Cuchara, Colorado

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Cuchara
Entering Cuchara from the north on State Highway 12.
Entering Cuchara from the north on State Highway 12.
Cuchara is located in Colorado
Cuchara
Cuchara
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
StateColorado
County Huerfano
Elevation
8,468 ft (2,581 m)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP codes
81055[1]
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.

Description[edit]

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]

History[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cuchara, CO ZIP Code - United States". codigo-postal.co. 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" Sangres.com. 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 | Colorado.com". www.colorado.com. 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.