On the way to Lamar:
Big Timbers Museum in Lamar, CO 719-336-2472 www.bigtimbersmuseum.org
Fowler Historical Society Museum 719-263-4046 www.fowlerheritage.com
The exhibits in the museum will give you a brief description of the land: as the Indians knew it; of prairie and rivers and canyons; where the natives chipped their spear points in order to secure food, where they wrote their histories, drew their maps, painted and drew pictures of everyday life and their beliefs on the rock walls.
Rocky Ford Museum 719-254-6737 www.rockyfordmuseum.com
Follow the history of Rocky Ford from its founding through the 20th century. Featured exhibits include a history of the Arkansas Valley Fair, and agricultural history highlighting the world famous melons and beet sugar industry.
Otero County Museum 719-384-7500 www.coloradoplains.com/otero/museum
Exhibits portray life and business during the early years of the lower Arkansas Valley, including feature displays focusing on railroads, military, postal, agricultural, business, transportation, schools, and all other aspects of pioneer life.
Koshare Indian Museum 719-384-4411 www.kosharehistory.org
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site 719-383-5010 www.nps.gov/beol
Located 8 miles east
of La Junta on Hwy 194, the Fort is open for self guided tours daily from
Old Trail Art Gallery 560 Bent Ave., Las Animas
John Martin Reservoir State Park 719-829-1801 www.parks.state.co.us/parks/johnmartinreservoir
Sometimes called a sapphire on the plains, John Martin is a peaceful paradise in which people play, birds flock and wildlife roams. 400 Species of birds have been recorded in Bent County. Majestic Bald Eagles roost here in winter. Threatened and endangered Piping Plovers and Least Terns nest here. Great-horned Owls, Pelicans and all kinds of waterfowl can be seen as well as deer and bobcat are often spotted. Very nice exhibits in the visitor center.
John Martin Reservoir Army Corps of Engineers Visitors Center 719-336-3476 www.spa.usace.army.mil/recreation/jm
Dinosaur exhibit - The tracks are from the Iguanodon dinosaur that lived around 95 million years ago. The John Martin tracks are located on what Dr. Martin Lockley refers to as the "dinosaur freeway" which followed the inland sea of that period. The exhibit has been designed by the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park. The tracks are those found at several sites in 2003 exposed by low water levels due to drought conditions.