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Winter on the Great High Prairie

Winter on the Great High Prairie
3 days

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.

Sustainability Activity
Day 1
Activity

Vogel Canyon

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

Spreading Antlers Golf Course

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

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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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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

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lamar

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With charm, convenience and cleanliness to boot the Holiday Inn Express Lamar is an ideal vacation spot. Read More
Day 2
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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Activity

Snow Geese Viewing

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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

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Come in and enjoy a great cup of coffee, delicious breakfast or awesome burgers. We also have amazing daily lunch specials! Read More
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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

Porky's Parlor

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With great service and cozy eats, Porky's Parlor in Holly is a must-visit. Read More
Activity

John Martin Reservoir State Park

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A sportsman's paradise, the park offers fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, bike riding and boating. Features 109 electrical campsites and 104 non-electric sites, which can accommodate RVs,... Read More

Insider's Tip

Insider's 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

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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 appeal, including the original hardwood flooring.

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Day 3
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

Boggsville Historic Site

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

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Lunch

Shorty's Cafe

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Get yourself a home-cooked meal in Granada in eastern Colorado. Read More
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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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Dinner

Dub Burgers

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American-style smash burgers with a variety of toppings and unique sauces. 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

Days Inn - Lamar

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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 a comfortable pillow-top mattress, then begin... Read More