Picketwire Canyon

Picketwire Canyon Colorado dinosaur tracks
May 31, 2012

Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs – literally – at the oddly named Picketwire Canyon on the Comanche Grasslands south of La Junta.

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La Junta

Southwest Chief train at La Junta Colorado
May 23, 2012

Staff writer The aptly named La Junta – Spanish for “junction” – stands at a confluence of geology and human endeavor almost 180 miles southeast of Denver. The town nestles against the banks of the Arkansas River as it traces its 1,469-mile path from the Colorado mountains to join the Mississippi River. In the arid eastern plains, the river was a magnet for life, animal and human, for centuries. As…

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Jackson Lake State Park

Jackson Lake State Park near Wiggins
May 9, 2012

Jackson Lake has been called an “Oasis in the Plains” by novelist and Colorado native James Michener and is ranked one of the “Top 15 Park Beaches” by Reserve America.

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Fort Morgan Museum

Fort Morgan Museum
April 29, 2012

The Fort Morgan Museum traces the past and present of the Fort Morgan area, through permanent and visiting displays, photos and educational programs. In addition to its programs inside, the museum offers guided tours of several historical sites nearby, including a visit to the still visible ruts created by horse drawn wagons traveling the Overland Trail; a trip back to the Ice Age and in artifacts found at Pawnee National…

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Sterling

Sterling Colorado
April 18, 2012

Staff writer As with much of Colorado, the area that would become Sterling was first home to Native American tribes who relied on bison and other animals of the high plains for sustenance. Trappers passed through in search of pelts and in 1820 Maj. Stephen Harrison Long led an exploratory expedition to the area. The 1869 Battle of Summit Springs near Sterling between Cheyenne Dog Soldiers and U.S. Army troops,…

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Quail Dunes Golf Course

Staff writer Since the 1920s Ft. Morgan residents and visitors have had the pleasure of a golf outing on the lovely Quail Dunes Golf Course. The original 9-hole course was designed by Hanry Hughs. A back 9 holes were added in the 1960s, along with a driving range. The course has been designated as an Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, thanks to 57 acres of natural area preserved on the 165-acre course…

April 16, 2012
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Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan Colorado
April 16, 2012

Staff writer About 85 miles east of Denver, the small town of Ft. Morgan rides the wind-blown high prairies. The town of 11,000 is built just south of the site of Fort Wardell, built in 1865 to provide protection to settlers surging into the territory long the Overland Trail. In 1866, the fort was renamed in honor of Col. Christopher Morgan, who died while serving at the fort. The fort…

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