Cuchara, Colorado is situated on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the heart of the Cucharas River Valley.
The town is surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest with all its' lakes, mountains and wilderness. On the east side of town is the West Spanish Peak. The Cuchara River flows along the edge of town.
Just south of town is the Cuchara Mountain Resort, a family-oriented park and ski area. The County is redeveloping the area into Cuchara Mountain Park into a regional year rounds outdoor sports attraction.
As you go south out of Cuchara on Highway 12, the Scenic Highway of Legends, you will find some of the most spectacular aspen groves and wild iris fields in Colorado.
On your way up the hill you pass over the Cucharas River where it comes out of the valley leading up to Bear Lake and Blue Lake. Then the highway winds through several switchbacks until it finally opens out at the top of Cuchara Pass, elevation 9,995'.