Day Trips

Hot Springs


           Sand Dunes Swimming Pool

1991 County Road 63, Hooper, CO

March 1st to November 30th Open 10:00 – 10:00, Closed Thursdays for cleaning.


Day Trips


Highway of Legends – 82 miles with driving time of 2 hours

For information on the Highway of Legends, visit:

Colorado Scenic Byways and Excursions

Spanish Peaks Country

Colorado Directory

Santa Fe Trail Mountain Branch – Santa Fe Trail is a National Historic Trail and one of the last frontiers of the wild west.


Byway Visitor Center
Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway- Mountain Branch
PO Box 118, 312 East Main Street, Trinidad, CO 81082,
Phone 719-846-7217 –

Historic City of Trinidad

Trinidad Welcome Center

309 Nevada St.


National Parks


Great Sand Dunes National Park

(719) 378-6300

Directions: The park is located about 75 minutes west of La Veta and is reached via US Hwy 160 and CO 150 or CO 17 and County Lane 6.

Season: Year-round

Visitor Center Hours: 7 days, 9:00am-4:30pm


Picketwire Canyonlands

Located on the Comanche National Grassland south of La Junta, Colorado, these primitive canyons are home to the largest dinosaur tracksite in North America!

719-384-2181 USDA Forest Service reservation.

Directions: Hwy 109, right on CR 802, left on CR 25, left on FR 500, to gate.

Season: May, June, September, and October

Tour: This is an all day tour from 8:00am-4:00pm. BY RESERVATION ONLY.

Admission: Tours are offered through the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program of the USDA Forest Service. They cost $15 per adult and $7.50 per child. Due to rough roads, visitors will need their own four-wheel drive high clearance vehicle.


Guided auto tours are the easiest way to experience Picketwire Canyonlands and learn about its rich, colorful past. During the tour, knowledgeable guides will show you difficult to find dinosaur tracks, and the interesting prehistoric, historic, and natural features of the canyons.


This auto tour is the only motorized access into the canyons. Other ways to visit include hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. Because of the rugged terrain and long distances to various sites, these visitors need to plan carefully for hot weather conditions by carrying ample water and leaving very early.