Cuchara Foundation, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

$5,626 raised by 28 donors

47% complete

$12,000 Goal

The Cuchara Valley is an under-resourced but beautiful area. When things need to be done, people roll up their sleeves. Collaborative grassroots approaches work best in our community and the Foundation is a vehicle for that to happen.


"Without the Cuchara Foundation, Huerfano County would not have this beautiful park. Thank you, Cuchara Foundation." Max Vezzani, Huerfano County Commissioner.


The mission of the Cuchara Foundation is to honor the history, respect the environment, and support opportunities to learn and have fun in the Cuchara Valley.

Background Statement

The Cuchara Foundation was founded in 2013 with the purpose of enhancing our community. The first major event it sponsored was the successful Cuchara Country Music Fest, which went for four years before outgrowing the venue and morphing into a county-wide festival.

In 2017, the Cuchara Foundation raised the money so Huerfano County could purchase the bottom 50 acres of the old ski area, the Cuchara Mountain Resort, which had closed in 2000.

Through grant-writing and donations, the Cuchara Foundation has improved the Parker-Fitzgerald Cuchara Mountain Park with vault toilets, a disc golf course, a mini golf course, a bike pump track for kids, benches, natural playground equipment, a bat house, an outdoor pavilion, and signage.

Now the Foundation is concentrating its efforts on creating a Cuchara Welcome Center of history, education, and information. Monies raised will go toward purchasing a kiosk, two iPads, and money to archive digital photos, videos, and artifacts unique to the Cuchara Valley.

The Cuchara Foundation has also begun sponsoring Dark Skies programming, in partnership with San Luis Valley Great Outdoors (SLVGO!) that include star parties and moonlight snowshoe hikes. We hope to build a dark sky viewing platform and provide telescopes to serve as a local observatory.

Cuchara Mountain Park is a major draw for the area, which helps generate revenue for local businesses and improves the lives of Cuchara Valley residents. Your donation to the CF will have ripple effects for years to come.

Organization Data


Organization name

Cuchara Foundation, Inc.

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Public & Societal Benefit

Organization Size

Small Organization


PO Box 316
La Veta, CO 81055


Cuchara Foundation
Cuchara, CO 81055


PO Box 316
La Veta, CO 81055

Service areas

Huerfano County, CO, US



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