Discover The Legendary Plains Of Southeast Colorado
Plains Indians and wild buffalo herds roamed the grasslands of Southeast Colorado. Today much of the terrain looks similar to what the pioneers found in the mid-1800s. Once home to fur traders, the region is famous for the Comanche National Grassland and the Santa Fe Trail that stretched from Missouri to New Mexico.
Colorado City is close to San Isabel National Forest, Hardscrabble Canyon and Lake Isabel. Hike the San Carlos trails and visit Bishop’s Castle, off Hwy 65. Built by an area resident, the stone castle is famous for its towers, stained glass windows and walls standing 160 feet high. Visit the Walsenburg Mining Museum, browse through antique shops, or treat the family to Wild Waters amusement park. Highway of Legends Scenic and Historic Byway, just west of Walsenburg, winds past famous geological sites and small mining towns.
Commanche National Grassland
Visitors to Pueblo enjoy strolling the Riverwalk and exploring the Creative Corridor. Browse museums and art galleries, dine at award-winning Mexican eateries, and enjoy live music from local musicians. Save time for a hike along the river and a visit to the Nature and Raptor Center. Lamar is a fun viewing spot for the annual migration of giant snow geese.
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Pueblo honors area history at the Rosemount Museum, El Pueblo Museum, and the Steelworks Museum of Industry & Culture. Family-friendly attractions include the Riverwalk, Nature & Raptor Center and the Buell Childrens Museum. Springfield is the gateway to the Comanche National Grassland. Go hiking, biking or bird watching and explore the historic Santa Fe Trail. Nearby Picket Wire Canyonlands boasts one of the largest known dinosaur track sites in North America.
State Parks & Recreation
Lake Pueblo State Park offers fishing, boating, watersports and challenging mountain biking trails. For a glimpse of native wildlife, visit John Martin Reservoir State Park. Observe bald eagles, terns and plovers, or try your luck fishing for bass, walleye and crappie. Lathrop State Park, near Walsenburg, features hiking trails, fishing and swimming. La Junta is home to Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, an adobe structure with a colorful western past.
Pueblo hosts the popular Colorado State Fair & Rodeo in late August and early September. Visitors and locals enjoy a two-week celebration featuring rodeos, livestock exhibits, carnivals, concerts and the Chile & Frijoles Festival. Other events include a monster truck rally, demolition derby and wild horse races. Whether you want to watch bull riding cowboys or taste creative, chile-flavored cuisine, it’s one of the state’s most popular annual events.