Cuchara, Colorado

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Entering Cuchara from the north on State Highway 12.

Cuchara is an unincorporated community in Huerfano County, Colorado, United States. It is located near a former ski resort in the mountains south of the town of La Veta.[1] Its altitude is 8,468 feet (2,581 m).[2] State Highway 12 travels through Cuchara as it approaches Trinidad to the southeast.

Cuchara is situated on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in south-central Colorado. It is west of the Spanish Peaks. Cucharas Pass, at almost 10,000 feet, is a few miles south of the town of Cuchara. The Cucharas River flows on the outskirts of town. The San Isabel National Forest surrounds the town.[1]

This small town has a few small businesses such as restaurants and small hotels or lodges. This is a midpoint for stopping along the scenic State Highway 12. [3]

In the summer of 2018, Cuchara was evacuated due to the spring fire in the middle of their thriving season as the Spring Fire. The fire threatened the entire town. This whole evacuation caused the businesses to lose money as the town became empty for this amount of time. [4]


  1. ^ a b "Cuchara, Colorado" Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cuchara, Colorado
  3. ^ "Cuchara Vacations, Activities & Things To Do |". Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  4. ^ Severancy, Ryan (July 9, 2018). "Cuchara businesses suffering while village is evacuated for the Spring Fire". The Pueblo Chieftan. Retrieved April 11, 2019.

Coordinates: 37°22′45″N 105°06′01″W / 37.37917°N 105.10028°W / 37.37917; -105.10028