Historic Places

Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds Art House

For more than a century, the Arkansas Valley Fair has been an Otero County tradition. The popularity of Watermelon Day started by Colorado Senator George Swink in 1878 gave rise to one of the longest-running festivals in Colorado. Built in 1901, the Art Building is the fairground’s oldest building. Join the decades of attendees who have enjoyed its unique presentation of local arts and crafts within its octagonal shape. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the structure is a well-preserved example of the “Octagon Mode,” which enjoyed some popularity in home and barn design in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.round house
Arkansas Valley Fairgrounds

Enter at North Main Street or Ninth Street
Rocky Ford, CO 81067
(719) 254-7414
www.arkvalleyfair.com

Hours of Operation
Fair and Art Building displays are held in mid-August. Check website for latest information on Arkansas Valley Fair dates and times.

Directions
Traveling on US Hwy 50, turn north on 9th Street in Rocky Ford. Continue about 4-5 blocks to the end of 9th Street, where the fairgrounds is located. Another entrance is located at the north end of Main Street, also 4-5 blocks from US Hwy 50. The Art Building (Roundhouse) is located within walking distance from the entrance/s, to the west, behind the large brick expo building.

Visitor Services
Parking
ADA Compliant

Designations
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places

Travel Tips
The Arkansas Valley Fair offers nearly a week of family oriented events including: horse shows, rodeo, barrel-racing, a carnival, arts & crafts exhibits, bike races, horse races, demolition derby, and watermelon themed contests. You won’t want to miss the open watermelon pile!

Entrance Fees
No admission fee. See website for list of ticketed event prices.





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





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.




Two Buttes Dam & Wildlife Area

The 1909 dam is significant for its engineering and as an intact example of a turn-of-the-century earthen dam built to aid in irrigating portions of southeastern Colorado. The dam was built before machinery with horses, mules and hand labor. Remains of the canal that delivered water many miles for farming use are still visible above the road through the adjacent Two Buttes State Wildlife Area that lies at the foot of the dam. Locally known as the “Black Hole,” the deep water between the cliffs remains a vital source of water (and popular swimming hole) even when the reservoir is dry.

County Road 30 (21 mi. NE of Springfield)


Two Buttes, CO 81084
(719) 336-6600


Hours of Operation
Dawn to Dusk

Directions
From Springfield drive 18 miles north to Road B.5. Turn east and drive 3 miles to the dam and wildlife area. From Hwy 116 East, 10 miles north of Springfield, go about 5 mi. east to County Road 30, which also leads to the dam but some noodling around may required. (The dam is much closer than the buttes off in the distance north ahead of you).

Visitor Services
Parking
Picnic Area
Pet Area


Designations
State Register of Historic Places

Travel Tips
Fill up with fuel before leaving Springfield or Lamar, expect long distances and remote dirt roads.

Entrance Fees
Division of Wildlife property; Habitat Stamps or Parks Pass may be required.





Bent County Jail

The impressive two-story Bent County Jail was built of brick and sandstone in 1902 at a cost of $8,478 and served as the county jail until 2000. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Neo-Classical Revival structure lies just north of the 1887-88 courthouse. The downstairs contained the residential quarters for the sheriff and family. A separate entrance led to the jail, which was located on the second floor. Curtis Gates, aka Ken Curtis and “Festus” of the popular 1960-70s TV series “Gunsmoke,” lived in the jail as a child. Curtis’s father, Dan Gates, was sheriff for six years.





325 Ambassador Thompson Blvd. (US Hwy 50)
Las Animas, CO 81054
(719) 456-1600
More Info

Hours of Operation
Currently closed for renovations.

Directions
It is located in Las Animas directly on the south side of US Highway 50 (Amb. Thompson Blvd.) where Hwy 50 takes a sharp turn to overlay with Bent Avenue.

Visitor Services
None

Designations
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
The magnificent Bent County Courthouse is located directly south of the jail on Carson Ave. Both are visible from the highway.

Entrance Fees
None





Bent County Courthouse

Built in 1886-89, this striking two-story red brick building is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in Colorado. The exuberance of the corner towers, open Romanesque arches, sandstone trim, and overall architectural rhythm are a stunning local expression of Victorian institutional style architecture. Many of the original courthouse furnishings are still in use today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the building is being preserved with grant assistance from the Colorado Historical Society’s State Historical Fund. The neighboring 1902 jail served as the county’s processing and holding facility for 98 years until 2000.



725 Carson Ave
Las Animas, CO 81054
(719) 456-1600
More Info

Hours of Operation
8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday (except holidays). Group tours to be available by appointment.

Directions
Take US Hwy 50 to Las Animas from either the east or west. Near the sharp bend in Hwy 50, you will see the brick jail and courthouse directly south, just off the highway. Turn south onto Carson Ave. The Bent County Courthouse is on your left.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
ADA Compliant

Designations
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places

Travel Tips
Also plan on visiting the Kit Carson Museum, the 1902 Jail near the Courthouse, the Old Trail Art Gallery by the only stop light in Las Animas, the Fort Lyon Kit Carson Chapel (5 miles east of Las Animas), Boggsville (south of Las Animas) and Old Bent’s Fort (west of Las Animas).

Entrance Fees
None





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.





Boggsville Historic Site


Imagine yourself in the shoes of Kit Carson, strolling along the Avenue of Trees at Boggsville National Historic District in the company of the legendary ladies of Boggsville. These women somehow created an enclave of elegance and beauty in the midst of a harsh western landscape. On your self-guided tour, you may run into birders along the Purgatoire River or archaeology students in a field school. You can explore two restored houses and the extensive grounds with the help of extensive informational signs. Shop at the bookstore for an excellent selection of books on local characters and historic events.


Boggsville Boggsville


Hwy 101 (2 miles south of Las Animas)
Post Office Box 68
Las Animas, CO 81054
(719) 456-1358

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Hours of Operation
Opens the last weekend in April on Santa Fe Trail Day and remains open Wednesday-Sunday from 10am – 4pm until Memorial Day weekend. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day it is open daily from 10am – 4pm. From Labor Day until the last weekend in October it is open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Boggsville is available for tours during the off-season.

Directions
Boggsville Historic Site is located approximately 1 3/4 miles south of Las Animas on Colorado 101 and its intersection with U.S. 50.

Visitor Services
Parking
Picnic Area
Gift Shop
Visitor Information
ADA Compliant
Pet Area

Designations
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
There is one heritage trail that extends about 1/4 mile so bring good walking shoes. Plans are to extend the heritage trail into the old Purgatoire River floodplain and create the Purgatoire River Nature Trail, which will extend approximately 1/2 mile.

Entrance Fees
Free. Donations accepted.





Camp Amache National Historical Landmark

Pick up a map and brochure at Granada City Hall before starting your self-guided driving tour of Camp Amache, a WWII internment camp that imprisoned 7,500 Americans of Japanese descent. Drive through one square mile of concrete foundations where signs identify the locations of dirt-floored barracks and other communal buildings that served as mess hall, hospital, schools, theater and fire department. Walk through the cemetery in the far corner and contemplate the tragedy that President Reagan called a grave injustice and "a failure of political leadership."




Hwy 50
Granada, CO 81041
(719) 734-5492
www.amache.org

Hours of Operation
The Camp is always open. Granada City Hall is open weekdays from 7:30am – noon and 1pm – 4:30pm. The Amache Museum, which is dedicated to the interpretation of the camp and houses many artifacts, photographs, and related documents, is open by appointment through City Hall.

Directions
From Lamar travel east on Hwy 50 towards Granada. Follow the directional signs along Hwy 50 and turn south on County Road 23.5. The road dead ends into the camp. From Granada travel west on Hwy 50 approximately one mile to County Road 23.5 turn south, the camp is one half mile south. The cemetery is located at the far southwest corner of the site. Granada City Hall where visitors can pick up a map and brochure is located at 105 S. Main Street. Exit Hwy 385 (Main Street) heading south from Hwy 50 to reach city hall.

Designations
National Historic Landmark
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
Granada City Hall phone number is 719-734-5411. Visit the Amache Museum located in the former city hall in downtown Granada, at the SW corner of East Goff(US Hwy 50) and Irvin. (Please call the City in advance to make an appointment.)

Entrance Fees
Free




Crowley Heritage Center

Built in 1914 as a country school, the building has been painstakingly restored and serves as both Crowley County’s museum of agricultural, social, and economic history and a community meeting place. This museum brings to light the agricultural involvement of early Japanese settlers who arrived between 1915-1920 through photographs and family histories. Notable among the artifacts on exhibit within the museum is an excellent collection of photographs from Camp Amache, a World War II Japanese internment camp located in Prowers County, which reflects the strong influence of Japanese culture in the region. Other natural, ethnic, social and economic collections reflect the evolution of Crowley County’s heritage.
300 Main Street
Crowley, CO 81033
(719) 267-3384
http://www.crowleyheritagecenter.com

Hours of Operation
Open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 am and afternoons from 2-4 p.m. Also open by appointment on weekends by calling 719-267-3495

Directions
Turn north off US Hwy 50 in Manzanola onto CO Hwy 207 and drive 7 miles north to the town of Crowley. After crossing the railroad tracks, take the second right and go five blocks.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
ADA Accessibility

Designations
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places


Travel Tips
This is a gateway to the heritage trails of the Southeast. For a travel break you may wish to stop at the park, fountain, or playground, which are visible on the way into town. The Crowley Deli is just south of Hwy 96 at the turn north into Crowley.

Entrance Fees
No admission fee. Donations accepted.





Hartman Gymnasium

Perched on a hilltop, the Hartman Gymnasium was constructed as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project c. 1938 by local workers as an addition to the existing two-story school. Though the school was torn down, the locally quarried limestone gym was saved and given to the town when the school district consolidated. The gym was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the only WPA construction in Hartman and for its local social significance in long service as a community center. The annex building, which was moved in 1947 from Camp Amache, the Granada Japanese-American internment camp, is historic in its own right.



100 School AVE
Hartman, CO 81043
(719) 739-4362
http://www.crowleyheritagecenter.com

Hours of Operation
By appointment

Directions
From US Hwy 50 turn north onto US Highway 385 at the center of Granada. Take Hwy 385 north a few miles over the Arkansas River to County Road KK. CR KK is the first main fork to the east off of 385. Bear east up the rise off of Hwy 385 and travel approximately 5 miles on CR KK to CR 29.5. Turn left (north), you will see the gym ahead on the right at the top of the hill.

Visitor Services
Parking

Designations
State Register of Historic Places


Travel Tips
Granada is located just a few miles away on US Hwy 50. The Granada Gymnasium at the east edge of town is another WPA landmark. The Amache Museum is located at the center of Granada and has interpretational materials and documentation on Camp Amache National Historic Landmark, located just west of town on Hwy 50. The museum is open by appt. through Town Hall, 719-734-5411.(See listing on this website.) Granada has some excellent restaurants.

Entrance Fees
No admission fee.





Holly Gymnasium

The gymnasium is constructed of Niobrara limestone and measures 125 x 77. The regularly course ashlar masonry has a sawed finish and rests on a raised concrete foundation. The building consists of three sections, a large gymnasium with two smaller extensions off its west (facade) and east (rear) ends. The facade extension contains a lobby and two classrooms; the rear extension has a raised stage and dressing rooms. The gymnasium is covered by a truncated gable roof sheathed with asphalt shingles. The upper portion of the gable ends are stuccoes. The flat-roof extensions have stepped parapet walls trimmed with coping.



201 N Main
Holly, CO 81041
(719) 537-6616
http://www.crowleyheritagecenter.com

Hours of Operation
By appointment

Directions
From US Hwy 50 turn north onto US Highway 385 at the center of Granada. Take Hwy 385 north a few miles over the Arkansas River to County Road KK. CR KK is the first main fork to the east off of 385. Bear east up the rise off of Hwy 385 and travel approximately 5 miles on CR KK to CR 29.5. Turn left (north), you will see the gym ahead on the right at the top of the hill.

Visitor Services
Parking

Designations
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places


Travel Tips
Granada is located just a few miles away on US Hwy 50. The Granada Gymnasium at the east edge of town is another WPA landmark. The Amache Museum is located at the center of Granada and has interpretational materials and documentation on Camp Amache National Historic Landmark, located just west of town on Hwy 50. The museum is open by appt. through Town Hall, 719-734-5411.(See listing on this website.) Granada has some excellent restaurants.

Entrance Fees
No admission fee.





Holly Santa Fe Depot (Town Hall)

Renovated in 1999, the historic Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Depot building houses the Holly Town Hall and library. The second-generation depot was dedicated on August 10, 1912 and is one of only four depots in Colorado displaying the Mission Revival details that were to become the Santa Fe railroad’s trademark style. The depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.





100 Tony Garcia Drive
Holly, CO 81047
(719) 537-6622
Town of Holly

Hours of Operation
Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Directions
From Hwy. 50 in Holly, turn south onto Main Street, drive 2 blocks to Tony Garcia Drive. The depot/town hall is located near the intersection of Main Street and Tony Garcia Drive.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms

Designations
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places


Entrance Fees
No admission fee.





Holly SS Ranch Barn

The stone barn was built in 1879 by John Gores and Hiram S. Holly on the SS Ranch, one of the largest and earliest cattle ranches in the area. Hiram Holly established the ranch at a time when Colorado’s early dependence on mining was increasingly giving way to agriculture. The trade and commerce at Holly SS Ranch was seminal for the founding of the town of Holly, which grew up near it. Constructed of native stone, the barn is one of the most well preserved stone barns in the region and is exemplary of construction during the pioneer period.




407 W. Vinson
Holly, CO 81067
(719) 537-6884


Hours of Operation
The barn is on private property but can be viewed from the street. The stone residence is also on private property but can be seen from the depot, looking south.

Directions
The barn is located just south of the historic Santa Fe Depot and railroad tracks on south Main Street–a few blocks from US Hwy 50.

Visitor Services


Designations
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
For historical information visit the Holly Museum on 119 East Cheyenne, within walking distance of the Holly SS Ranch.

Entrance Fees
No admission fee.





Kim Schools

The Kim School buildings are a spectacular example of New Deal era craftsmanship, evident especially in the exterior masonry work. A close look at some of the sandstone window and door surrounds reveal the workers’ creative touch; keen eyes will locate the forms of an eagle, a lyre, and other animals and emblems carved in the stone. Constructed over an eight year period, the three buildings provided much needed employment through the Great Depression/Dust Bowl years and provided the first substantial school buildings in Kim. The gymnasium (1933-35), elementary school (1937), and high school (1938-41) are excellent examples of New Deal Rustic design.



425 State Street Kim, CO 81049
(719) 643-5295
More Info

Hours of Operation
Check in at school office upon arrival. Summer office hours: 9am-2pm, Tues-Thurs.; School year office hours: 7:30am-5pm, Mon.-Thurs.

Directions
From US Hwy 160 E turn south onto Las Animas Ave. and drive two blocks to State St. Turn left (east); the school buildings are on the immediate left (north side of street).

Visitor Services
Parking

Designations
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places

Travel Tips
Kim is in an isolated area and has the only gas pump available for some 30-50 miles. Be sure to fuel up before driving out. The Kim Out Post and gas pump, 115 Las Animas Ave., are generally open for service on weekdays M-F, 7:30 am-5 pm, (719) 643-5265. Gas (diesel and unleaded) is also available by credit card at all hours and on weekends at a separate pump: Take Las Animas Ave to stop sign, turn right to pump. The Kim Out Post includes a small cafe/grill, open until 3:45 pm weekdays. Entrance Fees
No admission fee.





La Junta City Park

Take a stroll through La Junta’s shady city park and enjoy the craftsmanship of its many rustic stone structures constructed by Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers in the 1930s. Traditional construction methods, use of native stone, and simple functional design are characteristic traits of the WPA Rustic style stone walls, benches, and buildings that shape the park. Site improvements began in the underutilized park in 1933 under the Civil Works Administration and continued under the WPA until 1941. The lake, trees, and drives were part of the extensive landscaping for the WPA project, which provided much needed employment during the Great Depression.



Colorado Ave. and 10th Street
La Junta, CO 81050
(719) 384-5991


Directions
From US Hwy 50 turn south onto Colorado Ave. to enter the heart of La Junta’s downtown and go ten blocks to 10th Street. The city park (now called Blaine Park) extends along Colorado Ave. between 10th and 14th Streets.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Picnic Area
ADA Accessibility

Designations
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
The park includes a playground, restrooms, a small lake, pleasant drives and walking paths. While in La Junta, check out the many heritage attractions including the nearby Koshare Indian Museum and the Otero Museum, or take in a show at the Picketwire Center for Performing and Visual Arts or the historic Fox Theater. Entrance Fees
No admission fee.





La Junta Post Office

The grand facade of the La Junta Post Office is one of the architectural gems at the center of La Junta’s downtown. Built by the US Treasury under Supervising Architect Oscar Wenderoth in 1915, the post office opened in 1916 and quickly became the architectural focal point of the community. Its defining features, especially the low-pitch tile roof, boxed eaves with decorative brackets, arched windows and entry porch, elaborate grille work, and symmetrical smooth stucco facade are an expression of Spanish Colonial Revival and Italian Renaissance styles. La Junta (Spanish for “the junction”) was established as a stop on the Santa Fe Railroad in 1875.



324 Colorado Avenue
La Junta, CO 81050
(719) 384-9841


Hours of Operation
The building is open to the public

Directions
From US Hwy 50 turn south on Colorado Ave. into La Junta’s downtown. Go 3 blocks to the post office, which is on the west side of the street.

Visitor Services
Parking

Designations
National Register Individual Listing

Entrance Fees
No admission fee.





Manzanola Santa Fe Depot & Town Hall

The Santa Fe Railway Manzanola Depot was constructed in 1913 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF). This county-seat type depot was once a very prominent stop along the line, serving both freight and passengers. Manzanola, Spanish for ‘large apple’, was once home to the annual Cherry Pie Day, and the railroad ran a special train from Dodge City, Kansas to Manzanola for the big event. Now serving as the Town Hall, the building has recently been lovingly restored to feature its beautiful design and rich history.



301 N. Park Avenue
Manzanola, CO 81058
(719) 462-5544


Hours of Operation
Monday – Thursday, 8am-5pm; every other Friday 8am-12pm.

Directions
Turn North off Hwy 50 onto Hwy 207/N Park Street and then left (west) onto S. Railroad Street. Parking lot is on your right.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
ADA Accessibility

Designations
State Register of Historic Places
National Register Individual Listing

Entrance Fees
No admission fee.





Masonic Hall – First School Building in Springfield 1888

Built out of local sandstone in 1889, this structure was the first school building in Springfield. The schoolhouse served as a true community center for the fledgling town and was used to meet the educational, civic, and religious needs of the residents. When school was out of session, community dinners, spelling bees, music, drama, recitations, and interdenominational church services were held in the school. In 1920, a new school was built and the rock schoolhouse became a Masonic Hall. Today the building remains as a monument to the pioneering settlers who came West in the late 19th century.


281 West 7th Avenue
Springfield, CO 81064
(719) 523-6654


Hours of Operation
View from street. Not currently open to the public.

Directions
Entering Springfield on Hwy 385/287, turn west onto West 7th Ave., drive 3 blocks. The school building is located on 7th, between Tipton and Santa Fe Streets.

Visitor Services
None

Designations
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
Entrance Fees
None





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.




Prowers County Courthouse

Designed by Denver architect Robert Fuller, the Neo-classical Prowers County Courthouse was constructed in 1928-29 of Indiana limestone. The entry interior features friezes depicting the registered cattle brands in Prowers County at the time of the building’s construction. The detailing of this magnificent courthouse displays an innovative blending of Second Renaissance, Neo-Classical Revival, and moderne styles and, as a sign of the times, heralded a progressive shift away from the architecture of the original, 1890 late Victorian courthouse county needs had outgrown.




301 South Main Street
Lamar, CO 81052
(719) 336-8025

More Info

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Directions
The Prowers County Courthouse is located on Main Street (Hwy 287) in Lamar, between Oak and Elm Streets.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
ADA Compliant

Designations
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips

Point of Interest: Visitors can go inside during business hours to view the interior.






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





Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

Drive 20 miles northeast of Eads to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Here National Park Service guides will direct you to an overlook where you can view the place where 675 U.S. volunteers, led by Colonel John Chivington, launched a dawn attack on a village of Cheyennes and Arapahos who were camped under the protection of the American Flag. Over 160 Indian men, women and children were killed. Listen to one of the three 45-minute presentations given each day at the overlook (a 12 minute walk from the parking lot), or simply ask questions of the NPS guides.




55411 County Road W
Chivington, CO 81036
(719) 438-5916
National Park Service-Sand Creek Massacre
SandCreek.com

Hours of Operation
Open daily April 1 to December 1 from 9am to 4pm.

Directions
The Sand Creek Massacre NHS is located approximately 25 miles northeast of Eads, CO. Follow Colorado State Highway 96 to it’s junction with either County Roads 54 or 59. Follow County Road 54 or 59 to their intersection with County Road W. The entrance is along County Road W one mile east of 54 or several miles west of 59. Both County Roads 54 and 59 have signs to the site.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Visitor Information
Picnic Area

Designations
National Historic Landmark
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site is located in an isolated area. When visiting, please bring water and appropriate outdoor clothing. Please stay on the walking trail at all times. Pets must be on a leash. There is no camping at the national historic site, but camping is available nearby.

Entrance Fees
Free




Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Follow the mountain route of the Santa Fe Trail, America’s first great trans-Mississippi route from Franklin, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was an important route for commerce and cultural exchanges between 1821-1880. The longest segment of the Santa Fe Trail on public land in the state of Colorado occurs on the Comanche National Grassland. Three interpretive sites allow visitors to walk along the historic trail, view trail ruts and experience the changing horizon from the plains to mountains. This transition marked a major milestone on travelers journeys.









Approximately 15 miles south of La Junta, Otero and Las Animas Counties
218 Anderson
1420 East Third St
La Junta, CO 81050
(719) 384-2181 More Info

Hours of Operation
The Timpas Unit office is open Monday through Friday from 8am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm. All sites open daily throughout the year.

Directions
Timpas Unit office located at 1420 East Third St, La Junta, CO 81050. Information on all sites with maps are located in La Junta, CO. From La Junta, Colorado drive southwest on Highway 350 for 13 miles. Turn right (north) at Highway 71 for 1/2 mile, then turn left (west) to the parking lot.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Gift Shop
Visitor Information
Picnic Area
Pet Area
Designations
National Register Individual Listing
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. Therefore, anytime before September and October would be probably be the best. Santa Fe National Historic Trail: Timpas Picnic Area – ADA compliant vault toilet, picnic shelter and nature trail; Sierra Vista: ADA compliant trail to overlook site; Iron Springs: Not ADA.

Entrance Fees

No admittance fee, but donations are always welcome.




Stage Stop Hotel

During the 1800s, Springfield was a main stop along the stage line between Texas and Canada. With the introduction of the automobile came the necessity of hotels. The Stage Stop Hotel is Springfield’s longest functioning and oldest surviving hotel. Opened in 1923 as the Commercial Hotel, it has operated continuously up to the present, known as the Hamilton Hotel from 1943 until 1987, when it finally received its current name. Interestingly, it was the in 1990s that the hotel was actually used as a ‘stage stop’ for a mail contractor with runs to Denver, living up to its name and history.


1033 Main St.
Springfield, CO 81073
(719) 523-4737
http://www.stagestophotel.com/

Directions
The hotel is located on Main street in downtown Springfield.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms

Travel Tips
Also visit the Old Trail Art Gallery in Las Animas at the only stoplight, the Kit Carson Museum in Las Animas, the 1902 Jail Building near the Bent County Courthouse, Boggsville south of Las Animas and Old Bent’s Fort west of Las Animas. (Each also listed separately on this website.)

Entrance Fees
$49/night currently





Stonington Methodist Episcopal Church

Step back in history in the lovely prairie village of historic Stonington. The Late Gothic Revival style of the 1917 white clapboard Methodist-Episcopal Church recalls New England design. Local craftsman W. S. Murray, a postmaster from a nearby small Kansas town, built the church and many of the small residences in town. It was the second church built–and the only identified example of this style–in Baca County. The original wood weathervane and bell are still functional. Stonington was established in 1887 and was named for the rocky stream near the original site. It was the hub for the surrounding community until Walsh was established in 1926.


48854 County Rd. X
Walsh, CO 81090
(719) 324-5331


Hours of Operation
The church, which was remodeled inside in the 1980s, has not been used or open to the public for many years.

Directions
From US Hwy 160 in Walsh take North Colorado Street (which become County Road 44) 6.4 miles south to County Rd X. Turn east (left) onto County Rd X and drive about 3.5 miles to Stonington. You will see the white clapboard church on the right. Stonington is an area of about 6 blocks.

Visitor Services
Parking


Designations
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
Be prepared for long distances and remote dirt roads. Bring water and snacks. The old schoolhouse and school/grange building are just south of the church.

Entrance Fees
Free.




Two Buttes Dam & Wildlife Area

The 1909 dam is significant for its engineering and as an intact example of a turn-of-the-century earthen dam built to aid in irrigating portions of southeastern Colorado. The dam was built before machinery with horses, mules and hand labor. Remains of the canal that delivered water many miles for farming use are still visible above the road through the adjacent Two Buttes State Wildlife Area that lies at the foot of the dam. Locally known as the “Black Hole,” the deep water between the cliffs remains a vital source of water (and popular swimming hole) even when the reservoir is dry.

County Road 30 (21 mi. NE of Springfield)
Two Buttes, CO 81084
(719) 336-6600

Hours of Operation
Dawn to Dusk

Directions
From Springfield drive 18 miles north to Road B.5. Turn east and drive 3 miles to the dam and wildlife area. From Hwy 116 East, 10 miles north of Springfield, go about 5 mi. east to County Road 30, which also leads to the dam but some noodling around may required. (The dam is much closer than the buttes off in the distance north ahead of you).

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Pet Area
Picnic Area

Designations
State Register of Historic Places

Travel Tips
Fill up with fuel before leaving Springfield or Lamar, expect long distances and remote dirt roads.

Entrance Fees
Division of Wildlife property; Habitat Stamps or Parks Pass may be required.




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.





Wiley Rock School

Built in 1938 through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the historic Wiley Rock Schoolhouse, is a lasting monument to the local people and others whose lives were improved by the employment provided by this federal program. WPA projects focused on using local labor and inexpensive materials. Native sandstone slabs from grassland areas near the river cover the recycled concrete block that forms the interior walls. The curb and stairways were constructed of locally quarried sandstone. The project also included curbing and gutters for Wiley’s three main streets. Witness the success of this project in the creative masonry, craftsmanship, and enduring functionality of these structures.




603 Main Street
Wiley, CO 81092
(719) 829-4475


Hours of Operation
Open by appointment. Call Marilyn Weber, 719-829-4475.

Directions
From Lamar take US Hwy 50 to US Hwy 287. Drive approximately 2 miles north and turn east (right) onto 7th Street. Drive 2 blocks to Main (CO Hwy 196) and turn south. Wiley Rock Schoolhouse is located on the west side of Main, between 7th and 6th Streets.

Visitor Services
Parking


Designations
National Register Individual Listing

Travel Tips
Lodging and larger restaurants are located in Lamar, some 10 miles southeast of Wiley.

Entrance Fees
Free.




Willow Creek Park

Take a stroll in shady Willow Creek Park and enjoy the fine craftsmanship of Colorado’s first Civil Works Administration (CWA) project and Lamar’s first planned park. Begun in 1933, work on the park continued under the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) and completed under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1938. The project provided employment to hundreds of local men. Explore the various hand-crafted stone structures in the 28-acre park including the Boy Scout Kiva, caretaker’s house, outdoor fireplace, small bridge, gates, walls, and “Pike’s Tower” located at the mouth of Willow Creek and named for explorer Zebulon Pike, who stopped in the area.




Parkview Avenue & Parkway Drive
Lamar, CO 81052
(719) 336-2774


Hours of Operation
Outdoor Site

Directions
From US Hwy 50/385 (aka E. Olive Street in Lamar) head south on 4th Street 10 blocks to the end of the street at East Parkway Drive. Turn east (left) and go one block to Parkview Avenue. You are at the north end of the park, near the swimming pool. The park stretches along the east side of Parkview Ave. south to Memorial Drive.

Visitor Services
Parking
Restrooms
Picnic Area

Designations
National Register Individual Listing
State Register of Historic Places

Travel Tips
Located near the southeast edge of Lamar, Willow Creek Park is bordered by Parkview Avenue to the west, Willow Valley Road to the east, and the Willow Creek Bridge to the south. The Lamar Swimming Pool is located at the north end of Willow Creek Park. Pike’s Tower is located at the south end of the park.

Entrance Fees
Free.