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Colorado's Canyons & Plains: The Ultimate Adventure

Colorado's Canyons & Plains: The Ultimate Adventure
4 days
Experience the outdoor adventures found in the Canyons & Plains of Colorado while learning about the heritage of the region.

Sustainability Activity

Donate to the Wild Animal Sanctuary's New Wildlife Refuge:

While the public can’t access the refuge's new expansion, there will be founder’s day visits for donors who have purchased one or more acres.

Insider's Tip

Local Knowledge:

Only the Lamar locals know that the Wash Spott Car Wash has an excellent old-timey soda fountain ice-cream shop tucked inside. Worth a visit whether you're getting a car wash or not!

Day 1
Activity

Hike the Reilly & Levsa Canyons Trails in Trinidad State Park

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The Levsa Canyon Trail is a moderate one-mile walk with views of mountains, lakes and wooded coves. The Reilly Canyon Trail is for the hiking enthusiast — it branches off from the Levsa, continuing four miles farther toward the Reilly Canyon and historic town of Cokedale.
Lunch

Trinidad Smokehouse

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Signature barbecue favorites with delish sides including bacon-wrapped jalapeños, Southwest tacos and fried pickles. A fan fave are the pterodactyl hot wings.

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Trinidad History Museum

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Explore Trinidad's past and place in the American West. Complex includes 1870s adobe Baca House, 1882 Victorian-style Bloom Mansion, Santa Fe Trail Museum and Historic Gardens.

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Extra Time:

If you finish at the museum early, take a Trinidad Trolley Tour. It's a free one-hour tour of the city that informs you about the history and architecture of Trinidad.

Dinner

Las Animas Grill

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Bringing Trinidad a freshly made menu, craft beers and cocktails with excellent customer service! Read More
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Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre

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The SCRT in Trinidad produces professional theatre, community theatre, special theatrical events and educational programs for teens and youth.

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Lodging

La Quinta Inn & Suites Trinidad

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Take advantage of our pet-friendly hotel's many modern amenities, free hotel features, friendly service, and convenient location near the city's downtown hub. Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

The Cafe

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Breakfast, lunch, coffee and drinks in a charming location on Trinidad's Main Street. Read More
Activity

Bike or Hike Wormhole Loop Trail

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These non-motorized multi-use trails are free and open to the public. You can hike up for views of the surrounding mountains and mesas.
Lunch

Tees Me Treat Me

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Restaurant serving delicious meals, wine and beer. We also sell T-shirts and souvenirs and have an awesome courtyard that is open during the summer. Our Restaurant hours are 11am–3pm but our... Read More

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Ride the Rails

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Amtrak's Southwest Chief departs from La Junta on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer for day trips to Las Vegas. Volunteers narrate the excursions as you learn the stories of people, plants and animals of the area.

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Drive to La Junta:

Check out the Farmers’ Markets of Arkansas Valley in Rocky Ford on your drive to La Junta. There are many other farmers' markets in the area. Most are open between July and October.

Dinner

Mexico City Cafe

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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 outdoor patio when the weather is warm. As well as... Read More
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Koshare Indian Museum

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The Koshare Indian Museum is one of Colorado's great repositories of Southwest art and Native American artifacts. Antiquities, pottery and textiles represent the great prehistoric cultures of the... Read More
Lodging

Holiday Inn Express La Junta

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Our Holiday Inn Express hotel is located on US Highway 50, just minutes from downtown and close to area attractions. Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Copper Kitchen

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Biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros and other breakfast and lunch delights. Friendly waitstaff and locally owned. Read More
Activity

Do the Picketwire Canyonlands Guided Auto Tour

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Located in the Comanche National Grassland, just south of La Junta, these primitive canyons are home to the largest dinosaur tracksite in North America. The audio tour will tell you all about the history of the area as you explore.
Lunch

The Barista

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Serving a variety of specialty coffees, teas and beverages. Made to order salads and sandwiches to eat in or carry out. Hand packed ice cream available year round. Catering available. Read More
Activity

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

Bamboo Panda

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Cooked-to-order Chinese entrees, with ample portions and excellent flavors. 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

Lodging

3rd Street Nest Bed & Breakfast

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Gracious hosting in a unique turn-of-the-century home. 100 years of charm. Come and perch awhile.

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Day 4
Breakfast

Lucys Tacos

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Tacos to fill all taco cravings — spicy chicken, barbacoa, adovada taco and more, as well as steak nachos, burritos, homemade salsas. Read More
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Boggsville Historic Site

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

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Lunch

Bjs Super Burger

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Great burgers, amazing shakes, friendly service. Ask for the pureed jalapeño on your burger for zesty flavor in every bite! Read More
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Go Birding

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In the spring and fall, the Two Buttes Trail is the perfect place to spot migrant birds.
Dinner

JJ's Restaurant

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Traditional American burgers and sandwiches in Eads. Read More
Activity

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

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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 under the protection of the American Flag.  Around... Read More

Lodging

Cobblestone Inn & Suites

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Our hotel is located just off of U.S. Highway 287 and Colorado State Highway 96. Our beautiful hotel is also conveniently located nearby the Eads Municipal Airport, The Sand Creek Massacre National... Read More

Insider's Tip

More Time:

If you have a little extra time by the end of day four, the Willow Creek Nature Trail is a short hiking path with some great birding in the town of Lamar.