If you want to know more about the history of Colorado, visit these Colorado museums. You can visit them both in person and online.
Established in 1879, History Colorado offers public access to cultural and heritage resources of Colorado.
Here are the various Colorado museums that tell much of the story of the Centennial State. There are plenty of hands-on displays and a wealth of information. Put them on your “bucket list.”
Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum – History Matters. The Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum (CSPM) is the only institution researching, collecting and interpreting the robust history of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. Located at 215 South Tejon, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
National Museum of World War II Aviation – The National Museum of World War II Aviation provides a unique educational experience. It promotes a deeper understanding of the historical importance of American aviation in World War II. Located at 755 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
History Colorado Center – “Inspiring generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado.” Located at 1200 Broadway, Denver, Colorado.
Byers-Evans House Museum – “The Byers-Evans House was home to two prominent Denver families. It is one of the city’s most historic landmarks.” Located at 1310 Bannock Street, Denver, Colorado.
El Pueblo History Museum – “El Pueblo History Museum showcases the city’s history and the region’s many cultural and ethnic groups.” Located at 301 North Union, Pueblo, Colorado.
Fort Garland Museum & Pike’s Stockade – “Fort Garland was once commanded by legendary frontiersman Kit Carson. It had a garrison of over 100 men. They served to protect the earliest settlers in the San Luis Valley.” Located at 29477 Highway 159, Fort Garland, Colorado.
Fort Vasquez Museum – “Visit the site of an 1835 fur-trading fort. You can follow the paths of founders Louis Vasquez and Andrew Sublette.” Located at 13412 U.S. Highway 85, Platteville, Colorado.
Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park – “An engineering marvel originally built in 1884. The railroad fulfilled the hopes of Georgetown citizens to become a prosperous settlement connected to Denver and points east.” Located 45 miles west of Denver on I-70, Exit #228.
Healy House Museum & Dextor Cabin – “Life in a mining town where miners made their fortunes overnight.” Located at 912 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, Colorado.
Trinidad History Museum – “Explore Trinidad’s past and its place in the American West at the Trinidad History Museum.” Located at 312 East Main, Trinidad, Colorado.
Ute Indian Museum – “Experience one of the most complete collections of Ute Indian artifacts in the nation.” Located at 12753 Chipeta Road, Montrose, Colorado.
Make plans today to visit these Colorado Museums!
Head for Steamboat Springs any season of the year – Here’s Why!
* Tubing at several locations – Howelsen Hill – Steamboat – Saddleback Ranch’s Yee-Haw Tubing Hill – Yampa River
* Natural Hot Springs and Mineral Pools (To Die For – Very Relaxing!)
* Steamboat Pro Rodeo – Old Fashion Wagon rides and Dinner
* Slingshot Bungee Jump Trampoline (oh boy… be careful)
* Plenty of music festivals all year round for all ages (Click the link below)
* Mountain activities include, Hiking – Mountain biking – Horseback riding – ATV and Jeep tours – Hot air balloon rides
* During the ski season – Steamboat is rated Number 1 in the U.S., known as Ski Town USA
Steamboat Springs is a “must visit” in Colorado!See more at:
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Interesting Facts About the Sand Dunes in Colorado:
1) Members of the Ladies P.E.O. sponsored a bill to Congress asking for national monument status for the Great Sand Dunes. The bill was signed into law in 1932 by President Herbert Hoover.
2) In 2000-2004 the Sand Dunes in Colorado was expanded into a national park and preserve.
3) About 300,000 people visit the Great Sand Dunes every year because of the oddly beautiful combination of desert dunes and high mountain peaks, the spring-time flow of Medano Creek, and dark, quiet nights in the Dunes wilderness.
4) Camping, hiking, and photography opportunities are plentiful in the area.
“Visitors must walk across the wide and shallow Medano Creek to reach the dunes in spring and summer months. The creek typically has a peak flow from late May to early June in most years. From July through April, the creek is usually no more than a few inches deep, if there is any water at all.
Hiking is permitted throughout the dunes with the warning that the sand surface temperature may reach 150 °F (66 °C) in summer. Sandboarding and sandsledding are popular activities, both done on specially designed equipment which can be rented just outside the park entrance or in Alamosa.” Source…
The Great Sand Dunes of Colorado is a “Must See” Attraction!
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Enjoy going back in time by visiting these Colorado ruins!
4) Both of the above agencies have campsites that range from developed areas with restrooms, fire rings, water and other amenities to remote areas. They have no amenities and are reached only by horse, mountain bike or backpacking. Reservations can be made at recreation.gov.
5) There are many privately owned campsites in Colorado which have perks you may not find on public lands. These include playgrounds, hot tubs, laundry facilities and Wi-Fi.
6) One caveat for camping in Colorado is that the weather can change quickly, even in the summer months. It’s best to wear layered clothing.
7) You may be required to purchase a pass or permit depending on your location. Plan ahead by visiting the website listed below and the information posted at campground entrances.
Packing Essentials for Summer Camping in Colorado:(Courtesy of Colorado Camping: The Basics)
• Tent with a rain cover
• Down sleeping bag (even in summer, it can get below freezing in Colorado’s higher altitudes)
• Pillow and sleeping pad (keeps you warmer than just sleepin’ on the ground)
• Camp stove and/or matches to use your campsite’s fire pit
• Plenty of drinking water and food
• Can opener, aluminum foil, paper plates, cups/mugs, utensils, multipurpose knife, trash bags, paper towels
• Layers of clothing, including water-resistant coat, wool socks and long underwear
• Sunscreen, bug spray, first-aid kit, toilet paper
Camping in Colorado…A Camper’s Paradise!
These Top 7 Considerations will help you focus:
*Shoulder Season – This is the travel season between peak and off-peak seasons, when fares tend to be lower. This season is usually spring and fall. When traveling to Europe it is generally April through mid-June, September, and October.
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The Royal Gorge Route Railroad is a heritage railway and is located in Canon City, Colorado. The railroad runs through the Royal Gorge on a 2-hour scenic and historic train ride along the former Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.
The 1950s-era train leaves the Santa Fe Depot in Canon City on a daily schedule.
This is a family-oriented outing for young and old alike. It carries 100,000+ guests each and every year!
Top 7 Facts to Know About the Royal Gorge Route Railroad:
1) A heritage railway is a railway that is kept to carry living history rail traffic in order to re-create railway scenes of the past. It is like stepping back in time!
2) In the 1870s, carbonate ores rich in lead and silver brought miners to the upper Arkansas River Valley of Colorado.
3) The mining activity was so brisk it attracted the attention of both the Rio Grande and Santa Fe railroads. After the Royal Gorge War between the two railroad companies, the route opened in 1879.
4) The Santa Fe Depot was built in 1910; the last passenger train ran in 1967.
5) Union Pacific RR purchased the Route in 1995; the last thru freight train ran in 1997.
6) Royal Gorge Express purchased the Route in 1998 and began regular service in 1999.
7) Dining service was introduced on RGRR in 2003 and Vista Dome cars entered service in 2005.
Ever wondered what Cheyenne Mountain is all about? Where did it gets its name? What’s its history? What do you know about Cheyenne Mountain? What are those towers on top? Is NORAD still in Cheyenne Mountain?
Just some of the answers to the questions above:
Where did Cheyenne Mountain get its name?
Named for the Cheyenne people. Native Americans found that Cheyenne Mtn was a good wood source for teepee poles. It was also visited by the Arapaho people. They sought spiritual inspiration from the mountain’s waterfalls. The Mountain was also used by the Ute Tribe to safely cross from the plains and benefit from its steep slopes and hidden valleys.
Its history – what do you know about Cheyenne Mountain?
Cheyenne Mountain is a triple-peaked mountain. The mountain serves as host for military, communications, recreational, and residential purposes. It was designed to withstand bombing and the fallout from a nuclear attack.
The underground operations center for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) was built in the 1960s during the Cold War to monitor the potential intrusion to North American airspace Soviet missile launches and military aircraft.
Homesteading activity began in 1867. The mountain was the site of resorts and retreats beginning in the 1880s. Spencer Penrose, who built and widely promoted The Broadmoor in 1918, bought several properties on the mountain.
Penrose built the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cheyenne Mountain Highway, Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, a lodge on one of the mountain peaks, and a retreat at Emerald Valley.
The site of the lodge recently became the wilderness Cloud Camp. Emerald Valley is now the site of The Broadmoor’s Ranch at Emerald Valley. Land on The Mountain once owned by The Broadmoor is now the site of numerous luxury homes.
The two parks on and at the base of Cheyenne Mountain are Cheyenne Mountain State Park and North Cheyenne Cañon Park.
What are those towers on top?
You cannot miss the noticeable tower feature on the top of one of Cheyenne Mountain’s peaks. Those features are an antenna farm with transmitters for cellular phones, radio, television, and law enforcement transmitters. They are not related to the military installation in the mountain. They are obviously hidden from public view.
During the 1950s, an antenna farm was built on the middle peak of the mountain when Bert Swisher deeded ten acres to Bud Edmonds and several backers and Swisher signed a non-compete agreement. Edmonds, John Browne, and Buck Ingersoll agreed to replace the trails to the area with a real road, which was opened in 1960 by the Cheyenne Propagation Company.
Currently there are 700 cell phone, television, radio, and law enforcement transmitters on the antenna farm. The Cheyenne Mountain radio repeater site, 145.160, covers south central and southeast Colorado along the Interstate 25 corridor from Monument to the New Mexico border. Since 2002, it has been operated by Cheyenne Propagation Company.
Is NORAD still in the Cheyenne Mountain?
NORAD used to offer public tours, but due to security concerns they were suspended after 9-11. Most of the center’s operations moved to Peterson Air Force Base in 2006,. Then in April 2015, the Pentagon reported that some operations would be moving back.
Find out more about Cheyenne Mountain:
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Here are the travel secrets to packing for your next trip – packing light and packing tight!
Hey, guys…here’s a packing list that will be invaluable for many trips to come! It’s nice to be reminded of everything you need to take on a trip. Everyone has so many things to think about when getting ready to travel that a little help with the packing is very much appreciated!
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For everyone…here’s travel gear ideas that will make your trip easier to prepare for and more enjoyable.
Tip 1 – Keep an ongoing list of items on your phone of absolute essentials to pack for every trip (charger, cleanser, glasses, bathing suit, sunscreen, etc.) makes last-minute packing a lot less stressful because there’s always a personal checklist for reference.
Tip 2 – Have a small zippered pouch in your carry-on bag to stash all the things that you want to keep with you on a flight. This may include: headphones, earplugs, EmergenC, phone, wallet, etc. When you board, just pull that pouch out and toss it into the seat. You are now ready to place your carry-on in the overhead bin, quickly and efficiently.
Time for a trip? These travel tips will be a great help!
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