©

Walsenburg trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Walsenburg

Trip Planner USA  /  Colorado  /  Walsenburg
(3.9/5 based on 70+ reviews for 2 attractions)
Things to do: nature, sightseeing
The City of Walsenburg or Los Leones is a Statutory City that is the county seat and the most populous city of Huerfano County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 3,068 at the 2010 census, down from 4,182 in 2000.Robert Ford, the assassin of outlaw Jesse James, operated a combination saloon and gambling house in Walsenburg; his home at 320 West 7th Street still stands.HistoryThe City of Walsenburg traces its history back about 150 years. The settlement was first established as La Plaza de los Leones which was named after the Leon family on the north side of the Cuchara River by Don Miguel Antonio Leon and a family named Atencio. In 1870, Fred Walsen settled nearby and opened up his large mercantile, making the town an attractive location for German settlers. After Fred assisted in the incorporation of the town's 320acre site, it was suggested that he be honored by formally naming the new town "Walsenburg". In 1876, Walsen also opened the area's first coal mine, and the development of the town was influenced for a century by coal mining in the region. An estimated 500 million tons of coal was mined until a combination of factors led to the closure of virtually all mining in the area.Walsenburg is mentioned in the famous Woody Guthrie song, "Ludlow Massacre". The song recounts an attack by the Colorado National Guard and armed Colorado Fuel & Iron Company camp guards on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado, on April 20, 1914. Some two dozen people, including women and children, were killed. The town is also remembered in sports history due to a famous newspaper gaffe ("Will Overhead") after the 1933 Indianapolis 500.
Use our United States itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Walsenburg and other destinations in United States.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Walsenburg

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Walsenburg

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Extend your holiday

Visit top cities near Walsenburg:
Nature, scenic drive, sightseeing
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Adventure, scenic drive, museums
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Sightseeing, historic sites, scenic drive
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Nature, historic sites, fun & games
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Sightseeing, casinos, scenic drive
Visit for: 1 dayStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to Colorado

8 days in Denver & Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Denver BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, outdoors, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, popular PREFERENCES: May, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Colorado Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, relaxing, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans