Huerfano County, Colorado
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Scenic Cordova Pass
Huerfano World - October 3, 2002
Contributed by Louise Adams
Shimmering Trees - Fall colors can be seen through Huerfano
County, shimmering in the sun like this stand of aspens seen on Medano Pass.
Although the drought has diminished the fall colors, vibrant stands of trees can
be spotted on mountainsides and in lower valleys.
Cordova Pass road has designated as part of the Scenic Highway of Legends and
Colorado Scenic Historic Byways. The Colorado Transportation Commission
unanimously passed a resolution granting designation on Aug. 15 and the Colorado
Scenic and Historic Byways Commission approved and designated the byway.
The byway designation effort was co-chaired by June Valentine of Aguilar, and
James Cooper of La Veta, who both are on the Scenic Highway of Legends Board
A special ceremony to officially designate the Cordova Pass road and scenic
byway to be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Aguilar Community Center
in Aguilar. Food and refreshments will be served, along with entertainment.
Many local and state dignitaries will be attending.
Cordova Pass has a colorful history, J.J. Cordova, who served as Las Animas
County commissioner for three years, had a dream in 1928 about the road over
the West Spanish Peak leading from Aguilar to the Cuchara and La Veta area.
The road originally was named Apishapa Pass. On June 23, 1985, the pass was
rededicated in memory of J.J. Cordova and was named Cordova Pass. The
rededication was organized by June Valentine and Fidel Martinez of Trinidad.
The Scenic Highway of Legends is one of the most scenic and historic drives
in Colorado. It cuts through the eastern side of the Sangre de Cristo Mounta
ins. The Colorado State Byway and U.S. National Forest Byway begins at Highway
12 and U.S. 160.
Traveling along the byway takes you through a combination of communities,
points of interest, scenic vistas, historical, cultural and recreational areas,
including Aguilar, Gulnare, Walsenburg, La Veta, Cuchara, Stonewall, Cokedale,
Weston, Segundo and Trinidad.
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