1 (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Drive west from Walsenburg. Take Colorado Hwy 12 through the towns of La Veta and Chuchara. About 6.25 miles past Chuchara reach Chucharas Pass. From the pass turn left onto FS road 415 to Cordova Pass. Drive 6 miles to Cordova Pass. There is a parking lot with a fee station, restroom and picnic tables. This is the starting point for the Southwest Ridge route on West Spanish Peak.
There is no gate closure. Summitpost says it is generally accessible from April through possibly as late as Thanksgiving. As of Dec 1, 2012, it was accessible. The fee station had no envelopes and the restroom was locked.