Eleven Mile State Park

Eleven Mile State Park in Colorado
May 8, 2012

Eleven Mile State Park Location: Park County, west of Woodland Park near the town of Lake George The large reservoir at Eleven Mile State Park is a premium spot for fishing. Rainbow, brown, cutthroat, kokanee and pike inhabit the waters of the park. Canoeing, camping, hiking and biking, as well as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, motor boating and winter ice boating, make Eleven Mile a year-round destination. The park is also…

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

By Linda Cornett Florissant (French for blossoming) is one of the richest lodes of fossilized animals, insects and plants in the world. About 35 million years ago, the lush region was buried by ash and lava spewed from surrounding volcanoes, preserving proof of the past. Beginning in the 1870s, curious tourists flocked to the region to marvel at the paleontological finds. Today, Florissant remains a tourist destination and the exploration…

May 6, 2012
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Walsenburg

Walsenburg Colorado
November 27, 2011

The small town of Walsenburg has transformed itself in recent years, revitalizing its downtown area in an effort led by businesspeople in the historic and scenic community.

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Spanish Peaks

Spanish Peaks in southern Colorado
November 27, 2011

Staff writer The Spanish Peaks are a pair of volcanic mountains rising 7,000 feet over the Plains in south-central Colorado. They have been revered by Native Americans and served as guideposts for early white explorers. The West Spanish Peak stands 13,623 feet above sea level while the East Spanish Peak reaches 12,708 feet. They are located about 20 miles southwest of Walsenburg. The peaks serve as religious symbols for the…

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Walsenburg Wild Waters

Staff writer Walsenburg Wild Waters, a $2 million water park with three pools, a lazy river, water slides and fountains, is run by the city of Walsenburg and is open in the summer. Details Walsenburg Wild Waters 700 W. 7th St. Walsenburg CO 81089 (719) 738-2628 Website

November 27, 2011
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Lathrop State Park

Lathrop State Park near Walsenburg
November 27, 2011

Lathrop State Park Huerfano County, west of Walsenburg Lathrop State Park covers 1,594 acres adjoining the Spanish Peaks in Southern Colorado. It was Colorado’s first state park, opening in 1962. Two lakes offer boating and fishing. Martin Lake offers water skiing, power boating and sail boating. The warm water is great for swimmers. Horseshoe Lake offers a quieter haven for canoeists, kayakers, and lower-speed sailors. Both lakes hold catfish, bass,…

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Ludlow Tent Colony Site

Ludlow Massacre Memorial near Walsenburg
November 27, 2011

Staff writer A monument at the Ludlow Tent Colony Site, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2009, stands off Interstate 25 about 25 miles south of Walsenburg. It commemorates the Ludlow Massacre of 1914, in which Colorado National Guard troops attacked a tent colony of striking coal miners and their families. Two women and 11 children were asphyxiated and burned to death. Three union leaders and two strikers were killed…

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Walsenburg Mining Museum

Walsenburg Mining Museum
November 27, 2011

Staff writer The Walsenburg Mining Museum, located in the 1896 Huerfano County Jail, shows the history of mining in the area and the people who worked in the mines. The museum includes a mine office, jail cells, vintage photos, maps, gear, tools and memorabilia. A monument in front of the Museum includes the names of hundreds of miners who worked in Southern Colorado. Guided tours are available. Details Walsenburg Mining…

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