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3 Days of Heritage on the Great High Prairie

3 Days of Heritage on the Great High Prairie
3 days

Discover the Great High Prairie's rich history during this three-day itinerary, which takes visitors from a World War II Japanese internment camp to Bent's Old Fort, one of Colorado's most significant historic sites. Along the way you'll visit the towns of Lamar, Granada, La Junta and Las Animas.

Sustainability Activity

Donate to Camp Amache Site and Museum:

Help preserve the history and stories surrounding Camp Amache, a World War II Japanese Camp located in Granada. All preservation activities are funded by donations and grants from individuals and foundations.

Sustainability Activity
Day 1
Activity

Camp Amache Museum

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Learn the stories of the more than 7,000 Japanese - most being American citizens - who were forcibly imprisoned at the Granada Relocation Center from 1942–1945.

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Lunch

La Lupita’s Restaurant

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Enjoy some homemade tacos and other delights in Lamar. Read More
Activity

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

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Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne and... Read More

Dinner

Thai Spicy Basil

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Thai Spicy Basil offers delicious dining and takeout to Lamar, CO. Thai Spicy Basil is a cornerstone in the Lamar community and has been recognized for its outstanding Chinese cuisine, excellent... Read More
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Lamar Lanes

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Bowling is fun for everyone at Lamar Lanes. On Saturday night, enjoy red-pin bowling, which includes a disco ball, black lights and more.

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Lodging

3rd Street Nest Bed & Breakfast

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Gracious hosting in a unique turn-of-the-century home. 100 years of charm. Come and perch awhile.

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Day 2
Breakfast

Hickory House Restaurant

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Best ribs in Colorado, not to mention biscuits and gravy, meat-lovers omelets, BLTs and much more.

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Activity

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

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See where 675 U.S. volunteers led by Colonel John Chivington launched an attack on a peaceful village of Cheyenne and Arapaho who were camped under the protection of the American Flag. Around... Read More

Lunch

La Mission Villanueva

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La Mission Villanueva brings you 40+ years of Mexican food traditions, starting with the current owner's mother's recipes.

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Great High Prairie Points of Interest Tour

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This scenic drive hits up the Madonna of the Trail Monument, the Petrified Wood Building, Pike’s Tower and much more. Read More
Dinner

Happy Garden

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Happy Garden is a cornerstone in the Lamar community and has been recognized for its outstanding Thai cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. Our Thai restaurant is known for its modern... Read More

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Stargazing at Two Buttes Reservoir State Wildlife Area

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See the stars like never before in this sparsely populated area south of Lamar.
Lodging

Quality Inn - Lamar

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The Quality Inn hotel in Lamar, CO is located along Route 50 and near the Big Timbers Museum. Our pet-friendly hotel offers free hot breakfast, free WiFi and more. Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Brew Unto Others

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Whether it's a cup of coffee, a fresh homemade treat or some wholesome food, we strive to provide quality products and an environment where you can meet.

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Boggsville Historic Site

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Come visit this restored mid-19th-century settlement.

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Lunch

Las Brisas Mexican Restaurant

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Visit Las Brisas for shrimp fajitas, chicken chimichangas, tamales and more. Read More
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WPA Projects Self-Guided Tour

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The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was an ambitious employment and infrastructure program created by President Roosevelt in 1935. Follow this self-guided tour to see all the WPA projects on the Great High Prairie.
Dinner

Green Garden

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Green Garden specializes in Szechuan style food, but also offers a selection of Mandarin and Cantonese dishes which are milder in flavor, with delicate sauces. Szechuan food combines the delectable... Read More
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The Buzzard’s Roost

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A great local hangout serving American fare. Beers on tap. Music at night. Read More
Lodging

Blue Spruce Motel

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Independent Motel in Southeast Colorado Read More