Archaeology, Geology

& Paleontology


Baca County Library & Museum

A portion of the library and museum building is dedicated to exhibits of historical and Native American artifacts, local photographs, and objects of curiosity. Information on Baca County, local genealogical records, and early newspapers are readily available. Curiosities include a two-headed calf, a dwarf calf, and mammoth bones.






1260 Main Street
Springfield, CO 81073
(719) 523-6962
www.springfieldcolorado.com/museum

Hours of Operation
Open Monday through Friday 10am to 4:30pm. Closed for lunch from 11:30am – 12:30.

Directions
The library/museum is located in the Baca County Resource Center, directly on US Hwy 287 (Main Street) in Springfield just north of 13th Street.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms

Entrance Fees
No admission fee. Donations accepted





Dinosaur Track Exhibit at Army Corps of Engineers Visitors Center

An incredible opportunity to view both unique dinosaur tracks and an interpretive exhibit awaits at the John Martin Reservoir Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. The exhibit was prepared by the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park, Colorado. This includes information on crocodiles, an Ornithomimid, and numerous Iguanodontids. The design of the exhibit gives the visitors three interactive things to do: rubbings of a track, touchable tracks, and the matching pace of the dinosaur with silhouettes on the floor. It also has an eye catching mural and very informative signage.



29955 County Rd 25.75
Hasty, CO 81044
(719) 336-3476


Hours of Operation
The visitors center at the Corps headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is closed on all traditional and federal holidays.

Directions
Travel US State Hwy.50 (15 miles east of Las Animas and 19 miles west of Lamar) to Hasty. In Hasty go south on County Road 24 approximately 2 miles. At the south end of the dam you go down the hill pass the campground and cross the Arkansas River. The entrance to the Corps headquarters is marked.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
Picnic Area
ADA Accessibility
Pet Area


Travel Tips
Come prepared for Southeastern Colorado weather. Summers sometimes are hot but dry. All roads to the site are paved. The site is ADA accessible.

Entrance Fees
No admission fees at the visitors center.





Fowler Historical Museum

Rich in heritage, Fowler is preserved and interpreted by the Fowler Historical Society and Museum. A must see among the prehistoric fossils, artifacts, historic photographs, genealogy, archives and other memorabilia showcasing the history of Fowler, is a 1870 Winchester Rifle in a 4 ft. Cottonwood stump.






114 Main Street
P.O. Box 381
Fowler CO 81039
(719) 263-4046
http://Fowler Museum

Hours of Operation
Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the year.

Directions
Travel 30 miles (30 minutes) from Pueblo east on State Highway 50. Exit Main Street (Hwy 167) and travel north one block.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
ADA Accessibility

Entrance Fees
No admission fee. Donations accepted.





Koshare Indian Museum

Modeled after the Great Kiva at Aztec, New Mexico, 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 Southwest from Cheyenne and Comanche to Ancient Pueblo and Hohokam to modern Pueblo and Navajo. Art works by the Taos Society of artists, Frederick Remington and Honduran sculptor and painter Ernesto Zepeda are also featured. The museum is home to the popular Koshare Dancers, and besides the galleries and displays, features a unique gift shop with limited edition prints and Pueblo pottery
115 W. 18th Street
La Junta, CO 81050
(719) 384-4411
http:///www.koshare.org

Hours of Operation
Summer Hours (June thru August): Open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM. During show dates (Koshare Indian Dancer performances), open until 9 PM. Fall Hours (September thru November): Open Noon to 5:00 PM five days a week. Closed Tuesday and Thursday. December: Open 7 days a week, Noon to 5:00 PM Winter (January – May): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 PM.

Directions
From Denver & Colorado Springs: Take I-25 SOUTH until you get to Pueblo. About three miles into Pueblo, take the Hwy 50 EAST exit (Exit 100A). Follow Hwy 50 East for 60 miles until you get to La Junta. You will travel through the towns of Fowler, Manzanola, Rocky Ford, and Swink. Once you get to La Junta, turn right at Colorado Ave (third stoplight). Follow Colorado up to 18th Street. Take a right on 18th street, the Koshare Kiva is located on the campus of Otero Junior College (OJC). Coming East from Kansas: Take Hwy 50 West. In Lamar, CO, you will need to turn right in order to stay on Hwy 50 West. Stay on Hwy 50 West until you get to La Junta (about 60 miles from Lamar). In La Junta, Turn Left at Colorado Ave. (First traffic light). Follow Colorado up to 18th street. Take a right on 18th street, the Koshare Kiva is located on the campus of Otero Junior College (OJC).

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
Gift Shop
ADA Accessibility

Designations
State Register of Historic Places

Entrance Fees
Museum Admission: $5 for Adults and $3 for students and senior citizens Show Prices: $10 for Adults and $5 for students (3 years and up) NO DISCOUNTS for Seniors





Petrified Wood Gas Station

Marvel at this fabulously unique 1930s gas station constructed almost solely of petrified wood. Built in 1933 by W.G. Brown, the early gas station once served Phillips 66 gas. Brown had a lumberyard and later a tractor and implement business on site until around the late 1950s. Since 1962 Jim Stagner has had his tire shop nearby and currently also sells cars and trucks from the lot. The Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” sign dates from at least the 1950s. Now depleted from the area some 40 miles away near Two Buttes Mountain, petrified wood was once used to build local fences and fireplaces.



501 N. Main
Lamar, CO 81052
(719) 336-3462
http:///www.koshare.org

Hours of Operation
On private property but visitors may walk up to the building for better viewing. Plan to have to work around the cars or trucks that may be parked on the lot. Building is used for storage and is not open to public.

Directions
Located on the west side of North Main Street (US Hwy 50 and 287 overlay Main through town) near its intersection with Sherman Street in downtown Lamar.

Visitor Services
None

Entrance Fees
Free





Picture Canyon

Picture Canyon is a premiere heritage site that is not only renown for its unique petroglyphs but also for the abundant wildlife and birds that flock to the region every spring and fall. Picture Canyon is a part of the Comanche National Grasslands in the Carizzo Unit. Located 15 miles southwest of Campo the canyon borders the Oklahoma state line. Inside the canyon are over 12 miles of hiking trails, restroom and picnic facilities and the opportunity to ride, bike, or hike. Highlights inside the Picture and North Canyon areas are Ogam-like petroglyphs, homesteads, Crack Cave equinox site, Arch Rock, as well as several springs and seeps. Tours to Picture Canyon are offered by Heritage Journey Tours and include guiding to and around the site, area history and heritage, and interpretation at the site.
Forrest Service Road
Campo, CO 81029
(719) 643-5414
More Info

Hours of Operation
Year round.

Directions
From Springfield go south on Hwy 287 to County Rd M (about 18 miles). Go west on County Rd M for 8 miles to County Rd 18. Go south on County Rd 18 for 9 miles. Turn off at the Picture Canyon sign and go 2 miles to the campground area.


Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
Picnic Area
Pet Area

Entrance Fees
Free





Pike First Sighting Marker

On November 15, 1806 Zebulon Pike saw the peak to be named after him for the first time. Today a marker stands in the general vicinity of this site. The bronze plaque with Pike looking through his spy glass and a quote from his journal about the sighting is mounted on a five ton slab of red granite from Pikes Peak. The remote area in which the marker is located provides the visitor some of the same experience that Pike and his men felt on that historic day.





29955 County Rd 25.75
Hasty, CO 81044
(719) 643-5414

Hours of Operation
All Hours Year round.

Directions
Take Hwy 101 south of Las Animas. After crossing the Purgatoire River turn left on Road DD.50. Turn left at Road 12.25, then right on Road EE. At Road 13 turn left and then right on Road FF across the railroad tracks. At Road 13.5 turn left, then right on FF.5. Travel east 3.3 miles to the railroad culvert. Go under the culvert and turn left. Continue .4 miles to the site.

Visitor Services
Parking
ADA Compliant

Travel Tips
It is not advisable to visit the site in bad weather due to the nature of the roads. The site can be driven to in most vehicles. Low clearance vehicles should not attempt to access the area. Visitors should bring items needed for personal comfort.

Entrance Fees
None





Rocky Ford Historical Museum

Explore the history of Rocky Ford and life in the Arkansas Valley at the Rocky Ford Historical Museum. Housed in a Carnegie Public Library built in 1908, the collection includes objects documenting the Arkansas Valley Fair, Watermelon Day, the sugar industry and the everyday life of the people of the Arkansas Valley. Exhibits also focus on the geology, anthropology, and archaeology of the region. Highlights include an early Watermelon Day porcelain set from the Swink family, animals molded from beeswax, woolly mammoth skull, early fire truck and firefighting equipment, and memorabilia from prominent local families.
1005 Sycamore Avenue
Rocky Ford, CO 81067
(719) 254-6737

Hours of Operation
Memorial Day to Labor Day: Tuesday through Friday 1pm – 5pm. Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. Labor Day to Memorial Day: Wednesday 1pm – 5pm.

Directions
The museum is located in Library Park between Maple and Sycamore Streets in the 400 Block on South 10th and 11th Streets.

Visitor Services
Parking
Picnic Area
ADA Compliant

Designations
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
Library Park includes a picnic area with lots of shade. The current library is nearby.

Entrance Fees
Free





Vogel and Picket Wire Canyons

You can hike, bike or ride a horse to view the largest dinosaur track site in North America. On the trail to Picket Wire Canyon, pass walls resplendent with rock art and explore the Dolores Mission, the Old Rourke Ranch and remote cemeteries. Just off Hwy 109, on your way to Picket Wire Canyon, is the turn off for easier hiking at Vogel Canyon where you can follow the trails to a historic stage coach station near the Purgatoire River. In Vogel you can hike any one of the gentle two-mile loops and find abundant rock art.
National Forest Service Office
1420 E 3rd Street
La Junta, CO 81050
(719) 384-2181

http://www.fs.usda.gov

Hours of Operation
Open year round daily.

Directions
From La Junta, Colorado drive south on Highway 109 for 13 miles; turn right (west) on County Road 802 (David Canyon Road). For Vogel Canyon continue on CR 802 for 1.5 miles. Turn left (south) on Forest Service Road 505A for 1.5 miles to the Vogel Canyon parking lot. For Picket Wire go 8 miles on CR 802. Turn left (south) on County Road 25 and travel for 6 miles. Turn left at Picket Wire Corrals onto Forest Service Road 500A. Travel along Forest Service Road 500A for 3 miles, following the signs to Withers Canyon Trailhead. Park at Withers Canyon Trailhead parking loop.

Visitor Services
Parking
Picnic Area
Pet Area

Designations
National Register District
State Register of Historic Places

Travel Tips
Most visitors prefer to visit the area in the spring when wild flowers are blooming and late August, September, and October when temperatures in the area tend to be more moderate. The auto tour is the only motorized access into the canyons. Other ways to visit include hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. Because of the rugged terrain and long distances to various sites, visitors need to plan carefully for hot weather conditions by carrying ample water and leaving very early

Entrance Fees
None for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding. Tours of Picket Wire Canyon are offered through the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program of the USDA Forest Service. They cost $15 per adult and $7.50 per child. Due to rough roads, visitors will need their own four-wheel drive high clearance vehicle.