Cuchara, Colorado

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Entering Cuchara from the north on State Highway 12.
Entering Cuchara from the north on State Highway 12.
Cuchara is located in Colorado
Location within the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 37°22′45″N 105°06′01″W / 37.37917°N 105.10028°W / 37.37917; -105.10028Coordinates: 37°22′45″N 105°06′01″W / 37.37917°N 105.10028°W / 37.37917; -105.10028
CountryUnited States
County Huerfano
8,468 ft (2,581 m)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
GNIS feature ID203635[2]

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.[3] Its altitude is 8,468 feet (2,581 m).[4] 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.[3]

In Spanish, "cuchara" means "spoon," reflecting the area's valley being so shaped.[5] A large number of locations are listed as having the name of "Cuchara" or some derivation there of in Huerfano County, including Cuchara Junction northeast of Walsenburg and the Cuchara Formation.[6]

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.[7]


In the summer of 2018, Cuchara was evacuated due to a wildfire that threatened the town in the middle of their peak season. The evacuation caused local businesses to suffer financially.[8]


  1. ^ "Cuchara, CO ZIP Code - United States". Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Cuchara, Colorado". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 13 October 1978. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Cuchara, Colorado" Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cuchara, Colorado
  5. ^ Dawson, John Frank (1954). "Cuchara". Place Names in Colorado: Why 700 Communities Were So Named. p. 16. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  6. ^ US Geographical Survey (13 October 1978). "Cuchara Junction". GNIS. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Cuchara Vacations, Activities & Things To Do |". Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  8. ^ Severancy, Ryan (July 9, 2018). "Cuchara businesses suffering while village is evacuated for the Spring Fire". The Pueblo Chieftain. Retrieved April 11, 2019.