About the Cuchara Valley Recreation Program 

Beloved valley residents have put together activities for visitors to the valley during the summer since the 1950s. It wasn’t until the late 1960s when paid Directors were hired to run the show. Bruce began helping out by calling bingo in the 1970s, by the 80s he had taken over and was running the program.

Our program was meant to get the kids out of their house socializing, hiking and learning about nature, and most importantly having fun. Over the years it has developed to encompass everyone, the young and the old. We offer hikes, weekly bingo, and an annual fun run. In the past five years we have also added educational opportunities, including history walks! 

Since the foundation of our program, we have strived to provide educational and fun experiences for anyone attending our events. With knowledgeable leaders and a variety of activities offered, our program has helped our community continue to grow and create lifelong friendships. We offer enlightening experiences for those of all ages to get out, explore, and experience beautiful Cuchara, Colorado.

Our program is full of opportunities to dig deep to learn more about nature, arts and crafts, and the history of the area. Our dynamic and budget-friendly activities are just two of the many benefits visitors receive from spending their summers with the Cuchara Valley Recreational Program.

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.”

Rachel Carson

About Cuchara, Colorado

Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Cuchara is located in southern Colorado. It is a hidden gem, with tremendous views of the East and West Spanish Peak, as well as other mountain ranges and rock outcrops. Down the Highway of Legends people fall in love with the crisp, clean air that takes visitors far away from the city life. With just a few gift shops and restaurants, the town is mainly operational during the summer. Throughout the year there is approximately 100 “rounders” that get to call this secluded valley their home. During the summer, especially during the week of the Fourth of July, the town is filled with close to 1,000 visitors.

The Cuchara Valley, and the surrounding area has plenty to offer. From fishing, to hiking and camping, to hunting, visitors will never be bored. For those who love nature, small-town America, clean air, and beautiful mountain views, Cuchara is beckoning.

Fearless Leaders

Bruce Johnson

Andrew Johnson

Emily Dent

Rebecca Maguire