Winter on the Great High Prairie

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Spend three days exploring Colorado’s vast prairie and getting to know the landscapes and wildlife that inspired dozens of songs and stories. Check out Lamar, Holly, Granada, La Junta and Hasty on your journey.

Sustainability Activity
Southern Plains Land Trust

The Southern Plains Land Trust creates and protects a network of shortgrass prairie preserves, ensuring a future for all native animals and plants.

Day
1
Activity
Vogel Canyon

Four hiking trails take you to the bottom of Vogel Canyon, along the mesa's top and through shortgrass prairies and juniper trees.

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Lunch
La Mission Villanueva

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

Activity
Spreading Antlers Golf Course

Challenge yourself by playing the Spreading Antlers Golf Course, often referred to as the "most challenging nine-hole course in the country."

Dinner
Happy Garden

Happy Garden is a cornerstone in the Lamar community and has been recognized for its outstanding Thai cuisine, excellent service and friendly…

Activity
Lamar Lanes

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

Lodging
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lamar
With charm, convenience and cleanliness to boot the Holiday Inn Express Lamar is an ideal vacation spot.
Day
2
Breakfast
Brew Unto Others

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…

Activity
Snow Geese Viewing

Snow geese make a great migration every winter and can often be found on the lakes or in the fields of the Great High Prairie. Head out early for your best chance at spotting them.

Lunch
Cornerstone Cafe & Coffee Shop
Come in and enjoy a great cup of coffee, delicious breakfast or awesome burgers. We also have amazing daily lunch specials!
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…

Dinner
Porky's Parlor
With great service and cozy eats, Porky's Parlor in Holly is a must-visit.
Activity
John Martin Reservoir State Park

A sportsman's paradise, the park offers fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, bike riding and boating. Features 109 electrical campsites and 104 non…

Itinerary Tip
Go Stargazing

Due to the park's remote location, stargazing is an epic experience. The pitch-black sky fills up with twinkling dots every night.

Lodging
Holly Inn Suites

Historic building with old charm and new amenities, a place to experience the best of Holly. Built in 1873, our hotel has an aged yet modern…

Day
3
Breakfast
Hickory House Restaurant

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

Activity
Boggsville Historic Site

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

Activity
Camp Amache Museum

Learn the stories of the more than 7,000 Japanese - most being American citizens - who were forcibly imprisoned at the Granada Relocation Center …

Dinner
Dub Burgers
American-style smash burgers with a variety of toppings and unique sauces.
Activity
The Buzzard’s Roost
A great local hangout serving American fare. Beers on tap. Music at night.
Lodging
Days Inn - Lamar

You will find that the west is the best at Days Inn Lamar hotel off Highways 50 and 287 near John Martin Reservoir State Park. Get a deep sleep on…