Colorado September 27, 2019
8 Destinations Way Out East In Colorado That Are So Worth The Drive
No matter which part of Colorado you are in, you are guaranteed to find something fun, exciting, or unique to do! Are you visiting the Western Slope? Be sure to check out Colorado Wine Country and the iconic
Four Corners. Are you headed south anytime soon? Make reservations to eat at Romero’s Cafe (AKA the best green chile in Colorado!) and walk across the Royal Gorge Bridge. Is NoCo on your agenda? Then the Shambhala Mountain Center and Totally 80’s Pizza it is! What is there to do in eastern Colorado, you ask? We recommend beginning with these eight way-out-east destinations:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Paint Mines Interpretive Park (Calhan)
One of the most colorful spots in all of Colorado is the incredible Paint Mines; a vibrant collection of canyons, gullies, and majestic spires that span a whopping 750 acres. How did the Mines come to be? According to legend, Native Americans once painted these formations with colorful clays, which can still be enjoyed some 9,000 years later.
Address: 29950 Paint Mine Road, Calhan, CO 80808
2. Kit Carson County Carousel (Burlington)
Located near the Colorado/Kansas border is the charming town of Burlington and their must-see Kit Carson County Carousel! Originally manufactured for Elitch Gardens in 1905, the Kit Carson Carousel still boasts most of its original hand-carved animals and intricate details, making for an experience the entire family will enjoy! (Even better? Rides on the carousel cost a cool $.25.)
Address: 815 North 15th Street, Burlington, CO 80807
3. Bully's (Fleming)
Are you ready for some of the most mouthwatering prime rib, crab legs, and steak you have ever had? Believe it or not, the best place for all of the above is the small, hole-in-the-wall Bully's Restaurant in Fleming! In addition to the aforementioned, be sure to check out their killer drink specials, Rocky Mountain Oysters, and made-from-scratch desserts.
Address: 206 North Logan Avenue, Fleming, CO 80728
4. Picketwire Canyon (La Junta)
Do you dig fossils and dinosaur track sites? Then you are going to go crazy for Picketwire Canyon (or Purgatoire River Track Site)! Featuring more than 100 dinosaur track-ways and 1,500 individual footprints, Picketwire Canyon is not only fascinating but also the largest track site in America.
Address: 1420 East 3rd Street, La Junta, CO 81050
5. 1st Street Emporium (La Junta)
After you finish following in the dinosaurs' footsteps, it is time to discover even more hidden treasures at La Junta's 1st Street Emporium, which is home to 25 unique booths plus 37 different artists, collectors, and crafters.
Address: 112 West 1st Street, La Junta, CO 81050
6. Limon Heritage Museum (Limon)
Arguably one of the best free museums in all of Colorado is the Limon Heritage Museum; a multi-acre complex complete with trains, beautiful exhibits, and history galore. In addition to the museum itself, the Limon Heritage Society hosts several exciting events year-round, including the famous Limon Heritage Festival, which takes place on the last Saturday of July.
Address: 701 1st Street, Limon, CO 80828
7. Claremont Inn (Stratton)
Is all of this traveling making you tired? Then you will want to stay the night at the beautiful Claremont Inn in Stratton! Boasting beautiful and comfortable rooms, the Claremont Inn also offers homemade meals, wine tastings, and tours of their on-site winery. Cheers!
Address: 800 Claremont Street, Stratton, CO 80836
8. Deer Trail Rodeo (Deer Trail)
Are you a fan of county fairs, 4-H exhibits, and rodeos? Then why not enjoy all of the above in Deer Trail, which is home to the world's first rodeo? (The Deer Trail Rodeo takes place the first weekend of July.)
Address: Deer Trail, CO 80105
How many of these eastern Colorado attractions have you visited? Let us know in the comments! For even more Centennial State fun, click on
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