The Great West region showcases Colorado’s rich and varied history in a spectacular and unspoiled Western setting. You’ll enjoy truly off-the-beaten-path adventures and an opportunity to understand how our history shapes life in Colorado’s Great West now and into the future.
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Headwaters River Journey
Explore how water affects you, your community and the world around you while examining the interactive exhibits at Headwaters River Journey. Get activity.
After your visit to the Headwaters River Journey, take an afternoon stroll on the Fraser River Trail. Educational signs dot the paved 10-mile path, and there are plenty of benches to rest those little legs.
Mid-Town Cafe in Granby
Rocky Mountain National Park
Expand your vocabulary during your trip to Rocky Mountain National Park after scouting the alpine tundra ecosystem. Get activity.
Explore the history of the Holzwarth family who homesteaded land in Rocky Mountain National Park more than 100 years ago. Get extra credit activity.
Squeaky B’s - Grand Lake
Grand Lake Boardwalk
Grand Lake Lodge
Blue Water Bakery Cafe - Grand Lake
State Forest State Park
Write a poem about the amazing moose using the interesting facts you learned after a visit to State Forest State Park. Get activity.
River Rock Cafe in the Antler’s Inn - Walden
Pop into North Park Pioneer Museum after lunch to learn more about Walden’s history. Then, take CO 14 until you hit Hwy. 40. Continue west until you reach Steamboat Springs. Pack snacks and have games ready. You’re in for some wide-open Colorado traveling!
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Do you have a future journalist in your group? Hone their communication skills at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Get activity.
Put that knowledge to work by writing a newspaper article. Get activity.
Mambo - Steamboat Springs
Old Town Hot Springs, Steamboat Springs
Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs
Johnny B. Good’s Diner - Steamboat Springs
Fish Creek Falls
Big House Burgers - Steamboat Springs
Yampa River Botanic Park
Explore the Yampa River Botanic Park using your senses. Get activity.
Head west from Steamboat Springs to Craig. Stop by the Wild Goose Granary in Hayden for pastries.
Vallarta's - Craig
As you wrap up your trip, review your day with five trivia questions. Get trivia.
Museum of Northwest Colorado
How do destinations get a visitor’s attention? Advertising! Design a flyer highlighting the wonders at Museum of Northwest Colorado. Get activity.
Prodigal Son’s Coffee House & Eatery - Craig
With so many natural features and so much history to observe at dinosaur National Monument, try your hand at capturing a scene the old-fashioned way — by hand. Get activity.
Bedrock Depot Dinosaur
Canyon Pintado Historic DistrictCanyon Pintado self-guided tour to locate public viewing spots with short walks.
Create your own message using symbols during a visit to Canyon Pintado National Historic District. Get activity.
The focus of today’s activities was in the past. Let’s replay the day with a few questions. Get trivia.
Giovanni’s Italian Grill - Rangely
Blue Mountain Inn and Suites Rangely
Dottie’s - Rangely
Search for answers to a scavenger hunt as you explore the Rangely Automobile Museum. Get activity.
Main Street Cafe - Rangely
Explore the past at the White River Museum by finding artifacts from different time periods. Get activity.
As you head out to dinner, review your visit to the White River Museum with five trivia questions. Get trivia.
Clark’s Big Burger - Meeker
In summer, if you have extra time, travel the 82-mile Flat Tops Trail scenic byway, which winds through river valleys and over two of Colorado’s least-traveled mountain passes.
Rifle Falls State Park
COTREXMap the Trail
In the morning, grab a doughnut, fritter or cronut from Sweet Coloradough in Rifle. You’ll have a hard time choosing from the many creative flavors.