Explore Northeast Colorado And The Pawnee Pioneer Trail

Northeast Colorado has a colorful history, and many of its cities and towns pay tribute to the pioneers and Native Americans that settled the frontier. Stop by the State Welcome Center in Burlington for brochures on what to see and do. The city’s Old Town Museum features antiques and exhibits depicting Colorado’s past. Don’t leave town without riding the 1905 Kit Carson County Carousel. The colorful hand-carved animals and music of the 1909 Wurlitzer organ delight all ages.

Chimney Canyon, near Sterling, is home to the 250-ft. tall chalk cliffs. It’s also a great spot for stargazing. Drive along the Pawnee Pioneer Trail Scenic and Historic Byway for incredible views. Trails along the Pawnee National Grassland offer glimpses of native wildlife including antelope, foxes and hawks.

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Forgotten home on the Pawnee National Grassland in Northeast CO

Brush, situated 90 miles from Denver, offers a laid-back country atmosphere. Enjoy boating and fishing, picturesque parks, quaint antique shops and a museum. The annual rodeo on July 4th weekend includes a spectacular fireworks show. Located just 40 miles from Denver, Elizabeth offers small town charm with city amenities. Perfect your swing at Spring Valley Golf Course, explore restored Victorian homes, or browse the shops for antiques, toys and gifts along Main Street.

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Discover the wild past of Julesburg at the Fort Sedgwick Museum. The historic town also boasts the best bird watching in Colorado. Situated on the famous Overland Trail, the Fort Morgan Museum features exhibits on the Pawnee and Plains Indians and highlights the area’s agricultural history. Wray, located off US-34 near the Nebraska border, offers a Paleo-Indian presentation at the Wray Museum. It is one of the few permanent Smithsonian exhibits outside of Washington, D.C.

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State Parks & Recreation

Castlewood Canyon State Park, located in the Black Forest near Elizabeth, is a fun destination for hiking, rock climbing and bird watching. The Limon Wetlands area is also known for attracting migratory birds. Jackson Lake State Park, near Fort Morgan, is the best place for water sports. If fishing is on your agenda, North Sterling State Park and Prewitt Reservoir offer an abundance of walleye, bass and muskie.

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