Lamar to La Junta: A Santa Fe Trail Itinerary

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The past meets the future in this relaxed area at the northern portion of the Santa Fe Trail, where progress and preservation live side by side.

Sustainability Activity
How to Give Back to These Special Places

Participate with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado's voluntourism and trail restoration projects throughout the year.

Day
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Activity
Vogel Canyon Hike

At Vogel Canyon follow the trails to a historic stage coach station near the Purgatoire River. Here you can also hike any one of the gentle 2-mile loops and find rock art.

Mexico City Cafe in La Junta Photo
Lunch
Mexico City Cafe
Mexico City Cafe originated over 15 years ago. It was started by Mona Munoz Chaparro. It has grown steadily from it's inception. We now offer an…
Activity
Koshare Indian Museum
The Koshare Indian Museum is one of Colorado's great repositories of Southwest art and Native American artifacts. Antiquities, pottery and textiles…
Dinner
Boss Hogg's Saloon & Restaurant
This restaurant features flavorful, freshly cut steaks and hickory-smoked barbecue.
Activity
The Railyard
You might come to The Railyard for well-crafted cocktails, great beer, fresh food, or the mellow atmosphere. No matter what, you’re in the right…
Lodging
Hampton Inn La Junta

Stay at the Hampton Inn La Junta hotel located off Highway 50 and accessible to a variety of popular cultural attractions. Spend a day on the…

Day
2
Breakfast
LA Cafe
Your home-town restaurant bringing our community together with good home-town cooking.
Activity
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

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…

Lunch
The Railyard
You might come to The Railyard for well-crafted cocktails, great beer, fresh food, or the mellow atmosphere. No matter what, you’re in the right…
Activity
John W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum
Exhibits include early 1900's storefronts of a post office, barber shop, jewelry store, candy shop, and the Bent County Bank, Kit Carson, Festus, and…
Activity
Boggsville Historic Site

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

Activity
Lamar Theatre

Opened in 1946, as a single screen, 832-seat "High Art Deco" theatre with a colorfully lit facade and marquee. Colorful interior murals, recessed…

Lodging
Hampton Inn La Junta

Stay at the Hampton Inn La Junta hotel located off Highway 50 and accessible to a variety of popular cultural attractions. Spend a day on the…

Day
3
Breakfast
Hickory House Restaurant

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

Activity
Big Timbers Museum

Building erected 1929-American Telephone & Telegraph Co housed repeater equipt for Den-Kans City long distance lines. WWI Poster Collection,10…

Lunch
Bjs Super Burger
Great burgers, amazing shakes, friendly service. Ask for the pureed jalapeño on your burger for zesty flavor in every bite!
Activity
Camp Amache National Historic Landmark

A WWII Japanese Internment Camp, the site is now 1 square mile of foundations and signs.

Activity
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

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…

Lodging
Cobblestone Inn & Suites

Welcome to the Cobblestone Inn & Suites in Holyoke, Colorado. Our beautiful hotel is conveniently located near everything that Holyoke, Colorado…