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Historic Places in Colorado
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado35110 State Highway 194 E.
La Junta, CO 81050
Phone: (719) 383-5010
Description: 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.
Cache La Poudre River National Heritage Area, Colorado3745 E Prospect Rd
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (805) 25-9791
Description: The Cache la Poudre River runs through Northern Colorado’s history. Its story is crucial to understand the area's system of water management, the evolution of the area's economy and changes in recreational activities.
Colorado National Monument, Colorado1750 Rim Rock Drive
Fruita, CO 81521
Phone: (970) 858-3617
Description: Colorado National Monument preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. But this treasure is much more than a monument. Towering monoliths exist within a vast plateau and canyon panorama. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of Rim Rock Drive, where you may spy bighorn sheep and soaring eagles.
Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado and Utah4545 Hwy 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610
Phone: (435) 781-7700
Description: Dinosaurs once roamed here. Their fantastic remains are still visible embedded in the rocks. Today, the mountains, desert and untamed rivers flowing in deep canyons, support an array of life. Petroglyphs hint at earlier cultures. Later, homesteaders and outlaws found refuge here. Whether your passion is science, adventure, history or scenery, Dinosaur offers much to explore.
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado15807 Teller County Road 1
Florissant, CO 80816
Phone: (719) 748-3253
Description: Beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado lies one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado.
Hovenweep National Monument, Colorado and UtahMcElmo Route
Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: (970) 562-4282
Description: Once home to over 2,500 people, Hovenweep includes six prehistoric villages built between A.D. 1200 and 1300. Explore a variety of structures, including multistory towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders. The construction and attention to detail will leave you marveling at the skill and motivation of the builders.
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado910 Wansted
Eads, CO 81036
Phone: (719) 438-5916
Description: As 675 cavalrymen came around a prairie bend, the camps of Chiefs Black Kettle, White Antelope, and Left Hand lay in the valley before them. Chaotic, horrific, tumultuous, and bloody, the events of November 29, 1864 changed the course of history.
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Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, ColoradoVisitor Center
11999 State Highway 150
Mosca, CO 81146
Phone: (719) 378-6395
Description: The vast San Luis Valley, cradle of Colorado’s early settlement and a treasure trove of important natural, cultural and historical features, is America’s newest national heritage area.
South Park National Heritage Area, Colorado418 Main St
Fairplay, CO 80440
Phone: (719) 836-2031
Description: The National Heritage Area covers the majority of Park County, including the communities of Lake George, Hartsel, Fairplay, Como, Tarryall, Jefferson and Alma, all roughly within South Park or the surrounding mountains. The area includes portions of the Mosquito Range, the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, the Lost Creek Wilderness, and the Lost Creek National Natural Landmark.
Yucca House National Monument, ColoradoOff County Rd 20.5
Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: (970) 529-4465
Description: Through a continuing tradition of public and private cooperation, Yucca House National Monument preserves one of the largest archeological sites in SW Colorado. The unexcavated nature of the site preserves its integrity and beauty for future generations of scientists and visitors. Experience a sense of discovery by visiting a site that has remained largely untouched for the past 800 years!
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