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Old 06-26-2013, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Brighton - Grand Junction, CO CMU
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I currently live in Brighton and am wondering if there are any cool places/towns in eastern CO worth taking a day trip to. preferably north of I-70 or close. maybe even in Western Kansas or Nebraska. I'm just bored out of my mind waiting for school to start in August so i can move to Grand Junction.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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Eastern Colorado? You're aware that's the boring part right? JK : )

Well if you want to remain north of I-70 there is the Pawnee national Grasslands northeast of Greeley. It's actually pretty neat because there are two nearly 400 foot buttes that rise out of nowhere, and quite a bit of micro topography to hike on as well. The drive there however is boring so prepare for that. As far as towns, Sterling is the only "large" town in eastern Colorado that is north of I-70 and there isn't much to see there. If I were you I would visit either the Pawnee National Grasslands or just visit Greeley for a day.

Unfortunately eastern Colorado doesn't have much to attract the average person, but in my opinion southeastern Colorado is much more interesting than northeastern Colorado. There is Castlewood Canyon State Park just east of Castle Rock which is a beautiful canyon that Cherry Creek runs through and has tons of hiking and biking trails. If you're willing to go pretty far south of I-70 there are nice towns in southeastern Colorado such as La Junta which is worth the quick visit. Also if you're a history buff there is Bent's Old Fort in southeastern Colorado which was a famous trading post along the Santa Fe trail, and is now a national historic site and well worth the visit. Also the Comanche National Grassland in southeastern Colorado is a paradox on the plains, it's a very large and interesting collection of canyons some of which are over 1,000 ft. deep! it also has a few natural arches and is a very cool place to visit (for the plains that is).

Anyways hope this helps.

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Old 06-27-2013, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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There's also Picketwire Canyon south of LaJunta, where you can walk in dinosaur tracks that were "frozen" in the mud. It's either a long hike in, or an escorted four-wheel drive tour, but it is really neat if you are into dinosaurs.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:25 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Now is the time to get out to Eastern Colorado and have a great time enjoying the small and friendly 'prairie' towns and people. You can find people to put you up in their homes while harvest / summer season is in full swing.

Many harvest activities going on. Get out there and do some PT work for ranchers, farmers, grain elevators, hardware stores, fuel and tire shops, cafes...it will pay GREAT rewards in your future mindset / voting privileges while resident of Colorado, and you can vote INFORMED of the interests of AG.

I keep my Class A CDL paid up (very expensive + many drug tests / yr) just so I can go to assist farmers with driving Semi, combines, and other tasks. It is a lot of fun.

Enjoy your travels. Too bad the Farmer's Cafe is no more in Wray, they had terrific Hot Beef Sandwiches that fed me many a night after 12-16 hr workday. Just cruise into Holyoke, Haxtun, Yuma, Wray, Akron... on your motorcycle with a bedrole and stay a few months ! You will not be sorry. The local people will take good care of you, and most are quite interesting.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Southeastern Colorado
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Default One of my favorite places in SE Colorado is in New Mexico!

Why not continue South and then go just a little further over the NM border and visit Capulin Volcano National Monument? They've got a Summer Market series beginning Sunday June 30 with the Jicarilla Apache Youth Butterfly Dancers and offering artisanal foods (Raw Gourmet Honey! Intergalactic Bread & Space Sauces! Native Fry Bread!), natural-fiber hand-dyed yarn from Mora Valley Spinning Center, fine art, stained glass, apothecary soaps and candles, jerky from an animal that begins with Y and ends with K but the forum won't let me print it (!), healing plant formulas for health and wellness, high-quality authentic Indian basketry, beadwork and pottery, featured performers on four separate dates, lunch, Jr Ranger Programs and skygazing through a solar telescope, and, of course, the volcano. It's billed as "An Eruption of Regional Culture!"

LaVeta's Rocky Mountain Celtic duo Willson & McKee are featured June 14, followed by Santa Fe native and favorite Matthew Andrae on June 28, with the whole thing wrapping up August 11 with Cowboy Singer/Songwriter R.W. Hampton from Miami, NM. It's all free unless you want to head "up top."

A select group of vendors hail from Santa Fe, Mora, Taos, Dulce (Jicarilla Apache Nation), Alamosa, Trinidad, Trinchera, and Duncan OK. Capulin is considered one of the best known examples of an intact cinder cone volcano. It erupted once, somewhere between 56,000 and 62,000 years ago. The monument is about 30 miles east of Raton, or you can stay away from the Interstate and go through LaJunta, Kim, Branson, through Toll Gate Canyon, and then through Folsom to the volcano. You can drive the 2-mile winding road to the rim ($5/vehicle), take in the phenomenal views, and then hike a mile or so around the rim or do a shorter jaunt down into the crater (about .5 mile in all).

Capulin Volcano National Monument - Capulin Volcano National Monument
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Brighton - Grand Junction, CO CMU
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Why not continue South and then go just a little further over the NM border and visit Capulin Volcano National Monument? They've got a Summer Market series beginning Sunday June 30 with the Jicarilla Apache Youth Butterfly Dancers and offering artisanal foods (Raw Gourmet Honey! Intergalactic Bread & Space Sauces! Native Fry Bread!), natural-fiber hand-dyed yarn from Mora Valley Spinning Center, fine art, stained glass, apothecary soaps and candles, jerky from an animal that begins with Y and ends with K but the forum won't let me print it (!), healing plant formulas for health and wellness, high-quality authentic Indian basketry, beadwork and pottery, featured performers on four separate dates, lunch, Jr Ranger Programs and skygazing through a solar telescope, and, of course, the volcano. It's billed as "An Eruption of Regional Culture!"

LaVeta's Rocky Mountain Celtic duo Willson & McKee are featured June 14, followed by Santa Fe native and favorite Matthew Andrae on June 28, with the whole thing wrapping up August 11 with Cowboy Singer/Songwriter R.W. Hampton from Miami, NM. It's all free unless you want to head "up top."

A select group of vendors hail from Santa Fe, Mora, Taos, Dulce (Jicarilla Apache Nation), Alamosa, Trinidad, Trinchera, and Duncan OK. Capulin is considered one of the best known examples of an intact cinder cone volcano. It erupted once, somewhere between 56,000 and 62,000 years ago. The monument is about 30 miles east of Raton, or you can stay away from the Interstate and go through LaJunta, Kim, Branson, through Toll Gate Canyon, and then through Folsom to the volcano. You can drive the 2-mile winding road to the rim ($5/vehicle), take in the phenomenal views, and then hike a mile or so around the rim or do a shorter jaunt down into the crater (about .5 mile in all).

Capulin Volcano National Monument - Capulin Volcano National Monument
i've actually already been to Capulin. My dad lives in Trinidad and owns land near Kim so i've been all over that area many times and was just in Santa Fe visiting family ~2 weeks ago. That's why i'm trying to stick north.
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Brighton - Grand Junction, CO CMU
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Eastern Colorado? You're aware that's the boring part right? JK : )

Well if you want to remain north of I-70 there is the Pawnee national Grasslands northeast of Greeley. It's actually pretty neat because there are two nearly 400 foot buttes that rise out of nowhere, and quite a bit of micro topography to hike on as well. The drive there however is boring so prepare for that. As far as towns, Sterling is the only "large" town in eastern Colorado that is north of I-70 and there isn't much to see there. If I were you I would visit either the Pawnee National Grasslands or just visit Greeley for a day.

Unfortunately eastern Colorado doesn't have much to attract the average person, but in my opinion southeastern Colorado is much more interesting than northeastern Colorado. There is Castlewood Canyon State Park just east of Castle Rock which is a beautiful canyon that Cherry Creek runs through and has tons of hiking and biking trails. If you're willing to go pretty far south of I-70 there are nice towns in southeastern Colorado such as La Junta which is worth the quick visit. Also if you're a history buff there is Bent's Old Fort in southeastern Colorado which was a famous trading post along the Santa Fe trail, and is now a national historic site and well worth the visit. Also the Comanche National Grassland in southeastern Colorado is a paradox on the plains, it's a very large and interesting collection of canyons some of which are over 1,000 ft. deep! it also has a few natural arches and is a very cool place to visit (for the plains that is).

Anyways hope this helps.
My dad actually owns land near Comanche National Grassland and it has some pretty cool canyons on it. i've been down there a ton of times so that's why i'm trying to stick north. And sometimes when i drive down to Trinidad to visit him, i'll take the long way instead of I-25 and will go through Strasburg, Limon, and LaJunta so i've been to LaJunta a ton of times too
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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My dad actually owns land near Comanche National Grassland and it has some pretty cool canyons on it. i've been down there a ton of times so that's why i'm trying to stick north. And sometimes when i drive down to Trinidad to visit him, i'll take the long way instead of I-25 and will go through Strasburg, Limon, and LaJunta so i've been to LaJunta a ton of times too
Well you've stumped me then.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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How about:

- the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg
- Carhenge in Alliance, NE
- Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota (only 5 1/2 hours away)
- Wind Cave NP in South Dakota
- Ft. Laramie in eastern Wyoming
- the Greeley Stampede (this week)
- Cheyenne Frontier Days (Last full week in July - slack rodeo is free)
- Chimney Rock in Scottsbluff, NE
- Lake McConaughy in Ogalala, NE
- Glendo Reservoir in Glendo, WY

I am sure there are more, but this could keep you busy for a while.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Brighton - Grand Junction, CO CMU
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How about:

- the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg
- Carhenge in Alliance, NE
- Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota (only 5 1/2 hours away)
- Wind Cave NP in South Dakota
- Ft. Laramie in eastern Wyoming
- the Greeley Stampede (this week)
- Cheyenne Frontier Days (Last full week in July - slack rodeo is free)
- Chimney Rock in Scottsbluff, NE
- Lake McConaughy in Ogalala, NE
- Glendo Reservoir in Glendo, WY

I am sure there are more, but this could keep you busy for a while.
Chimney Rock looks interesting. I was thinking of going to Scottsbluff but i didn't thing there was anything there. Thanks!
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