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One of the local attractions for years in the area has been the winter recreation park in Cuchara. In the early 1980s, a group of Texans decided to build a ski-resort here, hoping to bring families up from the south to enjoy the winter tourism. They made their advertising with a Texas audience in mind - you can see a picture of their early logo on your phone: skiers in ten-gallon hats and cowboy boots. But it wasn't to be. The Texan project didn't last and eventually, the local community raised money to purchase the land. Today, it's officially a Huerfano County park. In the winter, you can walk up the hill and ski back down. The new name for it is: "human powered recreation." Even without a lift, you can still enjoy the slopes. You'll find about a mile and half of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing here - one of the few places in Southern Colorado where this is possible. And if winter sports aren't your thing, you can go for a hike in the area. You can pick up a map of local hikes in the village of Cuchara. This is also a great place to access some of the area's best fishing at Blue and Bear Lakes. You'll find the dirt Forest Service access road off of Highway 12, as you head towards Cuchara Pass.
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