Alpine Treks

Highway of Legends Tour Recap

By Alex Ching
Photos from multiple contributors
May 2019

AMR made a first time tour to the famed Highway of Legends on May 19 with 35 cars and 67 people, including our own Zone 9 Rep, Rich Sanders.19-hol04

Karl and Kathy Klepfer led the daylong trek from Porsche Colorado Springs in the first group with Nate and Lore Adams leading a second group. The tour headed straight south on CO-115 to Florence for its first stop and then CO-67 to Wetmore before turning on to CO-96 the old mining town of Westcliffe. As we emerge from the Wet Mountains on CO-96, the group was treated to a majestic view of the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo range. At Westcliffe we turned east to circle around the massive mountain range for our next stop at Walsenburg, which is the starting point of the 82-mile Highway of Legends scenic byway.

19-hol07As we pass through the town of La Veta, we came to our lunch stop at the La Veta Inn. The inn and restaurant is owned by AMR members Ryan and Ali Parker, who were unable to join the tour due to car issues but stepped in at the last minute to host our large group for lunch after the original venue dropped out. A big thanks go out to Ryan and Ali.

19-hol12After a fabulous lunch of soups, salads, chicken wings, and sandwiches; we were back on the byway to skirt the Spanish Peaks – the twin mountains with striking rock formations, high mountain lakes, quaint resort towns, and scenic river canyons, mesas, & plains. We also passed through the Cokedale National Historic District where the arching alcoves of coke ovens resembles the Roman aqueducts. The rollercoaster ride ended in an hour and a half at the Purple Toad in Trinidad, where many stopped for refreshments before heading home. Despite the daylong drive, feedbacks were positive and many members were impressed with the organization of the tour. We look forward to a repeat of this tour in 2020; hopefully in the Fall to catch the turning leaves.

Check out the Rallies/Tour page for more photos from the tour.

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