Walsenburg is the county seat of Huerfano County (locally pronounced where-fun-o). The county, with a total population of about 8,000 friendly souls, is rich in diversity of people, climate, topography, history and elevation. Located on the east side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, it is an easy drive to or from Denver, Colorado Springs, and Santa Fe.
Our climate varies with the altitude and the altitude of Huerfano County varies from 5,230 feet to 14,345 feet! Due to the combination of our southerly location, altitude and low humidity, we enjoy a moderate, sunny, dry climate with an average of 300 sunny days per year. We usually experience "winter" weather (snow, clouds and cold) in short periods of a few days to a couple of weeks. Even in the winter months, daytime temperatures in the fifties and sixties are common and it can spike up into the high seventies. Summer afternoon temperatures in the high eighties to low nineties are common at the lower elevations (such as in Walsenburg, elevation 6,185 feet). Even in summer, it is common to have nighttime lows in the sixties, and cooler at the higher elevations. The annual average precipitation runs from 14 inches at the lower elevations to over 30 inches on the peaks.
Recreation possibilities are endless: Swim, boat, water-ski, fish and camp at Lathrop State Park. Hike, climb, camp, fish, hunt or just relax in the National Forests and Wilderness Areas. (You may see elk, deer, black bear, antelope, bighorn sheep, wild turkey and more when you least expect it!) Play golf at the award winning Grandote Peaks Golf Club or the Walsenburg Golf Club. Poke around in our many antique stores. Dine in one of our fine restaurants. You can do all this and more without big crowds or heavy traffic!
The land varies from native prairie to foothills with pinon/juniper forest to dense mountain forests at the higher elevations. Some of the largest Aspen groves anywhere can be found in the Cuchara Valley! The high peaks rising sharply from the prairie and the unusual natural stonewalls (volcanic dikes) that radiate out from the mountains in several areas make for dramatic scenery from almost any location. Did I mention the fresh air?
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