Military

Big Timbers Museum

Be sure to include the Big Timbers Museum while following the Santa Fe Trail to take in the household items that traveled by covered wagon along the trail to Lamar. The building originally erected by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company housed repeater equipment for the company’s Denver-Kansas City long distance lines from 1929 to 1966. Now a notable World War I poster collection is on exhibit, as well as, Trench Art that would enhance your experience after visiting other historic sites in the region that reflect our nation’s military heritage.



7515 W. US Hwy 50
Lamar, CO 81052
(719) 336-2472
Big Timbers Museum

Hours of Operation
SUMMER HOURS
Monday thru Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
WINTER HOURS
Monday thru Saturday
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Directions
Big Timbers Museum is located on U.S. Hwy 50/287 between mileposts 433 and 434, 1 mile north of Lamar, Colorado, in Prowers County. The museum sits at the point where U.S. Hwy 50/287 intersects with Colorado Hwy. 196.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Gift Shop
Visitor Information
Pet Area

Entrance Fees

$3.00 single $5.00 family $2.00 group rate per person (groups over 10) Students of all ages are FREE Prowers County Historical Society Members are FREE.




Bent's Old Fort


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.

35110 Highway 194 East
La Junta, CO 81050
(719) 383-5010

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Hours of Operation
Open 9 am to 4 pm from September through May. Open 8 am to 5:30 pm from June through August. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Directions
Located on Colorado Highway 194, 8 miles east of La Junta or 15 miles west of Las Animas, Colorado. From La Junta (US Highway 50), take Highway 109 north for 1 mile to Highway 194. Travel east six miles to the fort. From Las Animas (US Highway 50), travel west on Highway 194 for thirteen miles.

Visitor Services
Parking
Picnic Area
Gift Shop
Visitor Information
ADA Compliant

Designations
National Historic Landmark
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
Fort is accessed via a 1/4 mile paved path from the visitor parking lot. Shuttle service is available for those unable to make the walk. First level of the fort is accessible. Second level is not. Guided tours are offered each day or a self-guiding booklet is available any time. Twenty minute orientation film is shown at the fort. Spanish language brochure is available.

Entrance Fees
13 years and older: $3.00 6 – 12 years: $2.00 5 years and under: Free Interagency Annual, Senior and Access passholders are admitted free.





Otero Museum

Experience life in the lower Arkansas Valley during the pioneer days on this 12 acre site. Tour a 1890’s home filled with period furniture, a log cabin schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, and a neighborhood grocery store which opened in 1903. The extensive collection includes a chuck wagon, surrey, a 1927 fire engine and a 1867 Stage Coach among other items.




218 Anderson
LaJunta, CO 81041
(719) 384-7500
Otero Museum

Hours of Operation
Summer hours(June-September) are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Winter hours are on call. Museum volunteers are always happy to open upon request, summer or winter, for out of town visitors. The phone number is 719-384-7500 or 719-384-9014

Directions
Coming from the west on US Highway 50 enter La Junta on 3rd street, just after going under the train overpass. Or, stay on Hwy 50 a few more blocks until you see a Otero Museum sign at the Sonic Burger corner, which is Anderson St. Turn right and go two blocks – corner of third and Anderson. Traveling from the East, take US Highway 50 to La Junta. You will go through the stop light at Colorado, which is Main (north/south) Street, continue another 1/2 mile to the Sonic Burger corner where you will see the Otero Museum sign. Turn left, go two blocks.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
ADA Compliant

Designations
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places

Travel Tips

Call ahead if you will be arriving during our closed hours. We will need to alert a volunteer docent that will fit your needs.

Entrance Fees

No admittance fee, but donations are always welcome.