Huerfano County, Colorado

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Walsenburg

Walsenburg is the county seat of Huerfano County. Located between exits 49 and 52 on the I-25, Walsenburg also sits astride US 160, the primary east-west route in Southern Colorado. The town is just east of La Veta Pass, gateway to the San Luis Valley.

Walsenburg was originally settled as Plaza de los Leones in 1862 but is named after Fred Walsen, a businessman who settled here about 1870. It was Fred who opened the first coal mine in the county just west of town in 1876. Walsen Mine was the largest and most productive coal mine in Huerfano County.

Main Street Walsenburg has two museums, a municipal swimming pool and a nine hole municipal golf course. Just west of the golf course is Lathrop State Park, which has lakes for swimming, boating, windsurfing, and fishing.

The county Medical Center and VA Nursing Home are right across the road from Lathrop SP. The San Isabel National Forest is south and west of town, around the Spanish Peaks and the Sangre de Cristos.

North of town, Greenhorn Mountain and most of the Wet Mountains are also part of the National Forest. Huerfano County Courthouse Huerfano County Courthouse the Spanish Peaks The Spanish Peaks from Walsenburg

Walsenburg at a glance...

  • Elevation: 6,126 feet
  • Average annual precipitation: 15.8 inches
  • Terrain: An irregular plateau broken by numerous narrow fertile valleys in the east, rising to the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the west and the Spanish Peaks in the south
  • January temperature: High: 48 Low: 19
  • July temperature: High: 91 Low 58
  • Days of Sunshine per year: 300+
  • Walsenburg Population 2000 census: 4,182
  • Huerfano County Population 2000 census: 7,862

For more information...

City Offices. 204 East 6th Street. Phone: (719) 738-1048.
Walsenburg Schools. 611 West 7th Street,. Phone: (719) 738-1520.
HUERFANO COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. 400 Main St.. Phone: 719-738-1065. Email: cocc.mainst@yahoo.com. http://www.huerfanocountychamberofcommerce.com/

Attractions in and near Walsenburg

Apishapa State Wildlife Area.  Deer, antelope, bighorn sheep

Huerfano County State Trust Lands.  Eight separate wilderness tracts for your enjoyment.

Huerfano State Wildlife Area.  In the aspens with the Huerfano River flowing it.

Lathrop State Park.  Lathrop State Park is nestled among the pi�ons and junipers on the prairie west of Walsenburg.

Spanish Peaks.  The Spanish Peaks are wwo isolated masses of granite that rise 7,000 feet above the plains between Trinidad and Walsenburg. The Indians called these peaks Wahatoya, meaning "breasts of the world."

Walsenburg Mining Museum.  WALSENBURG was called the "City Built on Coal" during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Huerfano County Chilis drying in the traditional way. Photo courtesy of R. Michael Babnick Photography

Huerfanco County Courthouse
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