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Welcome to Parker-Fitzgerald Cuchara Mountain Park
Opening in 1981 as Panadero ski area, The Cuchara Mountain Park was purchased by Huerfano County in 2017 using funds raised by the Cuchara Foundation. The park is roughly 50 acres, mostly at the base of the old ski resort. Volunteers have rehabbed the former ski rental office into a day lodge that is open selected weekends and holidays to visitors. The remainder of the park is open to the public and provides access to National Forest Service land.
Although the old ski area has been closed since 2000 … 50+ acres of the old base area now makes up the the Cuchara Mountain Park (a Huerfano County Public Park). This now gives access to the rest of the mountain which is part of the San Isabel National Forest … opening up access to human powered skiing an other and other recreational opportunities.
Directions to Mountain Park...
Exit Walsenburg head west on US 160, exit La Veta onto State Highway 12, turn right onto Panadero Ave south of Cuchara and follow signs to the Cuchara Mountain Park lot
From Alamosa/Highway 160
Exit La Veta on County Rd 450, in La Veta turn right onto Oak St until it becomes Highway 12, turn right onto Panadero Ave south of Cuchara and follow signs to the Cuchara Mountain Park lot