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Highway of Legends

Length: 82 miles. Driving time: 2 hours.

Highway of Legends CokedaleHighway of Legends MapDid George Simpson really save Trinidad from marauding Utes by distracting them with taunts? Where is the lost gold vein that supposedly offered nuggets so rich a 19th-century prospector could live off one for a full year? And what fate befell Juan Humana and his band of conquistadors, who disappeared near the Purgatoire River in 1594 and were never again seen alive? You may not find the answers on the Highway of Legends, but you will enjoy the dramatic settings that have inspired tall tales among Native American nomads, Spanish explorers, and Anglo and Hispanic settlers for hundreds of years. From the impenetrable heights of the Sangre de Cristos and Spanish Peaks to the ominous redrock abutments of the Dakota Wall and the Devil's Stairsteps, this land is truly larger than life.

An extension was recently added to the byway from the town of Aguilar on I-25 west over 11,248 ft. Cordova Pass, reconnecting to State Highway 12 at Cuchara Pass.  The 35-mile extension follows Huerfano/Las Animas County Road #46 through the San Isabel National Forest.

Geological formations
Trinidad State Park
Spanish Peaks
Lathrop State Park
Huerfano County Museums
Francisco Fort Museum
A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art
San Luis Valley Museum Association

Local Chamber of Commerce(s):
Spanish Peaks Country
Historic Trinidad

News & Itineraries:
AAA Colorado: Encompass: Something Magical Mar/Apr 2013

Contact Information

Trinidad Welcome Center
309 Nevada Avenue
Trinidad CO 81082

Program Contacts
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  • Lenore C. Bates
    Colorado Scenic Byways Coordinator
    4201 E. Arkansas Ave.
    Shumate Building
    Denver, CO 80222
  • Colorado Tourism Office
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