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Support a fun, affordable, family-friendly outdoor recreation and educational experience for everyone!
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Our Story

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Reviving a Historic Ski Area

The original ski area on Baker Mountain closed in 2000 after nearly 20 years of operation and hosting up to 22,000 visitors a year, leaving behind 50 acres of the base area and an abandoned infrastructure including the entirety of Lift 4. In 2017, Huerfano County community members rallied to raise the funds needed to purchase the entire base area and open Parker-Fitzgerald Cuchara Mountain Park to the public.

Learn more about the history of the park.

Working to Make the Dream Come True

After 3+ years of working on repairing Lift 4, in 2022, Huerfano County officially entered into a partnership with the nonprofit organization Panadero Ski Corporation to manage park operations and amenities including restoring lift service and ensuring Cuchara Mountain Park continues to provide fun, affordable, family-friendly year-round outdoor recreation and educational opportunities for everyone. 

Learn more about Panadero Ski Corporation.


Support Our Mission

Do you love Cuchara Mountain Park? Please consider donating to help maintain and expand offerings at the park to provide affordable, family-friendly year-round outdoor recreation and education opportunities for everyone. CMP is run by a local grassroots, 501c3 nonprofit. Any amount, small or large, will directly go toward services like lift access, grooming, and future access to rentals, ski school, year-round youth and educational programs, and the development of more hiking and biking trails.

Fun. Affordable. Family Friendly.

Cuchara Mountain Park is a Huerfano County Park comprising nearly 50 acres of the base of the old ski area. We’re home to a number of outdoor summer and winter activities like snowshoeing, XC skiing, hiking, disc golf, a bike playground, sledding, mini golf, and more. Access to Cuchara Mountain Park is free unless you're riding the LIft (once we are certified).

Lift 4 and Lift-Served Skiing and Snowboarding

Lift access is not open at this time. 

When open, Lift 4 will unlock 300 additional feet of vertical terrain including seven epic groomed runs, perfect for beginners, families, or anyone looking to cruise laps. Lift tickets will be available for a nominal fee, most likely the lowest in the state. 


Uphill and Backcountry Use

While Lift 4 is not open yet, you can come "earn your turns" to access the trails within Cuchara Mountain Park and the 230 acres with 1,500 ft of vertical on USFS land that comprises the rest of the old ski area. Uphill access is free with the agreement to adhere to our Uphill Policy. Please read this policy before visiting for your safety.

Sledding and Snow Play

Sledding and playing in the snow is a community tradition at Cuchara Mountain Park. But, for your safety, these activities must take place only in designated areas. THERE IS NO SLEDDING ON THE SKI TRAILS. These activities are free, but you must agree to our Sledding and Snow Play Policy

Planning a visit to CMP?

Check out our Operational Status and FAQ pages. We also have information on how to get here, local lodging and food/drink, and more under the Plan Your Visit tab.   

All the Seasons at Cuchara Mountain Park

SUMMERTIME~Come on up to the park for hiking, disc golf, a bike playground, rustic mini-golf, star gazing, and more! As a public park it is free and open to all!

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During our winter season enjoy the slopes of Cuchara Mountain Park that are open to skiers and boards using our one-of-a-kind Ski Bus.
Check out the fun in the short video below!

There is a lot happening in the spring and summer months as well! We are continuing our work on Lift 4, snowmaking, and so much more!
But we need your help, please donate today.

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Founding Partners

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Corporate Partners

Locations in Trinidad

and Denver, Colorado


Partner Organizations

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Local Partners


La Veta, CO

Thank you to our partners for supporting our mission of facilitating affordable skiing and outdoor recreation at Cuchara Mountain Park

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