VISIT Southeast Colorado

  1. South East Colorado Birding

    Southeast Colorado is home to Hundreds of species of birds, several wildlife areas and prairie as far as you can see which makes this area a bird watcher's paradise for all to enjoy.

  2. Picket Wire Canyon

    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 with rock art and explore the Dolores Mission, the Old Rourke Ranch and remote cemeteries.

  3. John Martin Reservoir

    The reservoir provides uncrowded boating, waterskiing, and spectacular conditions for a wide variety of wind water sports. The mild Southeastern Colorado weather provides plenty of great days throughout the year. Anglers​ from shore or boat catch walleye, saugeye, bass, wiper, crappie, perch, and catfish.

  4. Bent's Old Fort

    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 Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the past with guided tours, demonstrations and special events.

Places to See

Visit historic places in Southeast Colorado. Some have helped influence the shaping of this nation.

Things to do

There are plenty of things to do and experience in Southeast Colorado. Find out more!

Stories to tell

In 2009, interviews were conducted of people who lived through the Dust Bowl. Find out more about our history.

Who We Are

Canyons & Plains is a six-county organization located in Southeast Colorado and is comprised of partners including local elected officials, National Park Service representatives, local preservation commissions, local chambers of commerce, local economic development agencies, local tourism-related businesses, The Colorado Welcome Center in Lamar, Colorado State Parks, Colorado Division of Wildlife, and interested citizens. The six counties include Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, and Prowers. With the help of a recent grant from the Colorado Tourism Office, we have been able to enhance our coverage to include the East Las Animas County area.

Our Mission:

The mission of Canyons & Plains is to provide education and assistance to the public on the unique historical and cultural assets of the Southeast region of Colorado through:

☆Educating all communities on their unique historical and cultural assets
☆Providing a model for collaboration by continuously educating our own C&P members about the historical assets in the region
☆Supporting the understanding, preservation, and appreciation of the unique historical, cultural and natural assets of the region.


Canyons & Plains was founded by members of six southeastern Colorado counties in 2003.

What We Do

Canyons & Plains’ programs and accomplishments can be categorized into the areas of education and training, research, marketing of historic sites, technical support to private landowners and entrepreneurs, youth and preservation programs, stewardship, the promotion of adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and the introduction of heritage tourism as a viable new economic sector.

☆Produced maps and tours of the region with information about anchors sites for public distribution, including tear-off countertop maps, high quality four-color Heritage Guidebooks to Southeast Colorado, a WPA driving tour of the Springfield region, and seven driving itineraries
☆Expanded the High Plains Snow Goose Festival in Lamar to encompass events
☆Sponsored Historic Theater workshop
☆Sponsored Agritourism workshop
☆Sponsored workshop on Benefits of Designation as a Certified Local Government through the Colorado Historical Society

In the southeast corner of Colorado lie the ancestral grounds of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche, and Ute Indian tribes, biologically diverse prairie and riparian ecosystems containing the greatest concentration of North American bird species to be found anywhere on the continent, and places where human activities have shaped the course of world events.