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Lamar to La Junta: A Santa Fe Trail Itinerary

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:

Donate to the Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County.

Day 1
Activity

Vogel and Picketwire Canyons

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On the trail to Picketwire Canyon, pass walls resplendent with rock art and the Old Rourke Ranch. At Vogel Canyon follow the trails to a historic stage coach station near the Purgatoire River.... Read More

Lunch

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
Dinner

Boss Hogg's Saloon & Restaurant

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This restaurant features flavorful, freshly cut steaks and hickory-smoked barbecue. Read More
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The Railyard

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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 place. Read More
Lodging

Red Lion Hotel La Junta

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Whether you’re seeking a quiet escape, rural adventure or productive place to conduct business, Red Lion Hotel La Junta offers a variety of options to suit your every endeavor. Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Copper Kitchen

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Breakfast and lunch restaurant in La Junta.

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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

Lunch

LA Cafe

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Your home-town restaurant bringing our community together with good home-town cooking. Read More
Activity

John W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum

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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 many more. 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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Dinner

Becky's Restaurant

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Mexican/American food and steak restaurant in Lamar. Read More
Activity

Lamar Theatre

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Opened in 1946, as a single screen, 832-seat "High Art Deco" theatre with a colorfully lit facade and marquee. Colorful interior murals, recessed neon lighting, chrome details, mirrors, curved... Read More

Lodging

Country Acres Motel & RV Park

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Each motel room has its own theme, relax in one of our themed rooms that was named after Bents New Fort, some of the other themes are the "Fisherman", "Country", "Rodeo", "Lodge", "Patriotic".... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Hickory House Restaurant

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Best ribs in Colorado.

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Activity

Big Timbers Museum

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Building erected by American Telephone & Telegraph Company housed repeater equipment for the Denver-Kansas City long distance lines. WWI Poster Collection,10-star Confederate flag, Native... Read More

Lunch

B J's Burger & Beverage

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People drive from miles around to eat these burgers. Read More
Activity

Camp Amache National Historic Landmark

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

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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