Area Sightseeing Information

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The cemetery is on the northwest end of the reservoir. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Present day Fort Lyon is a rehabilitation facility. The Fort was originally established in 1867 to protect travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. The historic Kit Carson Memorial Chapel stands at the gateway to the cemetery. Click here for more information.

The site is located 2 miles south of Las Animas, features historic buildings and special events. Contact the Bent County Historical Society at 719-456-6066 or click here for more information.

The Fort is a National Historic Site, reconstructed by the National Park Service to appear as it looked in 1845-46. Enjoy the historic atmosphere daily. Contact the Fort for special events at 719-383-5010 or click here for more information.

The welcome center is located on Highway 50 in Lamar and offers a wealth of area information. Phone number: 719-336-3483. Click here for more information.

The museum is located just outside of Lamar and features exhibits on the history and heritage of southeastern Colorado. Contact the museum at 719-336-2472 or click here for more information.

The museum is located in La Junta and is open June 1st to September 30th. It has an extensive collection of artifacts and shows how people lived and conducted business from 1875 through the end of World War II. Call 719-384-7500 or click here for more information.

The museum is located in La Junta and opened in 1949. It was founded by a local Boy Scout troop in 1933. The museum boasts an impressive collection of southwestern art and Native American artifacts, offers guided tours, and hosts youth organizations at their youth hostel. Call 719-384-4411 or click here for hours and more information.

The canyonlands, located south of La Junta, is home to the largest dinosaur track site in North America. Visitors can hike the 11.2-mile trail or take the guided auto tour. Contact the Comanche National Grasslands office at 719-384-2181 or click here for more information.

The canyon, located south of La Junta, provides excellent opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and primitive camping. Native American rock art is also present on the canyon walls. Phone number: 719-553-1400. Click here for more information.

The monument is located on 111 West Beech Street in Lamar. It is one of 12 similar monuments found along the National Old Trails Road, which extends from Maryland to California. The monuments were commissioned by the Daughters of the American Revolution and are dedicated to the spirits of the pioneer women. Click here for more information.

The center and museum in Las Animas houses historical artifacts and document the influence of Bent County on the growth of southeastern Colorado. Call 719-456-6066 or click here for hours and additional information.

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Please be aware: Some of the links on this page will take you away from the John Martin Reservoir webpage. The content on these non-USACE sites is beyond our control. The links to outside webpages, other contact information, and dates provided on this webpage may change unannounced at any time.