Top things to do in The Santa Fe Trail

Top Choice Museum in Trinidad

Trinidad History Museum

This is a lot of museum, a full city block in fact, set smack dab on Main St. There are three sights here: the adobe Baca House (1870), the French-style Bloom Mansion (1882) and the Santa Fe Trail museum.
Top Choice Museum in Pueblo

El Pueblo History Museum

Set on central plaza, the original site of Fort Pueblo (an American fort established in 1842 and held until 1854, when a Ute and Apache raid on Christmas Day caused the fort to be abandoned), this airy, modern museu…
Top Choice Cafe in Trinidad

The Cafe

This cafe, set in the Danielson Dry Goods building, is a terrific find. In the morning it does gourmet egg wraps, such as the Santa Fe (eggs, bacon, spicy corn salsa, Anaheim chili, cheese and crème fraîche) or the …
Top Choice Museum in Pueblo

Buell Children’s Museum

This is the place to climb into classic cars, jam to old rock and roll, build bridges, swim with jellyfish, create magical fairy lands and discover the power of numbers while exploring exhibits that help kids learn …
Top Choice Pub Food in La Veta

Dog Bar & Grill

With its wood bar, wide inviting patio, pool table, live music on weekends and damn good pizzas, the Dog Bar is a Cuchara institution.
Top Choice Historic Site in Pueblo

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site

Set just north of the Arkansas River, this was once the natural and official border between the US and Old Mexico (until 1846), and was once a cultural crossroads. The old adobe fort, with its timber-beamed ceilings…
Historic Site in Pueblo

Picketwire Dinosaur Tracksite

The 0.25-mile Picketwire Dinosaur Tracksite is the largest documented site of its kind in North America, with as many as 1300 visible dinosaur tracks. Some 150 million years ago, two types of dinosaurs, allosaurus a…
Museum in Trinidad

Arthur Roy Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art

Also known as the 'Mitch,’ this pleasant gallery was built in honor of local cowboy artist, and the original, if unofficial, town historian, AR Mitchell. Set in an old, late 19th-century department store (those tile…
Mexican in Pueblo

Papa Jose’s

Here’s a dirty little Colorado secret: the Mexican food is very often underwhelming. But this town, called Pueblo and down south of the Arkansas River, was part of Mexico until relatively recently. Translation: feel…
Notable Building in Pueblo

Pueblo Union Depot

Still standing proudly on the railway, this historic 1880s structure has been refurbished and reclaimed as a shopping mall and law-office complex of sorts. But there is a case of historical artifacts by the back doo…