La Veta Pass (Old)

La Veta Pass (Old) - Costilla / Huerfano Counties - Colorado - 9,382 feet
(other names - Old La Veta Pass, Abaja, Abajo, Abeyta)
Sangre de Cristo Creek to west. South Abeyta Creek to east.

Old US-160 west of Walsenburg
gravel - road bike or dual sport

#11 - photos by Randy Bishop, 04/23/2005

On US-160 west of the summit.

At the summit.

At the summit, looking northwest.

At the summit.


At the summit, missing old bronze plaque.

At the summit, looking southeast.

At the summit, looking northwest.

At the summit.

A map.

At the summit.

The State Historical Society of Colorado bronze was missing prior to 1970. It read:
La Veta Pass. Between the waters of the Arkansas and the Rio Grande. Altitude 9,382 feet. "La Veta" is Spanish for "the vein."
Named for the mineral veins appearing on the mountains. Narrow guage railroad built 1877. Railroad later re-located.
Abandoned grade converted into highway 1921-22. Erected 1929.

Recognized by CDOT highway sign west of the summit,
and in "The Passes of Colorado, An Encylopedia of Watershed Divides" by Ed Helmuth & Gloria Helmuth.
Is not included in United States Board on Geographic Names.

Other geographic feature at the summit, from United States Board on Geographic Names:
Feature Name ID Class County State Latitude Longitude Ele(ft) Map BGN Date Entry Date
La Veta Pass 192777 Populated Place Costilla CO 373535N 1051212W 9390 La Veta Pass 01-JAN-1965 13-OCT-1978

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