Grab Your Supplies
Welcome to Trinidad: Trinidad Welcome Center
While at the Trinidad Welcome Center, explore the path you will take during your road trip. Get activity.
Spend some more time at the Trinidad Welcome Center exploring the maps and orient yourself for the trip. Get extra credit activity.
Las Animas Grill, Trinidad
Life on the Santa Fe Trail: Trinidad History Museum
Explore Trinidad’s past and its deep-rooted history in the old American West with a trip to the Trinidad History Museum. Get activity.
On a hot day, nothing is better than an old-fashioned ice-cream cone from Tutti Scoops, with 16 rotating flavors, malts, shakes and other frozen delights.
Art Cartopia Museum
La Quinta Inn and Suites
Life in the West: A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art
Here’s your chance. At the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, find questions to ask, details to notice and different ways to think about artwork. Get activity.
As you head out for lunch, review your trip to Trinidad with five trivia questions. Get trivia.
Head northeast on Hwy. 350 toward La Junta to embark on the next learning adventure.
This National Historic Trail site has wagon ruts, trail markers and exhibits that detail life along the Santa Fe Trail. Get activity.
Learn about the ecosystems and wildlife found in Comanche National Grassland. Get extra credit activity.
Christine’s, Rocky Ford
Stop by roadside produce stands like Knapps Farm Market, located off of Hwy. 50, to support local farmers. Make sure to get some famous Rocky Ford melons — the perfect sweet snack for epic road trips.
Trading Along the Santa Fe Trail: Bent’s Old Fort
Find a living historian at the Bent's Old Fort and learn more about the way each group lived back in the day. Get activity.
Reflect on your trip to Bent’s Old Fort with five trivia questions. Get trivia.
Lucy's Tacos, La Junta
Become a Dino Tracker: Dinosaur Tracks at Picketwire Canyon
Become a dino-tracker during a guided tour of Picketwire Canyon to view dinosaur tracks and rock art. Get activity.
Life at the Turn of the Century: John Rawlings Heritage Center
Get ready to play “I, Spy” at the John Rawlings Heritage Center. Get activity.
From Fur Trading to Ranching: Boggsville Historic Site
Learn how Boggsville became the center of commerce and agriculture for the region after the decline of the fur trade. Get activity.
John Martin Reservoir State Park
Only the Lamar locals know that the Wash Spott Car Wash has an excellent old-timey soda fountain ice-cream shop tucked inside. It’s worth a visit whether you're getting a car wash or not.
World War II Comes to the Canyons and Plains Region: Granada Relocation Center
Explore the history of the Granada Relocation Center, one of 10 internment camps during World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, more than 7,300 Japanese Americans lived at this camp from 1942–1945. Get activity.
If you have a little extra time, the Willow Creek Nature Trail is a short hiking path with some great bird spotting in the town of Lamar.
Colorado Welcome Center in Lamar
Head back toward Lamar on Hwy. 50 as your trip through Canyons & Plains winds down.
Life on the High Plains: Big Timbers Museum
Put your detective skills to the test with a museum scavenger hunt. Draw or write what you saw. Get activity.
Test it out by creating a mental map of your adventure. Get extra credit activity.
Days Inn by Wyndham, Lamar
Down the street lies a quirky roadside attraction we’re sure your kids will get a kick out of — the world’s only petrified wood gas station, made out of 175 million-year-old wood. (See this article for more info.)