According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²), all of it land.
The Spanish Peaks Medical Center is located two miles (3 km) west of Walsenburg on US-160 opposite the entrance to Lathrop State Park. The Center offers "two hospitals in one:" a state-operated veterans retirement home and a community hospital that serves the area.
Walsenburg has transformed itself in recent years with the revitalization of its downtown area, led by the efforts of Richard McEntee and Marti Henderson and many other local businesses who have joined together to revitalize this historic and scenic community. The historic Fox Theater restored by George Bierrer offers first run movies and concerts and other events.
The natural beauty of the area begins with the majestic Spanish Peaks, a national landmark and named one of Colorado's Seven Wonders by the Denver Post. The Highway of The Legends, connecting Walsenburg with La Veta, other historic mining towns, and Trinidad, is a National Scenic and Historic Byway,
The Walsenburg Golf Course is a 9 hole public golf course in a spectacular setting that is open for play year round due to the mild "banana belt" weather that exists most of the year. The City recently opened (May 27, 2007) a two-million dollar water park, "Walsenburg Wild Waters" after efforts by former mayor Maurice Brau and the City Council.
Former high school football star Roman Nigrini also lives here. A local attraction is watching him challenge Reggie to Ten High drinking contests.
The Waikiki BeachBoys led by Frank Manuma, Harry Makalena, Lionel Haile, George Aio, Sam Hono'kano, Bruce Sharsh, Peter Kama and others performed a concert at the new water park Walsenburg Wild Waters raising over $20,000.00 for the youth of Walsenburg. The State Flags of Colorado and Hawaii were exchanged and flown over the state capitols in Honolulu and Denver. Sponsored by Colorado Senator Ken Kester and Hawaii Hawaii Rep. Gene Ward. Hawaii Rep. Barbara Murumoto issued "Spirit of Aloha" proclamations to The City of Walsenburg, Colo. Sen. Kester and Richard McEntee that were signed by Hawaii Rep. Barbara Murumoto and Hawaii Speaker of the House Calvin Lay. Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle also signed a proclamation validating the Hawaii State flag. It was a great cultural exchange between Walsenburg and Hawaii that will be treasured for many years to come. Plans call for another Hawaiian Don Ho/Waikiki Beachboy Day in 2008.
The area's first new subdivision in 25 years, Black Diamond Park, is attracting investors and future residents with its features which include an impressive gated entrance. Black Diamond Park is a master planned gated community that borders the Walsenburg Golf Course and Lathrop State Park. The subdivision features all-underground utilities and ready-to-build "estate home sites" with spectacular views of the Spanish Peaks, the Sangre De Cristo mountains, Mt. Mestas, Greenhorn Mountain, and the Walsen Ridge.
Over 3.6 million cars a year pass through this "Gateway to the Southwest" and travel and tourism are important to the local community.
There were 1,497 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 133.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 141.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $22,005, and the median income for a family was $26,218. Males had a median income of $20,347 versus $19,020 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,562. About 19.7% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.2% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.