonewall, a small town on Highway 12 , is near a rock wall that rises 250 feet above town which is part of the Dakota Sandstone formation. In the 1880s, Stonewall was the site of a stand-off between settlers and the government over the Maxwell Land Grand. Today, this is a peaceful, pristine area where the spring waters are said to be enchanted. The Scenic Highway of Legends (Highway 12) was designated as a Colorado State Byway in 1987 and a National Byway in 1988. Like its name, the highway passes through numerous towns which played a part in forming Colorado’s fascinating historical legacy. Monument Lake is nestled among the pines and high altitude lakes. A legend here tells of two Indian chiefs who, in search of water for their thirsty tribes, met and embraced in peace, crying for the lack of water. A lake formed at their feet and a volcano erupted, enclosing the two chiefs in rock in the center of the lake. Today both this lake and nearby North Lake offer fishing and other year round outdoor activities.
Highway of Legends Loop
The Scenic Highway of Legends- This 82 mile loop circles the Spanish Peaks or Huatoyas . The loop winds through downtown La Veta and heads towards the dominating presence of The Spanish Peaks – foddor for legend and tales for many centuries. They are considered by the Utes to be the “breasts of mother earth” and the birthplace of their civilization. As you wind down the road you pass the Devils Staicase- which was thought to be the passage to hell. Following the path of the Cucharas river you climb to Cuchara, Co a quaint town and great place to grab a bite on the ride. The entrance to an Isable National forest is also off this loop along with Cucharas Pass, Blue and Bear Lakes, till you reach the highest point of the bypass -Cucharas Pass (11091′) . After you climb to the peak of the pass you an take the road to Cordova Pass ( open usually from Mid June to first snow of the winter and is a beautiful place to see the color changes come fall or continue down Highway 12. The ride is quite beautiful and exciting- be carefull to watch the wildlife along the road as you check out the beutiful surrounding beauty. Stop and drop a line at North Lake or Monument Lake. Stop for a bite in Stonewall or Weston and then enjoy the rest of the ride till Trinidad. From Trinidad head North on I -25 to Walsenburg- out to Highway 160 to La Veta again
Places to Stay:
The Wall of Legends Guest Ranch & RV Park/Shop N’ Bag Under New Management 719-868-2285 or 719-846-9238 OPEN YEAR ROUND Located in beautiful Stonewall, on the Scenic Highway of Legends. Enjoy your own little private cabin along a babbling brook or bring the entire family and stay in a big spacious Lodge. Great for Weddings, Anniversaries, Family reunions…. Enjoy a private pond, private stream fishing right outside the cabin!! Grocery store and the best little restaurant in town just in walking distance.
Open Year Round! Enjoy the quiet mountain life. Beautiful views. 3 different types of lodging – cabins, suites and apartments all with cooking facilities: stove, refrigerator, microwave and utensils. Enjoy NEW delicious dessert bar. The store includes everything from groceries to gasoline with a wide assortment of gifts including carved wood figures and t-shirts. The fishing section is sure to meet all your needs. Fish at nearby Monument, Bear, Blue or North Lakes. Ski at Cuchara, discount tickets. Hike on scenic, marked trails. 7600 Highway 12, Weston Colorado 81091; 719-868-2265. Lodging Open Dates: All Year (Off-season rates available, call for information) Multi-Night Stay Required: On-Season Weekends. Special Events. Holidays. Cabins with Cooking Facilities: 2 Condos & Townhouses: 1 Motel Rooms with Cooking Facilities: 6 Motel Suites Available: Yes King/Queen Bed Available: Some units. Maid Service: Weekly. Smoking: All non smoking units. Television: 3 channels in private rental units. Pets in Lodging: Pets allowed in private rental units. There may be a fee or a deposit. Make advance arrangements.
Stonewall Inn & RV Park 719-868-2294 Enjoy rustic atmosphere for quiet, off-Highway, restful getaway in mountains beside the Scenic Highway of Legends. Newly remodeled “cabinettes” with kitchens, tubs and showers, and satellite TV. Full RV hookups with satellite TV. Ideal for reunions and families. Central campfire area. Nice pavilion. Big playground. 34 miles West of Trinidad on Highway 12 near milepost 38 in small town of Stonewall. 5-10 minutes to Monument and North Lakes for good fishing. Fred and Linda welcome you, 6673 Highway 12, Weston Colorado 81091. Call first to fax. 719-868-2294; From November 15 thru May 1 call: 719-269-7071.